Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tinkering Tuesday - America's Rifle (half a one)

So, in today's Tinkering Tuesday will take a look at America's Rifle. I'm sure as I type that Garand purists and M-14 fanbois probably tensed a little bit at that one. And to be honest I did too, because, well Jack O'Connor knew what he was talking about. A good Model 70 in .270 Winchester will do you just about anything that you need it to. Oh hey, there we go. That's tomorrow Weapon's Wednesday.

But today we're going to talk about my half finished AR- platform. You see, when Gander Mountain closed, I sold a lot of guns. And a lot of those were Rugers. So Ruger sent me free complete lower.
And I took it out of the box and put it on my vice.

Progress! And Hail Southern!

And well, that's where we're at with it currently. My original plan was to build a .300 BLk carbine. And then Old NFO made fun of me for that caliber choice. And then we took in a 700 AAC SD bolt gun in said caliber. So, probably not going down that route. .224 Valkyrie looks really promising.
But 6.8 SPC II is still near and dear to my heart. But Jackie needs a 5.56mm carbine for her, so as to be prepared for when the Zombies come.

And, well, I got a bunch of magazines and MagPul BUIS for it, and that's it. This tinkering tuesday is going to be slow going. But hey, it looks good on the bench. Feel free to discuss among yourselves what caliber for AR.


  1. Hey Mack;

    I have an armorers wrench if you need one.

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  3. Deleted and redone because of embarrassing typo.

    "What caliber for the AR?"
    Yes. Then another yes, and more after that.
    Starting with a 5.56 upper is a good idea, and the choices of gas tube location, barrel length, material and so many more spiral rapidly into bewildering complexity.

    Sadly the "phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range" isn't an option.

    It's all a lot of fun.


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