Well folks, I am now officially a member of the 6ARC club. It took a little while since components were coming it bit by bit and it took me a little while decide how I want to configure it.
Here are the highlights of the build:
Shilen 18" mid-weight barrel with matched bolt
BLK LBL handguard with integrated bipod
Standard gas block (non of the adjustable gas blocks I had on hand worked with this handguard; I have the smallest one I know of on the way from Q. Hopefully, it will fit).
New Frontier C4 side-charging upper
Bootleg adjustable bolt carrier
CMMG linear comp (for now)
For the time being, the scope I have on it is the Primary Arms GLx 2.5-10x44 that I need to finish testing. Eventually, I have some other ideas on what will be the permanent scope on this gun.
The lower is the one had before (I have been using it with my Grendel prior):
Spike's lower receiver
TriggerTech adjustable AR trigger
Odin Zulu 2.0 stock
Magpul MOE grip for now (I stumbled onto Reptilia CQG grip that fits me really well, so it will get swapped out).
My general purpose AR, up to now, has been the 6.5Grendel. I was an early adopter of the caliber and still like it a lot. However, 6ARC promises to be a better long range gun and that is something I really enjoy.
I am going to spend some time with the caliber and see if it can replace the Grendel for me as a true general purpose AR.
The one thing where the Grendel does still have a likely edge over the 6mm ARC is hunting, so I am going to set up my 18 Grendel upper with carbon fiber handguard on a different lower that should work better for hunting. Aside from light weight, I also want that lower to have a collapsible stock so that my kids could use it.
With both 6.5 Grendel and 6mm ARC, my strong preference is to use factory ammo. I have some small amount of three different loads from Hornady for 6mm ARC and a large variety of different ammo for the Grendel, including a couple of cases of cheap Russian plinking ammo that can no longer be imported thank to our dipshit of a President . Still as afar as affordable ammo goes, Grendel still has a distinct edge over the 6ARC because PPU loads for it. That is one of the reasons I think a 6.5Grendel AR can easily be a nice soft-recoiling hunting rifle for one of my kids.
As I go along with this, I'll spend some time running the Grendel and ARC side-by-side, so I'll have a clearer idea of how they really stack up.
ARs take a little time to break in. While I keep track of the 6mm ARC accuracy, I will not be doing any serious accuracy testing for a bit. Typically, ARs settle in, accuracy-wise, between 300 and 500 rounds.
I gave it a couple of days and figured it is time to do a live show on intermediate magnifications in LPVOs and a couple of other updates.
I am budgeting 30-45 minutes for this, but it might go to a full hour depending on how it goes.
I'd like to do a quick overview of how the hog hunt went, the gear I was looking at and why I love doing this stuff.
Let's aim for tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12th) at noon Mountain Time.
Here is the wrap up of the Steiner M1050r LRF bincoulars that I have been playing with for a quite a while now.
Observation optics is a pretty involved subject as is, further complicated by the fact that most observation optics are not made for shooters. Here is a live show I did on observation optics that touches on this:
This binocular is decidedly not intended for birders. As the name implies, it is squarely aimed at military and law enforcement applications. It is a very competent overall design, but there is a feature that is sorely missing.
Let me know what you think once you watch the video. The binocular in question is the Steiner Military 10x50r LRF: https://bit.ly/2WA88hY
It is a solid design overall with excellent optics and good LRF performance. There is, however, one critical feature missing.
The registration for SHOT 2022 is finally open and I am in the process of making something resembling a schedule for it. The way it usually works, I make a detailed schedule and it goes to hell in a handbasket eight minutes after the show starts. Still, I have to make plans.
Interestingly, the Safari International event is in Las Vegas this year and overlapping with SHOT.
SHOT is Tuesday through Friday and SCI is Wednesday through Saturday.
I normally do not go to SCI given that it is more of a hunting oriented event. However, given that I am gearing up for my4th hunt this year (aoudad sheep in April, spring black bear in Alaska in June, hogs in Texas two weeks ago and New Mexico elk coming up in December), I can no longer say that I am not really a hunter with any sort of honesty.
I may not be a good hunter, but I am a hunter. Apparently.
With all that, I may be able to sneak over to the SCI show on Saturday. I always run out of time at SHOT, so I doubt I will be able to give up...
Folks, I am going to do another livecast tomorrow focusing on LPVOs and FIxed Power scopes when both are equipped with an offset RDS.
Matt of Everyday Marksman and Jacob of Pro-gun Millenial will join me tomorrow.
Yesterday's livecast, once we got done with the original topic of discussion veered a little bit toward other aspects of shooting quickly with conventional riflescopes and the topic of OEGs (Occluded Eye Gunsights) came up. I figured that I should probably write a short article on how they work when I realized that I already have and that Guns and Ammo makes this one available online.
It went into the 2019 Retro issue when they asked to write a little bit about OEGs since they were famously used in the Son-Tay raid.
It did make me want to re-visit the subject, so I pinged the good folks at Armson USA to see if I can borrow a modern OEG form them and go over the subject in more detail.