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  1. AAC is notorious for having poor 'finish' jobs on their cans. My Element II is completely bare titanium now, and the full size Ti-Rant .45, which came to me as FDE, while a little more durable than the Element was, is still easily worn/chipped/flaked, etc. Now, the few rings which are burnt into the Cerakote, I take responsibility for that. Apparently, 70 round drum dumps on full auto are a little much. Oh well! The SilencerCo Omega .300, on the other hand, has what seems to be an extremely durable finish. It picks up some wear marks, but it doesn't seem to shed its finish like the AAC cans. On another note, has anybody tried Slip2000 Carbon Killer for their pistons/baffles? I've been very bad about the cleaning intervals, because I've not found anything yet that actually cleans them well.
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    Noob rebuild.

    Well, glad I could help. As for the trigger, Geissele is always one at the top of the list. ALG defense is a more budget friendly alternative, and is a sister company, run by Bill Geissele's wife. Personally, I can't weigh in on it much, though. The only 'upgraded' trigger I have ever used is a Rock River two stage which came with the rifle.
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    Noob rebuild.

    Well, here's what I can tell you: The range I most often frequent is the one right out my back door, to a max of 230yd. I am in desperate need of new glasses, and from 200, that torso target looks almost like the eraser on a pencil. Perhaps SLIGHTLY larger, but not much. To the left, there is a dueling tree with 6" circular plates. From standing, magnified optic? No problem. No magnification, requires a little more concentration. The spinners? Now that's a different story. Those look more like the ball point of a pen with no magnification. It is possible, but usually, if I try it, it's from a seated position, sitting 'Indian style', resting my elbow on my knee, much like a hunter would. So, if you have relatively decent vision, a good sling, patience, breathing control, trigger control, a decent zero on your optic, and hold your tongue in your mouth just right, you should have little to no issue with a 3x optic to make hits. You might need to turn the brightness down on the optic to barely visible to reduce any starburst for better accuracy, but it's all doable. If you still prefer the bipod option, there are many options available to you. You could get a Harris with a QD mount and a section of Mlok to picatinny rail, but would be very limited on handguard space, you could get a new low-pro gas block and freefloat rail (the option I'd likely choose) for more real estate, you could do the magnetic bipod, you could try out the grip pod, etc.
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    Noob rebuild.

    Oh, also, for the local zombie shootout thing, if I am reading it correctly, you're saying the targets begin at 80m? So, there's a possibility for extended ranges? Are these torso-sized? Do only headshots count? If torso shots are considered a hit, 80m should be no issue whatsoever for that rifle, especially with magnification. While a bipod would make it quicker, it is also going to add a lot of unnecessary weight/bulk to it. Those ounces add up fast, so if you're having to do any sort of movement, you'll soon realize those ounces became pounds. From the standing position, 200-250yd. is pretty manageable on a torso target with a little practice. So, not sure what kind of environment you're looking at, but if you require more support, something that can be quickly attached/detached might be handy. I've noticed Ian McCollum from Forgotten Weapons has been using a magnetic bipod during 3gun with pretty decent results. Not sure if this is it or not, but Tiborasaurus Rex has long been regarded as somebody that knows his shat. Seems pretty slick.
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    Noob rebuild.

    I can certainly attest to the quality/durability of Bravo Company rails. Been running mine for a couple of years now. It's pretty safe to say that anything BCM is good to go. Honestly, so long as you stick with a reputable manufacturer, it'll be difficult to go wrong. I'm going to probably disappoint you a bit with what's said next: There's an acronym often tossed around. K.I.S.S. - 'Keep It Simple Stupid'. You don't have to go out and drop thousands of dollars on products, but you also don't want products meant for airsoft on your rifle. I'm glad that Cv-Life optic has worked for you thus far, but it isn't something I'd be putting on a rifle which is going to see any serious use whatsoever. Rimfire range toy? "Maybe". Vortex has a pretty strong track record for producing quality optics, and has an outstanding warranty should things go awry, so the Spitfire should be good to go. But, I'd remove the Cv-Life. Shooting with both eyes open, 3x is quite manageable for 10yd. to 500yd. I've been experimenting with just that using a 3.5x ACOG on a 7.62NATO 'battle rifle' recently, with decent results. HOWEVER, a small reflex sight like that can come in handy in certain situations, and there are MANY out there which have proven themselves. Vortex, Leupold, Trijicon, hell even Dr. Optic.. In other words, ditch the stuff made in a Chinese sweat shop. GET A SLING! A sling not only retains your rifle, but also provides another point of contact to help stabilize. Personally, I run two-point slings on all of my rifles. Tried single-point, hated it. It is an absolute nut cracker. But, only you can decide the best way to sling your rifle by testing it. The one you see below is Blue Force Gear; Love them, will always use them. Heard great things about Viking Tactic as well. Will likely try theirs next. Whilst typing this, I see you mentioned purchasing a new lower receiver? Assuming you mean a completed lower, considering it wouldn't make much sense to rob the lower parts from the DPMS for use on the new one, SO, at that point, you're half way to a new rifle. If you're going to go that far, you may as well gather the tools and assemble your own, personalized AR-15, using all of the parts and accessories you wanted from the start. Just my $.02.
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    The wife gave me permission to spend money

    Same here, brother. Was just a quick Google image. As enjoyable as the modern stuff is, there is something about wood and metal with history that just does it for me. For example, this would be another of my grail guns: 1897 Winchester Alright, I'm finished hijacking Towtruck's thread now.
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    The wife gave me permission to spend money

    Let us know if we can be of any assistance in lightening your wallet. :P
  8. Forsaken352

    Full auto?

    Thank you for the info, Gshayd. I really do like the FN barrels, and I am aware that they have a long history of hammer forging, as well as being a huge manufacturer of military arms. My only complaint is that I cannot find anything besides a government profile from FN. Something just a 'little' thicker would be nice. I came across Daniel Defense's S2W (Strength 2 Weight) profile the other day, and it piqued my interest. https://danieldefense.com/18-5-56mm-s2wr-mid-length-chf-barrel.html
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    Degree of interchangeability?

    Got to agree with the rest. I've actually looked at that trigger in the past as a potentially useful tool, but ultimately came to the conclusion that it is not only WAY overpriced considering you could get a Geissele trigger for half that cost and have something very beneficial, but it goes against everything we know about triggers. It is much like the guy on Youtube who trained himself to ride a bicycle which he engineered to reverse the steering; After spending months re-training his brain to ride a 'backwards bicycle', he then had to re-learn to ride a regular bicycle. To further cement John's argument about negligent discharges, allow me to insert a story of my own which happened not too long ago. Out on the range, I had my open bolt sub-machinegun which I have used extensively, full mag inserted, bolt closed. Go to pull the charging handle located on the left side of the receiver, and my finger slips. Bet you can guess what happens when you're running a firearm which utilizes a fixed firing pin on the bolt face, and the bolt is released premature of the sear engagement. It put a little fear in me that day, because there's always that 'what if?' scenario running through your mind. You never want to be responsible for a round fired which you did not INTEND to. Thankfully, that's why we have the firearm safety rules that we do, but still. My point is, if you train your whole life to know a pulled trigger is a bang, a released trigger is no bang, then you throw a binary trigger into that mix, you're doing yourself no favors. Trust me, I think a two round burst would be cool as hell, but if you're going for a machinegun, do it right. 'Bite the bullet', get a legit title II firearm. You wouldn't regret it.
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    Full auto?

    Such is life. You know what they say about hindsight. Being the gun nerd that I am today, God only knows the sort of hardware I would've amassed back then, given the opportunity. I know there's no way in hell that I could have afforded the ammunition by the end. I consider myself lucky to have the M11, at least. It has become a very versatile host in recent years. So, at least there's that.
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    Full auto?

    I'm not one to be jealous of another's belongings, but...damn. $650 for an M16? It's a tad difficult NOT to be a wee bit envious. That's what I get for being born in the wrong era. Never had a chance. ' It should be fun, though. The juju Lage puts into their receivers, they truly know what they are doing. When I first got this MG, it wouldn't cycle but maybe 3 rounds tops before malfunctioning. Now, using either the Max31A MkII, or Max11A1/9 MkII uppers, it's a rare thing to experience a malfunction. Even the factory .380ACP upper, paired with some Shockwave Z-Mags, and new FCG (factory/Lage mixed parts), it's often possible to dump a full mag if using ammunition it likes. That's saying a lot.
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    Full auto?

    The registered receiver is just an SWD M11a1, and the upper a Lage mfg. Max11a1/15. The only downside is still waiting on ATF to approve it for sale. They've already approved the Max11/15 upper for the M11/Nine lower, so I cannot imagine why they wouldn't approve the A1 as well, but it is the ATF... At any rate, I've been slowly piecing together some stuff to swap out the 10.5" barrel, (8"?) Mlok rail, etc. The way I've figured it is, knock on wood, if the ATF decided to become all high and mighty again, everything I've already purchased is usable in, or for building an AR-15. Hopefully that won't be the case. I'd love to see my little sub gun become a rifle caliber, even if it is going to be kind of fugly, which it will. But I've seen worse.
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    Full auto?

    I do not. I have an open bolt mg which is soon to have a new upper receiver which will use a customized m16 BCG, and has essentially the front end of an AR upper.
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    Full auto?

    Actually, I do have one more question if you don't mind. You do seem to know your stuff with barrels.. FN seems to only offer a few different profiles, and even then are spotty on availability depending on where you look. Ideally I would like an HBAR, if not something even thicker. Assume this to essentially be a mag-fed LMG, more or less. The primary feed will be a Beta mag, with X products drums being secondary, and STANAG mags are the least it will see numbers-wise. So, it's going to see some use. Obviously, without the ability to quick change a barrel, it's not going to be something I plan on burning through 3-400 rounds in two minutes, but the ability to use 3-5 round bursts, or the occasional sporadic full auto fire without the thing trying to catch on fire would be best. Got any leads on an 18" 1/7 CHF chrome lined anything that meets the criteria? Thank you!
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    Full auto?

    Thank you for that, Greg. I actually put in a purchase a few weeks back for a custom BHW barrel. Straight flute, semi bull, 1/2x28, 1/7, mid length. I got to thinking more about it, and have read about how some people replace a barrel like these at a couple thousand round intervals, and how it wasn't chrome lined, etc., so I was basically wondering if I should get a more 'robust' barrel for FA use, and build another AR off of the BHW. I'll likely look into the FN barrels. Thank you!
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