Mom got an AR!


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springmom
November 11, 2006, 07:36 PM
Heh, heh....

The High Caliber Gun Show was in town today at the George R. Brown convention center. It was hard to walk through the aisles, it was so busy. Some pretty good buys, some that were so-so, and some out and out highway robbery.

One of the Evil Black Rifles caught my eye...an Olympic Arms AR-15 carbine. Nice sights, light weight, fits me well. I looked at it, thought about it, told him I might be back. We wandered around some more. There were in general fewer "junk" dealers this time than I'd seen at gun shows before. Both of us bought Safepackers from Jagwear for our concealed carry. Nice. Not a fanny pack, not so obvious. DH found the gun he'd wanted for years and years, an M-1 carbine, for a fair price. We bought it, and then found some ammo for a very good price for it.

Then I looked at him. "Do you mind if I go back and look at that carbine?"

I did, the salesman unhooked it from the security cables, I picked it up and was HOOKED. How cool is this thing!!!! It shoots .223, so recoil will be nothing, and is just flat down going to be FUN. My youngest son hasn't seen it yet, because his friends are here swarming all around; but I'll show him later, both mine and his dad's new M-1 carbine.

God bless Texas. No waiting, gun shows still available, people walking out carrying handguns and rifles all over downtown. The police were EVERYWHERE....yeah, everywhere BUYING stuff :D

So we celebrated my birthday in grand style. DH is taking next week as vacation, and we'll be over at the range putting them through their paces. Can't wait!

Springmom the new EBR owner

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10-Ring
November 11, 2006, 07:42 PM
Well done mom! I just got my AR a couple months ago & I still have that silly 'new gun' grin on my face! :D

MrPillow
November 11, 2006, 09:43 PM
I'm going down to take a look around tomorrow, should be a good turnout. Congrats on the new rifle.

CZ223
November 11, 2006, 11:27 PM
The Oly Arms guns are a very good buy. I have two of them and they are both very good shooters. I don't put thousands of rounds through them but they function well with everything that I have put through them so far. Which model did you get? By the way, you might want to stock up on 20 and30 round mags while you can. I have already started buying the things that were affected by the Clinton gun ban.

el44vaquero
November 12, 2006, 01:14 AM
Sweet

springmom
November 12, 2006, 05:57 PM
Thanks, guys. Yes, the next step is magazines, while they're still in stock :banghead: To answer CZ223's question, it's a Plinker Plus 16". My youngest son said he wasn't going to speak to me anymore because I didn't buy HIM one :D and my middle son thought I was nuts, but cool. I asked them how many of their friends' moms had an AR...."none". That, I can believe. :D Youngest son is still speaking because I told him he can shoot it when we go over to the range this week

Pretty cool. A nice intro to the EBR genre of guns :evil:

Question for you all, though: the thing comes to me looking like the bolts and the charging handle are coated in Crisco! I'm sure it's not (well, I hope it's not) but how much of that stuff should I remove before I fire it? I normally clean a gun pretty well before taking it to the range, although disassembling this thing is a daunting prospect. Can I just swab out the barrel and receiver or do I need to do a take down and clean before range time?

Springmom

sm
November 12, 2006, 06:05 PM
:D

Congrats!

springmon you and hubby "just have to" come to the Tulsa Show in April and meet up with this ...this...I am not sure what we are called - but you and hubby would fit right in! :D

ugaarguy
November 12, 2006, 06:36 PM
Springmom, I'd takke all that grease off the bolt & carrier. Disassembly is rather easy, just hard to describe by typing it online. Here's a good photo tutorial; http://groups.msn.com/TheMarylandAR15ShootersSite/fieldstripping.msnw. For lube I put a little Breakfree/CLP on a rag to create an oil cloth effect. A very light coating of CLP from wiping down the bolt, carrier, charging handle, and inside the reciever is all that's usually needed. You'll also want to use the charging handle to depress the detent and remove the recoil buffer and spring. Take the spring off the buffer and wipe down with the oil cloth. Take care not to get oil on the rubber stop on the back of the buffer as this will cause it to harden. With a little practice you'll be field stripping it like a pro.

cracked butt
November 12, 2006, 06:50 PM
Sounds like you had an awesome birthdAy:D

Break the rifle down, completely degunk it, then give all of the parts a coat of CLP and you'll be good to go.

Bartholomew Roberts
November 12, 2006, 07:20 PM
All moms that even think they might want one should have ARs... it would definitely make for better gun laws in the future :D

Lebben-B
November 12, 2006, 07:34 PM
Excellent choice, Springmom. I'm certain you'll enjoy it. But be careful - ARs, like 1911s, have a tendency to multiply.

Shoot Straight,

Mike

dragongoddess
November 12, 2006, 07:37 PM
But Granny gots an AK and a Colt Anaconda

springmom
November 12, 2006, 09:44 PM
Woo hoo!!!! It is disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled. Only needed help with the firing pin retention pin, because I couldn't get it quite in. DH jiggled it around and voila, in like a charm. I finished reassembly, and it is ready to go.

Pix of my new toy and DH's new M-1 carbine will be posted, probably tomorrow.... hopefully, when we're at the range.

THIS is gonna be FUN :D

Springmom

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