24″ AR15 PRECISION TARGET RIFLE
This was a project conceived shortly after the 2008 Presidential Election. This rifle was not built for a specific purpose but instead based on parts availability over 18 months. In the months leading up to and for two years after the election all things AR15 were very difficult to obtain. The general approach was to get parts on order from several sources and run with whatever was delivered and work around it. In the end I was happy with the result, so much so that around the same time I built a DPMS LR-308 to similar specifications.
It’s also important to note I live in a state with an “ASSAULT WEAPON BAN” This also helped shape this project.
24″ E.R. SHAW FLUTED STAINLESS STEEL BARREL
E.R SHAW is know for making quality accurate AR15 BARRELS at very competitive prices. My E.R. Shaw Stainless Extra Heavy Varmint Bull Barrel 1:8 Twist 24″ Fluted is no exception. The machining and finish are flawless. The bore and chamber look great. In fact this is a great looking barrel in every way. This particular barrel arrived with the GAS BLOCK installed.
CMMG AR15 MOD4SA LOWER RECEIVER – STRIPPED
I was fortunate to log in to Brownells one day and noticed they had received a lot of STRIPPED LOWER RECEIVERS. I promptly ordered two CMMG AR15 MOD4SA LOWER RECEIVERS. Some purists frown on CMMG products. I have found the CMMG RECEIVERS to be first rate in fit and finish. I like the logo too.
CMMG STRIPPED UPPER RECEIVER
See the previous paragraph.
YOUNG MANUFACTURING AR15 NATIONAL MATCH CHROME BOLT CARRIER GROUP
The YOUNG MANUFACTURING AR15 NATIONAL MATCH CHROME BOLT CARRIER GROUP is simply the best BOLT CARRIER GROUP you can purchase for the AR15 platform. I like the chrome option as they are super slick and easy to clean. Though I am not a fan of the visible chrome. YOUNG also offers non NATIONAL MATCH as well as phosphate BOLT CARRIER GROUPS. You can go wrong with any model.
JARD AR15 ADJUSTABLE SINGLE STAGE TRIGGER
Like most parts in this build triggers were very difficult to come my. I was lucky enough to have a forum member at 308AR.com that had a connection with JARD TRIGGERS and he set up a group by. The JARD trigger is actually pretty nice and at the right price point for a lot of folks. There is one downside though. The JARD TRIGGERS are a little tougher to install than many of the other triggers available. If I was to do it again today I would spend a little bit more and go with the CMC AR15 TACTICAL TRIGGER. It costs a little more but it’s modular design allows it to be installed frustration free in minutes versus an hour or two with the JARD.
Alternatively if you have deeper pockets the PACT AMERICAN TRIGGER ATC AR GOLD and GEISSELE triggers kill all others. They are the BEST AR15 TRIGGERS period. The TIMNEY is good as well and similar to the CMC but way more expensive. It’s prices with the previously mentioned ATC AR GOLD and GEISSELE. Both are superior to the TIMNEY TRIGGER.
JP ENTERPRISES VTAC MODULAR FREE FLOAT TUBE HANDGUARD AR15
This was the first project where I utilized the JP ENTERPRISES VTAC MODULAR FREE FLOAT TUBE HANDGUARD. Today with everything in shooting being “Tactical” and a majority of HANDGUARDS featuring QUADRAILS the JP VTAC is a breath of fresh air.
Watch the video below to learn just what makes the JP VTAC so awesome.
Unfortunately I do not seem to have taken any pictures so click on the image at the top of this page to see the full size preview of the AR15 with the JP Enterprises VTAC Modular Free Float Tube Handguard AR-15 Aluminum Black or click the highlighted link above and view the VTAC at Brownells.
MAGPUL PRS BUTTSTOCK
What would a rifle of this nature be without the MAGPUL PRS STOCK?
FALCON INDUSTRIES ERGO TACTICAL DELUXE SUREGRIP GRIP PISTOL GRIP AR15 - #4055
There is just something about the Falcon Industries ERGO Tactical Deluxe Sure Grip Pistol Grip AR-15 that just suits my hands very well on big AR15′s.
LOWER PARTS KIT – AMBIDEXTROUS SAFETY
The AR15 LOWER PARTS KIT was a huge pain. None were available. I was forced to go to the Bushmaster website and order every single part individually. It was tedious and expensive. At the time I also ordered the Bushmaster AMBIDEXTROUS SAFETY. Since building this rifle a new company BATTLE ARMS DEVELOPMENT has released their BAD A.S.S and BAD C.A.S.S AMBIDEXTROUS SAFETIES for the AR15, M4 and 308 AR rifles. These safeties are the best and no need to look any further.
MECHARMOR TACOPS-1 CHARGING HANDLE
The MECHARMOR TACOPS-1 was designed to be robust and allow for easier access to the charging handle when a large scope is utilized.
NIKON M-223 3-12×42 RIFLE SCOPE
When I originally built this rifle I was using a LEUPOLD 8.5-25x ILLUMINATED RETICLE SCOPE and it was awesome but way overkill for a target rifle like this given my use. When Nikon released their M-223 line of RIFLE SCOPES I promptly ordered a NIKON M-223 3-12×42 and did not look back. In my opinion the M-223 line is a brilliant move by Nikon. The scopes are good quality at a price most can afford. They also satisfy the tactical crowd with the exposed adjustment turrets. Some would call them Tacticool,
BOBRO PRECISION OPTIC – SCOPE MOUNT
For years there has only been one QD SCOPE MOUNT for me and that was the LARUE LRT series. Well that was until a friend introduced to the BOBRO line of SCOPE MOUNTS. The BOBRO is nothing short of brilliant. The QD mechanism does not distort the picatinney rail, in fact it lock in a way that is absolutely repeatable with perfection. Then there is the locking mechanism that locks the QD lever. Lastly there are no visible screws on the scope rings.
Now here is the other thing. Bobro is very busy manufacturing these mounts and shipping them to the military. This means they can be difficult to locate. I’m going to tell you a secret though. Trijicon private labels the Bobro under the “Accupoint” line of scopes and accessories. The Trijicon labeled variant is often readily available.