My First AR Range Time in a While

Discussion in 'AR Forum' started by WhoIsJohnGalt?, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    I’ve let my AR sit unattended for literally a couple of years while devoting all manner of range time to handguns. The recent acquisition of a CAR-style upper receiver saw me finally take the AR along to the range recently.

    The lower on this gun is from a no-frills Bushmaster Patrolman’s Carbine; the upper an 11.5-inch barreled job with a permanently-attached 5.5-inch flash hider.

    A real rifleman (carbineman?) I ain’t, clearly - my 25-yard groups shown here may make you real rifle-folk on the Forum throw up a little bit in your ammo cans. For me, this is darn good shootin’ for a long-gun haha.

    Zero issues with the marriage of this upper and lower, save when I managed to pack 21 or 22 rounds into a 20-round mag - the gun decidedly did NOT care for that. Smooth shooting otherwise.

    More to come as the range outings with the AR continue. Kinda thinking of snagging a PSA or other lower with a full buttstock to attach to the Bushy upper - we shall see.

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    Apr 5, 2015
    Actually pretty okay shooting, Aubyn.

  3. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Your rounds are hitting the spot that matters.
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  4. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget

    Aug 18, 2015
  5. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    Thank you all!

    I wondered if my fellow shooters on the “rifle side” of the indoor range I frequent wondered why I was using IDPA targets haha - they’re what I know and love from my long-term intense handgun concentration LOL! :)
  6. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    Oh No Iron Sites.....Are you sure you know how they work? Just where the hell did you dig up that relic. However I can top you with an old Bushmaster with no SD or forward assist.....

    Only thing important is Minute of Man when the SHTF.

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  7. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    @Karsten - “minute of man,” yes! I’ve heard it called “minute of bad guy” also haha...
  8. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    One observation from the range outing. I fired only about 150 rounds through this AR this session (was under a bit of time-pressure and wanted to get some more rounds though a 1911 in the same session). This carbine’s handguards do not have heat shield inserts. “No biggie” thought I as I was doing a pre-cleaning of the upper before the range-trip.

    The handguard area did, ah, heat up a bit by the 100-round mark. Before then, actually. My sensitive, butter-smooth mitts took notice (ha-ha).

    Not a real problem at this stage, just something that made me chuckle.

    Forgot to mention - I was shooting Federal 55-grain .223 and used a mix of 20-round mags (three from Brownell’s and an older Colt-branded mag) and a couple of older Magpul 30-rounders.
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  9. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013

    Just to note...The above reply was all is jest....Trust me, I have old school stuff. Pick up a leather glove for your left hand...It will help.

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  10. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    ^^ @Karsten, no worries, I read you as jesting. And I really need to grabe some glovage, for sure!
  11. razorbacker

    razorbacker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 2, 2011
    I agree, the handguns tend to get too much love in range time, need to breakout the ARs more often at my house as well.
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