Blackbeard's RRA Range Report!

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Blackbeard1718, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Blackbeard1718

    Blackbeard1718 New Member

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    Ok, Folks!

    I finally got a few pics of my new rig. Here are a few Before & After pics:

    Before Pics - Right out of the Case:

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    (NOTE: Because of the Pic Limitations, the other 4 Before-Pics, are on the next Post.)

    After Pics - Having added my Temp Bi-Pod (I'm ordering a CAA Bi-Pod next month, and using the Caldwell until it arrives...), Redfield Scope, Magpul AFG, and CAA Grip:

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    I took it out to the Range for the first time today, and WOW..... that is one impressive piece of Hardware to shoot!

    I set up my Target at 50yds, did a Bore Sight to narrow down my Scope Sighting, and after a few shots, I was locked in. I was shooting Shoot-N-C Targets, and after each Mag, I'd use the supplied Stickies to set up a New Target, and fill in the old holes. All 100 Rounds of American Eagle 55gr FMJ I fired, were flawless. Not a single FTE/FTL in the bunch. I had 5 PMAG 20-Round Mags, and they are the best Mags I've used in any of my Rifles/Carbines. Absolutely excellent Mags!

    I have the RRA 2-Stage Trigger, and that thing is awesome. It's got a crisp and precise feel, and pulls smooth as butter.

    I was actually surprised, at how little Recoil there was. I have two 9mm Carbines, and while they have very little Recoil themselves, the AR has even less. It was just an all around Great Rifle to shoot.

    I don't know why..... but I REALLY liked the sound it made when fired! A loud and aggressive..... BOOM! The first Round fired, definitely got my attention, right off of the bat.

    I was fortunate enough today, that I had the Bay to myself, and was able to go back and forth out to the Target as I pleased.

    Just as I got home this afternoon, the Mail-Lady was dropping off my Explorer Digital Rifle Case for my AR. Good timing!

    All-In-All, it was a Great Range Day, with a Great Rifle!

    Thanks for making a FUNtastic Rifle, RRA! [​IMG]

    Cheers!

    BB
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011
  2. Blackbeard1718

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    Blackbeard's RRA Range Report Part II - Before Pics Cont.

    Here are the rest of the Before Pics:

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    Cheers!

    BB
     

  3. Kinetics

    Kinetics New Member

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    Nice, your after pic is hot :D Anyways glad you like it, im getting my stripped lower this weekend and starting my own :D
     
  4. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver New Member

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    Nice!!! How was the accuracy? Also, how heavy is that rifle? I keep hearing how heavy RRA's are compared to other brands. :cool:
     
  5. Sagetown

    Sagetown New Member

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    Congrats on the new member to your collection.:cool:
     
  6. Blackbeard1718

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    SD!

    Accuracy is incredible! Yes, I have a Scope on it, which is hard to miss a target, however, my POA was always my POI, every time. I was impressed! I haven't shot it with Iron Sights yet, so I can't say how good those are, or if they were already Dialed-In, Out-Of-The-Box.

    (Which reminds me, after seeing my After Pic..... I need to lower my Front Sight, when I'm done with this post. I had some Rail Guards on there, with a Snap Lock, but the Recoil of the Rifle jarred them open and loose. I took them off, but forgot to lower the Front Sight. I'll add the Magpuls I bought, sometime before my Range Trip next Thursday.)

    The weight is advertised as 8 Lbs. I used to carry around an old Bolt Action Springfield, that was 9 Lbs. After I added my Redfield & Bi-Pod on it, the AR now feels like the Springfield did... around 9 Lbs. I'm not concerned about the weight, as it's a Bench Shooter anyhow.

    I did match it up against my M&P 15-22, and while they're the same size and function, the 15-22 is lighter, due to the Polymer Lower. The RRA is definitely all metal. I was just curious if they were about the same size and build.

    Now, comparatively..... the RRA weighed the same as a local shops Colt Ar, and CMMG AR, that had the Quad-Rails, and the Iron Sights as well. Same setup as mine was, right out of the Case. I couldn't tell any difference in the three..... except for the weight..... of the PRICE TAG! The Colt was much HEAVIER, in that category! [​IMG]

    Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the RRA. I look at my Guns, the same way I do my Cars, with regards to Fit & Finish. The RRA, IMHO, was put together better. I'd rate the three as:

    CMMG: Good
    Colt: Better
    RRA: Best

    Just my opinion, since I tend to look at details a bit more than some folks. I've got a Hi-Point 995TS 9mm Carbine that's built like a Tank, and only cost me about $250 New. It fires just as good if not better, than my Beretta CX4 9mm Carbine, which cost me about $500 more. So, it's not always about how, "GOOD LOOKING", a Gun is, it all boils down to, "CAN IT SHOOT"? So far..... I've picked a group of Winners!

    BTW..... I see you fly Cobras! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! I was an Airdale too, but on the Navy side, as a Supply-Guy!

    Cheers!

    BB
     
  7. Snakedriver

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    Thanks Blackbeard, but you're killing me with the details. I'm waiting for my RRA upper to arrive with anxious anticipation. My setup will be pretty much like yours.

    I carried an XM177 Colt CAR-15 with me in my Cobra when I was in Vietnam and it was an incredible little rifle that never failed me. I've avoided wanting to get into the AR scene for a long time, but have recently come down with a serious case of BRD that I just can't seem to kick. My wife is a shooter too and has her own collection of guns, but doesn't quite understand the whole AR thing yet. She will though when she gets to shoot it. Happy shooting :cool:
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011
  8. Txhillbilly

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    That's a good looking stick there,BB

    What,No pics of the targets!!

    Once you get used to that NM trigger,you'll like it even more.
     
  9. Quentin

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    Nice to hear when a new AR turns out right!

    Hey, BB, I keep running in to you all over the net! :D
     
  10. Garadex

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    Looks good. How does that angled fore grip feel? I have seen them but wasn't sure just because I couldn't put one on a rifle and test it out.
     
  11. Blackbeard1718

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    SD!

    My wife shoots with me too, and she loves her .22's. She calls the AR, and the other Rifles/Carbines I have, "UGLY GUNS"! She's used to the Traditional Wooden/Polymer Stocks, like the Ruger 10/22's, and her Marlin 795. Here..... for your review..... is the FIRST..... Tactical Rifle..... I ever owned! Kinda reminds me of today's numerous Tactical selections:

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    THB!

    Sorry! Shot 'em all to hell! [​IMG] I'll try and get some the next Range Trip.

    Quentin!

    I sail to many Ports! If you frequent the following Forums: Jeep, Nissan Frontier, AR, Beretta, Springfield, S&W, Sig, Walther, Bersa, Hi-Point, or Ruger..... you'll probably find me anchored there! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Garadex!

    It feels Great! It's got a Natural Ergonomic Grip, and is very comfortable. I rest the palm of my hand on the AFG, and place my fingers on the Side Rails. The AFG allows me to get my hand in a position, where it doesn't force my wrist to bend upwards, to reach the bottom of the Hand Guard.

    I usually shoot with Vertical Folding Fore Grips, and wanted to try out the AFG to see if it works as advertised. It does! I may, however, swap out the AFG for the Vertical Fore Grip on my M&P 15-22. The only reason being, is that I want to add the 15-22's CAA Bi-Pod to the AR, and the Bi-Pod's Mount is a bit larger (2 Bolts), so I would need about another inch of Bottom Rail, in order to mount the Bi-Pod. The Fore Grip I'd swap over, has a 5-Position Folding Grip, that I can lock at about the same angle as the AFG. The AFG would thus go to the 15-22, along with the Caldwell Bi-Pod, until I order another CAA Bi-Pod next month.

    Here's my 15-22 with said Bi-Pod and Fore Grip:

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    Cheers, All!

    BB
     
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  12. Blackbeard1718

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    SD!

    I wanted to do an Add-On for you, with regards to your original question, and my original response.

    Something I remembered this afternoon. One of the Owners of the local shop I stopped in last week, had built an AR for his wife. It was a short Barreled (14.5", IIRC...) AR, that was light, even though, it had Iron Sights, and a Quad-Rail. He was smiling, and asked me if I could figure out what made it lighter than the CMMG and Colt in his shop. I checked the Lower, and it was all metal, no Polymer at all. After looking it over for a few minutes, I couldn't figure it out.

    He had sent the Barrel out to be "Dimpled". I never heard of this before, but when he showed me the Barrel and pointed it out, I could see the Dimples in it.

    This is a Web-Pic, and not his, but you get the idea of the Dimple-vs-Stock, process:

    Stock & Dimpled Barrels:

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    Assembled:

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    The difference in the weight of the two identical Barrels, was 6.8-oz, after Dimpling. He was able to Dimple out enough weight, so that his wife had a good Lighter Shooter.

    Just thought I'd pass that along, in case you might want to try it in the future.

    Cheers!

    BB
     
  13. Snakedriver

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    Interesting BB, I've seen lightweight barrels with the skinny profile before, but I haven't ever seen the dimpling process before. That has to take a fair amount of time to do even with the right equipment.

    I figure I'll just man-up and deal with the weight of my RRA AR. I'd rather have a heavy setup that gives good to excellent accuracy than one that heats-up and begins stringing the rounds all over.

    Thanks for sharing! :cool:
     
  14. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations.
     
  15. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Yep! Walther...
     
  16. Blackbeard1718

    Blackbeard1718 New Member

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    Thought so! Glad to see you're on here too!

    Looking at your Avatar, I gotta few of Off-Topic questions for you.

    1. How many Rounds did Barney always keep in his 38?

    2. What did he always keep in his Left Shirt Pocket?

    3. Was "Mayberry, N.C." a real town?

    4. What TV Series did, "The Andy Griffity Show", spin-off from?

    Ok..... I'm done! [​IMG]

    Cheers!

    BB
     
  17. Quentin

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    Heck I was born and raised in Mayberry! Err, or was that Mount Airy? Oh wait, Mocksville, NC! The last one is true and in the early 60s it was a dead ringer for Mayberry... :p
     
  18. Blackbeard1718

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    When we lived in Virginia Beach, we used to travel around NC a lot. We visited Mt Airy a few times (Andy's hometown...), stayed at the Mayberry Motor Inn, and watched a couple of movies at their Drive-In (closed now...).

    Cheers!

    BB