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tomd1584
04-14-2009, 8:38 PM
my upper came in today, and optics/backup sight will be here friday. What do i need to do before I go shoot? clean it? oil it?

Edit: The red is the freelock button, turned all the way in to comply with CA law. it is NOT the wonder wrench.

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc179/TomDuran/IMG00076.jpg

Vtec44
04-14-2009, 8:44 PM
oil the internals, head space check, function test, take it to the range, shoot it! :D

djleisure
04-14-2009, 8:44 PM
Yep. Clean it, oil it, pull out the BCG and see how it works, then go shoot it! Enjoy!

Cal-Irish
04-14-2009, 8:46 PM
What they've said. Cleaning videos/instructions make so much more sense when you've messed around with the internals a little.

Nice build. What optics are you putting on?

jdberger
04-14-2009, 8:49 PM
Start gathering parts for your next one....:p

Jicko
04-14-2009, 8:51 PM
FIND AMMO!! :(

ZombieFerox
04-14-2009, 8:52 PM
You need a rear sight and maybe some optics.

cmaynes
04-14-2009, 8:52 PM
after you shoot it a bunch- start saving for an Aimpoint....

jbooker9
04-14-2009, 8:56 PM
Go buy another lower and start over. it's addicting:30:

tomd1584
04-14-2009, 8:59 PM
You need a rear sight and maybe some optics.

If you would have read my post, BUIS and bushnell trophy 1x32 will be here friday....

dieselpower
04-14-2009, 9:12 PM
You may want to remove that BB key tool while in CA....After that, time to save up for optics and ammo.

tomd1584
04-14-2009, 9:24 PM
You may want to remove that BB key tool while in CA....After that, time to save up for optics and ammo.

Its the free lock button, not the tool. its turned all the way down so its just like the normal BB.

Uxi
04-14-2009, 9:42 PM
Disassemble, assemble, function check, load, and fire drills.

SP1200
04-15-2009, 12:05 AM
Get started on your next!

Arteel
04-15-2009, 2:17 AM
Lots of ammo. :)

aplinker
04-15-2009, 2:20 AM
Clean the barrel out, spray down the BCG and shoot it.

247Nino
04-15-2009, 3:46 AM
find three other fireteam members, use your house for house clearing drills, go next door and do it for real!

headspace/oil/clean/oil/wipe/oil/shoot

Tweak338
04-15-2009, 10:04 AM
Start snapping in, and finding ammo.
Also, start gathering parts for the next

find three other fireteam members, use your house for house clearing drills, go next door and do it for real!

I lol'd

Amacias805
04-15-2009, 10:10 AM
Start gathering parts for your next one....:p

+1 :thumbsup:

Ducman
04-15-2009, 10:20 AM
more ammo and be prepared to be poor ;)

Darklyte27
04-15-2009, 10:25 AM
shoot it some more after you shot it

Clark_Kent_X
04-15-2009, 1:19 PM
buy spare parts and grease it like this AR-15 Lubrication (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXIsKEHo-4g)

AaronHorrocks
04-15-2009, 1:37 PM
I just finished an AR of my own about a week ago. Lightly lube the moving parts (NOT THE BUFFER) and try some dry cycling. check headspace, then take it to the range!

Here's mine, mostly 1966 dated:

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/3690/ahcar1502081024.jpg (http://img18.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ahcar1502081024.jpg)
By AaronHorrocks (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/AaronHorrocks)

As soon as I get the right tool, I'll replace that "birdcage" with a "3 prong". BTW, this model does not have a forward assist.

mltrading
04-15-2009, 1:52 PM
Go shooting and grab a camera with you. Then post us some grouping. Enjoy!!!:thumbsup:

pewpewguns
04-15-2009, 4:03 PM
Now it's time to complete your collection by purchasing an AK :thumbsup:

that's the step I'm at anyways..

Amacias805
04-15-2009, 10:42 PM
Now it's time to complete your collection by purchasing an AK :thumbsup:

that's the step I'm at anyways..

+1:thumbsup:

Vtec44
04-15-2009, 11:01 PM
Now it's time to complete your collection by purchasing an AK :thumbsup:

that's the step I'm at anyways..

What if you already bought an AK? That's where I'm at... :( I need a long range semi-auto sniper rifle...

Hoop
04-15-2009, 11:05 PM
Start gathering parts for your next one....:p

+1.

Everyone should have at least 2 of these.

nimoZ
04-15-2009, 11:43 PM
Have fun!
- I got mine completed last Wednesday and was at the range on Saturday with some XM193's. I spend some time making sure it would feed through a mag manually and had it oiled up pretty well before hitting the range - no issues :thumbsup:

Mine is a 16" carbine and recoil was light and accuracy as expected free-standing with iron sights.

Now I'm researching some optics options:
http://demigodllc.com/articles/fighting-carbine-optics-short-guide/?p=1


Cheers,
Nik

high_revs
04-16-2009, 12:09 AM
i'd just run a dry patch to make sure nothing in barrel. lube it up just in case. go out and have fun shooting it.

rumble phish
04-16-2009, 12:12 AM
run around the house in your underwear making shooting noises with it! :)


"Petchew, petchew!"

















What? Like you guys never did that? Riiiiight


:laugh:

Josh3239
04-16-2009, 12:14 AM
Why the heck are people saying to check the headspace? If an AR is in spec it is headspaced, am I missing something or is there a reason to think the bolt or extentions are out of spec? Seriously, the best way to get an AR with bad headspace is to mix a BCG that has seen thousands of rounds with a barrel extention that has seen thousands of rounds.

Have you function tested it?http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-perform-a-functions-check-on-your-own-ar-15-rifle-267086/view/

As for lubing, this is a nice little guide:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v489/Metroliner/lubedef.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v489/Metroliner/riflelubechart.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v489/Metroliner/boltlube.jpg

Anything with moving parts will need it. You will start to see wear points after you have fired it.

If the barrel is new it would probably be a good idea to put a couple of patches through it with light oil.

Vtec44
04-16-2009, 12:33 AM
Why the heck are people saying to check the headspace? If an AR is in spec it is headspaced, am I missing something or is there a reason to think the bolt or extentions are out of spec?

You never know if you get one that's out of spec. And you rather find out before you shoot the weapon than after.


Seriously, the best way to get an AR with bad headspace is to mix a BCG that has seen thousands of rounds with a barrel extention that has seen thousands of rounds.

I've done this before, and I always check the head space before I fire the weapon. :D

JayRuff
04-16-2009, 1:57 AM
is lubing it a MUST-Do? I don't know how to take out the bg, charging handle parts etc.

freonr22
04-16-2009, 2:29 AM
you neeeeed to learn please

Joe
04-16-2009, 2:36 AM
is lubing it a MUST-Do? I don't know how to take out the bg, charging handle parts etc.

its simple

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/edu49.htm

GoingPro
04-16-2009, 3:34 AM
get all your firearms you want....then buy all the nice accessories like aimpoint/eotech ... thats what im doing.

gemini1
04-28-2009, 10:13 AM
I need to clarify this. So if I got my upper and BCG/CH from Bravo Co, I still need to check the headspace? Is'nt it that this seller and other big name companies test fire their uppers before selling it to the public?
I got a 16" middy a couple of weeks ago and an LMT s/a BCG and CMT C/H just now. I was hoping, if I get this by weekend I can go to the range and try my new rifle. Now with this headspacing thing, you guys are making me nervous. Should I buy the head spacer thingie now?
Can the veteran shooters pls chime in??

Josh3239
04-28-2009, 1:56 PM
You never know if you get one that's out of spec. And you rather find out before you shoot the weapon than after.

This is true, but what would make you think a part you bought would be out of spec? Buy from a high quality vendor who builds his things stricly to spec, who MPIs and test fires every bolt and barrel that leaves his factory and you won't need to. I have heard of Colt armorers who have gone their entire career with never finding any of their Colts with bad headspacing. While headspacing can work loose over time from usage, this could only be causes by thousands of rounds. I have built atleast 8 ARs and never check headspace and by the way they turned out, I didn't need to. If it makes you feel safer I guess more power to you.

is lubing it a MUST-Do? I don't know how to take out the bg, charging handle parts etc.

Well you have dry, high pressure gasses being shot back into the system along with any dirt, grit, or unburnt powder. Almost all movement will result in metal-to-metal contact. I would highly suggest you lube it, machines run better with lubricant.

Knock out the rear pin (closest to the buttstock), "scissor" the upper and lower open, pull the charging handle, pull the bolt carrier group and charging handle out. To lubricate the system you really don't need to do all that though. Just knock out the rear pin and "scissor" the upper and lower. Use lube to the fire control group, close the upper and lower back up and reinsert the pin. Open the ejection port, look for the two holes in the bolt carrier through the ejection port and put some lube in there. Cycle the bolt carrier group a few times and that should get it into the entire system. You don't have to be conservative, the lube will only help.

I need to clarify this.

I replied to the thread you created.

gemini1
04-28-2009, 4:13 PM
I replied to the thread you created.


Thanks Josh. Guess I just got a bit nervous about the head spacing and no one was replying to my above post, so I decided to open a new thread to catch more attention.

cqbdude
05-18-2009, 4:04 PM
What is the best lubricant to use on these ARs?

l_Z_l
05-18-2009, 4:27 PM
i use CLP...i've been too lazy to look for anything better...

IsaacGlass
05-18-2009, 4:32 PM
my upper came in today, and optics/backup sight will be here friday. What do i need to do before I go shoot? clean it? oil it?

Edit: The red is the freelock button, turned all the way in to comply with CA law. it is NOT the wonder wrench.

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc179/TomDuran/IMG00076.jpg

Its time to tell if its gonna go bang or boom :eek:

Just kiding! 99% it'll go bang and 1% of the time it'll go click which is just as bad as boom.

tomd1584
05-18-2009, 4:51 PM
Its time to tell if its gonna go bang or boom :eek:

Just kiding! 99% it'll go bang and 1% of the time it'll go click which is just as bad as boom.

Wow, i'm kinda surprised to see my thread being revived. Well its been to the range now about 3 times, 300 rounds and no problems what-so-ever!:thumbsup:

COBRA MASTER
05-19-2009, 2:16 PM
YOUR AR IS FAR FROM COMPLETE. you still need rails, back up sights, holographic sights, lasers, lights, camo, engravings, vertical front grip or a launcher and low jack lol

practice virtually on any call of duty game 1-5, oil the hell out that thing with hoppies so it's wet when u hit the range


my upper came in today, and optics/backup sight will be here friday. What do i need to do before I go shoot? clean it? oil it?

Edit: The red is the freelock button, turned all the way in to comply with CA law. it is NOT the wonder wrench.

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc179/TomDuran/IMG00076.jpg

tomd1584
05-19-2009, 2:29 PM
i hope you're joking.

WeekendWarrior
06-02-2009, 1:28 PM
Schedule a trip to the next Big Reno Gun Show on your Outlook Calendar. My friend and I dropped 1500 on ammo alone at that event. Much better than most CA gun shows while still at a drivable distance away. Blew any Nor-Cal gunshow out of the water.