New Gun: The AR-15

For my latest project, I built an AR-15 type rifle. I ordered a complete upper assembly online from Hardened Arms, a lower parts kit from Palmetto State Armory, and I bought a Spike’s Tactical stripped lower from a local gun shop called Gun Runners.

For the upper, I chose a 16″ barreled model with a full-length quad-rail hand guard. Here are the specs from their website:

  • Hardened Arms M4 Feed Ramp Flat Top Receiver
  • Black anodized mil-spec finished upper receiver
  • Feed ramps for increased feeding reliability on barrel and upper
  • Laser etched T-Marked upper receiver
  • Chrome Moly 5.56 High End Barrel
  • Melonite Coated barrel (Harder and more durable than chrome lining)
  • 1/9 Barrel Twist
  • Chambered in 5.56 NATO (will also fire .223 ammo)
  • 16″ M4 Profile barrel with M4 Extension
  • .750″ diameter at gas block
  • 1/2×28 threaded muzzle/barrel
  • Low profile gas block
  • Barrel dimpled to secure gas block
  • Carbine length gas system
  • A2 flash hider
  • Tactical Quad Rail free float 15″ handguard with end cap
  • Full Auto Profile Melonited BCG (Harder and more durable than chrome lined BCGs)
  • Milspec Charging Handle

The upper was $349 plus shipping. I added a set of Magpul flip-up sights from Ebay. Here are photos of the upper:

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For the lower, I bought a Spike’s Tactical stripped lower from Gun Runners here in Jupiter for $99. I used nail polish to fill in the engraving. Here are before and after pics:

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I ordered a complete lower parts kit from Palmetto State Armory. It was $99 plus shipping. It features a  BLACKHAWK! brand collapsible 6 position stock and nicely textured beavertail pistol grip. Here are photos of the kit plus the tools I used to put it together:

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Here are pics of the completed gun:

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Here are a few close-ups:

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Next update: The range trip!






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The Mossberg 500

So I stopped by our local Gander Mountain last week, I spotted a cool looking pistol grip shotgun sitting in their used gun case. Turns out it was a nearly-new Mossberg 500 “Just in case” model, version 2. The price was $299. I bought it. The gun breaks down easily into three main parts: the barrel, the receiver, and the pistol grip. They all fit neatly in the included zippered case.

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The original “Just in case” model came in a large plastic tube with a survival kit. If I remember correctly, Gander was selling them a year or two ago for $349. I always thought it would be nice to have a 12 gauge pistol grip shotgun, so I couldn’t pass it up when I saw this one.

After emailing my local shooting range, I discovered that they require a butt stock to fire a shotgun on their range. I searched Ebay and Amazon and found a 6 position adjustable stock for $40. It’s set up just like an AR-15 stock with a plastic shoulder stock that slides on a metal tube that screws into the pistol grip. This one is easily removable and still allows me to break the gun down and store it in the provided zippered case.

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Then I ordered a replacement forend that has 3 rails that allow for mounting lights and/or lasers. It’s made by ProMag and I got it from Midway USA for $20.  I also ordered a set of rail covers for the forend to cushion the sharp edges, a rail that mounts on the top of the receiver to mount sights or a scope, and a slip-on recoil butt pad to help with that 12 gauge recoil.

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Here are the “after” pictures:

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Range Trip 9/1/14

Finally took the new PLR-16 and M92 to the range today. It was actually pretty crowded for a Monday, but it was a holiday. First up was the Kel-Tec PLR-16. I fired 40 rounds  of Perfecta .223 using the 30 round PMag magazine. Here is a short video and a few pics of the fireball:

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Next up was the M92 AK-47 pistol. I fired 40 rounds of steel-cased Tula ammo, 20 rounds each in the factory steel mag and a Pro-Mag polymer mag. Video and pics:


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Until next time, see ya later!

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M92: All done!

I have finally received all the accessories for my new M92 AK pistol. I went with the Midwest Industries railed handguard, the Manticore Arms “nightbrake“, an NcStar dlb140 red dot/laser combo, a Hogue pistol grip, and a Magpul AFG2. All I have to do now is go out and shoot!

I chose the MI handguard because I really like the look, and it gives you four rails for mounting optics, lasers, lights or other accessories, like the AFG2. It really gives the gun a “tactical” look.


There aren’t many choices when it comes to choosing a muzzle brake, because of the oddball threads on the barrel. A normal AK has 14×1 LH threads where the M92 has 26×1.5 LH threads. I chose the Manticore “nightbrake” because I liked the looks, it has great reviews, and it is fairly small and compact.


As for choosing the NcStar dlb140, I liked that it is a red dot as well as a laser. It also features a quick-release mount, so I can easily use it on both my Kel-Tec PLR-16 as well as the M92.




I like the Hogue grip over the stock grip because it is much more comfortable and should help with the recoil of the 7.62 cartridge.


Here are the pictures:



I also made a short video demonstrating two different AR-15 magazine loaders:

The second mag loader is made by CAA.

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…Another New Gun

Yes, that’s right. I just got yet another gun. It’s a Zastava M92. Basically it’s an AK-47 pistol. I’ve always wanted an AK, and once I saw the M92, I knew it would be perfect. You get all the firepower and features of an AK but in a smaller, compact size. I got it at the monthly gun show in West Palm Beach. I knew exactly what I was looking for, so I did a really quick walk-through of the whole place. The first dealer I found had two of them for $499 each. Everyone else’s prices ranged from $549 up to $699. So, I went with the first dealer.

There are a few accessories I plan on adding at some point. First is the Midwest Industries replacement hand-guard set. It replaces the old-fashioned wood hand-guards with  metal and includes rails for mounting optics. The second is the SB-47 handbrace. It attaches like a shoulder stock, but it is actually a handbrace. Since it’s illegal to add a shoulder stock to a pistol, it includes a letter from the BATFE  stating that it’s not actually a shoulder stock and is therefore legal to attach to a pistol. And the third is some type of muzzle brake, to help control the recoil and muzzle-rise.

Here are a few pictures:

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I’ll get to the shooting range eventually. When I do, I’ll post a range report with some pics and vids.


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Say Hello To My Little Friend…

In my last post, I added the Kel-Tec muzzlebrake and forend kits. Since then I have added a Magpul AFG2 (Angled fore grip). I also have bought a few mags and finally decided on a carrying case.

The carrying case I ended up getting is an “Uncle Mike’s Tactical Submachine gun case”. I shopped around a bit and found the best deal on Amazon. The PLR-16 fits perfectly inside, with room for extra mags. The only thing I’m not crazy about is that the case doesn’t zipper open all the way around. It only opens from the back and a short way across the bottom.

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As for the new mags, I found a great deal on 30 round Tapco mags from Mississippi Auto Arms. They were running a sale for only $4.75 each, so I ordered 5. The final mag I ordered is the SGM Tactical 100 round drum magazine for AR-15/M-16 rifles. I also shopped around a bit for this item. Most places wanted anywhere from $100 all the way up to almost $200. However, Cheaper Than Dirt had them in-stock for only $72 plus shipping. I ordered on a Tuesday and had everything on Friday afternoon.

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The Magpul AFG2 I ordered came from a China-based seller on Ebay. It was only a little over $8 shipped. It appears to be the “Airsoft” version. It is marked “for training use only”. However, I find it to be very sturdy and well constructed.

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Now all I have to do is buy some ammo and head to the shooting range! Hopefully that will be sometime in the beginning of next month when I take a vacation. See ya then!

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PLR-16 Update

So, my forend kit and muzzlebrake arrived today. Here are the pics:

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Next time: Range report!

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