Range Trip 2-5-15

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:

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I started out at 25 yards and fired multiple groups at the same target:

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Then, I moved out to 50 yards and fired one large group:

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Here is a video of me shooting:

This is the range, Okeechobee Shooting Sports in Okeechobee, Florida:

























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Project: “Archangel”

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:

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AR-15 First Range Trip

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.

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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!





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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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