To build or not to build – ar15.com electricity in costa rica

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I don’t own an AR. The recent experience with a variety of ARs ranging from full blown 3 gun ar to another full blown 3 gun to full auto to suppressed to some crappy ass ones, I’ve decided to build my own… or so I thought. The after market support is absurdly big and I can build a rifle that weighs 4 pounds?!?

Let’s start with SCAR 16. I was at the range with my buddies shooting all kinds of rifles. Nearly all the rifles got super dirty, especially, the suppressed full auto ar15. It’s carbon party in the receiver. Then I shot the scar 16. I checked the chamber to clear the rifle and noticed that the bolt face was squeaky clean. FUCKING sqeaky clean guys. The friend who owns it swears by his statement that his guns are never cleaned.

Then I rewinded my memory a week back when there was a 3 gun nationals. How many competitors did I witness experience malfunctions and jams on their ARs? If my memory is solid, including Taran Butler’s, I saw several ARs jam during their strings of fire.

I do like the thought of owning a 4 pound sub moa rifle but if the Reliability is missing, I dont know if this will be a good idea. I feel like majority of AR owners are disregarding the fact that AR is inherently unreliable. Americans and the gun industry milked this platform long after the last drop.

I don’t own an AR. The recent experience with a variety of ARs ranging from full blown 3 gun ar to another full blown 3 gun to full auto to suppressed to some crappy ass ones, I’ve decided to build my own… or so I thought. The after market support is absurdly big and I can build a rifle that weighs 4 pounds?!?

Let’s start with SCAR 16. I was at the range with my buddies shooting all kinds of rifles. Nearly all the rifles got super dirty, especially, the suppressed full auto ar15. It’s carbon party in the receiver. Then I shot the scar 16. I checked the chamber to clear the rifle and noticed that the bolt face was squeaky clean. FUCKING sqeaky clean guys. The friend who owns it swears by his statement that his guns are never cleaned.

Then I rewinded my memory a week back when there was a 3 gun nationals. How many competitors did I witness experience malfunctions and jams on their ARs? If my memory is solid, including Taran Butler’s, I saw several ARs jam during their strings of fire.

I do like the thought of owning a 4 pound sub moa rifle but if the Reliability is missing, I dont know if this will be a good idea. I feel like majority of AR owners are disregarding the fact that AR is inherently unreliable. Americans and the gun industry milked this platform long after the last drop.

Heh. You have a LOT of preconceived notions and practically no real experience to base them on. As a general rule, ARs are very reliable: they wouldn’t be so popular, otherwise. Even a lot of the cheap ones are pretty damn reliable. Do you think the AR achieved its lofty position as the most popular rifle in America because of aftermarket "hype" alone; that secretly they are all jam-o-matics and no one wants to talk about or admit it? No, of course not. The aftermarket exists as a consequence of the popularity, not as a sole driver of it. Obviously the "panic" and media hype regarding potential bans played a part in the rise of the AR, but they have maintained their popularity because it’s a great platform. The AR aftermarket support grew out of that rise in popularity.

As far as how light you can go while maintaining reliability, I’m not much into extremely lightweight builds; but, I’d imagine with proper tuning they can be quite reliable. There are many on here that do those kind of builds, you’d have to ask them their experiences. ARs built for 3 gun competition put more emphasis on low recoil to speed follow up shots and lower split times, thus reliability comes in second. They are usually tuned for the minimum amount of gas to function, and even tuned to a specific load; this makes them temperamental and susceptible to failure in less than optimal conditions. Using that as a barometer for what a "reliable" lightweight build would be capable of isn’t very useful.