So way back in the dark days of Slick Willie’s first term there was an absurd ‘Assault Weapons Ban’ that..well…you can look it up. Anyway, my lovely wife developed her interest in firearms during that terrible time in history (1994-2014) so, to her, 10-rd magazines were normal and rifle stocks Did. Not. Move.
This was the time when she picked up her first AR. Can you see the problem? So one of the AR’s in the safe is one of these neutered abortions. Since the ban expired ten years ago (Ten! TEN!) there is no earthly reason for someone to have an AR without a telestock, pistol grip, bayonet lug, flash supressor, etc, unless you live in an occupied zone like California.
So….I stumbled into a set of Magpul MOE furniture a few weeks ago and figured I’d de-neuter one of the wife’s AR’s. The gun has one of those stupid ‘pinned open’ telestocks. Ok, fine…drilled out the pins and removed the stock to discover….a full-length receiver extension that is NOT the kind youd normally use with a full A2 stock. Alright, I suppose I should have expected that. So lets replace the receiver extension with one that is more compatible with what I have planned.
Who does this!?!?!?!?!
Now, stay with me, this is where the post really starts……..
Did you know that there are two different ‘standards’ on those receiver extensions? ‘Tis true! There’s “mil-spec” and there is “commercial”. Unsurprisingly, when you buy most commercial aftermarket stocks (cough*Magpul*cough) you have to specify if youre using the mil-spec tube or the commercial tube. Fine. I’ll standardize on mill-spec. As it turns out, the nut that holds the tube in place has also evolved. They used to use a nut that used a spanner to tighten it, now they have what is called a ‘castle nut’ which, of course, requires a different tool. I wound up with one of these (Hammerhead Rifle Tool) and am pretty pleased with it. Took a bit of elbow grease, but got the nut off there and have the new tube threaded on.
(Yes, an original Colt 3×20 scope with BDC. Old, old school.)
The trickier part is removing the crom-awful ‘muzzle brake’ thats on this thing. It is, hands down, the worst muzzle brake I’ve ever encountered on an AR. Every shot seems to direct the blast right into my face. Problem is, that muzzle brake is ‘permanently’ attached. To make it a permanent attachment the manufacturer threaded the brake on, then drilled a hole through the threads, dropped a pin in there, welded over the pin and then ground off the blob of weld. So…getting that damn thing off is going to be a trick. Gonna have to turn to the professionals for this one. Cheaper than trying to find a buyer for the old upper and getting a new one, I suppose.
Of course, once all that’s done (for a grand outlay of about $100) we have a ‘normal’ carbine. But this is good practice for building up the dozen stripped lowers I have sitting around here.
On a completely unrelated note, I’m loving this new Weird Al offering. That fluorescent lime and orange suit/jacket combo? Me want!