AR-15 carry handle chop


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MrCleanOK
March 11, 2012, 03:36 PM
I chopped a carry handle last night, and thought some of you might like to see the results.

In the absence of “the right tools for the job”, I pretty much just closed my eyes and went nuts with a drill press, angle grinder, reciprocating saw, and dremel tool. Not bad for a few hours’ work. Having done it once now, I think I could make another one look better. The spacing of the serrations on my ground-down thumb nut is a little uneven.

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deputy tom
March 11, 2012, 04:06 PM
Good looking work. How does that red goop gas barrier work for you? tom.

MrCleanOK
March 11, 2012, 04:18 PM
The RTV silicone "poor man's Gas Buster" works great, is easy to do, and practically free.

deputy tom
March 11, 2012, 04:21 PM
Great. Does it last very long or need to be redone often? tom.

Bovice
March 11, 2012, 04:25 PM
That doesn't look bad at all. Nice work.

Mot45acp
March 11, 2012, 04:25 PM
A combination of permatex and drill a 3/16" hole in the side of my CH has eliminated gas in the face.

MrCleanOK
March 11, 2012, 04:35 PM
It's pretty durable. Just make sure the charging handle is clean and dry when you apply it so you get good adhesion. That CH has seen a couple thousand rounds, and the RTV silicone is still in good shape.

deputy tom
March 11, 2012, 04:38 PM
Excellent. Thanks for your replies and again nice work on the sight.tom.:cool:

7mmsavage
March 11, 2012, 06:59 PM
Looks good to me. I realy like that you trimmed down that huge thumb nut. I don't understand the silicone though. I've never gotten any gas in the face from my AR. Is it something to do with cutting the carry handle down? I was just hinking about doing the same thing so I'm curious about that. Also what did you refinish it with, it looks good.

MistWolf
March 11, 2012, 07:06 PM
A combination of permatex and drill a 3/16" hole in the side of my CH has eliminated gas in the face.

Details and photos, please!

dprice3844444
March 11, 2012, 07:15 PM
http://e-sarcoinc.com/m4rearsighta2styletopmount.aspx

Captains1911
March 11, 2012, 07:17 PM
I don't understand the silicone though. I've never gotten any gas in the face from my AR. Is it something to do with cutting the carry handle down?

It has nothing to do with the sight. Gas blowback isn't really an issue unless running a suppressor. With a can, the shorter the barrel, the worse the blowback can be. The silicone fix is a cheap alternative to buying a gas buster charging handle.

dprice3844444
March 11, 2012, 07:17 PM
http://www.ar15.com/mobile/topic.html?b=7&f=118&t=870401&page=1

ar15 gas vent

Mot45acp
March 11, 2012, 07:26 PM
Drilled hole goes into the curve of the underside of the charging handle. I only have pics of outside. I did it in the reinforced part on the right hand side.

This rifle is 16" and has gas vent installed. I have since moved the CH in the pic to a 11.5" upper. It is he only gas mitigationg device on the 11.5" and it works very well with a Gemtech Halo.

MrCleanOk, the carry handle job appears to be well done. I do apologize for the thread jack.

MrCleanOK
March 12, 2012, 12:07 AM
The finish is nothing special. Normal black spray paint, and I took the gloss off with 000 steel wool. I fully expect it to wear off of the high spots eventually, but I don't care much about keeping my rifles pretty.

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