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Needs more COWBELL - I mean, "AR-15!" (pt.1)
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I think I built MOST of this, after being cast into outer darkness at that other place; so I might as well christen the site with an AR-15 build.

I got the lower in trade from the owner/propieter of STS Arms/Tactical Toolbox out in OR - and he offered to cerakote it in any color I liked. Since all my AR's are - and have always been - black, I figured - 'What they hey! No better time than the present to try something new!'

I always figured, if I was going to get an AR in a different color, FDE would be the safe route, so that's what we did.

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Since I was on the way to a build, I did snag the DSA A3 upper off someone at the other site before being cast out (it's all a blur to me now!!! Blush ), so I sent that to him as well, got it cerakoted, and here's what it looked like when done!

Because I didn't want the finish marred by my own hacking away at it, I stopped by Kevin Johnson's place in Monroeville - when he was still there, ca. July '11 - with a pile of parts, and he kindly put my lower together in expert fashion for me!

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MOE grip, and we're cookin' with gas!

Other pieces include...

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Comin' together! And MORE in pt. II! Wink

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Ye olde Comp M2...

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This whole project REALLY got started, when I bought the Noveske rail off uaheclipse24. I thought, "The rail looks SO nice, it just needs a little rifle to go with it!" Big Grin Yes, the custom-turned 1: 8 twist melonited 14.5" barrel IS cerakoted to match, and has the PWS 556 brake pinned/welded to it. M4 feedcuts & DD low profile gas block round out the upper goodies.

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A while back, I inadverntly ordered an EXTRA set of black sling QD connectors with ANOTHER sling for a different rifle, so I've just had these laying around ever since. Since I knew this was going to be 'black & tan' effect with this rifle, I decided to use them WITH Gear Sector's Coyote Tan sling (not an exact match with Magpul FDE, but... meh - it'll do), to complement the look!

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ALMOST there.... Wink

A few more accoutrements (VTAC light mount, AVG, Troy folding battle sights, etc.), and - VOILA! FDE rifle on a black chair! Cool



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It's been to the range a few times, and runs flawlessly on PMC Bronze and various M193 offerings (ALL brass-cased, ALL the time, of course!). Here's a closeup of the brass deflector after the first 300 rounds through it.

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It does have a tiny chip there at the base, as you can see, but the finish cleans up easily. This is what it looks like, after I swiped my thumb across it.

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ta da. Cool



Not sure if I was cast out BEFORE I got to post Kevin's (Johnson Tactical Rifles) SPR he built for me or not. It was the LAST rifle he ever built, before moving to Seattle. I even bought up some of his shop, including his famous worktable! Big Grin If you want that story here, I reckon I can post that, too.
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Beautiful rifle!

What's the investment total, or are we not allowed to ask out of fear the wife might see? Wink

camper
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Looks good...damn good! Big Grin
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(09-10-2012, 08:07 AM)Camper Wrote: Beautiful rifle!

What's the investment total, or are we not allowed to ask out of fear the wife might see? Wink

camper



Hmmmm... the stripped lower I got in trade, and the cerakote was free - I wanna say I have maybe $60 in that, and another $65 in the stripped upper.

I gave $300 from the Noveske rail, which you could ONLY get on a Noveske rifle - that's probably a $450 rail otherwise.

I think I got the barrelled upper as a steal - I KNOW it was less than $500. $485 comes to mind, plus another $90 for the brake. The Comp M2 came off another rifle, when I got an Aimpoint Pro for that one.

Between sales specials, used gear (the Troy folders) and the like, I know I've got right around a $1,000 - $1,100 in it - give or take (an MOE handguard would have it well UNDER a thousand, but the Noveske was too pretty to pass up!). I've had it in finished form since early January, and already the price escapes me! Tongue
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I really like the looks of that. I think I am going to try something other than black for my next build.
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WW How well does the Cerakote wear? Is it pretty tough? Dom
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(09-10-2012, 09:43 AM)das Wrote: WW How well does the Cerakote wear? Is it pretty tough? Dom


The inside of the upper is also cerakoted - you can't even TELL 500 rounds have gone through it! Cool

I used to own a POF-415, with all the electroless nickel internals that cleaned up in a snap - this cerakote cleans up every BIT as easilyBig Grin  AND is sturdy!
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