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Lead Waster
03-04-2013, 11:45 AM
On a whim, I bought a JD Machine lower about 2 years ago at a gun show (I thought $109 was a good gun show deal until I found that they usually sell for $100!) Anyway.It sat on my dresser for like 6 months, somehow scaring my wife ("Ah! It's a gun!" "No, it's a hunk of metal with no parts attached to it!")
Then I decided to get off my duff and buy parts and get it together. So I ended up sticking a 20" free floated heavy barrel on it. Stupid thing weighs almost 10 lbs! I topped it off with a Bushnell Elite 4200 scope, since putting irons on such an upper seemed counter productive.

Then it sat in the safe collecting dust.

Yesterday, I was finally goaded into trying some silhouette shooting so I packed it up along with an M1 and went to the range. 6mmIntl was so kind as to sight in the scope for me at 200m. I had used a laser bore sighter in my basement with it so that at least windage was about right.

I held my breath when he fired the first shot, I guess I should have mentioned that I assembled it myself! LOL! Well, I bought the upper as one piece so it probably wouldn't have "blown up" and I checked that all the other parts at least worked.

Anyway, it turned out pretty good! Sure, I couldn't hit anything at 200 m off-hand, but I think on a sand bag it would be pretty good.. that's the next test, see how it groups at 100 yards.

Yeah, I know, cool story bro, but it was nice to finally fire this thing that I had assembled (I didn't MAKE anything, I put pre-made parts together) myself!

I only wished that I had followed though last summer and bought a spare carbine upper for it for variety. Hopefully they'll come back "in stock" before any stupid bans or anything. It would be fun to try an AR that doesn't weigh 10 lbs!

ExtremeX
03-04-2013, 11:52 AM
I have a something similar… 24” bull barrel target AR with a 4-16x scope on top of it… sure isn’t something I enjoy shooting offhand but I can make it work.

I agree with the idea of getting a 2nd upper for it, it would be a nice versatile addition to what you already have.

nastyhabts26
03-04-2013, 12:08 PM
I'min the process of putting together a similar weapon with a 24" barrel with out scope it weighs in at 10 pounds even.
There were a few complete uppers available last week at Ammo Brothers in Cerritos, that is when I grabbed a 24" upper.
I kind of wanted a 20" but I took what I could get.
They had several 16" also in stock.

r8dr rider
03-04-2013, 12:32 PM
Pics or it didn't happen

TigerShark
03-04-2013, 1:01 PM
You have a basement in CA?

JDay
03-04-2013, 1:30 PM
I only wished that I had followed though last summer and bought a spare carbine upper for it for variety. Hopefully they'll come back "in stock" before any stupid bans or anything. It would be fun to try an AR that doesn't weigh 10 lbs!

You'll need a different buffer too.

morfeeis
03-04-2013, 6:01 PM
You have a basement in CA?
Great minds think alike, that stuck out like a sore thumb to me too. I've only seen two homes in ca with basements.

kkp
03-04-2013, 10:53 PM
Great minds think alike, that stuck out like a sore thumb to me too. I've only seen two homes in ca with basements.

The house I lived in, in Toluca Lake, had a basement. FWIW

Agreed not common, but they're definitely out there.

Crusader
03-05-2013, 8:08 AM
Not many people in California have basements.... (movie reference?)

Congrats on finally getting your black devil out there. ARs are a blast to shoot.

loosewreck
03-05-2013, 8:29 AM
You have a basement in CA?
Great minds think alike, that stuck out like a sore thumb to me too. I've only seen two homes in ca with basements.:rofl: Jumped out at me too.

LCpl Kutches
03-05-2013, 8:40 AM
A few quick notes here.

Rule of thumb a AR-15 typically is Zero'ed at 100 Yrds.
Ensure the AR-15 has lubrication, because from the factory it may have some funky grease.

When shooting less than 100 Yrds if you haven't made an adjustment, just shoot underneath your target to hit it.
With Iron Sites at the 40 Yrd Tin Can Range, I will shoot a can and Aim about 1/2 Inch underneath it in order to actually hit it.
But I also have taken the AR-15 out to the 500 yrd line and hit the Gong.

AR-15's are a blast, glad you finally got to enjoy yours :)

Lead Waster
03-05-2013, 9:14 AM
You have a basement in CA?

My house is on a hill, the previous owner dug out, by hand, the crawlspace. Carting each load in his station wagon to the dump.

I'm the second owner, after the lady owned it for about 64 years. She raised 4 kids in it, with the three boys living in the "basement" and the girl getting the second real bedroom.

I found a porn magazine from 1969 in the un-dug out crawlspace/storage are. And I found a letter from the husband to the wife that he wrote in 1941 or 1942 describing life as a lieutenant stationed in New Jersey waiting to be shipped oversears.

So officially no, I don't have a basement, I have a basementette with a ceiling of about 6'5" (ie not legally living space), which is large enough to house a bunch of stuff including my desk, safe, queen bed, etc.

It is perpetually messy as it's full of half installed gun parts and USPSA targets and about 50% is full to the brim of outgrown kids clothes and toys.

Basically it's my indoor man cave, when I don't want to go out to my 700 sq foot workshop in the backyard where my reloading gear, workbenches, woodworking tools and bachelor-era recliners live.

Foresight88
03-05-2013, 9:26 AM
Sounds like a manly man cave. I had a similar set up in my old house. All I found in mine were some old Garand eclips and a dead mouse.

My buddy is a home builder. He built a home about 10 years ago that had 1 top story yet had 3 stories underground. Wish I could've seen them dig that hole.



But back on topic, congrats on finally shooting her. Def pick up a lightweight if you have the means for another.

Lead Waster
03-05-2013, 9:34 AM
Sounds like a manly man cave. I had a similar set up in my old house. All I found in mine were some old Garand eclips and a dead mouse.

My buddy is a home builder. He built a home about 10 years ago that had 1 top story yet had 3 stories underground. Wish I could've seen them dig that hole.

There is a house way up the hill that we refer to as "The Church" because it has a sort of steeple looking roof. It is on a very steep section of the hill...so steep that it has SIX FLOORS and an elevator, but it looks like a single story house from the front! It was also perpetually under construction. Apparently the owner had planned to have his (grown) kids live there with him, with each couple getting at least one or two floors to themselves. Its footprint didn't seem that large though.

My two neighbours also have basementettes. The one slightly downhill has a full height ceiling though, so it counts as a real basement. I'm not sure about the house uphill from me though, as I see stuff in the basement windows, but it might also be like mine.

One of my many projects is to stick the queen bed into a sideways murphy-bed mechanism so I can get it out of the way. It was my wifes bed in her apartment before we got married and she insists we keep it for guests, but currently it is half covered in clothes, toys and my USPSA holsters and magazines (I stand in front of it practicing reloads so the mags just fall to the bed instead of the floor...don't tell her!)

Foresight88
03-05-2013, 9:36 AM
and my USPSA holsters and magazines (I stand in front of it practicing reloads so the mags just fall to the bed instead of the floor...don't tell her!)

Hopefully you don't forget to tuck them in before bed time.

BigPimping
03-05-2013, 1:34 PM
I have been sitting on my AR for about a year. I work constantly and now ammo is so rare, I am afraid to use what I have for fear of not being able to get more. so my AR sits in my gun with my safe with my AK 47 in a cocoon like state. Shame.....