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Capt Jack
05-31-2011, 6:39 PM
Hi Ya'll!

So, I bought my AR a while back and pretty much kept it simple. Anyway, I went shooting a couple of weeks back and tried someone's AR that had a Magpul grip on it and really liked the way it felt. So, I got to thinking about swapping the Hogue grip on mine which I always thought felt too skinny and then realized that I might as well take a look at adding some color which of course got me to thinking that I might as well upgrade the furniture...:rolleyes:

I saw an ad in the marketplace for a vendor blowing out the Commercial FDE CTR stocks for $65 which I thought was a great deal so I ordered it, along with a MOE grip and a trigger guard. They did not have the hand guard so I had to order that from AIM. Side note: AIM ships all of their Magpul stuff for free! (no affiliation, just a good way to save a few $$$.)

Anyway, boxes started showing up and before I knew it, my AR looked and felt like a totally different gun! The Magpul grip and hand guard really have improved the feel of my AR. The grip gives me a much more positive hold and overall, it seems to swing and point much more smoothly. I will take it for a run next weekend to see how she shoots and do a mini follow up review, but I must say that the rifle definitely seems to handle better than before so I am starting to like the Magpul kool-aid! If anyone is thinking about swapping the furniture on your AR, I say go for it, it was pretty easy. Just make sure you have the right pin punch and some patience for the trigger guard.

Just for the record, my build:
RRA LAR 15 lower w/BB
CMMG 15.5" Middy upper
CTR Stock
MOE Grip, Trigger Guard and HG
DD Fixed 1.5 rear sight

Plain Jane:
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa275/Gr8fuljack/img144-2.jpg


After the Kool-Aid! :shuriken: The FDE is actually darker than this pic.
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa275/Gr8fuljack/zombieslayer009-1.jpg

mrvash
05-31-2011, 6:41 PM
Just wait till you add a Magpul BAD lever :D

FourLoko
05-31-2011, 6:45 PM
you poor soul

tomd1584
05-31-2011, 6:48 PM
looks good!

RMTactical
05-31-2011, 7:06 PM
Yup, it's easy. Yours looks good.

blazeaglory
05-31-2011, 7:10 PM
looks earthy man.

if you ever get tired of FDE you can always dye it:D

cmace22
05-31-2011, 7:45 PM
Is there something wrong with me if I dig the plain jane version better?

Looks good though!

blazeaglory
05-31-2011, 7:51 PM
Is there something wrong with me if I dig the plain jane version better?

Looks good though!

gotta love an m4 carbine;):D

smittty
05-31-2011, 9:40 PM
I think from the available colors FDE is the current trend. It's probably because are at war with a desert country. if irag was green forest environment I suspect OD would be the trend.

I changed mine to the moe grip and buttstock but I kept it all black.

rareair
05-31-2011, 9:50 PM
I've been refinishing quite a few firearms the past month using DuraCoat. Out of the last dozen, 11 of them wanted MagPul FDE as the main color. Now I'm contemplating adding FDE to my .22 Mosquito just for kicks

mlevans66
05-31-2011, 9:52 PM
Whoa that's alot of Kool-Aid. LOL! look good, killa!

KandyRedCoi
05-31-2011, 10:02 PM
im jealous, looks good

its simple why FDE is popular here in CA tho, cus we in the dessert yo! lol

762.DEFENSE
05-31-2011, 10:06 PM
There's a reason everyone's drinking the Kool-Aid.
I have a similar build coming, but yours def is legit.

evidens83
05-31-2011, 10:06 PM
Looks great! But for some reason I like the 1st one better though.

rt7
05-31-2011, 10:08 PM
Looks good.

NYY
05-31-2011, 10:14 PM
looks better man. nice

Freddyb
05-31-2011, 10:24 PM
Should build another one with the parts you replaced. Cant go wrong with 2 versions. :D

Gio
05-31-2011, 10:28 PM
Looking good :D

john.t.singh
05-31-2011, 10:35 PM
Whoa... Did you even put in a matching dark earth bb. Haha that's detail right there!

hotfire
05-31-2011, 11:22 PM
Kool-aid is always fun and this decked out magpul AR15 looks great. Dont forget the FDE vertical fore grip and MS2 sling!!

morfeeis
05-31-2011, 11:55 PM
Whoa... Did you even put in a matching dark earth bb. Haha that's detail right there!
missed that one, man that a nice touch......

FatalKitty
06-01-2011, 12:00 AM
Mmm delicious delicious kool-aid!

rattlesnake_nm
06-01-2011, 6:21 AM
This would be nice on it http://www.amazon.com/EOTech-Military-Holographic-Weapon-EXPS3-0TAN/dp/B004K9LBGO

billgato
06-01-2011, 7:37 AM
I stopped by a local gunstore and two guys were discussing the looks of an AR with Magpul Foliage Green furniture on it. I have to say I really liked the color of the foliage green over the Magpul OD green.

I think I might try Duracoating my next AR with that color.

Capt Jack
06-01-2011, 6:32 PM
Is there something wrong with me if I dig the plain jane version better?

Looks good though!
Not at all! I really liked the classic m4 look as well, but once I tried that magpul grip, there was no turning back! :43:

Just wait till you add a Magpul BAD lever :D
That pretty much did it as the AR I shot had both the magpul grip and the BAD lever which made a bigger improvement to reloading than I thought it would. That's next along with a VFG. More Kool-Aid! :D

im jealous, looks good

its simple why FDE is popular here in CA tho, cus we in the dessert yo! lol
Yup, while I thought of leaving it black, where I live we have brown and tan as our background for a good part of the year (minus all the wine grape vineyards) so I thought FDE would be a decent choice, plus I can always change it again if I get tired of it!

Thanks for all the positive comments guys, I'm really stoked with how it feels now and I can see why everyone likes their stuff. Hopefully, I'll get to shoot it next week and I can follow up with a real review. Oh, no its not a FDE BB, that's just the flash, but that sure is a good idea!

Penguin4091
06-01-2011, 9:40 PM
same thing happened to me. I thought I was going to keep my ar all stock. Then I got a new MOE pistol grip. Since that fateful day I have installed the MOE hand guard, a forward pistol grip, the CTR butt-stock and a rear MBUS gen 2 in preparation for a red dot. Mmmm gotta love that koolaid.

The Undertaker
06-01-2011, 10:02 PM
Basically, any color besides black makes for a better weapon camouflage. There's a reason why they phased out black as one of the colors for military BDUs. As far as camouflage goes, black is only useful if you're fighting inside a coal mine.

FDE is popular because our most recent conflict is being waged in desert-dominated countries. I use FDE because furniture in that color is widely available and my environment (Southern California) has a lot of brown and tan. If I were living in Northern California, I would opt for OD.

Finally, good looking rifle. I like the simple look. Don't be fooled into thinking that just because you own an AR you NEED accessories. Some of the best shots I know use iron sights and nothing else.

motorwerks
06-01-2011, 10:45 PM
Just wait till you add a Magpul BAD lever :D

I hate to admit it but I run one on my scoped gun. :hide:

ICONIC
06-01-2011, 11:08 PM
They need a magpul support group.

MrKojack1
06-01-2011, 11:32 PM
you poor soul

Just curious.....why poor soul?

MrExel17
06-02-2011, 12:24 AM
NICE... my next build is in FDE.

Rebellious
06-02-2011, 12:34 AM
Looks good! It's funny how a few different parts transforms the entire look of the rifle. It's an endless road so be cautious! :D

shark92651
06-02-2011, 5:59 AM
It's not Kool Aid! Magpul makes good looking and functional products at a good price. Well, most of them at least ;)

Shoot-it
06-02-2011, 6:47 AM
4CKHjD8Fqqc

MUKAK
06-02-2011, 8:42 AM
nice

ZX-10R
06-02-2011, 11:56 AM
Looks great. Parts added are for ergos, comfort, practicality and preference...No matter what anyone says if it serves those purposes then you are set.

Great job!

magic32
06-02-2011, 4:44 PM
Yeah my 1st build was a magpul decked out AR. And you know I love it. That handguard really makes it a light weight weapon. Next build will be fde. Yours looks good!

rareair
06-08-2011, 6:00 PM
I've been refinishing quite a few firearms the past month using DuraCoat. Out of the last dozen, 11 of them wanted MagPul FDE as the main color. Now I'm contemplating adding FDE to my .22 Mosquito just for kicks

I refer to this as my Mosquito Combat model-
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s146/RareAirResto/Armory/DSC00452.jpg
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s146/RareAirResto/Armory/DSC00451.jpg

PMMA92
06-08-2011, 6:24 PM
Magpul FDE SL Duracoat is nice, flat and tactical.
Your magpul furnitures would look cooler on this stripped
Upper/lower getting transferred tomorrow:)

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=441103

PatriotnMore
06-08-2011, 6:40 PM
I bought the magpul furniture for my kids build, after trying it, I wish I would have kept it for me.:43:

bombadillo
06-08-2011, 6:54 PM
I liked the black better. I'm still debating on whether or not I'm gonna camo my KISS build though.

Dannicus
06-08-2011, 9:06 PM
The two tone thing always looks great as long as everything is the same shade. I personally don't dig the shape of MOE handguards tho.

jimz68
06-08-2011, 10:03 PM
It was "Flavor-Aid", actually. Grape. :D
Looks Good!

Jim

motorwerks
06-08-2011, 10:30 PM
It was "Flavor-Aid", actually. Grape. :D
Looks Good!

Jim

it has no flavor to the name.... Its a damned color.... "Purple Drink"

WilliamAnderson
06-08-2011, 10:57 PM
4CKHjD8Fqqc

I don't like this man.

bombadillo
06-09-2011, 8:04 AM
I don't like this man.

Agreed. Giant douche. Just sounds like a bigoted fool by the manner in which he talks.

themailman
06-09-2011, 9:01 AM
for sling/light mounts made specifically for the moe hg, check out impactweaponscomponents.com. Quality gear.

Capt Jack
06-09-2011, 12:23 PM
Sweet, thanks for all the replies guys. As I said, FDE is probably not for everyone, but I like it and really do think that, color aside, the Magpul stuff has greatly improved the ergos on the rifle.

Hopefully, I get to go shoot it this weekend! :43:

Sonic_mike
06-09-2011, 2:03 PM
That moe grip is great ain't it.

stormy_clothing
06-09-2011, 2:09 PM
you've been a member here for 3 years and havent figured out what the rifle gallery is used for ?

Fiveohmike
06-09-2011, 2:51 PM
you've been a member here for 3 years and havent figured out what the rifle gallery is used for ?

have you had sand in your vagina your entire life?

badfish71
06-09-2011, 2:53 PM
have you had sand in your vagina your entire life?

^^:smilielol5:
thanks you just made my day..
OP nice gun.. good job.

Fiveohmike
06-09-2011, 2:59 PM
Sweet, thanks for all the replies guys. As I said, FDE is probably not for everyone, but I like it and really do think that, color aside, the Magpul stuff has greatly improved the ergos on the rifle.

Hopefully, I get to go shoot it this weekend! :43:

Great looking rifle for sure! I think everyone needs to own one black and one FDE or Olive AR just to spice things up! Picture is posted just to crap in Stormy's cheerios!

http://i769.photobucket.com/albums/xx333/fiveohmike/Firearms/Collection-2.jpg

Capt Jack
06-09-2011, 6:27 PM
you've been a member here for 3 years and havent figured out what the rifle gallery is used for ?

I do know what the gallery section is for, however, I did not just post a pic and say "look!", I gave my impressions of the Magpul stuff and will do a follow up review after I shoot it to do a before and after comparison, hopefully helping other Calgunners decide if they are on the fence. See, I like to help other calgunners make good choices, so I do believe this is the correct section.

Peace, and to everyone else I will follow up with a review soon as I'm hopefully getting to the range this weekend!

ilkhan
06-09-2011, 6:39 PM
I drank the kool-aid too...but mine was OD Green.
http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/8256/img1767z.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/263/img1767z.jpg/)

RawImpact
06-09-2011, 10:30 PM
nice now it looks like 99% of the ARs here

SR-71 BLACKBIRD
06-09-2011, 10:41 PM
Nice job. First thing I did was change the stock hand guard the day my upper arrived. I like that mid length upper.

Capt Jack
06-10-2011, 7:47 AM
nice now it looks like 99% of the ARs here

Yup, its kinda like why 99% of the Calgunners have a Glock, because they are awesome! Everyone has Magpul stuff because it makes a hell of an improvement!

Fiveohmike
06-10-2011, 7:51 AM
nice now it looks like 99% of the ARs here


And how would you make an AR not look like every other AR out there? Maybe make a AR pistol, with a nightforce 16-52x56 scope with 6" sunshade attached, and have the pistol attached to a tripod base and belt feed it?

Oh I know, get one of your buddies to make your AR to look like one of those futuristic ones from Starship Troopers. That would set it apart.

Maybe get a lower with a Magpul logo that acts like a chrome spinner? I am just trying to grasp how you would make your AR NOT look like another AR....or that when did owning an AR become a fashion contest to differentiate it?

*shrug*

Lot of asshats on calguns lately

seronian
06-10-2011, 6:31 PM
Looks nice.

FourLoko
06-10-2011, 7:09 PM
Yup, its kinda like why 99% of the Calgunners have a Glock, because they are awesome! Everyone has Magpul stuff because it makes a hell of an improvement!

and it comes in black

I'm sure he was referring to the FDE color, it's quite the fad