No Fricken Gunsmiths!

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Tackleberry1, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    I've been looking to have my Bushy re-barreled for a about a month now.

    7 trips to different gun stores...
    4 recommendations of 3 different gun smiths...
    1 call back to tell me he'd be happy to re- barrel my AR, however, he's off to the Shot Show so it will be two weeks before he can begin!

    It MUST take an artistic mind to be a gunsmith because I've YET to meet one that was not a complete Fricken IDIOT when it comes to running a business. Which is probably why I've never seen one still in business after more than 2 to 3 years.

    OK, end of RANT!

    So...I just picked up a new LMT M4 complete upper to get my zombie popper back up and running.

    Tack
     
  2. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    Get a $20 tool and change the barrel yourself.
     

  3. Hookeye

    Hookeye Active Member

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    Buy a GOOD wrench and a GOOD receiver block to hold it in a STURDY bench vise.
    Do that and it's an easy job.
     
  4. lunarmanathome

    lunarmanathome New Member

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    This is so easy to do! The biggest thing I will tell you to avoid - so not torque down you flash hider/brake with a receiver block at the other end - you'll tweak or bend the extension pin (kind of important as it aligns your barrel with the receiver and allows your bolt to go home). Speaking of bolts - will your current bolt match your new barrel/extension?

    Save yourself the hassle and either buy barrel vise, or use some wood and water hose and torque on that when installing your FH/compensator.

    But seriously - you don't need a gunsmith to change the barrel. I used the standard barrel wrench to put all mine on.
     
  5. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Fellas

    All good advice, I'm sure it is easy but between work, wife, 4 kids, the house, both mother-inlaws...I'm lucky to get to the range twice a month.

    Some folks just do not have the time to do this sort of thing. I'm one of them, hence my purchase of a new LMT M4 upper because I do have time to swap over my quad rail, eotech, and rezero when I hit the range this Saturday.

    Sorry for the rant and thanks for not pointing out that MY panties were in a bunch.

    Tack
     
  6. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Here's the pics. The new LMT is mounted on my original Bushmaster Lower w/drop in Chip McCormick single stage trigger. Anyone considering one of the drop in trigger groups should really grab one. Mine breaks like a glass rod at 3.5 lbs and has been running strong in this lower for 8 years now.:)

    TACK
     

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  7. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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    Whatcha soon with your old upper?
     
  8. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    What I'm "doing" with my old upper...

    Tossing it toward the back of my safe until I find the time and Money to figure out the re-barrel thing.

    I have my M4 and a second 20" free float with a fixed 10 mil dot scope for longer range fun.

    I'm thinking I'd enjoy having a version of the A2 I carried for many years so perhaps I'll put an 18" w/A2 birdcage, reinstall the "never used" detach carry handle and standard A2 handguards...:)

    Tack
     
  9. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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    Whoops, once again, "swipe" gets the best of my inattention again.
    I'm not sure what shipping cost would be both ways, but if you want, I have the clamp set and pri barrel nut wrench I can lend ya.
     
  10. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Thanks for the offer pagj17 but if I do this I'll have 3 functional uppers that will eventually need new barrels. I should just buy the stuff so I can avoid another Internet melt down the next time I get frustrated with my local lack of gunsmiths.

    What is the tool list/cost

    Tack
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012