Help me build an AR-15 buttstock-sized equipment kit


May 1, 2012, 11:53 PM
What this thread is: Helping me select items to put into an AR-15 (A2) buttstock-sized kit of equipment that will help keep the gun running while at the range, or while on a long trip, or lost while hunting, etc.

What this thread is not: TEOTWAWKI, SHTF, etc.

I have been giving this buttstock equipment kit idea some thought the last couple days, and I think I am going to do it. Here's some details on the rifle: (I really like how it is set up) it's a DPMS Bull 20 with the following upgrades: Geissele SSA-E Trigger, BCM Gunfighter charging handle (mod. 3), Leupold Mark AR 3-9 Mil-dot scope, Butler Creek flip-up scope covers, Larue SPR 1.5 scope mount, B.A.D. Ambi safety, Ambi Ergo Grip, Harris 6-9 bipod with swivel and lock. The rifle has been both accurate and reliable.

Here are the items that I would like to include:
1.) A small bottle of Breakfree CLP for lube (0.68oz, to be refilled as needed)
2.) Leupold Lenspen
3.) Small Torx wrench (that came with scope mount--tightens mount/rings)
4.) Pair of my favorite yellow foam ear plugs (Amigo)
5.) ?

Here's where you come in: I would love to get suggestions on more small things that would be very handy to have with the rifle at all times.

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May 2, 2012, 01:04 PM
Boresnake, a few q-tips and a vial of CLP doesn't take up much room at all.

May 2, 2012, 01:10 PM
A GI cleaning kit will prove way more useful then a bore-snake.
It would most likely prove far more useful then #2, #3, and #4 on your list.

As for a bore-snake?
Try knocking out a stuck case with the rim torn off, or unplugging a bore full of mud with a String!


May 2, 2012, 01:14 PM
Sorry I thought he meant IN addition. Boresnake and a couple three q-tips will fit in the pistol grip.

May 2, 2012, 02:15 PM
I'd keep a GI cleaning kit (the one with the steel rods), a small bottle of lube and a spare bolt (or at the least a spare set of rings). If there's room left, go for whatever makes you feel comfortable.

May 2, 2012, 02:26 PM
Small length of fishing line and a couple small hooks (for the lost while hunting part). A couple of all weather matches.

May 2, 2012, 03:05 PM
small parts:

Extra firing pin
bolt gas rings
extractor and spring.
stuck case extractor

I used a multi-tool w/ a buffer tube castle nut wrench to fix a guy's rifle at a 3gun on Sunday, but that was an assembly issue not a failure of a properly assembled part. I'm waiting for the day that the stuck case extractor comes in handy. I know its just a matter of time...

May 2, 2012, 03:18 PM

May 3, 2012, 02:59 PM
I'm not really looking for a different grip.

I do have a GI cleaning kit that I will be placing in there now, thanks for the advice there. I will also be dropping the earplugs. I still think the tiny wrench to tighten the rings/mount is a good idea, and I would like to squeeze in a lenspen as well.

The GI kit came with a 1oz oiler that I will fill with CLP from my bigger jug. I will probably seal it in a small ziploc baggy to be safe.

Qtips and patches will probably fill in any void spaces I'm thinking.

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