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AR-15 carry handle chop

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MrCleanOK, Mar 11, 2012.

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  1. MrCleanOK

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    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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  2. deputy tom

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    Good looking work. How does that red goop gas barrier work for you? tom.
     
  3. MrCleanOK

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    The RTV silicone "poor man's Gas Buster" works great, is easy to do, and practically free.
     
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    Great. Does it last very long or need to be redone often? tom.
     
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    That doesn't look bad at all. Nice work.
     
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    A combination of permatex and drill a 3/16" hole in the side of my CH has eliminated gas in the face.
     
  7. MrCleanOK

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    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.
     
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    Excellent. Thanks for your replies and again nice work on the sight.tom.:cool:
     
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    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.
     
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    Details and photos, please!
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     

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  15. MrCleanOK

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    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.

    Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk
     
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