Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Care and Feeding of Your AR15

At Rawles' Survival Blog: Two Letters Re: No-Name AR-15s.

Mostly noteworthy (to me) for the discussion of points of failure, and recommended spare parts and tools.

Mine is what is sometimes called a "FrankenAR": I bought the upper off of a guy from the (now sadly diminished) WA Hometown Forum on AR15.com, and assembled the lower from a WAHTF lower and parts purchased at gun shows. So far, so good, but I probably haven't even put 500 rounds through it.

As with just about any semi-auto, magazines are a serious point of failure. I have a bunch of GI 30 rounders that magically appeared in a duffel bag in the garage one day; I've replaced all the springs, and tossed the original issue followers with Magpul's anti-tilt numbers. I have a couple of GI 20 rounders, as well; since the mag body is straight, not curved, they don't need the new followers. (The curved 30 round mags with original followers have historically had problems. The anti-tile followers essentially have longer legs that prevent them.)

I also have half a dozen "windowed" Magpul P-Mags. P-Mags are cheap enough, and good enough, that I see no particular reason that someone wanting to build up a healthy supply shouldn't just go with them.

BTW, I always used a 20 round mag while in the field during my Army career; it kept grunge out of my rifle as well as a 30-rounder, was a bit less unwieldy, and was distinctive enough to make ID-ing my rifle in a stack or rack a bit easier.

1 comment:

DirtCrashr said...

I put Magpull followers in my CA-legal 10-rounders! Both my lowers are built-up on White Oak parts-kits with RR 2-stage triggers.