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Posted: October 02 2017 at 12:16pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger



Yes, I'm going into shock. Troop! Get me a medic!

I just put a CAR15 (M4 style?) on layaway! My God! Check my blood pressure! Is my sugar low? Another stroke? What on earth is happening?!

After outfitting my darlin' granddaughter with a new carbon fiber Windham AR15 rig from her husband and me, I grabbed tons of extra stuff for her weapon. Gave her a Bulldog assault case, a mildot short scope and a Bushnell Trophy dot sight today. Then I went to my favourite pawn & gun shop to sell some extra guitar stuff I didn't need.
Big mistake..... I looked at a brand new Anderson Manufacturing AR15 rifle. Oh my word! Wasn't like the Mattel Toy M16 hunk-o-junk we had in the bush. This was NICE! I put it on layaway. I got till Feb to get it paid for. I don't know what came over me? I was doing fine with a M92 357Mag levergun for my high capacity rifle work. I was! No problem... But something went tilt in my normally very level head...

Yup' It happened. Hell just froze over when the Old Ranger bought an AR15.... The world is doomed.

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Posted: October 02 2017 at 12:56pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

A man needs a toy now and then.
I didn't do quite that well, bought 4 new tires for the pickup.
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Posted: October 02 2017 at 9:04pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Sorry ole buddy... But I'll keep ya posted on the latest news. In fact, I'm going to see what the shop will allow me in trade for the pretty 45Colt that shoots low left for me. I do lots better with a rifle these days!

And my granddaughter is all excited about her favourite grandpa getting a gun like hers. I figure it's karma, or some other form of good things about to happen. Wow, that sounded sorta philosophical huh?

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Posted: October 03 2017 at 3:30pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Ha! I hope you have a lot of fun with that new rifle Ranger!

I resisted buying an AR-15 for a long time, because between the Marines and law enforcement, I always seemed to have a taxpayer-paid-for black rifle nearby.

Eventually I wanted my own rifle in my patrol car and bought a very ordinary Bushmaster AR-15, with the 16" barrel, flat-top upper, and a telescoping buttstock.

It was a fine "patrol rifle" and now serves as a fun & economical range rifle. Does a fine job on coyotes too.

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Posted: October 04 2017 at 3:11pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger



Well? It's here.
Put on a way too large 4x-12x Redfield... Too much scope!
Got iron sights on the way.
At 50yds standing, hit my plate 3 for 3. 92% humidity and 90į had sweat in my eyes and shooting wasn't real accurate, but it was cool shooting a rifle ya don't have to cock!
I'll have my little mildot scope back soon. It's at the grandkids place. We're going hog huntin' this weekend.

Guy, you would like this little popper. Lifetime warranty. Boo-coo interchangeable parts from Anderson Manufacturing (big in the industry). Great fit and finish. And it's got G.I.sex appeal! When the iron sights get here it'll be better.   

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Posted: October 06 2017 at 2:46pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Got a low cost Tasco Red Dot on it now. That big 4-12 scope was stupid, but a day or two ago was all that was here. Surprisingly, the low budget, get me started, Red Dot did great! Good enough for a .64" 75yds prone 3 shot group. And that's with the 55gr PMC Bronze factory load.



Think I'm going to like this little popper.
Now to get some dies and get busy.

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Posted: October 06 2017 at 4:14pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Wade, that looks like a lot of fun. Look out coyotes, hogs, dillers, etc.
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Looks like we are headed in opposite
directions.. just recently finished selling
the last of my semi-auto rifles... I'm now
down to a pump a lever gun and a couple of
break opens. As for an M16, I won't have
one... they have their merits but also their
flaws... in iraq in 03 I was with 3/5...
first Marine unit across the line of
departure.. just a couple days in I body
checked a prisoner, who was resisting, with
my rifle (just a rough push) he still had
mags on him and one hit the ejection port and
deformed it very slightly... after that it
wouldn't stay closed.. as you all know the
M16 is a wet weapons. She needs lube... with
a bad ejection port it was basically
impossible to keep her clean. No armorer
with the forward so live or die with it...
the sand over there is like powdered sugar
when it's airborn... constant function
problems.. did a couple fire fights using it
as a bolt action... then I picked up a
Romanian folding stock AK and never looked
back... got tons of sh*t all the time from
officers and senior NCOs, just kept on moving
and said I'd get rid of it... for 5.56 I'd
opt for the ranch rifle....

..off topic, but side bar... ends up my radio
operator from 03 is in the metallurgy class
I'm teaching... talk about blast from the
past.
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Posted: October 06 2017 at 9:46pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Like hearing from someone who has been in the storm and has real experience with a weapon in combat..
Me? Like being on a ship and having fire power from over 12-15 miles away! LOL!

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Posted: October 07 2017 at 10:47am | IP Logged Quote joed

Wade, that looks like a nice one.    I put an EOTech on the one I
have.   Not sure I'd go that route again but I do like the red dot sites.

Haven't shot mine very much at all other then a yearly outing to keep
my skill sharp.

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Posted: October 07 2017 at 5:05pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Well had a great time with the grandkids shootin. My little girl there really took to her AR15. She was full field stripping it in no time and her fire discipline is top notch. Safety on when firing is ceased. Dustcover in place when not shooting. Fires, then covers her target.
That Windhom carbon fiber receiver AR15 she has is great. When we went inside we were tearing down our respective rifles and cleaning correctly and in a proper military manner. Her husband, I think, might be worried she'll run out and enlist... Poor lad.

And Master Chief, I'd tell ya some tales of jungle fighting, but you're not cleared for such language. Lady Master Chief would skin us both actually!

Oh,and when I got home my iron sights had arrived! Awesome Sauce! The Old Ranger is grinning from ear to ear.

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Posted: October 08 2017 at 11:11am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Well Ranger, I'm not sure exactly what to say...

Normally, I would blame such things on the eclipse, but that was a while ago now.

Sounds like you're enjoying it - good for you!

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I'm thinking I need a bare bones AR15 also.

From my research, the DPMS Panther and the S&W M&P15 II seems like my best bet.

Btw, If you play the guitar, we need a thread on that!
I started learning it again a couple years ago. My girlfriend gave me an entry level low priced acoustic and I've learned a lot.

Now I want a Les Paul Gold Top lol
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Posted: October 09 2017 at 1:36pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Ah. Much like Quigley in the final shoot out and he said to the bad guy about revolvers "Said I never had much use for one. Never said I couldn't use one." That was me with the M16. Worked on em a bunch when not in the field hunting NVA. That's where I grew to dislike the very sight of one. But.... Today everyone is making a copy of the AR15 much like with the 1911 pistol. They're everywhere!

DPMS has entry-level weapons without the forward bolt assist and dust cover. Both of which are, in my opinion, quite necessary unless you are only going to be at a range all the time and never go into the field. A dust cover is your friend with this weapon. Despite the improvements upon this weapon's design, it's still very susceptible to dirt entering the reciever via the generosity large ejection port. Keeping the dust cover in place when not shooting is a must.

Let the chamber get sooty with carbon and a gentle release of the carrier will stop short of the bolt locking into battery. The forward bolt assist then becomes a most useful device.

As to a Les Paul, though I've had over a dozen come and go in the last 60 years, I've found the ideal dual humbucker guitar to be an Epiphone ES339. Lovely sounding and playing instrument, and less than half the weight of the LP. I've swapped, sold, traded, and flipped over 200 guitars in my lifetime. I will not turn loose of my ES339 nor my Fender Stratocaster. Those are always here. Much like my old S&W M&P 38 and 1911A1, those two guitars are great and never fail.

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Well folks, with the addition of correct weight/length bullets. A nice little 4x scope. And repairing the new iron sights, this little black rifle (carbine actually) has worked it's way into my world with great favor. A month ago those statements would have never left my fingers to type here.

Yesterday, with the rear sight wobbles repaired, I got busy with it. cloverleafs at 50yds, I went to 100. Had one 3 shot group that was a might large (and found that there was lint on the front post! Duh!!) then settled into 2" to 2 1/2" with the 60gr Hornady V-MAX and 24.1 gr of IMR4320. I'm sure it would have been tighter with the scope, but I'm trying for as much outta iron as I can. I think the M4 style carrying handle sights that bolt on the rail would be what I need. They make one with a detatchable rail atop it for a scope and such. I'll order one next paycall. Then I'll see about getting down and dirty with iron sights then.

Ran out of the V-MAX bullets and brass is minimal. Then a couple members here are sending/sent care packages for the old sarge here. Not to mention any names, but their initials are Rex and Joed. Thanks guys! And case count has increased dramatically and the bullet count will soon be higher as well.

Yup, I used to fuss about too many parts (as opposed to an M1 or M14) and too fussy about ammo and needing to be pampered. Well, the ammo issue is resolved. Cleaning? I co-invented rifle cleaning! But yes, I'm pretty dog gone happy with it and as my original intention was to have a platform close to my granddaughter's weapon to share in her fun, I discovered fun of my own.

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Nothing better than a rifle that makes a man happy.
Let us know how the pigs taste, maybe share a recipe.
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Wade, I hear you about the dust cover and forward assist. Where
I was in Vietnam it was sandy.   On the base the aircraft were less
then 50 feet from my hootch.   I think that weapon would have
been a failure without the cover or forward assist.

Granted these items aren't really needed in a clean environment
but in a harsh environment they are life savers.   

And darn it, you guys are convincing me I need to spend some
time with mine again.   

I own 2 rifles I don't reload, one is the AR, second is the Marlin in
.35 Remington.

When I bought the AR I bought at a good time, ammo was cheap.
Luckily I also bought 2 cases of Hornady 75 gr which came in 700
round cases and one case of 1000 rounds of 55 gr M193.   

The 55 gr is not as accurate as the heavier offerings in my AR but
it comes in handy for range use.

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Here's a picture of my Colt 6920 with an EOTech 512 site.   Not sure
if I like the site yet but neat part is I can still use the sites that came
on the gun with it.




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I've been looking at Epiphone Les Pauls. That settles it for me. Thank you
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Nice looking setup Joe!

Very similar to what I used on SWAT. I became very fond of the EOTech for CQB type training & use.

Later, I went with a 1.5-4x Leupold instead, and have been very happy with that choice. The EOTech was better up close though.

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