I took another trip to the range a couple of days ago with my friend, Vince. I brought the AR-15 and the Ruger 10/22 in the new Archangel Stock. It was really windy and a little rainy as a cold front moved through right when we arrived. I only fired about 40 rounds through the Ruger at 25 yards. I was having a hard time seeing the rounds impact the target, due to the bad weather conditions. So, I switched to the AR-15 and fired 100 rounds of Perfecta .223 ammo I got from Wal-Mart for around $19 per 50 rounds. I used a Pro-Mag 20 round magazine I got for about $4. It and the gun functioned perfectly.
I built the gun with a complete upper from Hardened Arms, a Spike’s Tactical stripped lower and a Palmetto State Armory lower build kit:
I started out at 25 yards and fired multiple groups at the same target:
Then, I moved out to 50 yards and fired one large group:
Here is a video of me shooting:
This is the range, Okeechobee Shooting Sports in Okeechobee, Florida:
I’ve had a Ruger 10/22 rifle for a few years now. It’s a fun little rifle, light-weight easy to shoot, no recoil. The aftermarket accessory industry is huge for this gun. I’ve been looking at the ProMag Archangel replacement stock for a while. Basically, it’s a kit that gives your plain-looking 10/22 into an AR-15. The kit runs between $90 to $130 online. I ordered mine from Cheaper Than Dirt along with a Ruger factory BX-25 magazine. I shopped around and even with shipping, CDT still had the lowest prices around.
The installation is fairly straight-forward. I watched a few YouTube videos which were very helpful. The hardest parts were drifting out the front and rear sights and sliding on the barrel sleeve. If you don’t have a bench-mounted vise, you’ll need a helper to hold the gun down while you tap out the sights with a punch and hammer.
The optic I chose for this gun is a Chinese copy of the Trijicon SRS red-dot sight. I ordered it from Ali Express for around $70. It even came with the “kill flash” adapter that blocks out glare while you’re shooting.
Here are some “before and after” pics along with some close-ups:
I finally got to take my newly-assembled AR-15 to the shooting range to try it out a few days ago. My friend and I went to OK Shooting in Okeechobee, Florida. It’s a very nice outdoor range that features a 200 yard rifle range. I brought along 4 different brands of magazines and 2 different brands of ammo. I took a 20 round Pro-Mag, and 30 round mags made by Tapco, Troy, and PMag. As for the ammo, I took 50 rounds of bulk Federal .223 and 50 rounds of Perfecta 5.56. My optic of choice is a Chinese copy of the Trijicon ACOG 4×32 scope. I got it for $130 shipped from Ali Express. I zeroed the scope at 25 yards. Once it was zeroed, it was pretty much dead-on. Here is a pic of the different mags, a pic of the 25 yard target, and a short video of me firing the gun.
I must have put the gun together properly, I didn’t have a single malfunction or problem of any kind. It worked perfectly with all the mags and both types of ammo. After shooting at 25 yards, I moved out to 50 yards. I was all over the place on the target, until I found that the scope mount came loose. Next time, I’ll re-zero and 25, then move out to 50 after making sure the scope mount is good and tight.
Here is another short video of me shooting the Kel-Tec PLR-16 on my trip there in November:
Until next time, Get out there and shoot!
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:
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:
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:
Here are pics of the completed gun:
Here are a few close-ups:
Next update: The range trip!
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.
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.
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.
Here are the “after” pictures:
Once I get the rail covers and shoulder pad, I should be all set to hit the range!
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:
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:
Until next time, see ya later!
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.