Friday, December 8, 2017

Ordered A New Toy And My Plans: AR15 Shennanigans

There I was out there a few weeks ago with my sons firing guns and being a nuisance.  Had a great time firing my slightly personalized Smith&Wesson MP15 Sport 2.  She ran great and I was pleased, but now I have the urge to tinker and fiddle-fuck around and do an erector set thing to it.

The following is what I've decided to do. I'll explain my decisions and give links to manufacturers' websites and approximate retail prices.  Keep in mind one can usually find all this shit at Amazon for less than MSRP.

(Also keep in mind than I am a cheap, dumb, broke, bastard with a little birfday card money in my pocket. Birfday card money ain't got no home.)

Did a little research and found this gem from Rock River Arms and couldn't pass it up.  GI front sling swivel 'cuz I loves me a GI web sling, mid-length gas system, gas block rail on same plain as receiver rail, and comes with bolt carrier group and charging handle! 

Hell yes!  I'll pin this bad boy to my existing Smith&Wesson lower, get me some glass and go Commie hunting!

First things first...I'd better get some back up iron sights and some other shit to dress up my new whore, so here it goes.

It's Magpul and it's some kinda steel/aluminum which is what I need seeing as it will mount on my hot gas block and won't melt like their plastic offerings.  It's pricey and gets great reviews, but is cheaper than other name brands.  


Here's the rear sight I've chosen.  It's Magpul's plastic version, but it'll work with the front sight I've picked, and it's a helluva lot cheaper than their metal rear sight.  I currently have one on my S&W AR, and it's good-to-go.

MBUS Sight-Rear

Nikon glass.  Good reviews, and won't break the bank.  Not high speed, but neither am I.  Get some!


NIKON P-223 3-9x40 BDC 600


Nikon scope mount.  Simple, rugged, good reviews, and affordable.  I ain't invading Fallujah.  Why pay more?


NIKON M-223 Mount


I don't like quad-rails, and I ain't free-floatin' shit (for now), so it's Magpul mid-length MOE handguard because the stock guards blow.  Mid-length because of the mid-length gas system, and MOE because Magpul's SL line deletes the use of the sling swivel...and I ain't havin' that.  I have the carbine size MOE handguard on my S&W upper and it rocks!


MOE® M-LOK® Hand Guard, Mid-Length – AR15/M4


Magpul's M-Lok bipod adapter.  I think it's aluminum.  I know it ain't plastic.  Stupid expensive for what it is, but it's bullet proof and it works. I use it on my S&W AR.


M-LOK® Bipod Mount M-LOK Slot System

Harris bipod, motherfucker!  Damn thing kicks ass and is American-made. (In fact everything on this list is US-made except for the NIKON shit. Sorry.) Connects to the above Magpul thingy and is rock solid.  This one is the 9-12 inch.  I have one now and it's a 6-9 inch.  Longer is always better.  That's what she said, anyways.


HBLM Harris Bipod Extends from 9" to 13" notched legs


Grand total for all this faggotry (minus the upper) is roughly $531??

Including the upper it's $856!

Holy fuck, I'm an asshole. I could buy a complete rifle for that.  

What the fuck am I thinking?

Well...I'm thinking I'm not gonna buy all this shit at once.  I'll get the back up irons and go shooting, and then add on a little here and there until I get this bitch completely the way I want it.

A little judicious shopping and research and I'll save quite a bit.

As I get each piece of kit, I'll test it and give you my thoughts.  I'm sure you'll be waiting in breathless anticipation for THAT! 

What say you about this entire mess?  Feel free to comment below.



  1. It's your money....spend it as you will.

    Your parts choice looks good, but I'm an AR newbie, and don't have much experience with them. But seeing as I'm no longer in Kommiefornia, I can ditch the stupid "Bullet Button" and put a real mag release on it, I sees me a little bit of gunsmithin' in the near future....

    1. Thanks. I'm kind of an AR noob myself, and also kind of a MagPul fanboy too. Their stuff works from what I've experienced so far. It's light, rugged, and simple.

      I have the urge to do a little 'smithing also, and am seriously considering building my own AR in the future. Doing so doesn't look all that difficult, and I figure if I can rebuild a small block Chevy, I can build an AR.

      My oldest son left the roost for a computer engineering gig out in Salt Lake. Did I see you're in northern Colorado now? You two could be pen pals. I bet you'd get along. Maybe... ;)

  2. AR rifles are LEGO sets of the gun world! I've done a lot of wrenching, too, and from reading the manuals, seeing dozens of videos, and seeing people work on these things in front of me has shown me how easy these are to work on, maintain, and do some minor mods to.

  3. I built an AR many moons ago and then traded it off. I`ve kind of got the urge to build one in 9mm. Good luck with your project.


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