14 December 2012 ~ 2 Comments

ARP 002 – Back to Basics


This week the AR-15 Podcast hosts Reed Snyder and Jake Challand take listeners back to basics on the AR-15 platform.

They also discuss some of the most popular upgrades and sighting systems.

In addition to discussing the AR-15s basic parts Snyder and Challand review the list of parts going into the AR-15 video blog build and address listener feedback.

Welcome to episode #2 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Jake Challand from Gun Guy Radio.  This is THEE podcast about youuurrrr favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you’re building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years.  There’s something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

Main Topic: Basic parts of the AR-15 Platform


  • Upper – “Zombie Hunter” Upper Receiver
  • Lower – HSA-15 Lower Receiver w/Buttstock
  • Fire Control Group – http://geissele.com/hi-speeddesignatedmarksmanrifledmr.aspx
  • Bolt Carrier Group/Assembly – AR-15 Bolt/Carrier Group


  • Gas Block vs. FSB – Low-Profile Gas Block, .750″ Barrel http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/AR15-Front-Sight-F-Marked-p/front%20sight%20base%20-%20f%20750.htm
  • Flash Hider/Flash Suppressor – .223 Phantom Flash Suppressor
  • Muzzle Brake (Loudener…)Claymore Muzzle Brake 5.56


  • A2 Butt stock A2 Buttstock Assembly
  • Collapsible stock AR-15/M16/M4 Collapsible Buttstock


  • Iron Sights
    • A2 Upper and non-F marked FSB (FSB=Front sight Base)
    • A3 Upper Detachable Carry handle and F marked FSB (F is for Flat top)
    • rail mounted front and rear sights (think magpul, troy industries,
    • knights armament , etc…)AR-15/M16 MBUS GEN 2 SIGHT SET, Black http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=XKA25650&name=Knight%27s+Armament+Micro+Flip-Up+Rear+Sight+200-600m
  • Accessory Sights
    • Scope Trijicon AR-15/M16 4 X 32 Special Forces ACOG Scope
    • Holographic http://www.brownells.com/optics-mounting/electronic-sights/holographic-sights/holographic-sights-xps-exps-series-prod30942.aspx
    • Reflex (red dot) RM04 Dual-Illum. RMR Sight, 7 MOA
    • Laser Modular Vertical Foregrip, AR-15 Red Laser Light Combo

Most Common upgrades:

Bolt carrier

Listener Feedback:

Yancy:  Hey guys I mean zack and Steve. I could use a show on optics. How much, is it one of those thing that “you get what you pay for,  I too am in the process of building an ar. I a cheating a little by using a in good shape older A2 as the donor  now working on the different optics I can add. Think about running an small fixed power scope on the handle and then a red dot on the side.  Thanks for all you help and the check is in the mail!
Paul:  I just finished listening to the first AR-15 podcast tonight.It was great!  Really informative, and the combo of guests you had really made for a great show.  A lot of what you guys are going over actually can apply to your most awesome listeners………(Canucks)
Larry:  Is there a way to download the ar-15 podcast to my ipod? I want to listen to it at work instead of over my computer. Also if you didn’t talk about it in the first episode could you talk about converting the ar-15 over to the 300 blackout and what that is? I have only heard about doing it but know nothing of it. Thanks

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Show notes at AR15podcast.com
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