Originally when I started this blog my rifle (and only complete weapon) was a 20 inch mashup. It had an A1 length stock and was strictly irons. Since shooting it more and going to a few competitions here and there, I started revising my rifle to modernize it while keeping the same trouble free platform relatively unchanged.
From an A1 stock I went to a Vltor A5 stock: I found even the fixed stock A1 too long for any type of body armor. It was too long. On went the A5.
My CompM4 was a trade item and I really like it. A Smaller H1 would be great to reduce the weight, but for now I will take what I can get. It works very well. Eventually i would want to switch to the micro RDS.
Still sticking with the LMT rear BUIS. I would eventually like to upgrade to the KAC adjustable flip up rear, but for now a Magpul BUIS would suffice and will likely be my next upgrade.
At my local practical rifle competitions I am the only one running a rifle. Anyone else “that guy” at the range when they run a rifle?
How does it run?
So far it has only had one string of malfunctions. During a cold winter carbine event the rifle was getting several failure to feeds. I threw out a few bad magazines and switched to Pmags during the event as the Pmags have never given me trouble. Still the failure to feed was present. A fellow shooter noted that using grease in the buffer tube might be the cause of my problems as it is slowing the velocity of the carrier down through the fire cycle. Well indeed I had used some thicker lubricant (Slip 2000 EWL ) for the rifle and it was a cold day. The theory makes sense. If the viscosity thickened enough to slow down the carrier and buffer + spring then it might not have enough momentum to chamber the round. Lesson Learned.
The next trip to the range with spring weather gave me no failures of any kind. I am back to using CLP as well.
The rifle is configured well and my only changes will be to save weight. I want the weapon to be relate-able to everyone who might have an 20 inch rifle stuffed away in the safe or perhaps those who want to build a versatile rifle based platform… so no space gun stuff. So whats next? A compensator of some type (read: not an boutique compensator) and a new BUIS that flips down.
How has your weapon changed over the years? Junk gear that had to be thrown out to start over or more of a slow learning process?