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Old 12-30-2014, 06:11 AM   #21
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Thanks Geoff, I enjoyed reading those comparisons and it backed up my decision to go with the Primary Arms MD sight. Lot's of good info there but they are "out of stock" at their web site for the $49 price...so I'll wait.....................
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I am looking at the Lucid HD-7 or the Bushnell TRS-25 Hi-rise as an alternative to the scope.
?Budget? Red Dot Sight Comparison Part 1 | The Bang Switch
?Budget? Red Dot Sight Comparison ? Part 2 | The Bang Switch

Interesting comparison.

Met a young guy who alternated a Bushnell and the 3x Sig sight on his Wal-mart Sig M-400. He was very happy with it.

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I'm amazed at how well the Bushnell did...but perhaps I shouldn't be. Bushnell is big and they can use their purchasing power to buy a good quality optic at a very competitive price. Regardless, Bushnell took a beating on their reputation in the '80's & '90's by importing really horrible scopes. But they clawed their way back with the 3200 & 4200 line of scopes which are both outstanding scopes for an outstanding price. The nice thing is, an AR doesn't develop any real recoil, so it's really easy on scopes. Unless you routinely do face plants on hard surfaces, one of the less expensive red dots will do just fine.
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My "SightMark" didn't fair to well..but then, it was $30 used...No problems with it but always looking to improve. Thanks Geoff!
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Just got back from the "range" as I call it ( National forest ) and was pleased with my "cheap "Sightmark" red dot. Pulled off a 6-8 inch group of 20 @ 50 yards with it...
(measured off 147 feet because 150 would put me off a cliff) So fairly decent I think..
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:51 AM   #25
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On the budget rifle front Academy is advertising a Mossberg MMR Style 29100, with 20" barrel for $599.99.
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Your mileage and local advert price may vary. And I can usually beat the Academy prices locally, at Shooters of Jacksonville.
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Old 11-11-2015, 04:15 AM   #26
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S&W Factory sale at Shooter's of Jacksonville.

If I have anything left in the budget I might visit.

The SWaMPy 15 S is down to $529.99 !

http://www.shootersjax.com/Images/Specials/2.jpg

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Old 11-11-2015, 06:31 AM   #27
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I also pulled the trigger on a rifle last month, but I kept mum about it- now I need to get 3 more scope mounts , bipods, and scopes- it was actually 3, and they're m305s which u can't get in the states- did I mention I collect m14s?
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Since this thread has been revived, I'd like to bring up an option that I'm surprised many AR owners don't seem to take advantage of: the ability to swap uppers. In other words, when hankerin' for a new AR, why don't folks consider the possibility of buying just the upper, then placing it on a lower they already own.

Case in point: I have a couple of Aero Precision lowers that I built up myself. One has a Geissele target trigger, one is pretty much mil spec. The mil spec rifle usually wears a pretty standard mid-length flat top upper, while the other has a Rock River upper with a 24" fast-twist stainless target barrel.

When I wanted to explore the .300 AAC Blackout, I simply bought a new upper, and can pop it on either of the lowers. The swap takes less than a minute.

So, why don't more people seem to take advantage of this mix-n-match capability?
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I'm from the "wet not white" generation of well lubed M-16A1s.

I've cleaned and checked it, a little tight on the rear take down pin, but it's a new rifle. Rings are in good positions. The Sunday options, Wal*mart and Gander Mtn, were either out of magazines (Wal*mart usually has Blackhawks) Gander Mtn had only CA-something for $20 or no name plastic for $25. They had a couple of Bushnells but the price was not marked.

I'm looking for M2 or M3 30 Pmags, or military aluminum magazines. We will see.

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Best AR magazine that money can buy, and they're about the same price as lesser mags. I have found these to be considerably better than PMAG's.
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Old 11-26-2015, 12:57 PM   #30
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It's not on the Shooters of Jax website, but the Black Friday mailing includes the SWaMPy Sport 15 for 519.99 !

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Old 11-26-2015, 01:18 PM   #31
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Ratfink2U,

ImVho, the OLD/original Aimpoint sights that were actually built in Sweden are BETTER in every way (when bought in good shape off places like "ebay.com") than the new (mostly CHINESE) "red-dots sights".
(I paid 28.70 plus S&H for my Aimpoint Electronic. LOOKS new & it works GREAT.)

Now, I'm looking for another one to go on the Model 8 Remington in .35 Remington caliber that my "best hunting buddy" just bought out of a local hock-shop for "peanuts".
He calls the Model 8, "BIG UGLY", as it looks like "50 miles of Texas dirt road" BUT he's refinishing it because it shoots BEAUTIFULLY.
(I think he paid 120.oo OTD but I'm not sure.)

yours, sw
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Update, with cautionary information.

Per the Good Captain, I just obtained an upper from Palmetto State. It has a 24" barrel, deluxe carrier group and milspec charging handle.

I will be mounting the scope on this upper, the ghost in the scope from the front sight post was distracting at lower power.

The original SWaMPy Sport I upper will carry the Lucid red dot and Magpul flip up rear sight.

Before the last election I obtained some magazines, most Magpul, a few Lancers and ten tin from Palmetto. I suspect I can now load about 650 rounds into AR style magazines, a bit more than my usual range session, a bit less than some folks here use in a 3-gun match weekend.

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Old 02-20-2017, 05:38 AM   #33
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Sigh, I forgot the cautionary information:
The Palmetto State Armory provided Firing Pin Retaining Pin is cut square not rounded as the one with which I am familiar. I looked on line, then worked with a magnifier and my new tri-focals and then applied a file, 10 draw cuts later on each side, and a touch of CLP and the pin slid right through the bolt carrier as Stoner intended.

I also note a black background gun assembly mat is less than optimal with new trifocals and small black parts. I ordered a gray mat as well.

Geoff
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Old 02-27-2017, 01:20 PM   #34
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The gray mat is a great improvement. Tiny black items do not vanish.

I went to the range today 25 meter zero targets, with the scope at 3x I put up some acceptable groups for zero purposes and confirmed zero with 5.56x45 XM193 American Eagle.

I had considerable trouble with my tri-focals and the scope settings, I will work on that. I got a bit of a work out. I had to go down range 3 times to deal with the wind knocking over my target. I intend to return and see what I can do tomorrow. I know the rifle/upper is capable of one hole groups at 25 meters (82 ft) now if I am??

The five replacement firing pin retainer pins are all square cut. I will bear that in mind if I ever replace one.

Geoff
Who is more likely to lose a retaining pin than break one...now where did I put my chamber flags...I know there a bunch of yellow and red ones here somewhere...I really should have had one today...sigh.
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Old 02-27-2017, 01:32 PM   #35
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Good to know about Palmetto firing pins, Geoff.

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Old 02-27-2017, 02:10 PM   #36
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Now that the USMC has purchased G3 PMAG's, there are a whole lot of G2 PMAG's on sale at various places for cheap. I picked up 6 at $13.99ea.

The G2's that are for sale are the same plastic as the G3's, so they're very good, very tough magazines. The big difference between the G2 & G3 is the G3 is fully STANAG compatible, whereas the G2's didn't always fit/work in non-AR rifles.

So I've been buying the G2's for my AR-180. Converting them to 180 magazines is easier than converting aluminum GI magazines, and they're very good magazines; what's not to like?


For now I'm having a lot of gun with the open sights on my AR-180, but at some point I'll probably break down and get a 1x-4x, or 1x-5x scope; they're just so practical. I like the Bushnell and there's one at Primary Arms that has grabbed my attention as well.
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Old 02-27-2017, 02:17 PM   #37
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Kevin, unless it's an LGS you don't mind a little extra to support you can do better--I won't pay more than $10 each for G2, and Quantico Tactical (my favorite local shop even though they are a bear to get to) has a standing sale on 5/$50 or 10/$90.

PSA, Primary Arms and a few other places also offer deals when you buy in bulk--just make sure to avoid Gun Mag SCAMhouse and the identity thieves that prey on their unwitting customers.
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I used this upper:
PSA 24" Rifle Length 5.56 NATO 1:7 Nitride 15" M-lok Lightweight Upper - No BCG or CH - 516444494

I am having a problem my Magpul M-lok rail section. It doesn't want to stay locked on the floating hand guard.

Anyone have experience?

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Maybe a loose fastener that needs its screw tightened down?

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Maybe a loose fastener that needs its screw tightened down?

DB
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I've checked that, I thought I had it set right, but the bi-pod separated along with the rail section.
I've got an original Magpul rail section around here somewhere..I'll try that.
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