I was checking my email and saw one from Cheaperthandirt.com titled ‘The best frome shot show 2015′ and saw a couple new things that got my attention and one I have seen before and hoped to never see again. The first being the new Browning 1911-380. I do not understand the reasoning behind this new weapon. As everyone knows, the original 1911 was chambered in 45ACP. Though I currently don’t own one, I do want one or a few, but it will most definitely not be the 1911-380. I don’t understand what demographic this weapon is for; I”ve seen the 1911 chambered in 45ACP, 9MM, 40S&W, 10MM and even 357 magnum, but I never imagined seeing it chambered in .380. I have not yet been able to convince myself to purchase and carry a .380, and I’ve tried my damnedest to do so mainly so I could buy the micro eagle from Magnum Research. At the moment, the smallest round I can convince myself to carry is the 9MM.
In the 1911 platform there are compact models from several different different companies and in at least the 45ACP and 9MM. Browning says that the 1911-380 is 85% of the size of the original 45ACP, but the capacity is only 8 rounds. In the .380 caliber arena, I think there are many other options that you could choose that meet or exceed the capacity, are lighter and are more compact. I’m sure there will be many of the new 1911-380 pistols sold, but I guess I just don’t understand what would possess anyone to buy this thing.
Second up is the Taurus Curve; I’ve heard it mentioned before on a podcast, and was hoping I would never hear about it again. This is another pistol that I don’t understand the thought process behind someone purchasing it. The pistol is a chambered in .380, curved to match the contour of your body and DOESN’T HAVE SIGHTS. Why would anyone want a firearm that doesn’t have any sights?
Last up is the Glock P-Mags. I currently own only one Glock; it is a Gen 4 G21 (45ACP) that I purchased back in October when I decided I needed a 45. All I know about the Glock P-Mags at the moment is that they exist. I’m sure I will end up buying a couple of them just to have them. I haven’t had any problems with my factory Glock mags, but it won’t hurt to have a couple more spare mags on hand.
I received my roll pin set in the mail today so I was able to install the gas block and gas tube. I installed the simple threaded device onto the muzzle and threw on the Midwest Industries gen 2 SS handguard. I then installed the Magpul AFG and the Magpul front and rear flip up sights.
Tomorrow I should be receiving the panel kits I had ordered for the handguard; with that, I should also be receiving the Magpul MS3 sling. In that shipment are a couple things for my carbine; a Rock River Arms 2 stage trigger and a Griffin Compensator/flash hider.
Here is a picture of my matching carbine and pistol side by side.
I thought I would have the pistol build complete today but there was a slight oversight; I forgot about the gas tube roll pin. My handguard showed up at the house today along with the gas block from Bravo Company. I chose the Midwest Industries Gen2 SS 10″ handguard to match my carbine which has the 15″ handguard. I installed the 10.5″ barrel from YHM onto the Anderson Manufacturing upper receiver using AeroShell 33MS milspec grease. I decided to go with the nickel boron bolt carrier group that I got from Anderson along with the gas tube. The muzzle device I will be using is just a black Simple Threaded Device. I went ahead and installed the barrel nut for the Midwest handguard eventhough I couldn’t install the handguard quite yet. I have a roll pin set on the way which should be showing up by Wednesday then I will finally be able to complete this pistol.
The castle nut for my AR build showed up today along with the buffer, buffer spring and Magpul MBUS flip up sights.
I installed the buffer tube assembly along with the Sig brace. I used the Exos Defense pistol buffer tube which I picked up on Amazon for $29.95. On Amazon.com, the Exos buffer tube says “1.20” Diameter Body Provides Tight Rotation-resistant Fit with the SB-15 Brace”; it was extremely tough to get the Sig brace to fit on the buffer tube. As hard as it was to get the Sig brace on to the buffer tube, I don’t think it will move whatsoever on this buffer tube.
I started my AR build tonight; as the title says, I am building an AR pistol. I have an Anderson manufacturing stripped lower receiver that I picked up at a local gun shop (Top Gun in Taylor, Michigan). I decided to go with the Rock River Arms lower receiver parts kit with a 2 stage trigger and a Hogue grip.
Before I bought the Anderson lower receiver, I had never heard of them. I had a choice between the Anderson and a Stag lower at the gun shop and after hearing about a couple of successfull builds on the Anderson lower, I decided to give it a try.
My castle nut isn’t due to arrive at the house until tomorrow, so I wasn’t able to go any further with the lower receiver today. Additionally, I did not install the trigger guard as I have a Magpul Enhanced Trigger Guard ordered. In the above picture, you can see the DSS Ambidextrous Dual Round Loop One Point Sling Adapter Mount, the Exos Defense Pistol Tube for SB15, and the Sig SB15 stabilizing brace.
The lower parts kit and trigger group installed into the Anderson lower receiver beautifully, the RRA 2 stage trigger feels amazing, and I can’t wait to receive the remainder of the parts for this build over the next several days.
The reason I currently have the urge to start blogging again is to share my first AR build with anyone who may stumble upon this webpage. At the moment I only own one complete AR-15, which will soon be two.
The complete AR that I have is a Core15 scout carbine; this came with a 16″ barrel and a low profile gasblock. Here is a picture I found online of the same carbine I have.
The modifications I made to the AR are as follows:
-Magpul Gen 2 MBUS front and rear backup sights
-Magpul Ambidextrous Sling Attachment Point
-UTG Milspec buffer tube
-Magpul CTR stock
-Magpul Rail Sling Attachment
-Magpul MS3 Gen 2 sling
-UTG 3/4″ riser
-Primary Arms MicroDot
-Midwest Industries Gen 2 SS 15″ handguard
-Barska flashlight foregrip combo
The only additional modifications I plan to make is to replace the A2 flash hider with either a BattleComp or a Griffin compensator and to replace the current trigger with a 2 stage trigger.
I have owned this domain name since 2006 (except for a year when I forgot to pay for renewal) and this domain has mostly sat dormant. I have had several short spurts of time when I was willing and enjoyed blogging. I figured now is one of those times to start posting again, but this time I hope to go for a little longer than I usually do.