Today I am showing you my AR15, also known as an M16. I have this sticker on the stock that Charles found for me. He thought it fit who I am perfectly and put it on the stock. From that sticker came about my profile image of the retro sexy gal holding the AR. My friend Jennifer of Pick of The Litter designs made it for me. Why the two different names for this rifle?
The M16 is used by the military. Very light and most importantly is a fully automatic rifle. You can hold the trigger and it will keep firing bullets. Bye-Bye bad guys. The AR15 is a civilian version used for sport. These are semi-automatic. You have to pull the trigger each time you want to fire. You can fire quickly but it is one at a time. My version for competition is completely custom on the inside. It was built by Compass Lake Enterprises with a Geissles trigger. I am on my second barrel and it is stainless steal made by Douglas. I can get up to 6000 rounds out of this before accuracy is affected. We also add weight in the front and back. This helps with stability and makes less of a “kick” or recoil. Our military would not lug this around with them all day long. Some can weigh as much as 18#. Mine is about 13#. Heavy!
I shoot this from 200 yards up to 600 yards. Standing (offhand) and seated rapid fire are at 200. Rapid prone at 300 and slow prone fire at 600 yards. NO SCOPES! The trigger has two stages. I am able to pull softly to a first stop as I am getting the target in to my sites and when it appears I have the second stage of the trigger to fire. It gives you a “ready” stage if you will. Here comes the nerdy part.
We use Winchester or US military brass. Brass in this rifle isn’t as critical as for our long range guns so there are several options of brass and within reason we let price be our guide. As for load we use Remington 7 1/2 primers and IMR powder with 69, 77 or 80 grain bullets. Why different bullets? Well it depends on a couple of things. To what range will we be shooting, how much do we want to be able to “buck the wind”, and of course everybody’s most familiar limitation, MONEY. For example we find that there are two or three manufacturers of quality bullets that provide satisfactory results so this is an area where we tend to bargain hunt. When you’re shooting 4-6000 rounds a year the pennies add up.
“Shoot Like A Girl! If You Can………..”