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I got a shit ton of duostocks back when everyone blew them out for  $5 a couple years back.

 

Once you  hit that stupid camel toe with a belt sander they're not half bad...

 

And between them being stupid cheep and my cub scouts alumni status (and thus pinewood EVERYTHING race prep skills) I will melt the fuck out of fishing sinkers etc on a hot plate in a tuna can crucible at pretty much every excuse!

 

Yes I actually balance out my forward mounted accessories using lead because cr123's and battery sticks are for people who weren't cub scouts / fear lead poisoning. 

 

 

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On 11/15/2017 at 4:49 AM, Sturgeon said:

I've been working on a new upper receiver for my infamous 6920 (yes, this one). This is a big step for me, as I've developed a reputation for austerity in my AR-15s. I went some 8,000+ rounds with that 6920 without changing much more than the handguards, for example. It took me a long time to buy a second upper for it, and that upper ended up being... An el-cheapo 20" A4! Many of my peers stared at the result of that with disgust.

Suffice it to say, I do not keep up with the fashions of the AR world. But all that ends soon, sort of. A while back, I decided I would keep pace, nay, leapfrog the current trends by upgrading my 6920 into a badass all purpose shooting machine! And then I did the math and decided that would be far too expensive and what was I thinking, and scaled it back to this build:

 

 

My goals were to create a more consistent shooter that I could train more reliably with. I have found I am a decent enough shot now that my old austere setups are holding me back. I think it was that new Tikka and the Bushnell it wears that taught me this; but whatever the reason, I wanted a rifle that is both more accurate and more consistent now, which means a good barrel and a free float rail. In addition to that, I wanted a gun that would act as a chronograph platform, which means it needed a 14.5" barrel. 16" would be my preferred in other circumstances, but none other than 14.5" will do, I'm afraid. I simply must get those sweet, sweet velocity readings for that length. You'll see why, soon.

 

As you can see, I have kept the essentials. The excellent Criterion barrel will still be the heart of my new upper, and the Geissele SSA-E will be my trigger (bought on sale of course). Elsewhere, I have cut costs. Originally, I was going to use the Geissele MK14 rail, since it's swaggy and SOCOM used it. Honestly, until embarrassingly recently the only thought I had put into that was "it's the best". It occurred to me sometime yesterday that I have no business with IR lasers or other attachments that need to hold zero on a rail to 200m at night, so I should go with a cheaper rail. I could have bought the ALG rail as certain people recommended, but I just found it too unsightly. That is, in my opinion, one seriously fugly rail. The MCMR ended up being a compromise between appearance on the one hand, and practicality on the other. It's attractive enough, and easy to install - while being substantially cheaper and more available than the MK14. OK.
 

Of course, a 14.5" barrel means pinning and welding, and that means I will be stuck with whatever muzzle device I choose. This made for some tough decisions. Initially I decided on the SureFire WARCOMP-556CTN, a device far, far more gucci that I would ever normally consider. But, you know, that's a Criterion on there, and I'm pinning and welding - I should probably get a flash hider of quality to match, and preferably one that can mount a can, if I ever decide to go that route. Hence the SureFire. But eventually I relented and decided that if, in the distant future, I did decide I needed an NFA item to do the job of a pair of foamies, I could just carefully remove the flash hider itself and pin and weld on something new. Or, more realistically, pay someone to do it for me. So instead, I picked the cheapest flash hider that was long enough to meet the ATF's minimum barrel length, which saved us something like $115 cool ones. I am truly a bastard.

Initially, I wanted to build this off my existing upper receiver, but it became obvious to me that doing so would sacrifice a valuable 16" test platform, and that I could build a complete and separate upper receiver for little extra. Hence, I need to buy a furnished upper receiver, but fortunately quality ones are available for $90 or less these days. I have paid some mind to buying the more expensive BCM uppers, as those are quite nice, but I think the Spike's available on Primary Arms will do just as well. Plus, I did the math - having to have the BCM A2X shipped from a different vendor (Bravo, as it's not available anywhere else) doesn't make up for the difference in cost between the two uppers - sadly.

 

And that's the whole build! But not quite. Sometime down the line, I might just add that SureFire, and in fact if the stars align right it might make it into the initial build, taking the spot of the BCM A2X. Likewise, if the right sale hits (say, on Black Friday) and that Geissele MK14 (or, hell, a MK8!) goes on sale in combo with a gas block it would make little sense to pass that up. I also mused at replacing my current stock (a Tapco of all things! Much nicer than the factory Colt stock, I promise) with a swaggier BCM B5, but to be honest $60 is quite a lot for a stock that I really don't need. Alas, my rifle will probably say "Tapco" forever. As well, I have found it annoying to switch between uppers with only one charging handle between them, and the standard AR CH is as everyone knows a bit of a bear. So, someday I may buy a BCM Gunfighter CH; likely far, far sooner than I grab that B5 stock.

 

All of this miserliness is to an end, though: I have my sights set on a nice variable power optic, probably a Vortex Razor HD II 1-6. My current gun has an ACOG I bought used back in the Dark Ages, and it works well, but it has an exceptionally short eye relief (it routinely blesses me - fortunately scope eye from a 5.56 is more annoyance than injury) and is a less practical optic by today's standards. It's time to move on, I think.

 

Well, thanks the Brack Friday Bundurus, I have now purchased just about everything that was originally going into the "badass shooting machine". I even splurged a bit and got the SureFire Warcomp (on sale of course), and the Geissele ACH. The only things that remain to be bought are the optic and mount, which together comprise 2/3s to 3/4s of the cost of the entire build, so...

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The new upper seems to work pretty good:

 

 

300 rounds through it (of 7 different types) today. No stoppages, except a crappy primer on a Golden Tiger round. Golden Tiger also likes to not activate the LRBHO. But who cares?

 

Really impressed with this arrangement. It's really deceptive; you don't realize what a difference all the modern gucci shit like FF rails, a good trigger, a compensator, etc make until you make the jump. Despite being literally the same gun legally, this thing is light years ahead of the original 6920 when I bought it.

 

I need an optic to match.

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This is my Finnish Mosin, an M39. The rifling is very sharp, and it prints beautiful groups. 

 

It's been in Texas at my parent's place for a few years. My life has been hectic to say the least, but now that I'm more settled I was going to take it back to Colorado. Perhaps I could find a buyer for it, since I want a bolt gun in .308. 

 

As soon as I pulled it out of the safe, the idea wavered greatly. 

 

I took it to the pasture and slammed steel with it for a few magazines. I can't let go of this thing. It's too damned nice. It makes my M44 look like a brutish hunk of shit-steel and crap-wood. This is such a great bolt action. All matching serial numbers, trigger is light and smooth, bolt slides like it's been buttered. 

 

I'll pick up some decent 7.62x54R ammo for it when I get back to Colorado. 

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Welllllll AR-15 upper has been put on the backburner for the new purchase.

 

I have wanted a bolt action for a bit. Was looking at the Mossberg MVP.  I love iron sights, and the fact it takes AR-10 magazines (SR-25 pattern) is a big bonus in my book. 

 

But then Ruger had to come out with the Ruger American Ranch in 7.62x39. 

 

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No irons, but cheaper to shoot by far, super lightweight, and all around looks like a really fun gun for either camping, the range, the truck, whatever. 

 

Picked up this tonight.

 

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And ordered 100 rounds of FMJ and 100 rounds of soft points. Plus an extra 10 round magazines from Promag just to test out. 

 

I'll be looking at places to get the rifle tomorrow. 

 

 

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