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  1. CANNONMAN

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    I want to put dust covers on my various AR's that are marked .223 or 300BO. I've been looking for them at gun shows but so far I've only found one. I bought it. I'm looking for a site that has some good looking gear to show at a glance that the gun is a .223 or .300. I don't want to do tape or marking pen. If you can direct me to a site I'd thank you.
     
  2. Varminterror

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    I have a bunch of Wilson marked port covers, subtle and cleanly done. Bought them from Midway on sales. Not really worth the extra expense over a mil-spec port cover, but they do make it a little easier for me to identify different rifles.
     
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    You can also see if there is anyone near you doing laser engraving.
     
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    Google "AR 15 Dust Cover" and there are 70,400,000 results. Shouldn't be too hard to find what you're looking for.
     
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    The problem with using a marked dust cover is that the marking is only visible when the dust cover is closed. I met a guy at the range who did this: 1- he had the upper receiver of his 300 B-O laser engraved with 300BLK in large font, 2- he selected desert tan PMAGS to use with 300 BLK, and black Pmags for 5.56, and marked them accordingly with paint pens, and 3- he kept the 300 BLK mags in their own ammo can separate from his other caliber mags, and at the range he would leave the gun and ammo can he wasn't firing at the time in his truck. He did this out of an abundance of caution. I have seen the results of people who have mixed things up in this regard, and its not pretty.
     
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    ^^^^That ^^^^^ is why I recommended JSE. Sensible options like outside cover or a few dollars more for inside and outside. Agreed most don’t show until it’s too late and definitely a smart move on changing mag colors, marking them, and separating them.


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  9. Varminterror

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    I never have been bothered by the fact the Wilson covers are only marked on the outside. When the cover is closed, it’s visible. When the cover is open, a non-operating manipulation easily reveals the marking. Alternatively, for interior-only marked cover, the marking is visible when open, but if the cover is latched, it takes an operating manipulation to reveal the marking.

    Interior marks are great for instagram photos where action is implied by an open cover, but for quick identification in administrative situations - e.g. quickly identifying rifles in the rack where the covers are closed - I prefer externally marked covers.

    Both is better if you can find it, but outside can pretend to be both, inside can only be one.
     
  10. Walkalong

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    I went the marked upper route as these were on sale at the time.
     

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  11. Demi-human

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    Lancer has a run of translucent red magazines at GunMagWarehouse.
    I use these for my Blackout.
    They are Warning Red, and clear enough to see those large thirty caliber bullets inside.

    The Valkyrie gets PRI waffled ten rounders. And the Bushmaster gets straight patterned mags. But nothing will get sideways except the Blackout in the .223.
    A Valk in a Bushmaster may be interesting, but a baffle strike wouldn't...

    As my mini-clones get older, I see the value in having the upper marked as well. I think I'll give the Trophy and T-shirt guy in town a call to see if he does this sort of thing.
    Then perhaps I could have something a little more custom for each one put on.:thumbup:
     
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  12. berettaprofessor

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    As noted above, you can find them with lettering/marking on both sides. Some examples:

    https://www.tacticalgunparts.net/ar-15-gun-parts/ar-15-upper-parts/ar-15-dust-covers (gives you options for the other side).

    https://tactical-expressions.com/ar15-parts/ar-15-ejection-port-dust-cover.html (has pictures with two sides)

    Personally, I just removed the doors, took them to a local laser engraver, and got them done as I wanted....just make sure you show them which side is "up" for the lettering (I have some lefty AR's which are backwards)

    (I gave them a picture of the "closed" and "open" sides with the lettering as I wanted it engraved...if it helps, I attached a word file as an example, with images of both sides, just change the lettering as desired!).
     

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    Magpul sells uncolored base plates for their mags that you can dye any color you want with (preferably) the synthetic fabric RIT dyes. I replaced all the base plates on the mags for 300BO with bright yellow base plates so at least in the daylight I hope I'll see the difference. Between the labeled dust covers, the colored base-plate mags, and the fine-line painted "223" on the rear end of the charging handles of my 223/5.56's, I've done everything I can to prevent the stupidity of shooting a 300BO in a 223 rifle.

    The plates on my 450BM mags are robin-egg blue. I'm not worried about firing them in a 223 though, it's just cause it makes them pretty.:cool:
     
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  14. Chuck R.

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    I went with rubber bands on my .300BO mags, besides the visual I can feel them:

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