I attended an AR15 armorer’s class this weekend. Here is his bio:
Excellent class. Very patient man. He also knows what he is doing. Here are several take aways I got from his class.
I am a veteran of both the U.S Army (Infantry) and U.S Coast Guard (Gunners’ Mate) with almost 10 years of total active duty service. Having completed a deployment to the Middle East in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom in 2005, I entered into the private sector working in Iraq and Afghanistan as an armorer/instructor for a variety of large private military companies on various Department of Defense and the Department of State contracts. I have worked for Triple Canopy, Blackwater USA, Olive Group (UK) and SOC-SMG. I have attended and completed numerous factory armorer courses from such companies as Beretta, Barrett, Colt, Dillon Aero, FN-USA, Glock, Knights’ Armament, Remington, and SigSauer.
I have extensive experience working on and maintaining weapons in hostile environments with almost 6 years of time in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have worked extensively with the M16 family of weapons, AK47′s, PKM machine guns, M240/M249 machine guns, Glock pistols and numerous other small arms.
1. If a company advertises “mil spec”, it generally does not mean much. This term is thrown around more than “tactical”. What matters is does your mil spec definition match up to the TDP (technical data package) released by the military to the manufacturer of the part. It has very specific requirements to meet mil spec.
2. Brand matters. Some companies advertise mil spec and some companies breathe it, matching their rifles to the TDP. Some brands that do are (in no particular order)
b. Daniel Defense
d. Bravo Company
3. He had nothing good to say about such brands as
a. Rock River Arms
d. Most others
e. S&W MP15 were “OK”.
This is all based on quality control and true mil spec parts.
4. Putting together a lower is not really a major hassle. However, putting together an upper requires many more specialized tools and steps.
5. The gun does not need to be cleaned as thoroughly as some of the YouTube videos state. An special force guy came in to say hi, and he said that after listening to Will, he spends much less time cleaning his gun, made a few adjustments and it runs much much better.
6. Just about every manufacturer uses one company’s lower receiver.
7. Just about every manufacturer uses one company’s (different company) barrel
8. FrogLube is awesome.