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Discussion Starter #1
Yes, I have been consumed...
After shooting thousands of rounds on other people's $$, I decided that I needed one for several reasons.

1. 3 gun matches
2. fun plinking at the range
3. home defense
4. pre-empt AWB II, if it ever happens

So my theme and guiding light throughout my build was:

1. balance
2. reliability
3. weight (light, but again focusing on balance)

These are the goodies on it:

1. Wilson 16" midlength chrome lined barrel
2. Continental upper
3. A2 front sights
4. Viking Tactics mid length free float tube
5. Midwest Industries back up iron sights
6. Aimploint - clone (currently evaluating options)
7. DPMS phantom flash suppressor
8. copy of FN-SCAR front boom handle/bipod system
9. DPMS lower complete group
10. ERGO ambi grips
11. Ace Skeleton ARFX stock
12. Accu-shim
13. DPMS black teflon coated 30 rd mags (magpuls to be added)

If you live in SE North Carolina, the person to see is John from Shooter's Pawn. He had it built for a very reasonable price and his experience and expertise in matters concerning the AR15 / M4 is first rate!

Comment, suggestions for improvement, etc would be most appreciated.

Cheers,

















 
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Discussion Starter #3
NICE! Let us know how it shoots :D


Keep the rifle tied up, I swear it looks like it's about to walk away :p
 
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Discussion Starter #4
hobocircus said:
NICE! Let us know how it shoots :D


Keep the rifle tied up, I swear it looks like it's about to walk away :p
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
Yes, it's a bi-pedal mean little b*st*rd...
And range reports will be attached in the near future.

Cheers,
 
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Discussion Starter #8
Maaaaan Luckyyyyyyyyy. I wish I had all those toys. I can dream.:rolleyes:

PS: You should go buy a JP Barrel $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$:)
 
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Discussion Starter #10
Nice rifle. A 16 inch barrel just looks so much nicer with the mid length forearm rather than the CAR forearm. I have an ACE on my RRA and love it

mcb
 
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Discussion Starter #11
Thank you for the inputs.


From what I read on the AR15 boards, the midlength gas tube has better heat dissapation, more room to mount goodies (if so inclined).

I went with the 16" vs the 14.5" + pinned flash protector because I didn't want to lose 200-250 FPS on velocity... there seems to be a sharp cut-off when you drop from the ~16" barrel length for the 5.56 NATO round.

If you have any questions or want to pick my brain on why I chose the different parts, just drop me a PM or post on this message :)

Cheers,
 
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Discussion Starter #12
mcb said:
Nice rifle. A 16 inch barrel just looks so much nicer with the mid length forearm rather than the CAR forearm.
+1 The 16" barrels with the CAR forearms just look kinda awkward to me.

Very nice AR Mr. Wolf.
 
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Discussion Starter #13
Mr. Wolf said:
Thank you for the inputs.

I went with the 16" vs the 14.5" + pinned flash protector because I didn't want to lose 200-250 FPS on velocity... there seems to be a sharp cut-off when you drop from the ~16" barrel length for the 5.56 NATO round.

Cheers,
Yeah, people love the SBR look, but you sacrifice some velocity. When you drop down to pistol-length barrels, it's even worse. I use that as an excuse not to spend the extra $200 + engraving costs for an SBR tax stamp.

Nifty rifle, by the way. I like Picatinny rails on my forearm but that's just personal preference. I love that Ace stock, been contemplating it on my varminter for a while!
 
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Discussion Starter #16
my suggestion would be to get a spacer for your AP mount, and get yourself a good bottom 1/3 co-witness.

I just finished a build of my own a few months back.

 
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Discussion Starter #17
ARin said:
my suggestion would be to get a spacer for your AP mount, and get yourself a good bottom 1/3 co-witness.

I just finished a build of my own a few months back.

Very nice set up ARin. And yeah, I need a spacer to raise the optics maybe 1/2 inch.

empak87 - the optics is an Aimpoint clone off of Ebay. There were some threads here and on AR15.com that seem to like the product... the battery life is only ~125 hrs, but otherwise very reliable and sturdy. For me, I'm just evaluating it to see if I want to go the Aimpoint vs. EoTech rout... as of now, I think I like the lower profile and wider sight picture of the Eotech, but better spending ~$39 (shipped) to try out the other alternative rather than invest $339+ on something. In the future, I'll mount a "battle ready" optic vs the current evaluation toy that I have.

jednp - I got the griip pod - bipod combo from Ebay as well. Do a search for aimpoint + grip pod + molle or a combination of the 3, and this should pop up... it was like $30 (shipped.)

Cheers,
 
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Discussion Starter #18
Updates:

Finally zeroed! Went shooting this past week and broke in the barrel and sighted in the iron.

Outdoor range @ 50 yrds, shooting Wolf 5.56 ammo, bench with the grip/bipod

1. Low and to the right.... walking it up to the center.


2. Close to zeroed.. but have to work on the grouping.


3. 15 shots @ 50 yards... 1 minute of bad guy or probably close to 2.5 MOA


4. My best group for the day, barrel broken in, zeroed @ 50 yrds, 3/4" grouping.. life is good and I'm calling it a day while I'm ahead


Final thoughts. I love the stability of the ACE skeletal stock. No wiggle, tough as nails, great butt pad. If I were to wear armor or if the rifle was to be used by multiple people, the adjustable stock makes sense, but for me, it's a perfect fit with less moving parts. Got the high rise cantelever mount for the AP clone... co-witnessed it at home, but still haven't put rounds through it yet.

More to come.

Cheers,
 
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Discussion Starter #20
Hey folks... just wanted to give you some updates on the project.

As some of you have suggested, I put a cantelever riser to cowitness the red-dot to the iron sights. Much more intuitive to get a sight picture and sweeter ergonomics.

I've also added an aluminum grip handle so I could shoot in the limited class for 3 gun matches (of course I'd also have to take off the optics).

The modular 3 point sling is from Rocky Mountain Tactical. It's their Delta sling. You can configure it to wear it with your body armor, wear it as a single point (current setup) or wear it like a traditional 2 point with a quick adjust strap similar to the Viking Tactics sling system. So far I like it very much... I just need to cut some lenght off of the longest webbing as it hangs low on me even with it cinched all the way up.

Looking forward to some range time and I'll give an update then. Enough gum-flappin'... here's the goods.





I'll try to answer any questions you have. I'm loving the BRD :) :) :)

Cheers,
 
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