Skip to comments.MY GO-TO CARBINE SETUP
Posted on 10/23/2020 6:01:46 AM PDT by MtnClimber
So were finding ourselves once more with a whole lotta new gun owners. And that evil black rifle-the AR-15- wont stay on the shelves long enough to pick up any dust. While having one and knowing how to use one are two very different things, knowing how to use one and actually knowing how to set up a purpose-built weapon is another animal entirely. Heres the bottom line up front: what are you planning on doing? A so-called home defense weapon is worlds apart from what Im discussing here. Home defense implies that Im back on my heels, in my so-called retreat, just trying to live my life until they leave me alone. Well, theyre not going to leave you alone. You need to wake up to the reality that theres no magical retreat to skip off to where youre out of the reach of someone who wants you gone. Youre no longer living in a civil society and the fantasy of the so-called rule of law is null in void. Do you understand that? So with that disclaimer out of the way, lets go over my go-to weapon setup. This is a general purpose carbine; a jack of all trades that can perform a wide variety of tasks in my environment based on my combat experience.It is an offensive weapon, capable of killing from zero to six hundred meters.
The barrel is a 1/7 twist FN M4 barrel with a mid-length gas system and a standard A2 birdcage. I run a 1/7 because 77gr OTM does its job. The A2 birdcage works well enough at mitigating muzzle flash at night, which is a major consideration for a patrolling weapon. On night raids we would often simply shoot at the muzzle flashes we saw if we took contact and, as anyone whos been there and done that knows, the AK can put out an impressive fireball with either no muzzle device or simply the slant break. But the AR does as well, especially if youre running some type of muzzle break thats competition oriented rather than combat oriented. In my carbine course we observe the different muzzle flashes that everyone puts out of their weapons at dusk to take note of just how much flash theyre putting out. The A2 does a good job of breaking it up, as does the Smith Vortex, which I had on my M24 and we ran on the M240s as well.
The late, great Peter Kokalis noted from his advising of the Atlacatl Battalion during the El Salvadoran civil war that that the Vortex became mandatory due to its effectiveness on night ambushes in the Central American jungle. I share his opinion, having ran it on an AK in the southeastern woodlands for many years now.
My go-to AR wears a rifle-length MLOK floated handguard from Palmetto State Armory. This type of handguard serves a number of functions. It keeps the barrel from shifting zero when I rest the handguard on objects in my environment as well as preventing a point of impact shift from shooting using the sling as a support. It also squeezes every bit of accuracy capability out of my barrel, which is always critical. I use a Magpul RSA for a sling mounting point and it gives me a physical reference point to place my hand when shooting- consistency is the key to accuracy. The sling is my same old tried and true VTAC sling I carried in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nothing fancy, it just works. In front of that sling mount is my Steiner DBAL I2 IR laser to interface with my PVS-14 when Im wearing that on my head at night. The lower is nothing special, and the rest of the weapon is pretty much bone stock, even having a gasp mil-spec trigger. You dont need a fancy trigger, you just need trigger time to break it in.
Now lets talk about optics. Its 2020, you should have an optic on a weapon you plan on fighting with. I run an ACOG. Theres not a more bombproof optic out there. And for the people whove been in class they know exactly how bombproof mine is. Its a standard 4×32, not the fastest optic if Im concerned with CQB type stuff, but for rural patrolling and, most importantly, positive identification (PID), the ACOG shines. Its lightweight and effective. Theres other prismatic optics out there that are really good also, including the optics from Primary Arms. But if you want a one n done, the ACOG is the one.
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Keep it simple, and do it right. A lot of the new gun owners, and idiots in general have every attachment they can buy and will either get snagged on something, or not remember which button to push when SHTF.
Both my and the wife’s ARs have collapsible stocks, low power scopes, flip up iron sights, and bipods for longer distance work. Bang bang.
Aah, gun porn. And so early in the morning!
Those two are worth more than my collection of M4s.
Sorry, I'm on a budget.
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Do you have a link to that?
Interesting article! Nice post!
ACOGs run well over $1,000. An Aimpoint or Eotech is less than half that. Put the difference into training and range time.
Not even gonna get into the 1/7 to 1/9 debate. And as for actually finding case lots of 77 grain OTM ammo, good luck. Last I checked it was $1.00 a round or so.
The other reason I run the ACOG is for another type of interface with my PVS-14.
Thats my problem with articles like this. Who has $3,000-$4,000 just for optics? This dude must be made of money. Find a decent AR pattern rifle, (yea, I know. Good luck), put a decent red dot on it. Get a sling.
Then learn how to use the damned thing. Competence and confidence will more than make up for your lack of high dollar attachments.
I have an A1 rifle that I am very comfortable with.
“Keep it simple, and do it right. “
“Both my and the wifes ARs have collapsible stocks, low power scopes, flip up iron sights, and bipods for longer distance work. Bang bang.”
My AR-7 is super simple. I keep it stowed in a waterproof case (Nanuk 923) with three extra clips, 100 rounds of extra ammo and a good scope that has quick detach mounts. Lots of fun in a small package.
Pity our local range just closed this week (sold to the Sheriff’s Department).
My two Colts got the plastic Magpul flip-up rear sights, Vickers slings, and Aimpoint PROs. That's as much as I can spend on them. The rest get the cheap slings that go on the factory swivels, and Bushnell TRS-25s on co-witness risers.
That's a "budget" battery.It cost a bundle, but it's nothing compared to *one gun* in this article.
He has photos of a Trijicon ACOG mounted behind the PVS-14.
$3,200 for the PVS-14 and $1,500 for the ACOG. He also had a laser mounted, and not one of the cheap pointers, but one that shows up in thermal imaging.
That's easily $5,800 in gadgetry. We'd love to have it, just can't afford it.
I do have a Vortex flash supressor. I never got around to mounting it and now it's in storage.
Do a 36 yard zero on that PRO and youll be able to hit anything from 25 yards to 300 without having to memorize holds.
I have an older Comp ML2 but the wife has the PRO. Solid red dots for a price that doesnt break the bank.
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