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  1. I have two upper assemblies, one a flat top with an ACOG and RMR combo and the other a plain carry handle. (Both are 20" pencil barrel.) I love the the ACOG/RMR setup. I've had an opportunity to do some training on it and I used the RMR the whole time. It worked perfectly even though it is a bit high over the bore. I quickly got used to the chin weld and found the dot very quickly. I had kept my carry handle upper assembly purely for nostalgia but I'm now thinking about putting an RMR on it. The main disadvantage is cost. Also, as with the ACOG/RMR setup, the RMR would sit high over the bore. The main advantage would be that putting the RMR on the carry handle would make it easier to shoot at close distances and it would be close enough to the elevation of the RMR over the ACOG that I could cross train on them. I have not done any training with the iron sights, I may try that next just to see how it compares with the ACOG/RMR. What do you think?
  2. I recently acquired a 2A Arms AR 22LR conversion bolt carrier group. I've tested it with a few 22LR ammos. It is unrelable with subsonic (of course). It is more accurate with CCI standard velocity than Federal Champion. I found this: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/702742/cci-tactical-ammunition-22-long-rifle-40-grain-plated-lead-round-nose It is supposedly designed for semiauto. I've never seen it in stores. Does anyone have experience with 22LR in the AR? What is the best ammo? Edit: This is not a dedicated 22LR but my 223 AR.
  3. ipser

    To our California members...

    Basically, it means CA has to stop banning 'assault weapons'. Because all of that 'asinine' stuff was how we got around the ban. We are expecting the worse with the Dem supermajority and Gov Gav.
  4. ipser

    To our California members...

    I found a company that is shipping to CA and still has magazines in stock: https://grabagun.com
  5. I found a company that is shipping to CA and still has magazines in stock: https://grabagun.com
  6. A handful are shipping to CA already but others are waiting for an official letter from the CA DOJ. But all are out of stock already. I imagine that there is going to be a huge surge of shipments to CA over the next few weeks. If anyone would like to empty their bucketful of old USGI aluminum mags, let me know.
  7. ipser

    To our California members...

    I'll take one! Actually, I'm not looking for donations. I'm happy to pay retail. I'm just trying to find GI steel mags.
  8. A CA judge just struck down the prohibition on magazines over 10 rounds. At a minimum, we have a window of opportunity to get some legal mags that will be grandfathered when the Ninth returns the 2A to ICU. If we're lucky, this could be the beginning of a restoration of the RKBA in CA. https://www.nraila.org/articles/20190329/breaking-federal-court-finds-california-magazine-ban-violates-the-second-amendment I realize that polymer is the modern fasion but I've always been a fan of the steel GI mags. And I just came across some aluminum magazines. https://palmettostatearmory.com/d-h-5-56-30rd-aluminum-magazine-8416.html Before I begin my shopping spree, I'd like to get some opinions. What are the respective advanges/disadvantages of each material?
  9. A few people have suggested getting chest rigs that attach to plate carriers. But those had seperate harnesses. Is that an alternative to this or is it somehow similar?
  10. I came across this: https://www.spiritussystems.com/lv119-front-plate-bag-c-o-v-e-r-t/ The basic idea is that you have a plate carrier with chest rigs that snap in. Here is a video:
  11. I keep both eyes open when I use my RMR atop my ACOG (but shut my left eye when I switch to the ACOG). But I was wondering: is there a difference in acquisition speed? The reason it occured to me that it might not is that a carbine instructor on Youtube argued that you should train so that you bring your sight alignment up into your line of sight automatically. Assuming that is correct, then searching for the dot is only something that should occur in training as you're learning to bring it up correctly.
  12. What is the advantage of a nonminiturized reflex sight compared to a miniturized reflex sight? In either case, the dot size is the same and within the window. I have a Trijicon RMR over my ACOG, which I really like, but I'm also thinking about building a reflex sight-only rifle which would be more practical for self defense.
  13. I was reading about armor levels and it seems that III is not rated for 5.56mm but only for a few weaker intermediate rounds. https://www.ar500armor.com/ar500-armor-body-armor/level-iii-body-armor.html If I had a plate carrier, that would be my plan. If a chest rig, I'd just use it with my long gun. I didn't realize that chest rigs attach to plate carriers. They seem redundent.
  14. Sounds like chest right first, plate carrier later, is the consensus here.
  15. You are correct, all they want is something to hold rifle magazines. I could opt for something much simpler. But this seems like the right time to work this out. Or maybe I should get something simple and use the experience from the class to decide? Frankly, I was not expecting anyone to challenge the very idea of a plate carrier. That seems to be the most likely scenario. From what I've read, rifle calibers are quite exceptional. Pistols are still the norm. That could change, of course. Not counting hunting calibers, 9mm and 5.56mm. I'm still trying to decide on shotgun vs carbine. Here is something equivalent to what I was looking at: https://store.atarmor.com/AT_Armor_Active_Shooter_Response_Carrier_p/at-asrc.htm My understanding is that stopping 5.56 entails a huge jump in weight and cost over stopping pistol. (In CA we are only "allowed" 10 round magazines so having many is even more important.)