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Offline giaka

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AR Rifles
« on: November 08, 2013, 12:20:33 AM »
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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 12:46:50 PM »
My varmint slayer. Built on a JD Machine Tool lower with Rock River upper components and Nikon glass.
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My CMP Competition AR. Again, using a JD Machine lower and RRA upper.
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And the little brother...S&W M&P15/22.
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With enough thrust, a pig flies just fine.

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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 12:54:27 PM »
I don't own one of these style rifles.  What ammo do these use?  22LR correct?

If so, what are their practical applications?  Varmint slaughter, but only outside probably.  Plinking probably. 

Are they really practical home protection?  Certainly not hunting...

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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2013, 12:56:43 PM »
I don't own one of these style rifles.  What ammo do these use?  22LR correct?


Typically .223 or 5.56 caliber.  .22LR conversion uppers are popular. 
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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 02:53:33 PM »
The first 2 are .223/5.56mm. Great for plinking. We shoot prairie dogs up north when they become a nuisance to the local ranchers. Also good for poking at coyotes over in Nevada for some sheep ranching buddies.  But I really like shooting steel targets at various ranges at our local club. Like my post states, the 2nd rifle was built specifically for CMP Service Rifle matches at our local club. Punching holes in paper.

The last one is a .22LR rimfire. A can or dirt clod's worst nightmare. Loads of cheap fun.

I'm building up a 3rd full-size AR in 6.8 Remington SPC, which is basically a .270 caliber bullet seated in a .223 case.  Great little round for wild boar and deer around these parts. Using a 5-round magazine, this one will be a short, lightweight carbine, probably topped with a 1.5-5 scope. Just to be different.

Since I live in the 'burbs, I wouldn't seriously consider any of them for home defense in their current configs. But, if I had to pick one, I'd go with the M&P15/22. It's topped with a holosight for quick close-up target acquisition and a full magazine of .22 hollowpoints. Inside a house, this could seriously alter a bad guys social calendar. Better than nothing at all, right?
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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013, 02:58:19 PM »
I was just curious what I could use it for.  Most of my varmint problems are in the barn so I prefer a 22 semi-auto pistol.  Less through and through with raccoons.

I have an M&P in 40SW which I LOVE to shoot but my wife didn't like the holes in the sheetrock.  :redface:

The AR wouldn't work for deer so my uses would end up being just play.

I am going to get a clay launcher to play with the shotguns next spring though.. :thumbsup:

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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2013, 04:54:52 PM »
Get an AR in a caliber to do what you need (to a point). 6.8 or 300 AAC, 50 beowulf, 450 Bushmaster or? They are not just for varmints anymore.

I have a 5.56/223, a 9mm and now building a 300 AAC.

450 and a 5.56 side by side

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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2013, 05:35:11 PM »
My varmint slayer. Built on a JD Machine Tool lower with Rock River upper components and Nikon glass.
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Nikon P223 3-9 or 4-12 or something else? And what hand guard is that?

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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2013, 08:22:34 PM »
Feed us details please.  That is what I am looking to build.  What kind of groups does it shoot on average? 
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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2013, 03:52:02 PM »
Feed us details please.  That is what I am looking to build.  What kind of groups does it shoot on average?

Oh yeah...sorry 'bout that, guys. Here you go..

Nikon M-223 3x9 with the BDC 600 reticle.
Burris P.E.P.R mount with 1" rings.
The handguard is from Rock River Arms and is their heavy varmint free-floated unit. RRA website is blocked here at work so I can't give you the exact model.
Rock River lower parts kit with their 2-stage Match trigger and hammer.
BCM Gunfighter heavy-duty charging handle. The standard charging handle is a bitch to operate when using a scope.
Rock River 24" stainless-steel heavy varmint barrel with an 11deg recessed crown.
RRA low-profile gas block.
Harris bi-pod.
Standard A2-style buttstock and a Hogue Overmoulded pistol grip.

Groups with 62gr Federal green tip military surplus are running right around 1".  I plan to run some match grade and custom handloads through it soon and those should shrink down a bit more. Hornady makes some 69gr ballistic-tip stuff that's supposed be the bee's knees in a heavy-barreled AR like this.  Total weight for this pig is around 12 - 13 lbs.
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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2013, 09:24:25 AM »
I'll play.  Here is my first rifle "build".  (Purchased all components of upper and lower and assembled on my own)

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B5 SOPMOD Stock (standard mil-spec buffer tube, chrome silicon buffer spring, Spike's Tactical ST-T2 buffer)
Aero Precision stripped upper and lower
Rainier Arms Raptor ambi charging handle
PSA Full Auto BCG
Troy ambi safety selector
Umbrella Corp. grip (stippling by me)
ALG Combat Trigger
Tactical Link Enhanced Battery Assist Lever
Spike's FN CHF 16" Mid-length barrel
SYRAC low profile adjustable gas block
Geissele 15" SMR free float hand guard
Troy folding iron sights, dioptic rear, M4 front
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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2013, 12:41:31 PM »
On the left side photo of the rifle - what is the tan item by the trigger?
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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2013, 12:49:17 PM »
On the left side photo of the rifle - what is the tan item by the trigger?


Battery assist lever. I have the Magpul version. Allows you to release the bolt into battery with your right index finger.

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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2013, 01:01:05 PM »
Thanks.
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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2013, 03:52:16 PM »
On the left side photo of the rifle - what is the tan item by the trigger?


Battery assist lever. I have the Magpul version. Allows you to release the bolt into battery with your right index finger.




What he said.  It also allows me to lock the bolt back with my right index finger as well. 

There are a few different manufacturers that make variations of these levers that allow the user to fully manipulate the bolt catch lever without removing your right hand from the fire controls.  I thought it was gimmicky until I tried one.

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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2013, 06:11:48 AM »
Battery assist lever. I have the Magpul version. Allows you to release the bolt into battery with your right index finger.

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I watched a couple of videos on the use of these. Really cool idea.

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Re: AR Rifles
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2013, 07:52:58 PM »
Nothing special here.  Just a Bushy with some added bits.


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