Thursday, July 28, 2016

Auto Ordnance Deluxe Titanium Gold Thompson Tommy Gun Review

Auto Ordnance Deluxe Titanium Gold Thompson Tommy Gun Review

Yeah... this is one of those times where you know spouse will give you the look, but you will actually gleefully sleep on the couch lovingly spooning this stunning $2900 T150TDG Thompson 1927A-1 "Deluxe Semi-Auto", Titanium Gold Plated Tommy Gun against your body. Speaking from experience, when your wife asks for something gold for her anniversary, a violin case with a golden Tommy Gun is probably not what she was expecting and it will be off to spare bedroom or couch with you. Never fear, just the initial excitement phase of owning this gun lasts for months.

FIT, FINISH, FEEL, FEATURES, & FUNCTIONS
Auto-Ordnance was the original manufacturer of the Tommy Gun AKA Chicago Typewriter. The current reformed company is now owned by the same company as Magnum Research and Kahr Arms - all of which are delivering extremely high quality firearms. The current Auto-Ordnance Thompson Tommy Guns are actually higher quality and higher toleranced versions of the 1927A-1 originals, but fire from a closed bolt and in semi-auto only. Quality is superb. If you want a full auto Tommy Machine Gun even as a LEO or Military you have to look into the extremely expensive old pre-ban options. Auto Ordnance does offer NFA registrable factory made short barreled rifle models and also non-functioning display models as well.

The Tommy Gun represents a timeless style which harkens back to the roaring 20s, mobsters, and WWII. The Thompson design ran a long hard used course through history as one of the most heavily purchased and issued machine guns in history by civilians, law enforcement, and military. It was a gun that helped empower the big New York and Chicago mobs, provided LEO & military with reliable firepower for fighting crime and in the trenches, and was also a favorite ranch/truck gun as well. It was pretty accurate, fired the effective .45 ACP round, and the weight and design delivers almost insignificant recoil even with the heaviest .45 ACP loads. If a shooter could actually lift the gun, the recoil would be a non-factor.



Shoulding the Auto-Ordnance Thompson makes you also want to slip on a fedora and pinstripe suit or circa WWII military uniform. This titanium gold nitride plated version with violin case makes you want to upgrade to a Borsalino Fedora and Tom Ford couture suit. After all, the mobster carrying this gun would not be wearing anything cheap.

Essentially the T150TDG Thompson 1927A-1 "Deluxe Semi-Auto", Titanium Gold Nitride Plated Tommy Gun is the same version Auto-Ordnance sells in a variety of configurations. The difference among the many versions is finish quality and the slight variations through the years of production.

The 1927A-1 version is the most popular in the line, so Auto Ordnance decided to offer a special Deluxe edition. This Deluxe model features a mirror polished finish which is then coated with a Titanium Gold Nitride finish. Auto-Ordnance offers this limited edition Deluxe model in this Ti-Gold finish and polished chrome. Both of these models are fully functional and can be shot, however the beautiful Ti-Nitride-Gold finish is the same coating used on top end drill bits so it can take a beating and still look beautiful. Magnum Research uses the same finish on some of the limited edition Desert Eagle pistols and it has proven itself incredibly durable over the years. Once your friends find out you own one, it is hard to keep the Gold Tommy in the safe. With the super durable Ti-Nitride-Gold finish, I will never be worried about keeping it looking factory fresh even after a lot of use.

The T150TG includes both a titanium gold plated 20-round stick and 50-round drum magazine. Now if you are going to drop $2900 on this limited edition gun, then you really should go all the way and order the custom $180 “Violin Case” available in either cello or guitar profiles. Believe me there is giant difference in presentation when pulling this out of a Pelican case or a violin case. Violins are pretty small instruments, so “Violin Case” may be a bit optimistic name, “Cello Case” would be a bit more size appropriate name. The case delivers a luxurious foam interior which can accommodate your Chicago Typewriter, a stick mag and round drum magazine. With the case, this kit pushes past a retail of $3000.

WHEN MEN WERE MEN
As I hoisted the 13lb, no that weight is not a typo, muzzle heavy 1927A-1 Tommy Gun to my shoulder I was reminded that in the old days men were not wimps. If you fill and attach the 50-round drum, the Tommy Gun can easily tip the 20-lb mark when it is ready to rumble. This is a freaking beast of a gun that weighs as much or more as a fully loaded heavy barreled sniper rifle.

Charging the Thompson is difficult with a smallish size charging knob finished in slick gold titanium nitride and wicked strong recoil spring. As I was charging...attempting to charge, holy freaking cow that bolt spring is heavy, good lord this is freaking child safe…. minutes later I found the appropriate leverage point to get the factory new bolt moving backward. Some ancient WWII dude at the range suggested a loop of paracord be used to charge the gun “that’s what we used to use”.  If your brain is thinking AR15 charging, the Thompson is not going to be an easy slap to charge at all, however once charged the glorious fun begins.

FUNCTIONAL FUN WITH GOOD ACCURACY
Though this Thompson 1927A-1 is equipped with a rear ladder sight which is in theory calibrated to 600-yards, it is not a tack driving gun. The Tommy delivers practical accuracy of around 1.5” groups at 25-yards which equated to 5”-7” groups at the 100-yard ranges in my testing. At 200-yards I was still able to ring a standard steel silhouette and usually ring it eight out of ten times at 300 yards. Defensively accuracy? Absolutely and a whole bucket of fun in the process, but 500-600-yards would have some luck involved. During the hundred of rounds I had zero issues with feeding and functioning - reliability is definitely not an issue.


$400 IN AMMO GONE IN NO TIME
Well, the T150TDG Thompson 1927A-1 "Deluxe Semi-Auto", Titanium Gold Plated Tommy Gun may not shoot rounds quite as fast as an AR15, however the case of .45 ACP rounds seemed to evaporate stunningly fast. 

There were sad faces all around after a little over 1000 rounds moved through the Thompson. This is a blast to shoot, it delivers zero recoil to the shooter, and is way more accurate than it should be for a 1927 design that has been polished and gold titanium plated. Honestly, I want to take it rabbit and squirrel hunting - that would be a blast.

FINAL THOUGHTS
With all this discussion about outlawing deadly AR15s, I have not heard anyone say peep about Tommy Guns… at least that was my justification to my wife. This was the defensive carbine of the 1920s, 1940s, and all the way to the 1970s when the AR15 started to get into civilian hands.


The T150TDG Thompson 1927A-1 "Deluxe Semi-Auto", Titanium Gold Plated Tommy Gun are limited edition and will not be around forever. If you want something special, something unique and something that brings a wow factor to any range session you had better get one on order. This is not only a unique collector piece which Tommy gun fans will value highly down the line, but it delivers a huge fun factor. I cannot recommend this wonderful gun enough. Suck it up and whip out the Amex, it is worth it.

SPECS
Auto Ordnance Deluxe Titanium Gold Tommy Gun
Models T150DTG
Caliber .45 ACP
Barrel 16.5", Finned (with compensator 18")
Weight 13 lbs.
Length 41" overall
Sight Blade front, open rear adjustable
Finish Titanium Gold
Stock Walnut fixed stock and vertical foregrip
Magazines One each 50 Round Drum and 20 Round Stick Magazines
Warranty 1 year
* Specifications subject to change without notice
MSRP: $2,963.00


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CRKT Burnley OBAKE Knife Review

CRKT Burnley OBAKE Knife Review

From my perspective carrying a knife is a requirement to get through everyday life.  With all the opening of boxes, mail, and urban daily survival tasks, it is a tool which I feel naked without however they can be a thing of beauty as well.  One of my favorite designs are those which echo classic Japanese designs.

CRKTs new OBAKE, designed by Lucas Burnley, is not only a gorgeous representation of a traditional Japanese design, but each one is totally unique thanks to the etched grey titanium nitride finish. Your OBAKE's blade pattern be uniquely different from anyone else.

ABOUT CRKTA
CRKT - Columbia River Knife and Tool was founded in 1994 by Rod Bremer in Oregon. By working in unison with the top knife designers around the world, CRKT delivers a broad line of innovative custom knife designs in affordable production knives and tools.  The result is that the hottest custom designs are available to the consumer for daily use at affordable prices.


FIT, FINISH, FEEL, FEATURES, FUNCTIONS
CRKT has several various types of knives which vary from a working quality which negate the pretty surface finishes and handle materials and then there are their top end premium offerings such as the OBAKE which show off CRKT's custom capabilities. The OBAKE is one of CRKT's most gorgeous designs and is stunning to look at and handle as just a desk knife, however you would be short changing the capabilities as an everyday defensive knife.

The Samurai sword blade and grind is designed to be an excellent piercing and slicing blade for defensive use. Additionally many metropolitan jurisdictions have restrictions on fixed blade knives with blades exceeding 4" so this is a great option if your local allows the carry of a fixed blade knife.  

The handle is made from a faux ray skin and paracord wrap and Lucas added a paracord lanyard on the sheath with a pewter skull bead.  Its a little thing, but can add some utility and a whole lot of style.

The OBAKE includes a belt loop which can be attached to the glass filled nylon sheath, however my preference was to carry the OBAKE concealed under the shirt as a neck knife with a breakaway chain.  

The Paracord and skull loop on the end of the knife can also be used as a carry system as well by using to loop to form a half hitch around your belt and then tuck the knife into your waistline.  
With the lanyard at the bottom tip of the sheath, this allows a “tuckable” sheath attachment for concealment and still provides for a smooth and safe draw. Typically inside the waistband sheath knives pose a risk of exposing the blade edge to the user as the knife is drawn. As the OBAKE is drown the sheath clears the pants and then provides for a natural draw stroke.

The CRKT OBAKE certainly could take the abuse with a ti nitride finish but would not may not be my choice to put the beatdown on for everyday heavy use, it is simply too pretty.

CRKT BURNLEY OBAKE SPECS
Dimensions
Open Overall Length 7.63 inches
Weight 2.4 ounces
Length 3.64 inches
Thickness 0.67 inches
Material 8Cr14MoV
Blade-HRC 56-58
Finish TiNitride Grey w/Etch Pattern
Grind Hollow
Style Clip Point
Edge Plain
Handle Material Black Paracord Wrap
Liner Black Faux Ray Skin
Carry System Glass Filled Nylon Sheath
MSRP $59.99

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Asymmetric Lynx 308 Suppressor Review

Asymmetric Lynx 308 Suppressor Review

As of late 2015, I began the process of purchasing a number of suppressors for review and for personal use in hunting, plinking, target shooting and general training. Among those suppressors I now legally own through the purchase, ATF Application, $200 tax stamp, six month preprocessing wait, and entry into my Trust, is the Asymmetric Lynx 308 Suppressor.

This is not my first experience with a suppressor. I have shot a large number of suppressors in the market thanks to being a writer in the industry, however this is not a typical suppressor.

Historically suppressors are basically modified mufflers. Technical advancements in materials, computer aided fluid modeling and design has dramatically improved suppressor capabilities over the years. There are now suppressors designed and optimized around specific intents, general purpose, semi-auto firearms, accuracy optimization, overall sound level suppression, tonal tuning of the report, weight, lower backpressure, durability...etc. Generally you have a suppressor that can only be optimized for a couple of these goals, however Asymmetrics’ suppressors seem to hit all the goals except weight.  In a sea of titanium suppressors, the Asymmetric suppressors are not light. My other YHM Phantom Titanium suppressor is nearly a half pound lighter even though it is longer and has a much larger diameter than my LYNX.

A hot design concept has been caliber conversion. The convertible suppressor concept may seem new, however it has been around for a while now. Most people are aware at this point that a .308 bore suppressor delivers pretty much the same attenuation within a couple dB of a dedicated 5.56 bore suppressor when used on a AR15 firing .223/5.56 rounds. At this early point, I did not see that justifying a second suppressor made sense right away to support .308 calibers and another to support .223, so I chose the durable .308 9” Lynx series suppressor from Asymmetric Products for this versatility and performance of a .308 suppressor even on an 5.56 AR15.

An unusual feature is that the unique Asymmetric sealed construction and patented design on their suppressor even allows owners to use it with very dirty .22LR rounds. This is a very unusual statement for a sealed can suppressor manufacturer because typically .22LR cans need to be disassembled and cleaned frequently. Asymmetric says cleaning out the .22LR gunk is as easy as attaching the suppressor to your large bore gun and firing about 3-6 rounds - their design self cleans. It sounds like BS, however the company has abuse tested suppressors through the above process and noted that they are not gaining any weight (retaining deposits) after thousands and thousands of rounds cycling back and forth from .22LR to .223 rounds. This capability makes for a suppressor that can handle the hundreds of calibers which range from .22LR to .308 rounds and only requires one suppressor to be purchased. They also abuse tested several test suppressors with over 300,000 rounds and they do not weigh a gram more than they did when first made - this is impressive.


FIT, FINISH, FEEL, FEATURES, & FUNCTIONS
Why I choose a Asymmetric suppressor was due to their extremely unique patented design construction. This is a heavy science and physics based design and I love science.

Their suppressor is the only design which includes a vacuum chamber at the muzzle attachment point. This feature prevents the intense heat of the suppressor from being transferred to the barrel which effects shot-to-shot accuracy.


Asymmetrics’ LYNX and other suppressors all feature their factory tuned ICE - Interstitial Cellular Entrapment baffles. There are no conical baffles but are instead cells. If you imagine a dense narrow labyrinth you get the idea of the ICE baffles. The result of this patented design is approximately five times the internal surface area compared to even the most advanced baffles currently used in the market. More surface area equals better heat dissipation, and attenuation and flash suppression in a smaller overall suppressor. The Asymmetric LYNX is smaller and is quieter than my YHM Phantom and the YHM can has a heck of a reputation as a top and suppressor.

The ICE Inconel steel baffles are press fit into the body and then fused together with a proprietary fusion technique to create a highly durable monolithic suppressor without welds or any mechanically attached components. Metal fusing is welding without any filler or filament material. Two pieces of metal are compressed together and then heated to melt together to become fused as one piece of metal. No other manufacturer makes suppressors this way.

The fusion process makes the Inconel baffles and internal body become stick free, the patented design is self-cleaning when high pressure rounds are shot through the suppressor. The .22LR compatibility is a handy byproduct of the construction, however the big benefits are the monolith based structural strength which is achieved and that while being heated the entire suppressor equally heats and expands. This means components are not moving around due to filament welded or screw attached parts that expand and contract at different rates which can affect accuracy. The Asymmetric suppressor and fused ICE baffle will heat and expand at a controlled rate as a unit to maintain accuracy.

Their design also greatly reduces typically high back pressure and eliminates first round pop. Due to the design I also found that first and second round accuracy remained the same at 100-yard ranges.
A simple stainless screw in
thread adapter was used for adapting
the 5/8x24 .308 caliber threading to
1/2x28 TPI for use on .223 AR15 barrels.

My particular interest was for a good all around suppressor for use on any bolt or semi-auto rifle or AR pistol at a reasonable rate of fire. Of note, pretty much any .308 suppressor will work on both a bolt action and semi-auto firearm however not all work well. The most common complaints are that some suppressors do not mitigate enough recoil for the needs of some bolt action shooters, generate a notable point of impact change from first to second round, and some suppressors deliver far too much backpressure for semi-auto firearms thus requiring adjustable gas systems. From my discussions with the company and testing, I think Asymmetric’s design has addressed many of this typical issues plus a few we never thought of.

I do not have a lab or fancy testing equipment, however it sounds better, shot-to-shot accuracy has been consistent, has no first round pop, works with .22LR ammo as advertised, and does not deliver crazy forehead blackening backpressure I have witnessed from some suppressors when used on an AR semi-auto format rifle. In short I really like what I see in the LYNX and freaking love the versatility.

The Asymmetric LYNX delivers both the semi-auto and bolt action shooter a rugged and durable sealed multi-purpose suppressor which can handle pretty much any application and centerfire caliber from up to .308 Remington. Of note the LYNX is not designed for high rate or full auto. The suppressor can certainly handle multiple round burst here and there or some spirited training with your AR15 pistol or SBR however however it is not “full auto” rated. Asymmetric does have the 100% inconel steel 1712 models which are full auto rated if you want a full auto rated suppressor.

Asymmetric offers a number of models. Essentially the LYNX is their basic 6-inch or 8-inch models which can pretty much handle anything you throw at them on any rifle configuration. They are a little less expensive due to the 316SS body versus the all Inconel models. I have the 8-inch LYNX model and it does everything I want it to. The 1712 and HAVOC models are LEO and Military full auto rated versions featuring the same design and construction, but in a wider range of sizes and configurations including a new upcoming quick-detach option. The ION series is designed for the larger bore (.338 Lapua) long range precision shooter with a suppressor design that maximizes accuracy with higher recoil reduction. Asymmetric also offers specially tuned models for other specific calibers such as the 25-45 Sharps. Later this year the company will offer thread on sealed .22LR cans which can be cleaned just by attaching them to an AR15 for a few rounds. What I asked Asymmetric was where is my thread on 9mm can for my Sig MPX which is also rated as an entry can for 5.56 and .308… Keep your fingers crossed.

I do not own a calibrated dB meter and never will, however I am a picky guy and do notice that my LYNX suppressor is one of the quieter than many suppressors I have shot. I am not sure it is “the” quietest, however it works for me. After the newness of getting another new suppressor wore off, the coolest benefits above all is that the suppressor heat is not heating up the and of my barrel and I do see that my shots do not start wandering after the suppressor heats up like other suppressors I have tested. I also really like that I am “on” in the first round versus needing to compensate. Great newer supressor… Science is cool - in this case literally.

SPECS
LYNX
MSRP: $750.00 - 6.5"
MSRP: $900.00 - 8"
Designed & manufactured for multi-gun applications and addresses the unique needs of hunters and enthusiasts. Available in 6.5" and 8" models.
FEATURES:
Negligible Gas Blowback
Low Flash
Effective dB
SUPPRESSOR SPECS:
Length: 6.5" / 8"in
Diameter: 1.46in
Weight: 21oz
Caliber: All Popular
Material: Inconel/316SS
Reduction: 26dB - 32dB Typical

SOURCES
Asymetic Suppressors - http://apdinnovate.com

Brownells A1 XM16E1 Old School Retro Prototype AR15

Brownells A1 XM16E1 Old School Retro Prototype AR15

At this year’s 2016 SHOT show amongst all the super custom short barreled and suppressed AR15s I was happy to see simple Veitnam A1 old school carry handle receivers were appearing as well as new production A2 carry handle designs. Yes, in fact we have come full circle and the old carry handle design is now retro cool again. Among the old A1 carry handle upper receivers, I was excited to see the production sample of the Brownells A1 upper receiver I had talked with them about in 2015 under a nondisclosure agreement.

A FIRST FOR BROWNELLS
This is actually pretty big news since Brownells has never...ever offered a firearm under their name before. The Brownell is not just another “me-too” receiver redesign. In an interview I did with Frank Brownell earlier this year he noted, “We wanted to do something classic that people would get really excited about that was more than just another AR15 receiver set. Our biggest challenge has been keeping them in stock.


To develop the upper and lower receivers, Brownell’s worked with Nodak Spud, the preiminant vintage M16/AR15 receiver manufacturer. Nodak develops faithful retro forgings of the original early M16 styles which are a bit different when compared to today’s receivers. On the lower receiver there is no logo plastered on the mag well, the buffer tube union is less reinforced, and the selector markings are only on the left side. 

The older A1 carry handle uppers have a simpler detent windage wheel adjustment for the rear sights and the newer A2 uppers feature both windage and elevation adjustment. The result of that partnership was an extremely high quality authentic retro Vietnam era XM16E1 style A1 upper and matching M16A1 style 1960s - 1970s style lower receiver. If you want to make a period correct XM16E1 version of grand daddy’s Nam rifle, Brownell’s upper and lower will get your build moving correctly in the right direction. Also Brownells has an extensive catalog to accessorize that receiver set. Brownells also offers a 20” AR15 Retro Barrel with a period correct 1:12 twist, however it has been so popular that they could not spare one for this poor writer.

CREATING A PROTOTYPE AR15
Stoner created a limited number of “Prototype” AR10s featuring some incredible bleeding edge materials, manufacturing and concepts. In fact the original AR10 had fluted lightweight barrels and fiberglass handguards. Earlier AR10 prototypes even used steel lined aluminum alloy barrels to reduce weight. Stoner did not do this same bleeding edge prototyping for the smaller AR15 and instead focused on a productional design. What would an AR15 prototype rifle have looked like? This article all about creating an old school prototype AR15 that weighs in at only 6-lbs, 1-ounce and would have had Mr. Stoner drooling. A few folks spitting swear words for bastardizing a retro receiver set while others will start giving me “Likes” and pinning my pics their Pinterest accounts - regardless this was a fun build.

As I added a list of parts to my Brownells shopping cart, I kept asking the question “What if?” What if Stoner had pushed the development of the AR15 platform like he did with the AR10 platform. The initial government contract asked for a 6lb AR15 rifle and the fielded AR15 weighed in at just over 7-lbs, but could I hit that design goal with my prototype XM16E1 build?


New cutting edge materials of the 1960s would have been too costly for production military rifles. In the early 1960’s, stainless steel, carbon fiber, and Tritium that had been widely manufactured for over a half a decade. These are still all pretty top end upgrades even by today’s standards.

Manufacturing capabilities of the 1960s included precision forgings globally, Wire EDM (Electro Magnetic Discharge) in use in Russia, and Bowing’s testing of punch card CNC machining. Indeed this provides a pretty impressive set of materials and manufacturing technology capabilities from which a producible AR15 prototype could have created in the 1960s.  Modern AR15 design innovations such as free-float handguards, effective muzzle brake designs, adjustable gas systems, and use of more polymers were possible but just not conceived.

The technology and materials were available. What would that look like if Stoner would have pressed on. It seemed like a cool project.

THE CUSTOM BROWNELLS A1 XM16E1 OLD SCHOOL RETRO PROTOTYPE AR15
Custom gunsmiths of the 1960s could have made a gun with the same features on an AR15 we have today but that would not be a reasonable prototype. A A1 AR15 prototype should be recognizable by Vietnam veterans who would state the enhancements could have improved their shooting, maneuverability, reliability, and potentially helped save lives.

There were some stock parts which were retained included the Brownells A1 XM16E1 upper and M16A1 style 1960s - 1970s style lower receiver, teardrop forward assist, the bolt & magazine release components, selector switch, pivot pins, and A2 buffer tube, spring & buffer spring.  To increase reliability in very harsh wet environments, all the detents were upgraded to KNS stainless detents stainless anti-rotation trigger pins.

The WMD NiB-X BCG represents probably the most unlikely technology of everything on this gun simply because NiBo coating had literally been just invented by Dupont in 1972 and the Vietnam war ended in 1975. WMD’s patented version would still be generations of coating updates later. Chrome BCGs would have been possible, but Gen 1 NiBo was the newest technology and used it here. That noted, if that self-lubricating, more reliable, and cleaner NiBo coated BCG would have been used, it could have greatly increased reliability of fielded guns and saved lives in Vietnam.

Instead of a heavy A2 stock, a Doublestar Ace Skeleton stock was used to drop weight, slim down the gun, and increase overall strength. The existing forging and machining technology of the day could have easily made the detailed receiver bulkhead and buttstock of the Skeleton stock and the lower tube is a bent aluminum tube. The Ace Skeleton stock uses standard A2 buffer tube, spring and buffer. A nod to the time period was about 24-feet of vintage style paracord used for custom wrapping the buffer tube instead of the rather “modern” foam cover shipped with the Ace stock.


In the 1960s, polymer molding was really advancing to the point that someone could have pulled off delivering a design similar to the Magpul MOE-K2 grip and Strike Industries polymer ejection port cover. Other little ergonomic additions which could have leveraged 1960s CNC punch card machining to create the ergonomics enhancing billet Mega Arms ambi-charging handle and billet Seekins Precision extended trigger guard.  

Triggers of that time were horrible, but a very manufacturable option using precision investment casting is the HyperFire’s new EDT trigger. This trigger delivers an entry level match trigger which was technically possible if they had HyperFire’s innovative patent. The EDT has a trigger design which offers no perceptible take-up or over-travel and lighter overall trigger pull; all of which would increase accuracy and shooting speed.

Instead of an aluminum sleeved steel barrel and fiberglass furniture like Stoner used, I used a Faxon pencil profile barrel and a Clark Carbon Fiber Forend with Billet Aluminum barrel nut.
Though the original AR15 had a thin barrel this ultra-slim 18” rifle length gas system Faxon pencil barrel would have been considered really light back then and similar in weight to the aluminum sleeved barrels Stoner used on very early AR10 prototypes. An updated Daniel Defense precision billet machined .625” front lightweight steel sight base design reduces just a bit of weight. The Precision Armament AFB muzzle brake diffuses recoil and kills the flash much better than a standard flash hider of the day. Carbon fiber was first invented in Ohio in 1958 and the simple but insanely expensive tube shape on the Clark handguard was one of the first shapes made in the mid-1960s and could have been used as a handguard material.

I felt that although the injection molding technology might be able to reproduce a plastic magazine, the specialized high strength polymers used for reliable AR15 magazines today had not been invented yet. I stuck with a more period correct 20-round Brownells aluminum magazine which has proved itself reliable for decades.

Tritium sights were actually first used by the military on the original MOA Single-Point Sight used in 1970 Son Tay raid in Vietnam, so that technology could have been available before that in a basic post sight. A Mepro Tritium front sight was added to improve hits after dusk or in the dark areas of the Vietnam jungle.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I think Brownells stumbled onto a great idea and people are having fun building up and shooting these retro builds. This of course is my version which was a extremely interesting research based build. What was most interesting was the initial 6lb design rifle weight and finding that the fielded rifles were actually 7-pounds. Back then 6-lbs would have been a very tough goal weight. Surprisingly even with all the new modern light weight components this build just met the original design weight at 6-lbs 1-ounce. Removing the paracord (2-ounce savings), using an ultralight BCG (3-ounce savings) and ACE Ultralight stock (5-ounce savings) could have dropped the weight to around 5.5-lbs, but I think the balance would have been off.

Shooting this little lightweight historical build was a lot of fun just plinking. As a training gun the extreme light weight and 2.5-lb weight saving would be a welcome change compared to a typical 8.5-lb AR15 loaded with an optic. Sure with a pencil profile, the accuracy does wander a little after the barrel really heats up, however it is not the dramatic combat accuracy change everyone thinks it is. The build is still plenty fun to shoot at cans and golf balls sitting on the tailgate of my truck with my army surplus jungle print camo Boonie hat and reminiscing about the long history and innovation journey of this incredible firearm.  Stoner would at least had a laugh.

SOURCES
Everything in this article was sourced from Brownells