Range Report/Function Check Pat 2
I just got back from an indoor range that happens to allow AR15s (AP/bimetal not allowed). I was actually there to test out some new home defense ammunition for my glock 19: 147 grain Federal HST. 50 rounds functioned with 100% reliability and great accuracy out to 25 yards, so I feel confident swapping out my old speer gold dot with this. The fact that I can actually find it online for a reasonable price coupled with it being subsonic and standard pressure makes it a near-perfect solution for me. I'll be dragging the wife out to the range soon to make sure she's comfortable shooting it. Oh, and then there's this:
Onto my second range report with my first AR build.
Bad news first: My AR15 exhibited a couple more failures to feed (one from a CAA magazine, one from a Gen3 PMag). I'm hopeful this will resolve itself with a bit more break-in, but may end up adjusting my gas system or swapping my buffer/spring setup to see if I can nip this in the bud. Two rounds out of 200 fired today puts me at 99% reliability, so it's not the end of the world.
Good news: Everything else about my AR functioned flawlessly. Despite the 18" barrel, it points quickly and naturally. The trigger is just absolutely a dream. The Diamondhead sights are really easy to acquire. The 15" evo rail makes gripping far out easy, and allows me to stabilize the rifle a lot better than my work M4. My offhand groupings and controlled pairs were acceptable, if a bit flighty on the horizontal axis. Still getting used to the light trigger. Zero vertical rise or fall though.
In closing, I'd like to give a special shout out to dwkfym for the VG6 Epsilon: I LOVE this brake/comp/flash hider hybrid. I perceive very little recoil with it, there is absolutely no muzzle rise--it doesn't push my barrel down, either--and the flash hiding feature works pretty well too. The muzzle blast to the sides was increased over a standard A2 flash hider, but not egregiously so. Noise seemed about the same as an A2. I will continue testing the Epsilon long term, but I am really happy with it so far. If I'm picking nits, I can point out two characteristics that others MIGHT not like about it: It is on the long side (about 2.2 inches, per VG6's website), and it is not suppressor compatible. I knew both of these characteristics going in, and I don't personally find them to be drawbacks. A bigger comp = better performance, and given that I already am using a standard weight 18" barrel, 2.2 inches is nothing. I personally think slapping a suppressor on an AR chambered in 5.56 with an 18" barrel is silly, and have no intentions of doing so. But you might want to suppress your AR, so keep that in mind.
This rifle building thing is quite a lot of fun.