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Old 04-24-2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default ST - Black Assassin 5.56mm

I have a dealer friend who found me this rifle. (says he'd be proud to own it)

http://www.spikestactical.com/new/z/st-black-assassin-556-145-16oal-p-918.html

I was pretty much open to anything as long as I didn't have to wait 6 months.

I used to use a Colt M4 for work (US Army long time ago). It's been 10 years since I have been around any firearms (I was a work-a-holic general contractor) so when all this gun and ammo crap started in DC, I became concerned that my young son might need an heirloom to ensure his liberty one day. Time to get smart on firearms, reloading and other than work related skills

I'll post the specs and ask if they are worth it or not? I am just now delving into learning all the improvements and options surrounding the AR rifle platform these days. I look forward to reading comments from all y'all more experienced gents. Thanks in advance.

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Upper Specs

Spike's Tactical M4 Flat Top Upper Receiver

* CNC Machined from a 7075 T6 MIL-H-6088 Forging

* Extended M4 Feed Ramps Machined before Plating

* Mil-Spec 1913 Picatinny Rail

* MIL-A-8625F Type III Class 2 Hardcoat Anodized Finish

* Laser Engraved T-markings

* Laser Engraved ST Spider logo

* Interior MIL-L-46010 Dryfilm Lube

* Mil-Spec Ejection Port Door Assembly with 5.3.1.2 MIL-STD-171 Phosphate Finish

* Mil-Spec Forward Assist Assembly with Tool Steel Pawl and 5.3.1.2 MIL-STD-171 Phosphate Coating

* Forged Mil-Spec Charging Handle with MIL-A-8625F Type III Class 2 Hardcoat Anodized Finish


Barrel Group

* Barrel Steel is Certified MIL-B-11595E Chromoly Vanadium Alloy

* Raw Barrel Steel is Magnetic Particle Inspected

* Barrels are Stress Relieved

* Mil-Spec M4 Barrel Extension with 5.3.1.2 MIL-STD-171 Phosphate Finish

* 1.2.2.2 MIL-STD-171 Hard Chrome Chamber

* 1.2.2.2 MIL-STD-171 Hard Chrome Bore

* 5.56mm Nato chamber

* All Chambers are Individually Checked for Head Spacing Before and After Plating

* All Barrels are Individually High Pressure Tested (HPT) and then Individually Magnetic Particle Inspected (MPI)

* 5.3.1.2 MIL-STD-171 Phosphate Finish on the Barrel Exterior, Including under the Lo-Profile Gas Block

* 1/2x28 Thread Pitch

* ST Dynacomp is permanetly attached for 16" OAL with a Pin and Weld

* Mil-Spec 303 Stainless Steel Gas Tube enhanced with Melonite Finish


Fore End Group

* 12" S.A.R.II

* One Piece Free Float Design, Machined From 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum

* Barrel Nut Machined From Titanium

* 5 Integral Quick Disconnect Sockets with Type III Hardcoat Anodized Finish


Bolt Carrier Group

* Mil-Spec 8620 Tool Steel M16 Bolt Carrier with Shrouded Firing Pin

* Carrier is Nickel Boron Coated inside and out

* Laser Engraved with ST Spider Logo

* Mil-Spec Tool Steel Carrier Key

* Carrier Key is Nickel Boron Coated inside and out

* Carrier Key is installed with Grade 8 Hardware and Properly Staked

* Bolt is CNC Machined from Carpenter-158 Steel

* Bolt is Nickel Boron Coated inside and out

* All Bolts are Shot Peened per current Mil-Spec Requirements

* All Bolts are Individually High Pressure Tested (HPT) and then Individually Magnetic Particle Inspected (MPI)

* Tool steel Extractor is Shot Peened, Nickel Boron Coated, Fitted with a Mil-Spec Black Extractor Spring Insert and Mil-Spec Viton O-Ring

* Mil-Spec Firing Pin with 1.2.2.2 MIL-STD-171 Hard Chrome Finish

* Mil-Spec Cam Pin with Nickel Boron Coating

* Mil-Spec Firing Pin Retaining Pin with 5.3.1.2 MIL-STD-171 Phosphate Coating


Lower Specs

Spike's Tactical Lower Receiver

* CNC Machined from a 7075 T6 MIL-H-6088 Forging

* Low Shelf for RDIAS

* Milled Manufacturer Engravings

* Accepts .154" Diameter Trigger & Hammer Pins

* MIL-A-8625F Type III Class 2 Hardcoat Anodized Finish inside and out


Enhanced Lower Parts Kit Group

* Semi-Auto Lower Parts Kit with Rounded Hammer, Tigger, and Disconnect Coated with Nickel Boron (ST Battle Trigger)

* Ambidextrious Safety

* ST Billet Trigger Guard

* KNS Anti-Rotational Trigger and Hammer Pins


Receiver Extension Group

* 7075 Mil-Spec Receiver Extension (Buffer Tube)

* Receiver Extension is 1.14" in Diameter, 6 Position

* Receiver Extension is MIL-A-8625F Type III Class 2 Hardcoat Anodized and MIL-L-46010 Dryfilm Lubed inside and out

* Mil-Spec Castle Nut with 5.3.1.2 MIL-STD-171 Phosphate Coating

* Castle Nut is Torqued to 38ft-lb.

* Magpul ASAP Sling Attachment Latch Plate

* Magpul ASAP Plate is Properly Staked per Mil-Spec Requirement

* ST-T2 Tungsten Heavy Buffer

* Mil-Spec 17-7 Stainless Steel Buffer Spring

* Magpul CTR Stock with Enhanced Butt Pad

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:25 PM   #2
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Spikes makes good stuff.

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I've personally only had 2 ish spikes and both were overgassed (2 uppers and a complete one) I don't personally like the Dynacomp. I think its just obnoxiously loud and doesn't do much for compensation or recoil mitigation. It makes a very disctintive sound.

I wouldn't think twice about buying one again tho if I were in the market for one. Mine ran like a top, wasn't a picky eater, and never gave me issues.

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Thanks much guys.

It arrives soon. I'll post pictures when I get it.

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Nice rifle, wall!

New guys, when we ask for specs, this is what we're talkin' about. This quality rifle doesn't cost much more than a comspec aluminum receivered Bushamster! (With quality rail and upgrades.) If a company won't give you detailed specs you can be certain they're hiding things. This Spikes is the real deal.

Refreshing to see someone put this much thought into a new AR. The 14.5" barrel/pinned muzzle device is the only balk from me but I know a lot of guys love this setup.

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From the looks of it, there's not much to do. I'd just put a Red Dot, Sling, Mags and ammo and have at it. Oh, maybe a bad lever and charging handle.

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It finally arrived!

My dealer also had a bunch of P-Mags.



It's pretty bare so I will spend the next few evenings perusing the forum in search of some educated opinions on lights, optics, slings, a REAL case, etc.

Thanks for any input/suggestions.

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I love Spike's products. But for $1900 price range.. building custom is much better. With better parts too. Or maybe should get the BCM Jack carbine when they were on sale.
Just saying.. no offense.
What matters is you love it and it looks nice!

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I love Spike's products. But for $1900 price range.. building custom is much better. With better parts too. Or maybe should get the BCM Jack carbine when they were on sale.
Just saying.. no offense.
What matters is you love it and it looks nice!
True.

But since I have never built one, I wouldn't know where to start so I don't mind paying.

My skills are in construction and technologies....I guess I could figure it out, but that won't happen until I'm less busy. I bet there are plenty of good threads here to point a guy in the right direction.
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My first was a purchased one. Then joined and learnt alot from this forum.
These guys are my mentors. Feel free to ask any questions or directions if you ever decided to build your next one.

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