So, this past Wednesday, I had the privilege to meet up with our very own Jarhead Survivor and spend time with him at his made-it-a-half-a-century gala. His family is beautiful and welcoming, his demeanor warm and intelligent, and his burgers – really friggin’ good! (just ask my son!) However, I must say that his 33-foot trailer seems a bit foo-foo for a guy who professes to climb mountains on a regular basis. :-P
But, really, Andy and I had a great time making fun of his chatterbox computer geek nephew with him, eating his birthday cake and ice cream, getting our pictures taken with half-drunken people from the campsite across the way (Jarhead looks pretty good in a sombrero). After everyone went their own ways, he showed off some neat gear (I really liked the Sven Saw and Sawvivor) and he showed us how to light a fire with a Firesteel. Very cool stuff.
However, meeting someone for the first time, you notice idiosyncrasies you never really thought would be there, and sure enough, Jarhead had a few. I thought I’d share these with you, since I thought you fine readers would like to know what kind of a fellow is at the helm of this lil’ blog.
– He insists on being called “Jarhead Survivor” in lieu of his real name. If you refer to him by his real name, he will open-hand slap you and refer to you as a “stupid motherf–cker” for the rest of the day. True story.
-Whenever the door to his camper opens, the “Marine Corps Hymn” plays over loudspeakers. For seven minutes.
-If you make direct eye contact with him, he growls.
-His four-year-old son can recite every line in “Full Metal Jacket”, and his lovely two-year-old daughter can shoot a return azimuth with a lensatic compass.
-He openly refers to Bear Grylls as a “wicked sissy girl”, yet has him on speed-dial.
-His calves make Fabio proclaim, “I can’t believe they’re not implants!”
..but other than that, he’s a great guy. Thanks for the great day, JS…and happy birthday!
…anyway, on to business:
My AR-15 build
I had several emails and a comment asking about my AR-15 pictured in my last article about torturing a Magpul PMAG...it’s an easy, inexpensive build, but one I had fun with. It was put together with relative simplicity and budget in mind, yet with lots of storage and utility. It’s in 5.56mm/.223, even though I don’t believe it’s the optimum caliber. (I think the .300 AAC Blackout would be a far better round, but logistics are pretty poor for the caliber…and the military and most of America stocks up on 5.56, so it makes quite a bit more sense in that regard.)
Anyway, I have far less than $1000 in the build. The most expensive single purchased part was the Windham Weaponry SRC (Sight Ready Carbine) upper barreled receiver bought complete. It has a 1:9 twist 16″ heavy barrel. I replaced the handguards with an inexpensive Amazon-bought quad rail . It works great, and I covered them with Magpul ladder rail covers in Olive Drab (OD) green.
The rest of the gun is as follows:
–Weaponcraft stripped lower receiver (bought just days after the Sandy Hook fiasco, $175)
–Palmetto State Armory Classic Lower Parts Kit, with the trigger, hammer, and disconnector engagement surfaces polished to a 1200-grit surface, for a MUCH better trigger pull. (future how-to article)
–Magpul ASAP single-point sling adaptor (though I’ll admit that I don’t use it much; I’ve found that single-point slings suck for moving around)
-GI nylon web dual-point sling – just the ticket for easy carrying with a backpack through the woods.
–Brownells riser scope block – brings scopes, red dots, etc. on standard scope rings up to excellent eye-level for optics use.
–Warne medium quick-detachable rings – retains zero even after dismounting.
–ADCO Ranger 1″ 3MOA red dot – kind of a cheapo red dot I’ve owned for years, but it’s proven itself very reliable, with good battery life, over a range of conditions. I will admit, I have a Bushnell TRS-25 coming for trial soon.
The upper receiver, lower receiver, buffer tube, and other bits and pieces I personally sprayed in Lauer Custom Weapons‘ Duracoat “Tactical OD Green”. I liked the way it looks with the matte black of the rest of the parts, and I’ve gotten nothing but jealous compliments. Look for a future article on how to Duracoat – it’s a very tough, very snazzy-lookin’ spray-on finish that can be applied in layers for a camouflage pattern, or in single colors (like I did). Keep an eye out!
That’s about it for today; have a great Wednesday!
Questions? Comments? I know, I know…I need to work on my comedy routine.