My Rifle.

This is my person AR-15.  I’m not done tweaking it yet.  I’m going to shoot some Olive Drab Green on it, a little brown on it, and some MagPull Flat Dark Earth… But I’m in no hurry to do so.  I’ll select color and pattern after I move to NC.  Get the local colors there.  Going all FDE isn’t going to do me a bit of good out there.  And I’m not going to do it in anything fancy like Ceramic empregnated polymer or epoxy based resins or teflon infused bone.  None of that.  Krylon.  Spray on, rattle can, Krylon.  Why?  To remind me… that this rifle is a Tool and not a Precious Keepsake.  The wear on the Krylon will be viewed as Training Badges.  Scars gained in activities that develop and teach skills.
Also, I’m going to order a drop in trigger for it – because, to be honest, the trigger is Meh.  I was going to order a popular now trigger that starts with a G and no one can pronounce the name the same way twice.  But instead, I’m going to order one from “Black Rain”.  They have a solid adjustable unit that lets you tune it.  I like that.

Instead of taking the time to order put parts together, I just started out with an off the shelf rifle.  I selected a Daniel Defense DDM4V7 Light Weight.  Then Joe at Crusader Weaponry installed the BattleComp muzzle brake and hit the Bolt Carrier Group with a Permanent treatment of Crusader Weaponry’s SLIPSTREAM lubricant.  Makes the gun run slick and snot, and it feels like a .22LR when shooting.


Here you can see the BCG better.  The Slipstream gives it a satin grey finish… nothing flashy or “pimped out” about it.  It’s just slick.  If you hand cycle it slowly, you can actually feel the bolt lock and unlock within the action.    On top of the rifle is the Lucid HD7 Gen 3 FDE optic.  Backing it up is a set of MagPul flip up sights… which is kinda pointless as the Lucid is bullet proof and the batteries last forever.

I’ve thought about putting an upgraded optic on it… something “Better”.  But looking at the so called better options… I’m really not seeing any Red Dots that qualify as tangibly better. I’d have to go all the way up to the Trijicon SRS… and those suckers retail for over 900 bucks, for only some sort of perceived “Betterness”.  Yeah, I’d rather spend all that extra coin on ammo.

If I do switch off this optic… it would only be for something that was magnified  Perhaps in a 1-4 variable.  But to be honest, nothing as really sold me to justify the swap.  Vortex has a PST 1-4 something or other that looks cool, but has huge unprotected turrets that can easily get spun unintentionally.    Forget that.   Yeah, I’m happy with the Lucid HD7’s.   They define “Bang for the buck” value.

15 thoughts on “My Rifle.”

  1. I too have gone the Krylon path….the fusion works well and comes in camo colors….

    Been thinking about dumping my EOTech for one of those Lucids…just can’t seem to pull the trigger, I like the new chevron reticle with BDC in it…. however, going $900+ on an optic, I would start looking at Trig ACOG or the like….

    I too have the slipstream ST-1, one of the best investments I have made in a weapon…. I still oil and grease as needed, just not as worried about the “what ifs” If I get lazy now….

    1. The Lucid HD7 Gen 3’s, retailing for about 250… shocking value. Half the price for the Eotech.
      You could sell your Eotech, get the Lucid, and then a spare Lucid for a back up or another gun.

  2. You’re going to find darker colors where you are going to be at, like dark brown, dark green, dark gray and even possibly light straw colors…think pine trees, swamps & brackish creeks. You’ll more than likely encounter pines than hardwoods. Completely opposite of desert landscape.

  3. I just Kryloned mine. Mask, brake cleaner, and spray. I used a compressed air can to get the brake (non-chlorinated) out of all of the nooks and crannies.

      1. NC really has only 2 seasons and they both look the same. BTW you’re getting here just in time to be sweating your nuts off and high humidity. There’s nothing like shooting with sweat rolling in your eyes and spotting up your glasses.

        1. Yeah, thats why it was 41 stinkin degrees last night!
          Teach me not to fall asleep with both bedroom windows open.


  4. I’m really liking the new capped turrets. I never saw the purpose of “tactical” turrets on a RDS. Now if they would just drop the selectable reticules. It would only improve the reliability.

  5. Just orderd a vortex viper 1-4 from JP Rifles. They have one with capped turrets. And that’s what I got, for just the reason you mentioned. Also want a HD7 someday.

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