Well it took long enough but I finally got the ok to assemble my new short barreled AR. And thanks to the delay (courtesy of BATFE), I got to purchase the new barrel at panic-buy prices and I was lucky to get it at all--everything is out of stock these days. But the build is a Colt 733, or an XM-177a1 if you prefer, minus the 177 five-inch long flash hider at the end of it's 11.5" barrel. It's an actual Colt barrel (at Colt barrel prices) because it's all I could find, and it's on a vintage A1 upper. Admittedly, it's short. and light. I think I like it.
And I skipped the moderator/flash hider from the old XM-177 versions because technology has improved somewhat since the early 1970's and now we have things like the Gemtech HALO suppressor, which brings the length back up again but still renders this little shorty pretty much hearing safe and flashless. (Without the can it's got an impressive big gun roar and flash.)
And here to demo it on the range is the adorable Sunshine, firing an AR for the first time ever.
Yeah. Wait until next time when I hand her an M1 Garand.