advise on olympic arms 2003 ar

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by tankwilson, May 13, 2013.

  1. tankwilson

    tankwilson New Member

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    Hey guys. Newbie to this forum and to AR's. I received an Olympic Arms GI AR this weekend. Bought new and never been fired. Im trying to do some homework on this gun before I shoot it.

    Any advise? I here Olympic has some good and bad reviews. This one was built in 2003. Do I have a good or bad one? (I know ....wont know till I shoot it)

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  2. Quentin

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    It's probably a good Oly. How a 2003 compares to other brands is up for debate.

    Yeah, clean it then go shoot it. If something look funny, first take it to a gunsmith who knows ARs.
     

  3. tankwilson

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    Ive heard they had some problems and wasnt sure what yrs they were. Doesnt really matter though it was a gift from someone very special to me so I will never sell it. Excited to get the first 100 rounds through it and broke in.

    Is it true that I should break it in by cleaning the barrell after each round for the first 24 then after every other round till 50 or so? Its olympics suggestion. Seems little over board to me.

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  4. Quentin

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    I also think that break in procedure is overboard. I'd ignore it unless this was an ubermatchtarget1/2MOAbarrel and the manufacturer was adamant. A lot of manuals have paragraphs copy&pasted from other sources. Up to you but 99% chance this is a waste of time for no improvement in accuracy.
     
  5. purehavoc

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    +1 . There was a article from a top target barrel manufacturer I read that was in some old archives on another forum . He stated that if you want to wear your barrel out sooner follow the directions :D. He said we as barrel manufacturers are in a business of selling you barrels . what the best way to get the customer to purchase another barrel ? Thats right wear it out quicker . I clean my target guns every 100 or so rounds and barrel break in was 10 rds , clean 10 rds clean and that was it . Shoots 1/2MOA just fine even with cheap factory ammo
     
  6. tankwilson

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    Well went out and shot it tonight. Put 17 rounds through it and ran a bore snake through it every time. Shoots really nice. Very accurate from round 40 yrs. Was hitting a bowling pin most everytime. Shoots little high and am using iron sights. Will prob continue the recommend break in till 100 rounds. Was able to find plenty if ammo today 280 rounds. Will get more tomorrow. Also I am using 556 pmc to do the break in.

    Had a few that didnt fire but I dont think the bolt was seated.

    So far so good.

    Im gonna take my time and do plenty of shooting before I decide on all the details and accessories to get.

    How hard is it to make it a flat top? Currently has a handle.

    Thanks
     
  7. Anna_Purna

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    Is it a flat top underneath with a carry handle added? (Does it have 2 large round knobs on the left side to remove the handle?) If not, and it is machined into the receiver, then nearly impossible.
     
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  8. tankwilson

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    Mine appears to be one solid piece
     
  9. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    buy a flat top upper and swap it all over thats how you fix that problem . PMC uses hard primers , I have had several of the .45 and 9mm rounds along with some .223 that wont go off the first time
     
  10. tankwilson

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    I think the no fires were from not seating the bolt. My wife and I were taking turns shoiting and we were still learning/playing with everything. I didnt notice much if a dent in the case when it didnt fire. Reloaed the same bullet and it fired just fine.

    Seems like it has a fair more recoil than my stepdads we were shooting this past sunday. Although we are using 556 and he had 223.

    Whats a good butt stock to use to reduce recoil? I like the looks if the mako group stuff. What do u guys recommend? Would like to change butt, pistol, and vertical grip
     
  11. tankwilson

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    Went out again and no issues. Got 70 rounds through it and im really liking it so far.
     
  12. Anna_Purna

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    A softer pistol grip like a Hogue, (see my gun) or similar manufactures will help reduce the felt recoil. I like the STR magpul stocks best, but even their rubber buttpads aren't even close to something like a limbsaver pad for a regular rifle.
    As far as Fab Defense/mako, etc, They really do make some great stuff (I speak from 2 years experience) but to actually buy it, they are kinda pricey.
     
  13. Anna_Purna

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    Was your stepfathers AR a longer barrel? Mid length or Full? If yours is a Carbine 14 to 16 inch barrel, the recoil is noticeably different than a longer heavier barrel. You can also improve the recoil by getting a good quality aftermarket spring and buffer.
    Some of the guys here may be able to steer you into what is a good one.
     
  14. Gunsnob

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    You better make sure it's chambered for 5.56. Most junk AR's and Olympic's are junk, are chambered for .223. Waiting to hear of your KB.
     
  15. tankwilson

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    Hey guys what is a good company to get a new butt stock, pistol grip, and vertical grip that has quick release light/laser?
     
  16. Anna_Purna

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    Lots of companies make them, some cheap, some expensive. The mako Group makes great stuff, but is expensive. You should check something like google in images, find the one ya like the looks and function of, then read the pros and cons from Amazon, and gun forums to see if that one in particular has issues, etc.

    http://images.search.yahoo.com/sear...00-s&ei=utf-8&n=30&x=wrt&tab=organic&y=Search
     
  17. tankwilson

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    Shot another 55 rounds yesterday. Tried some 223 and 556 ammo. Some brass some steel. No prolems. Looking to buy some magpul stuff. Cant decide on foliage or OD green.

    Looking at the magpul acs buttstock and moe+ grip. Not sure I like the vertical grip on the end. Do they make an angled grip?
     
  18. HockaLouis

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    Tank;
    Suggestion. Relax.
    Recoil from an A/R?
    Wait a year and then consider changing anything. You won't need to (although the MOE grip is a little nicer for men with above average sized hands).

    And, PLEASE carefully clean the chamber and lockup area as well as the bolt and BCG. There is no reason it shouldn't have been going fully into battery unless something was a little dirty, like dried out CLP that's been wearing off as you shoot it to be more reliable. Clean softly but well and lubricate interacting surfaces with a little teflon lubricant.
     
  19. bluez

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    Tank: welcome to the forum! Glad to have you :)

    It's good to hear you are using the rifle and learning its ins and outs.

    Why not post a pic for us?
    That way we can see its configuration and be better equipped to offer advice :)
     
  20. Anna_Purna

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    One of my shooting friends has an adjustable 5 position vertical grip he likes better than the others he has tried. Sells for about 16 dollars.
    like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/UTG-Foldable-...810&sr=8-11&keywords=adjustable+vertical+grip

    Magpul makes an angled grip that doesn't look like a 'grip'
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=magpul+angle+grip