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Old May 3rd, 2017, 08:57 AM   #16
 
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Old May 4th, 2017, 08:59 AM   #17
 
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Take off the handguards, then the delta ring, and put anti-seize on the threads. Just a preventive so you will never have an issue later.
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That's what I'm talking about !

Plenty of sound advice from people who know !

Couldn't find a better bunch of fellows !

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On many Ruger AR 556s the gas key bolts on the bolt carrier group are not well-staked. Take a look at them and you might wish to do a better staking job if needed.

The castle nut securing the receiver extension (recoil buffer) tube is not staked. I have never had any trouble with mine loosening but you might want to stake it. If you want to attach a different receiver end plate with an attachment point for a one-point sling, do that first.

Many AR 556 owners apply some anti-seize compound to the Delta nut threads to prevent accidental over-tightening.

I also replaced the stock trigger group with the AR Stoner enhanced group and am pretty happy with it. I also replaced the springs with a reduced power spring kit from JP Enterprises but had some light primer strikes so I went back to the stock hammer spring that came with the AR Stoner group and am still using the JP trigger and disconnector springs.
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Has anyone else had a problem taking the rear take down pin out. I just got my first at rifle and I want to like it, but I can't get the takedown pins to budge.
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Has anyone else had a problem taking the rear take down pin out. I just got my first at rifle and I want to like it, but I can't get the takedown pins to budge.
Mine was a little stubborn at first, I used a delrin rod and tapped it with a hammer, after repeated disassembly it freed up and now I can push either pin and slide them out with my fingers.

The pins are made with a detent so they can't fall out, they can't be fully removed without farther disassembly.
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Quit trying to "overthink" owning an AR, just shoot it, clean it every once in a while and supply ammunition. Cleaning firearms isn't as important as it was 40yrs ago. We now have the cleanest powders ever available or will possibly ever be available until someone creates "self-cleaning" ammo which is just a matter of time. The advancement in firearms is as advanced as FWD automobile automatic transmissions.
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Has anyone else had a problem taking the rear take down pin out. I just got my first at rifle and I want to like it, but I can't get the takedown pins to budge.
My pins were tight at first, which is very much preferable to them being too loose. I knocked mine out a brass punch the first few times I cleaned my rifle. After a few times, they loosened up.

In the field, if taking down your rifle is needed to clear a malfunction, an unfired cartridge would likely work to get the pins started.
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In the field, if taking down your rifle is needed to clear a malfunction, an unfired cartridge would likely work to get the pins started.
ditto, have you ever needed to take down your rifle to clear an unfired or jammed cartridge?

I'm just curious because I never have had too but I very rarely have a malfunction, mostly would just charge the handle.
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Before you even think about taking your new rifle shooting for the first time:

1.) Field strip it. 2.) thoroughly clean it. 3.) Properly lubricate it with a good gun CLP. 4.) Buy a $350 hard-side tactical gun case for it. 5.) Buy and install an Aimpoint CompM4 sight. 6.) Buy and install a Geissele trigger. 7.) Buy and install the most expensive single point sling system. 8.) Buy and install an Atlas bipod. 9.) Buy a Troy Industries, ACE, or similar stock and install it. 10.) Purchase at least 5000 rounds of the least expensive steel cased ammo with FMJ bullets.

Now you're ready to go shooting...!
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Before you even think about taking your new rifle shooting for the first time:

1.) Field strip it. 2.) thoroughly clean it. 3.) Properly lubricate it with a good gun CLP. 4.) Buy a $350 hard-side tactical gun case for it. 5.) Buy and install an Aimpoint CompM4 sight. 6.) Buy and install a Geissele trigger. 7.) Buy and install the most expensive single point sling system. 8.) Buy and install an Atlas bipod. 9.) Buy a Troy Industries, ACE, or similar stock and install it. 10.) Purchase at least 5000 rounds of the least expensive steel cased ammo with FMJ bullets.

Now you're ready to go shooting...!
LOL, Go spend 2500$ before shooting a 500$ rifle you just scraped and bought, this is some advise I would ignore for sure!
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[QUOTE=firescout;3159002]Before you even think about taking your new rifle shooting for the first time:

1.) Field strip it. 2.) thoroughly clean it. 3.) Properly lubricate it with a good gun CLP. 4.) Buy a $350 hard-side tactical gun case for it. 5.) Buy and install an Aimpoint CompM4 sight. 6.) Buy and install a Geissele trigger. 7.) Buy and install the most expensive single point sling system. 8.) Buy and install an Atlas bipod. 9.) Buy a Troy Industries, ACE, or similar stock and install it. 10.) Purchase at least 5000 rounds of the least expensive steel cased ammo with FMJ bullets.

Now you're ready to go shooting...![/QUOT

LOL

It got stripped and lubed and cleaned with Breakfree CLP $5.95,
Vortex Strikefire reddot. $154.00
Bushnell 320 Lumen flashlight $30.00,
single point sling, $15.00,
2 extra Magpul gen 3 magazines with bumper pads $26.00,
200 round battle pack PMC 55gr FMJBT $ 85.00,

plus an extra 300 rnds of 40gr Nosler BTBTof my reloads (I have a Savage FV12 bolt gun).

Haven't fired a round.
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ditto, have you ever needed to take down your rifle to clear an unfired or jammed cartridge?

I'm just curious because I never have had too but I very rarely have a malfunction, mostly would just charge the handle.
No, but I guess if someone is concerned about tight pins, they could rest easier knowing that they don't need tools to take down their rifle.

I volunteer at the range I belong to, and on weekends AR-15 shooters are present in droves. From personal observation, I can agree with you about malfunctions being rare. AR's mostly just run.
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