Damn, but that's a beautiful rifle, isn't it? Let Zercool tell you about her:
Wally and I started this project back in August. Instead of him bringing me a check for the graphics I'd done, I asked for a new receiver - and it snowballed from there into a new rifle! I asked him about 5.56, then .25-223, and he finally nudged me into 300 AAC Blackout; the final nudge being trying his at blogshoot.We kicked ideas back and forth, had a few headaches as barrels kept becoming unavailable, etc. The original design was a stainless medium-ish profile with fluting. Off the cuff, Wally said, "Hey - what about an octagonal barrel?!" My first reaction was that it was just a bit TOO out there... and then I started thinking about it.How many ARs have you seen with an octagonal barrel? Me either. We kicked some more specifics around, ordered various and sundry parts. (Fortunately, all this ordering was done back in early fall, when things were tight but not insane!)
Here's that barrel, close up:
The final results are here, with the following build list:Lower:- York Arms, custom engraving designed by me based on an image from Larry Correia's "Hard Magic" (and approved by him for one-time use). Caliber-marked for 300BLK, selectors are "JUDGE/AVENGE" - see Revelations 6:8-10 for the source of the engraving and selectors.- Rock River Arms two-stage match trigger and parts kit- Battle Arms Development BAD-ASS ambi selector, stainless- Magpul MOE stock, pinned and epoxied to meet NY law
Upper:- Palmetto State Armory "blemished" upper receiver- WMD NiB bolt carrier group, FA carrier- Troy Alpha 13" free-float rail- carbine gas system- Green Mountain Barrel .308/1:8 blank, custom-profiled by York Arms to:-- eighteen inches-- 0.80" diameter behind the gas block-- 0.740" major diameter octagon in front of the gas block- Burris PEPR scope mount- Nikon ProStaff 2-7x32 scope
Only thing remaining to pick up is a Larue QD bipod setup...Unloaded weight without the grip-pod is 7lb 15oz.Yes, York can make you one too - except for that specific engraving. Talk to York directly for quotes!
Damn, but that's a beauty, Zercool. Thanks for sharing her with us. I expect to be picking up my "Fill Yer Hands" lower over the weekend (long story, one that I will most certainly share with you later; I'll just leave it that it was time for me to bring it home), and while I'm not sure what exactly I'll be doing with that AR, it's going to have to be something pretty damn spectacular to match it's Conspirator brother or the Pale Horse beauty shown here.
No matter what you decide to build, York Arms can hook you up - unless you're a New York Government entity, that is...
That is all.