Apex Gunsmithing

Lightweight Budget AR-15 Mockup

I posted way back when about an AR-15 rifle build that wouldn't break the bank and would weigh in well under 7 pounds loaded.  It took a while to find the setup I really liked along with a quality pencil profile (0.625" diameter) barrel maker for a reasonable price, but I think I've got this nailed.

Test lower please ignore


Rant: The Colt LE901 Scrooge Edition

If you have an expensive new product and want to increase sales, you have a few options.  You can tell customers to suck it up because your product speaks for itself and is worth every penny.  You can cut corners and discount the gun, run special manufacturer sales or rebates and try to attract more buyers.  You can also take the current product, make a "budget" variant and remove some odds and ends and premium features that buyers can add later on.  With the modular LE901 rifle, Colt did the latter.  Sort of.

The problem is that Colt seems to have a different definition of odds and ends as I do.


Poly Receivers Part 3: Bench Comparison

John over at TN Arms casually reminded me recently that I still hadn't done the side by side comparison I promised to do a while back between their receivers and the New Frontier LW-15 I have on hand.  Don't worry, I haven't been too discouraged by my inability to destroy my test lower but I did get temporarily sidetracked by the Turkish Invasion and have been working on range reviews for those Canik pistols plus the Dagger muzzle brake!


Technical Review: Timney Tavor Trigger

There has been a lot of buzz about aftermarket Tavor triggers lately, and a lot of folks have written great reviews already.  Though many of them noted that the Timney design differs considerably from the factory IWI sear pack, none of the reviews focused much on the technical aspects or advantages and disadvantages of Timney's changes.  Let's get digging and do some comparing and contrasting!

Timney vs IWI

Timney vs IWI


Picture of the Day: Overall Length Edition

18" Tavor vs. 10.5" AR Pistol!

18" Tavor vs. 10.5" AR Pistol!


Translucent is best… er, lucent?

This is pretty slick, but not production ready yet...

TN Arms prototype translucent polycarbonate hybrid lower!

TN Arms prototype translucent polycarbonate hybrid lower!


Review: CMMG Bravo SS .22LR Conversion

Remember back when .22LR was 6 cents per round and there were 20 bricks on your local gun shop's shelf for $19.99?  Prior to the great ammo drought of 2013, conversion kits were just picking up steam and hitting the market left and right, with perhaps the best of the bunch made by CMMG.  Luckily I still have a stockpile of .22lr, so let's forget about the ammo woes briefly and see just what a mid-tier .22 conversion brings to the table for AR-15 owners.

Charging handle not included on our test kit.

Charging handle not included on our test kit.


Poly Receivers Testing: Part 2

The torture continues on the TN Arms lower.  Today while the weather was nice I took a few steel casings out and induced horrible stuck cases by closing the bolt on them as well as generally beating the receiver up as much as possible.  We're talking stuck cases so bad that several of them I had to remove with a cleaning rod and a hammer, the rest I had to mortar the rifle as hard as possible on the ground to get them to budge.


Still Testing

Couple hundred rounds, numerous mortars, beating against a tree and not much to show for it yet... seems like these lowers may just be the real deal...



Poly Receivers Testing: Part One

With the recent break in the weather, things are finally getting done around here!  We're still backlogged beyond belief and have a lot of catching up to do, but in between major undertakings I've managed to grab some images and do a little testing!  By testing I mean beating on it.  A lot.

Test Rifle Overview