My first AR

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  1. chrissmallwood

    chrissmallwood Member

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    Hi All. I just bought my first AR the other day. I bought a DPMS Sportical. I really like that it was pretty basic, its just going to be for a range toy and maybe some light hunting so I dont need anything too fancy. Im going to take it to the range tomorrow to see how she does. Here some pic's.

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    Right now Ive just got a cheap red dot scope on it until I can get something better. Id like to get a set of iron sights to mount on it but Im not sure which ones to get. I saw some on CDNN for a good price but I dont know if theyre any good. Has anyone had any experience with them?

    I got bored tonight and decided to fill in all the markings on the lower receiver. What do all think?

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  2. 3pairs12

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    Congrats on your first of several AR's. I think that the blue turned out pretty well also on the lower. Let us know how the range trip goes.
     
  3. Hoppy590

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    send it back, its defective. no brass deflector or dust cover :neener:

    looks good though.

    what did you use/how did you fill in the markings
     
  4. chrissmallwood

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    I used some paint pens to fill them in and then used some small pieces of gun cleaning cloth wetted with Hoppes No9. I found that if I just rubbed it by hand with a rag it would take the paint out of the markings and it would look terrible. What I ended up doing was I stretched the cloth over a credit card and it prevented the cloth from working its way into the grooves and left a nice clean result.

    As for not having a brass deflector or dust cover, I figured that Im probably going to buy another upper(or two) for this thing someday and I can get them on it. For now I just wanted a simple AR to get me started down the road to EBR Insanity.
     
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    The Forward asist is missing also.
    Is the telle stock a little stiff to adjust?
     
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    i'm happy for you! they are good rifles and if you want to get irons for it, go with the RAA carry handle from AIM, it's solid and it hold zero very good.

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  7. Hoppy590

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    well if your gunna keep that glass on there id get a fold down rear and front sight set.

    Troy Industries comes to mind, but there are lots of other options
     
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    you must have god-like control to fill in those marking so precisely o.0, nice job, btw. my first ar was a colt 6520. still have it and it works great.
     
  9. chrissmallwood

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    MT GUNNY- The stock is actually pretty easy to adjust.

    Kurts- I didnt try to carefully fill in the markings. I just took the paint pen and painted over the whole marking. It looked like a bunch of red, white and blue patches on the side before I removed the excess.

    Hoppy- I dont plan to leave that red dot on there for long. Id like to get maybe an Eotech when I have the money for it. I also plan to get a set of sights, I just havent figured out which ones.
     
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    Gawd! I gotta get a life! Remote control on the couch and I thought it was the sheath to some nasty black tactical fixed blade. :D

    Nice marking I must say . . .

    I confess that the AR, having had three now, is a gun I just plain can't warm up to. I had a Rem. 700 PSS in .223 Ackley that I couldn't warm up to either. It's the caliber -- I want more poop and less zip.

    So shoot me. I got an AK. Sold the Rem and got a mil-surp 8mm Mauser.

    Yeah, sure . . . I have nice, scoped rifles, but they aren't semi-auto. One is, nonetheless, "black." Weatherby Vanguard in 30-06 w/ Leupold optics.

    That'd be one hell of a knife sheath, eh? :D
     
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    Should have done the "safe" in white.

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    verry nice. i spent about a 1/2 hour yesterday playing with various EOTECH's and now i want one as well.

    when the time comes, id suggest you get one of the newer style ones with the side mounted buttons, so in case you want to add an amplifier, or if your BUIS will inhibit access to the controls.
     
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    Did you wait for the paint to dry? Or did you remove the excess before it dried?

    Thanks.
     
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    Seven- I waited for it to dry.
     
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    Yup, red is dead or at least that's the way I was taught.
     
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    Nice touches with the painting of the markings...I too just purchased my first AR15 a few weeks ago...DPMS lite 16, and I have added red dot,scope,quad rail and magpul trigger guard. It will be some time down the road before I upgrade to an Eotech but for now I am happy with what I have for it.Oh, I also have Cabelas knock-off of the Surefire P60 light to mount as well.
     
  17. Walkalong

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    Nice AR. The fill ins look great, but RockyMtnTactical is right, the "safe" should be white.

    Congrats. I know you will enjoy it. :)

    What kind of paint exactly did you use? It really does look great.
     
  18. chrissmallwood

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    Walkalong- I used a Uni-Paint paint marker.

    I took it to the range today to try her out. I only ran 50 rds through her and I had no problems. The only problem I had was the battery in my red dot was going dead and I could barely see the dot in the sunlight so Ill have to wait till another day to see how the accuracy is. The part about this that makes me mad was that I knew it needed a new battery but I totally forgot until I got to the range and turned it on.
     
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    Go to Brownells.com and order their FREE AR parts catalog. All kinds of stuff you never knew you needed until you saw it in there.
     
  20. 45B@cav

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    Check out MaTech flipup sights. I used them in Iraq and they are great. They can be adjusted for windage and elevation. The only down side is they have only one size hole. A.R.M.s makes some good sights also.
     
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