Sunday, September 18, 2016

A rifle with an identity crisis

I saw this rifle at the range Saturday morning, and I felt so sorry for it.


I had to go over and look at it to see if it was real. And then I had to go all the way back to my car to get my phone to take pictures, because no one would believe it.

And the owner: Dead serious about how great it was...and getting set to put another one together just like it for his girlfriend.

Yep. the rifle has two scopes--once with a "rangefinder good out to a thousand yards" (per the owner*). The upper scope is a red dot "for close-in tactical work".
The big thing on the side of the large scope is a light, with a red lens attached with electrical tape. The "lens" has tee word "LEE" on it, indicating that it began life as the cap to a Lee powder measure. But it does have a really nice Globe and Anchor on the mag well. The owner says that he's a former Marine. He also says that he built this rifle based on his experiences in the Marines. I didn't even go down that rabbit hole with him.

The other side: Just a bit busy and cluttered.
Note the cord from his red light on the right side that goes down to the left side of the pistol grip. Yeah, that'll never be in the way or get snagged on anything...

And it's "blessed" with both a bipod AND a Gripod, because you can never be too steady. And yep, that's a second light on the forward end of the handguard. This one's white though.

Out front, it's got this muzzle brake that's "precision tuned to dampen the recoil down to where you never even feel it". (As if adding thirteen pounds of junk to the rifle isn't gonna do that already.) And it's got prongs on the forward edge "because it's a bayonet, too. Razor sharp. Drive that right through somebody." Yeah, maybe if the bipod doesn't get 'em first, I guess.

This rifle is such a hot mess that it hurt my feelings.

The only thing missing is a sling, to actually help carry it.

View from the rear.

It wasn't a hoax prop. He was really shooting it and proud of it. With 40-round magazines, of course, "because the thirty-rounders run empty too fast in a real fight."

Like I said, I felt sorry for the rifle. It wasn't the rifle's fault that the owner let a Cheaper Than Dirt catalog throw up on it. I'm sure that underneath all that crap, there's a decent rifle in there somewhere.

Call me old-fashioned, but I keep my rifles trim and lean and tailor them to a specific task or role. If I want a rifle to do two different jobs, I get two different rifles and set one up right to do each job. I have distance rifles and I have close-in rifles. I don't try to play golf with one club and I don't try to handle every course of fire with just one rifle. I love my Savage 110 Tactical .308 but I wouldn't try to clear a house with that. I have an Uzi and a suppressed AR in .300 Blackout with a 9" barrel for that sort of thing. I wouldn't shoot any of those in a High-Power match or go hiking in the desert with them. Different weapons for different tasks.

Unless you'r a "former Marine". Then I guess that you do this:

*All statements in quotes were actually said by the owner. I shit you not.

31 comments:

  1. Muzzle "Brake".

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    1. I have three German Shepherds myself.
      I have no plastic jam-o-matics

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  2. NO, NO, NO. I'm a former Marine and I have a feeling he's a wanna-be.

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  3. Wow...just...wow...was his name Gecko45?

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    1. Oh, now THERE is a memory!

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  4. Did the 'rifle' have the name ACME on the receiver, and the did the 'shooter' resemble a war-torn coyote?

    gfa

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  5. I've heard of these things, but never actually experienced one. Like Sasquatch, until you come face to face with it, it's beyond the realm of reality. Thankfully, these are just pictures and I don't have to deal with the personal knowledge that something like this actually exists.

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  6. That is.... stunning. In real life yet?

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  7. This is an incredibly rare sighting, I'm glad you got pics or it would be hard to believe. That this Internet joke actually exists is somewhat scary.

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  8. All I can say is Damn

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  9. That poor, poor rifle.

    It deserves a better home!

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  10. Hey Murphy;

    Like DrJim said "Poor Rifle"...All i can think is "all the weight and bulk"......

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  11. I love how the cheap red dot is just clamped on with one mount, while the other mount is just hanging out in the air all "Willy nilly".

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  12. If you told me someone had done this to a nice AR I would have called you a liar--But you have PICTURES!!
    And a former marine?!! Poor rifle --Maybe the owner will have a epiphany and remove all the excess crap from this rifle.

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    1. The excess, as we used to say in the real Marine Corps, isn't the dope *on* the rifle, it is the dope *behind* the rifle.

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  13. I want to share this to Bayoushooter so badly. One of the members will know this guys name, or is this guy, and I don't want to start trouble in your house.

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  14. Bad man makes the Ghost of Eugene Stoner cry.

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  15. OH wow... Just... Wow...

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  16. Verily, the mind doth boggle . . .

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  17. Your page hits are about to go up. Cheaper than Dirt just posted your observation and a link. Respectfully- PH's son in Law...

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    1. Thanks, guy! Hope all's well with you. I've since seen that and one of the more observant posters there noted that the guy here even installed the add-on front sight post backwards. How did I miss that?

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  18. Be fair, that two legged thing sticking out front isn't a bipod, it's a safety device to keep people from being impaled on the razor sharp muzzle, which might damage the rifling.

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  19. ** Toaster, corkscrew, nail clipper, hot shave foam dispenser, and Bluetooth accessories sold separately. Portable rain cover and wheel kit available from the Custom Shop...

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  20. As my brother-in-law said after firing a .454 Casull - 'What in the name of good fuck is that?'.

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  21. I...
    Oh that poor rifle

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  22. In my 4 years as one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children, I met a few "parents were probably cousins"/ate paint chips/room temp IQ on a cold day types. None of them would've pulled something this fucking stupid.

    Not with a straight face anyway.

    Poser.

    Still, pretty epic fail. Well done on documenting it.

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  23. Sorry I'm late to this party, but the pictures more than made up for my tardiness. I'm sharing this with my readers. Hell, this may even make it into my next novel.

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  24. Okay, I just shared this with my readers.

    https://www.facebook.com/jd.kinman/posts/908977359232616

    I've always enjoyed your blog (my apologies for being AWOL for some months now), but this one is a sheer classic.

    JD Kinman

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  25. Errrr. Uhhhh... what? Granted I use inexpensive red dots, but besides BUIS a foregrip and a light, that's all I have on my AR's.

    My AR's will get a complex about that rifle.

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  26. Where's the tactical cupholder?

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