Friday, February 10, 2012

Multi-Caliber AR15

AR15 LW Project set up for .22 LR
 Hi folks!!

Quick little write up on the project.  This build is for my son.  It is designed so he can grow into the platform.

I started with a Delaware Machine AR-15 lower and went from there.  The lower was put together using a CMMG parts kit, a RADDLOCK 2 bullet button (I'm a California resident and want to stay legal), and Fulton Armory 4 position stock.  The grip is an excellent slim line Ar15 grip from Stryke Industries  I have large hands but this AR is set up for my little guy so the grip is PERFECT for him.  I have a large Stryke Industries AR15 grip on my rifle and I'm truly happy with the product.  (NOTE:  They make a really nice IPhone 4 case).

A Cerro A3 upper receiver was used with an FN bolt carrier and bolt, Double Star Ind. charging handle and a CMMG upper parts kit completed the upper.  A CMMG .22LR drop in conversion fills in the .22 LR role.  Flip up sights were purchased at a gunshow and I'm unnsure of the brand.

The barrel is from E.R. Shaw and was originally a 1:9 twist non-chrome lined 14.5" M-4 profile.  I had the barrel turned down to .606" except at the front sight/gas block area which I kept at .750" (standard) profile.  A Phantom Flash Hider was pinned and welded in place to make it over the 16" legal length.  A picatinny gas block finished up the upper.  Standard CAR slimline carbine foregrip in green to match the stock and grip finished off the basic build.

AR15 LW Project set up for 5.56x45/.223 Remington
NOTE:  This is a blocked 30 round mag holding only 10 rounds.
A Bushnell TRS-25 red dot optic mounted on top of a 1/2" riser was mounted on the A3 upper. 

Bushnell Red Dor 1x Sight
Black Dog Machine magazines were used in the .22 LR kit and CProducts 10/30 mags were tested at the range.


I tested the build over a two weekend range trip.  Both times 250 rounds of .22 LR (mixed manufactures) and  90 rounds 5.56/.223 ammo (also mixed manufacturers and reloads) were tested.  The weapons was NOT cleaned at all.  I had several malfunctions (about 10) using the .22 LR converstion.  This was due to a faulty Black Dog Machine magazine and not anything else.  The rifle ran flawlessly with the exception of the magazine issue.  I lubbed the CMMG .22  LR unit after every 250 rounds and the 5.56/.223 bolt/carrier after the initial testing cycle.  Just a note, the 5.56/.223 rounds were fired after the .22 LR rounds.


I set up the Bushnell TRS-25 to shoot 5.56mm/223 at 25m.  At this range the point of aim and point of impact from this roound will be the same at 100m (roughly).  With the .22Lr converstion at 25m it was dead on as well.  I saw a change at about 50m where not only where the groups opening up (because of the twist rate in the barrel) but also in bullet drop.  At 50m the .22LR was still "soup can" MOA.  I did not shoot the .22 LR at 100m but I would say you'd get pie plate accuracy at this range with the .22 LR unit.


For what I spent on the build (Less than $1000.00 including optic/riser and .22 LR magazines) I could not be happier.  I have a rifle my son can grow into and keep forever (or until the make me turn them it in).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Building a New AR-15 in 5.56mmN/.22 LR

This week I should have all the parts in to build a multi-calibeer AR-15.  I won't go step by step since there are about, oh, 10,000 other blogs/YouTube videos showing you how to build it. 

Instead I will focus on the reasons why I chose to build mine the way I did.  It is an economy build with affordable, liable, and quality parts from known manufacturers.  This build will be handed down to my son when he is old enough to shoot.  It is goiong to be built like a Canadian Colt C-8A1 clone including green furniture.

Just some specifications:
- 14.5" M-4 Style 1:9 twist barrel with pinned flash hider.
- A3 upper with detachable A1 carrying handle
- Green furniture
- Parts by CMMG, JD Machine, Fulton Armory, Bushmaster, and more.

And like I stated it will be multi-caliber.

Stay tunned.....

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cool email that Eruditee Hillbilly Posted

This was on Erudite's blog and I thought  it was great.  Enjoy!

"The folks who are getting the free stuff don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop and the the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Why is this all happening?

The people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff to pay for it have told the people who are receiving the free stuff that the people who are paying for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

The people who are getting the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing other people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now…understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded.

The reason has always been that the voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury (free stuff) by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury (free stuff) in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 231 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff.

We have one more chance to change that in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Merrell Sawtooth Mid Weight Hiking Boot Review

I recently purchased a set of Merrell Sawtooth boots for work. I've been wearing them now for a little over two weeks and I'm very happy with them.

Construction is solid. The tread is aggressive yet doesn't make noise on hard surfaces. Wear, so far, on the treat walking on carpet, concrete, asphalt, and dirt/rocks is minimal yet the tread is pretty soft. I haven't seen any chunks missing. The upper is a rough out leather. The inside is lined with soft material. Retail price on these is in the mid $100s. I purchased mine online for about $100 shipped.  They weight about 3.0 lbs.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Century Arms C93 (An HK 93 clone)

I was, for the longest time, a die hard HK (Heckler und Koch) fan. I loved their rifles and USP pistols until they became out of reach for my budget. They are great firearms. The other unfortunate part is HK USA themselves and their attitudes (

Now, with that said, that didn't stop me from spending $500.00 for a new Century made C93 carbine. Now Century Arms has a reputation for building weapons of, lets just say, “questionable” craftsmanship. Since this is my first Century manufactured weapon, I can ONLY tell you from personal experience about this weapon. I have both read in the W3 and spoken to a few “weapon whores” that have had both good AND bad experiences with Century manufactured weapons.
Before I plunked down my $500 out of my “slush fund”, I did a bit of research on the W3 and spoke to two close friends who are HK gurus. Both gave me the “oh I just threw up look” when I mentioned this rifle. Now they are “HK snobs” so anything not made in Germany by HK is NOT an HK. My reactions was, “And a POF is not made by Colt so what's the deal?”. They reiterated the Century Arms reputation and basically said I'd might be buying a lemon. The consensus on this, and Century Arms in general, is that they can't pattern, lack of accuracy, and reliability problems.

OK back to my HK rant. Even though I've owned several USP pistol which I enjoyed very much (until I became a fan of Mr. Glock's invention), I had never owned an HK long arm. I've trained with many variants of the MP-5 and UMPs. I've put many rounds through HK G3 variants, HK33 variants, G36 variants, and one or two of their S.A.W./L.M.G variants All very cool weapon systems but VERY pricey (HK= High Kost, or Huge and Klunky).

Back to the review. My C93 - HK 93 clone – arrived in a very nice box with a well thought out owners manual, a carrying handle, and a single 40-round aluminum magazine. The weapon had a nice finish except for the plastic furniture. The stock and forearm looked like a monkey had taken a can of spray on bed liner and went to town. Not too happy. The polymer/plastic lower looked like an HK but it was not. This must be a part Century built themselves to make it compliant with 933r manufacturing laws (I THINK thats the correct law). Anyways, I'm not too happy with the pistol grip as I have gorilla hands and this sucker's grip fits my 5-year old just fine. Sucks to be me.

The metal finish and fit on the rifle was nice. No complaints for a $500.00 range/field/truck rifle. I field stripped her down and cleaned her up. As you may or may not know, most of Century Arms rifles are parts kits. This was definitely a parts kit and showed some wear but nothing too bad. One of the concerns with HK-style weapons is head space If headspace is too tight, not good. If headpsace is too much, not good. If you ever purchase an HK go on the W3 and do a search for HK and head spacing It will explain how to check it and how to resolve any issues Mine didn't have a problem. Everything internally checked out. The welding was a bit rough but nothing I could not live with. I was happy with the purchase so far. I put her back together with some Miltech (aka: Astroglyde for guns) and grabbed a hold of the magazine.

Ahhh yes, the famous 40-round magazine. This thing reminds me of the magazine from an STG/MP-44. I think it might be a direct copy. The magazine was “previously owned” but looked pretty good. I stripped it down, gave it a good cleaning, and checked out the spring for tension. Everything looked good.

So I headed out to my local shooting spot with my two buddies, both weapon dudes, and test fired her. I loaded the first 40 rounds with some older reloads I had that had given me problems. Why I did this I don't know. The first 40 rounds were a bit frustrating but I thought I may have certain issues so I was patient. About 50% of the rounds either didn't fire or failed to eject or chamber. No biggie. From what I read these C93s need a bit of break in, anywhere from OK out of the box to 200 rounds. We spent about 2 hours shooting and we all tried the C93. This one pretty much worked when we got good ammo though it. Every once in a while we had a failure to extract or fire but that was attributed to the ammo I had reloaded (Note: I got a batch of rounds with contaminated primers – my fault). At the end of the day I loaded up my single 40-round mag with some 60 gr. Hornady V-Max factory ammo and she sang like a German parade march. Not one hiccup. We probably put 200-300 rounds though her. Accuracy was good, about 4-5” groups at “100 meters” off-hand. No problems other than what was mentioned above. Trigger was your typical military trigger. Long and gritty. Nothing a trip to Bill Springfield at won't cure. I'm still debating whether a carrying handle is worth the weight or not.

I got her home, cleaned her up and determined she was a keeper. This gun would be just fine for 3-gun matches in my area using open sights. Well, being the gear whore that I am, I went online to look for accessories. Yes, be ready for sticker shock. I purchased a collapsible stock – NOT HK - from Gunbroker ($150), a M1913 rail, and a case deflector.

The stock. OK so this thing was/is made by the guy that made the original Vector's, I think. It's definitely NOT an airsoft knock off as it pretty beefy. The fit was good on my weapon with no mods needed. The stock needed a little “nudge” to close on my receiver for the first two or three dozen times but after that it settle in.

The M1913 rail was an inexpensive $30 piece. I had NO illusions that this thing would be good enough for Afghanistan or even a Zombie attack. But I wasn't about to spend $200 for an HK claw mount. I think this might BE an airsoft piece. Anyways, I put it on the rifle, plopped a generic box scope on it and put it though its paces before going out again. This mount has four claws that attach to the upper receiver and has both spring tensioner and a set screw for tension. After I got everything bolted in it actually feels pretty solid. I had to later modify the mount, which is aluminum, to make both it and the case deflector work.

The case deflector is for an HK G3/HK-91. According to the W3 site I purchased it from (for $10.00), all you had to do was cut 1/2” from the front of the deflector. Now a little fact about the HK rifles. If you have Zombies coming in at 20 meters, if you time it right you can try to “take one out” with an ejected casing. HK rifles are notorious for ejecting cases WWWAAYYY out there to the 1-o'clock position. This case deflector is supposed to “drop them by your feet”. So I got the old Dremel tool out and cut off 1/2”. Sucked fit on there perfect but I also had to modify the M-1913 mount. I had to chop about 1” of rail, no biggie since I was planning on putting a small red dot scope on it anyways, and shave down some of the rail underneath.

So next outing to the range I had it all put together and threw on a LUCID red dot optic on the HK. Hmmm, slight problems. I didn't get through a 40-round mag without 20 jams using good ammo. A little frustrated, I pulled off the rail and scope and messed around with the case deflector. Yup, more trimming is required but not from the front of the deflector. The back of the deflector is too long and wont work with a scope mount on the weapon. I pulled off the deflector and she worked just fine. I would recommend getting one of these and having them modify your mount.

Now back to the magazines. I purchased several 40-round magazines. Now you're asking, why not 25-rounders or 30-rounders. Well there aren't that many choices. Quality 40-rounders, made of aluminum, run between $25-$40 and those are surplus. If you can FIND 25-rounders they run about $90.00. New 30-rounders run about $75.00. Yeah, that's what I said. RTG International Surplus Parts makes new polymer 30-rounders ala G36 magazines but I have not read anything about these. There is also the option of using PMAGs and using the CTREE plates (see web site above). This might be a better option and I may do a review in the future if I purchase any.  RTG also has pretty much everything you need for ANY HK or clone with good prices.


If you simply cannot justify the cost of an original HK 93, about $2000.00, and you simply want one in your collection or armory, you simply cant beat this clone. You might have some teething problems but for $500.00 you can't beat the deal. Accessories are pricey but there certainly is many out there. Would I use this as my Zombie rifle? With a few spares and a good red dot, yea I'd use it as a Zombie rifle. After I got the kinks out of it and figured out it's little quirks I think it is a reliable rifle. It is no “tack driver” but I never expected this 1960's vintage rifle to shoot sub 1” groups. It is heavy for its size but it's also bionic and “beefy”.


Caliber: .223/5.56x45 (chambered for 5.56x45)

Barrel: 16.1” non-chrome lined 1/9 twist

Weight: About 8 lbs with collapsible stock


First Post

Hello everyone. First off I'm not a nut job. I'm a 30-something, husband to a wonderful wife, father of one with one on the way as of this writing. I'm the youngest of two and only son to wonderful parents. I'm immigrated at the age of 7 and later became a U.S. Citizen at the ripe age of 24. I'm very patriotic with right of center views, for the most part, and cherish what I have.  I work in the law enforcement field and love my chosen career. I don't see things as black and white and loathe politics in my job.

I'm a prepper and gear whore. I love my toys and love tinkering with anything mechanical be it vehicles, firearms, or lawnmowers. I believe in being prepared for any natural or man made disasters. I'm not a “right wing nut job” - I don't believe in the overthrow of our government but do believe there are many politicians, both left AND right, that need to be voted or removed from office – at all levels of our government system.

I started this blog to give my two cents about prepping/survival, firearms, outdoor gear, reloading – or whatever floats my fancy. I'm very lucky that I have a job, and good friends, that allows me to test some pretty “cool” gear. That is one of the emphasis for this web site.

So sit back, grab a beverage of your choice, and read my rants.

Keep your powder dry and watch your six,