Greetings Me Droogs N Droogettes!
Took a few days off as I’m plum run down. The Redhead Nuke has been going full speed since her feetz hit the ground on Christmas Day “…It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear! And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead!“
That’s rather appropo IMO.
I’m getting too old for this shit.
Truthfully, it’s been fun, but maaan… a highly energetic 5 about to be 6 year old? I’ve literally been trying to run her ragged around the pond in the back yard. She like to chase the ‘poke-poke’ birds as we call them (they’re some sort of small crane that ‘poke’ at the itty-bitty fishies in the pond) around the pond…
It barely scratches the ‘energy coefficient’ so to speak… she’s always red-lining. And Me? Worn the fuck out.
So, as of late couple of good frens asked me to upgrade some of their rifles, as I do a side hustle of building/gunsmithing on the side. Not enough to require licensing, but IF the need came up, any needed FFL transfers were done thru GunGirl’s shop to keep everything copacetic on the Law side. So it’s been a while, but my buddy Cowboy, who owns the ranch that we occasionally visit (horses…absolutely gorgeous horses) got himself an AR in 300BLK.
A pretty standard 16in barreled 300BLK. M-16 BCG and some sort of ‘tacticool’ rear stock…
Now, I started the disassembly, and when I pulled out the front upper receiver retaining pin, it >popped< right out…
No detent pin, no spring.
The pin itself came out completely.
The ones you see in the pic above are there because I replaced? or should I say “installed for the very first time”? the proper detent pin/spring combo, PLUS I also had to replace the upper receiver retaining pin as well, as the pin?
Made of fucking plastic man!
And nope, I wasn’t ‘off’ on this… to the point, we subjected it to the burn test:
Yeah, it’s on fire.
Bit blurry ‘cos it’s hard to get the shot with one hand holding the now-on-fire retaining pin, and I edited out Wirecutters email in the background so anyways…
I decided to do a full check and damn…
Every. Single. Lower. Part. is made of plastic.
Who the fuck makes a sear out of fucking plastic!?!
Oh. My. God.
My first AR I built waaaaaaay back in the day I went ‘cheap’ and got some used parts, to include the sear… I was stationed at Fort Hood and went to the range, specifically the civvie/rod and gun club range when the Army still had such things… About 4 mags in, the ‘tooth’ on the sear broke off and I ‘rode the lightening’ for the last 10-12 rounds… Range control –totally– lost its shit on me thinking I had an illegal machine gun, until they inspected (with me) and I lern’t a valuable lesson about what you stuff into the guts of your rifle.
In this case? Cowboy got it for $500, about $40 off of retail:
The guilty party to this is American Tactical
They’re known for polymer/metal lowers. It’s not a bad lower TBH as I did have one. Bought it and used it for a while, but just didn’t think it’d be a good long-term thing to have a poly-lower so I sold it loooong ago.
My problem with ATI on -this- particular model is that nowhere in the description of the rifle on their web page mentions anything about the lower internals being made of plastic!!! It’d be one thing to tell people but nope… even in the full description of the specifications (in detail):
Forgive a bit of awkward formatting, it’s hard to snip all of that and keep it all in line. But yeah
If you know anyone who’s got one of these, tell ’em to either upgrade the guts, and that means ALL of them, to include even the mag release and the mag release button (no shit!) or go get a Palmetto State “Poors” which at this point IMO would be a safer, longer lasting bet than this thing. I mean the lower itself IS metal… maybe T-7075…..
BUT considering the fact they don’t mention what the is made of in the spec sheet?
I wouldn’t count on this thing necessarily if the chips were down and it’s gone to “full retard”. ESPECIALLY if it’s still got the factory ‘fantastic plastic’ garbage-parts. I mean IF it’s all you’ve got, then use it to kill someone to get their weapon, as it’s got to be better IMO, YMMV.
I’ll update you all after I get done with the rebuild on it, and after it’s had a couple hunnerd rounds thru it and we see if it’s worth a shit or not.
Now on ‘other things’
The fuckin’ Kraine man…
Buncha fuckin ‘bastards man.
I really hope Vlad decides that he’s sick and fucking tired of their shit, and gasses the whole rotten fucking country… like seriously. Krainfeld needs to be gassed like his ancestors, as he deserves nothing less. Bad enough that he’s allowed the slaughter of over what I think is probably half a million ‘real’ Krainians, thereby utterly destroying the country demographically but now? A new low… this pic is from a vidya shot by Russian troops who took a trench… they found one guy still alive and just chilling:
A Downs Syndrome kid…
Holy. Fucking. Hell.
They. recruited. a. Downs. Syndrome. kid.
Let that sink in.
See, I studied Art Education, and at one point did some student teaching, specifically with mentally challenged kids. I dealt a lot with Downs Kids… most of whom don’t have a mean bone in their body… all they want is to love and be loved from my experience(s).
The fact that Krainfeld is snatching up DKs and other folks who should never be anywhere near a battlefield? FUUUUUCK.
There’s a special Hell for Krainfeld and his Enablers and Ilk.
May God bring true Biblical level Justice down on him AND his entire family… every. single. last. one. of. them. May they suffer the agony of Hellfire and Damnation for all eternity.
Didn’t mean to get all Old Testament on y’all… shit like that’s been a burr under my saddle for a week or so since I saw it…
For a last note on the “Condition of Empire” and whatnot, Simplicius had an extremely valid point in regards to the current shit show in the Persian Gulf (h/t WiscoDave):
Now, for homework, I’m sure what’d be interesting is to go back over the past what? Month, Month and a half since they launched “Operation Protect the Jew”? Figure ALLLLL them stories about them shooting down the missiles and drones?
See, for each one brought down, figure 3x that number of interceptors that were used to bring down that one drone/missile. Which means that you can pretty quickly figure out how many rounds they’ve supposedly used on each ship, and, as I mentioned in an earlier blegg, how many rounds would/should they have left?
I mean one commenter said that max, they had 90 warshots for each ship before they needed RTB to get reloaded. Pretty sure some slick-math-kid out there could tell us how many have been shot, how many should be left onboard, and then, well…
My hunch is Simplicius is onto something
As we’ve found out, almost every single weapons system we have is pretty much vaporware, unless we’re using it against sandal-wearing goatherds (who BTW still kicked our asses).
Have to see. Also, word from the Kraine is that the retaliatory strike for the Krainian strike earlier on Belgrod, well the Russians hit the “…Kharkiv Palace Hotel at 2 Independence Avenue. It turned out that a meeting of American generals and in particular US security and intelligence expert Robert McCreery was planned there. This hotel is generally very popular among traveling SBU officers and high ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “
Have to watch if we see any fatal car/aircraft accidents in the next couple of weeks where we’ve lost some Generals/Colonels and the assorted piss-boys that usually accompany such luminaries.
So, as the Year Closes, I wish you all a Happy New Year, and Pray we all make it to the next one, Insh’Allah or God Willing as it were… My absolute thanks to you all for all your kind words, thoughts and support, both financial and other to you from Gretchen, Myself, Red, and Adriana.