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jamesbern
12-03-2011, 21:56
So I decided to build an AR after randomly picking up a Troy rail on a forum. Once I had that I figured it was only right to build an AR around it. After a bit of research and envisioning what I wanted to build I started to figure out what I was going to order.

I knew my first requirement was to build it with quality parts as a SHTF battle rifle. Not that it will probably ever be used as such, but I wanted to know it would stand up! I put it together last night and finished it up today. Hope to get out and shoot it a bit tomorrow to check it's function.

The only other thing I wanted was to be able to have a sliding stock. Being in CT I needed the lower to be a pre-ban. The good thing with this is I also got a threaded barrel, flash hider and a bayonet lug if I wanted one.

I found a pre-ban Olympic SGW forged lower and traded a S&W revolver for it. Everything else came together and I have what you see now! I absolutely love it. The only changes I plan to eventually make are a real Aimpoint Micro T-1 and then a Surefire light.

The parts:

Upper: BCM demo
Lower: Olympic Arms SGW forged pre-ban
Barrel: Daniel Defense 16" CHF 1/7 twist Mid-length gas system chrome lined
Rail: Troy 15" TRX Extreme battle rail
Gas Block: Troy Low Profile
Flash Hider: Yankee Hill Machine Phantom 5C2
Stock:VLTOR Emod Mil-spec (holds 8 Surefire CR123A batteries)
Grip: Tangodown Battlegrip
Foregrip: Magpul AFG
Light Mount: Viking Tactical
Sights: Troy Battlesights
Optic:Primary Arms Micro dot w/ America Defense quick-release mount
Sling Mount: Ambidextrous one-point mount

Yep.....I love it! I really hope it shoots as good as it looks!

Enjoy the photos!

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jamesbern
12-03-2011, 21:56
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/56b72987.jpg

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Couple fun shots of some ammo too:

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/8959f1b0.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/jamesbernatchez/Photography/a9f3a9da.jpg

glock031
12-03-2011, 22:05
Looks nice. Are you planning your second build yet?

jamesbern
12-03-2011, 22:45
That was it :)

I put together a Stag 20" which I sold a while back. Now i'm planning on selling my other 16" Stag upper and possibly building another 20".

Clint-M
12-03-2011, 23:07
How do you like the Troy rail? I've seen a few of those long rails lately and considered picking one up for a lightweight build.

Looks great, building AR's is half of the addiction for me.

CM

jamesbern
12-03-2011, 23:39
I really like it. It is actually very light without the lower and side rails mounted.

WoodenPlank
12-03-2011, 23:49
OP, are you a leftie? If not, you might want to consider repositioning your light to the opposite side of the tube, so the tailcap is easier to reach.

Cole125
12-04-2011, 00:24
Congrats, looks great! :thumbsup:

I'll be starting a similar thread once I get my first build finished...

Glocker1984
12-04-2011, 00:49
I'm voting two thumbs up on this build. Very nice rifle! :thumbsup:

deserttactical45
12-04-2011, 00:53
Very nice good job man

pag23
12-04-2011, 07:53
Very nice and looks good! The one thing preventing me from relocating to CT for work is the issue on pre-ban vs post ban lowers. I have M4 style BCM & Bushmaster and I was worried about being out of compliance.

I really like the Troy rail and how does your PA microdot work for you

I didnt know you could have sliding stocks in CT either.

boomhower
12-04-2011, 08:22
Looks good!

ColdBlooded
12-04-2011, 09:07
Shibby. My next upper will have the new 13" Troy Alpha Rail (no sight).

liberty911
12-04-2011, 09:12
That's slick!!! What kind of knife is that?

jamesbern
12-04-2011, 09:20
OP, are you a leftie? If not, you might want to consider repositioning your light to the opposite side of the tube, so the tailcap is easier to reach.

I am lefty. :whistling: Shoot rifles like that, but I taught myself to shoot pistols right handed as i'm right eye dominant.

Very nice and looks good! The one thing preventing me from relocating to CT for work is the issue on pre-ban vs post ban lowers. I have M4 style BCM & Bushmaster and I was worried about being out of compliance.

I really like the Troy rail and how does your PA microdot work for you

I didnt know you could have sliding stocks in CT either.

I haven't shot it yet. Going to an indoor 75' range just to get some rounds through it and test it out.

Only sliding stocks are allowed on Pre-ban lowers otherwise it has to be pinned in place.

That's slick!!! What kind of knife is that?

It is a custom fighting knife made by Koyote Knives.

This is what the maker says about the knife:

the overall length on this one is 12 1/2 inches.

5160 steel, .23 inches through the tang with a full doubled edged convex zero grind and distal taper. 6 1/2 inches on the blade. Maintaining the edge is easy with a hard back leather strop. and polishing compound as needed.

Handle is tulipwood, with brass tubing stock for pins. The brass has been very lightly blued to match the overall look. I use tubing pins for several reasons, including the lack of distraction from the handle with a void instead of a busy pattern of some sort. Matching holes on the guards, in the chute knife style.

Blade and tang are blued. I use a product called oxpho-blue for this as it is easy to touch up at need- oxpho blue likes oil and can be applied to metal with steel wool and will touch up quite well.

Every sheath, thus far, for a Scratchard has been unique in some respect. For this one I have two strap on each side which are spaced to be MOLLE/PALS compatible. Lacing holes go from top to bottom, as the only issue anyone has had with the 50 odd ways of mounting the the previous sheaths has been horizontal mounting on a chest plate. The most common answer I've seen for that is lacing a sheath up to the chest plate.

The retention strap is reversible- top or bottom guard mount will work. Right or left handed will work, as the retention strap and the whole sheath is reversible. This retention snap is modelled after holster thumb break styles- something new for me.

The body of the sheath has the welt and inner stitching line following the guard, providing resistance to "stab throughs" in the event of accident or explosive assisted vehicular exits.

http://koyoteknives.com/node/83 - A bit more info about why he makes them.

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It wasn't cheap at almost $300, but for a handmade custom knife that is cheap! I haven't used it of course but i'm really glad I picked it up.

liberty911
12-04-2011, 09:35
I think I need one. Damn, I guess I should wait until after the holidays though....

Reswob
12-04-2011, 10:54
Isn't that new PMag a no-no in CT?

dc2integra
12-04-2011, 16:42
Nice set up .

faawrenchbndr
12-04-2011, 16:49
Looks great,.........I just finished my 14th build.
It's addictive!

jamesbern
12-04-2011, 17:07
Isn't that new PMag a no-no in CT?

Why? We can run 30rd mags.

Here is a video of me shooting it for the first time. Very smooth!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnEHICr2kgE&feature=channel_video_title

jamesbern
12-19-2011, 10:10
Just wanted to update a bit since I was able to put rounds down range. So far i'm really enjoying this gun. Using Federal bulk .223 55gr ammo I was consistantly hitting a 3" circle at 100 yards. Not pinpoint accurate, but plenty for a battle rifle in my opinion. My buddy put one round through a quarter at 100 yards as well. We were also shooting shotgun shells and such which was pretty cool.

It has around 450 rounds through it without issue. I've been using Brian Eno's Slide Glide Lite to lube bolt, carrier, and charging handle. Others say not to use grease, but it has performed flawlessly for me.

Since my first range trip which was just a 75' indoor range to aquire a zero with the red dot I came into a few more items for the rifle.

It now wears a Magpul BAD lever, Troy TRX cooling hole low pro sling mount, Vickers Padded sling, and a new optic.

I was planning on going with the Aimpoint T-1, but stumbled into a great deal on an older used ACOG TA01 with a LaRue LT-100 mount. I like the 4x magnificaton, no batteries is a plus and the ruggedness of it is wonderful. We ran the ACOG at the 100 yard range with pretty good results as I mentioned. I plan to get some new pics tonight.

I ordered some XM193 to run through it and see how it works. I'll battle zero the sights and re-zero the ACOG with this ammo at 100 yards.

glock21xxx
12-19-2011, 11:43
How do you like that 15" rail? I was thinking either that or the 13" model....

jamesbern
12-19-2011, 12:58
How do you like that 15" rail? I was thinking either that or the 13" model....

Honestly...I love it! I have long arms so it works perfect for me if I want to really put my hand towards the foreend. If you have shorter arms a shorter TRX rail should be fine.

RyanNREMTP
12-19-2011, 14:07
I got to ask. What is explosive assisted vehicular exits?

Nice setup on the rifle. I like it.

Boxerglocker
12-19-2011, 14:19
How do you like that America Defense quick-release mount for your Primary Arms Micro dot? I have a PA micro with their mount standing by for my new Rainier Arms RUC. Debating how much of an improvement the AD mount would be.

jamesbern
12-19-2011, 16:22
The American Defense mount is nice. It also seems to hold zero OK as well. I zero'd it, shot a bit. Removed the optic and fired using just irons and then when I put it back on it was still good to go.

NeverMore1701
12-19-2011, 16:30
I had an ADM/PA micro combo for a while, was very nice.

jamesbern
12-20-2011, 22:23
Bit of an update. I ended up getting a good deal on an ACOG so went that route. I absolutely love it! I also added a Vickers Padded Sling, Magpul Bad Lever, and Troy Cooling Hole TRX sling mount. I love this friggin' thing!

Only thing left is the ambi selector. I can't recall who makes it. It is a specific one I was looking for.

Before:

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After:

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BBJones
12-21-2011, 08:24
Only thing left is the ambi selector. I can't recall who makes it. It is a specific one I was looking for.




Battle arms development? Great selector with tons of choices on levers

jamesbern
12-21-2011, 09:03
Yep, that was it. Thanks!

Made Man
12-21-2011, 15:16
Shibby. My next upper will have the new 13" Troy Alpha Rail (no sight).

I love my 13" Alpha rail.

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JASV.17
12-22-2011, 06:52
Wow, very nice rifle!

Also, as a watch-dork I have to ask, what watch are you wearing in the vid?

Congrats.

ImpeachObama
12-22-2011, 07:40
Tagged for interest.

jamesbern
12-22-2011, 08:19
Wow, very nice rifle!

Also, as a watch-dork I have to ask, what watch are you wearing in the vid?

Congrats.

Thanks.

Watch is a Casio G Shock. I don't remember the exact model. It was a groomsman's gift from my brother-in-law from my sister's wedding.

JASV.17
12-22-2011, 08:34
Thanks.

Watch is a Casio G Shock. I don't remember the exact model. It was a groomsman's gift from my brother-in-law from my sister's wedding.

I figured as much, was just unsure of the model. It will be on the caseback, probably start with DW, or GW