Friday, April 3, 2015

.300 Blackout Pistol: Unboxing And Dryfit

There are few things more fun that you can pick up at the post office than real gun parts.

I missed the mailman yesterday, and a signature was required.  So, I took my little "missed you" note to the main branch, and received a box in return.  It was from Ares Armor, a rambunctious little gun parts store down in occupied California-stan.  Good guys.  They're uppity, and I like that, so they get my bucks.

So, I get home, and here's the unboxing...

 Tactical box entry.

 Subjects are found cowering in the bottom of the box.

Upon extraction and separation for investigation, parts are laid out.  I like the fact that the barrel ships with a mesh protector as well as taped foam padding.  Nice touch.

 9" Barrel, pistol gas length system, nitride finish.  Very nice.

 Chambered in .300 AAC Blackout, with 1 full twist of the rifling over the length of 8 inches.  This should stabilize subsonic and supersonic ammunition.  

The charm of the .300 Blackout is that it can fire either with little adjustment.  From left to right, you have three .300 Blackout loading in various projectile weights, a 5.56 NATO round, and a 7.62x39 cartridge.

They're rinky-dinky cartridges.  Nothing spectacular, ballistics-wise, nor worthy of the media hyperbole associated with them.  Like I said a few weeks ago, your grand-pappy's 30-06 makes a 5.56 NATO cartridge look miniscule in comparison.  Don't be scared.  30-06 comparison photo is from this blog, which gives a good run-down on the capabilities of the two chamberings.

On with the parts...

 Charging handle with laser-engraved Ares Armor logo.

 Assemblage of parts.  The lower receiver was a stripped lower I purchased a few years ago, and has never seen a rifle stock mounted on it.  Very important distinction when building a pistol.

 Dryfitting of the gas block on to the barrel.  Barrel screws to the upper receiver.  Muzzle brake/flash hider screws to the muzzle.  So far, so good.

The Troy V-Tac 9" freefloat forearm is what I have in the parts bin.  I usually don't like grabbing metal, since I live in the desert, where it's either freezing or boiling.  It looks good, though.

The dryfit-assembled upper goes on the lower nicely.  The other parts (dust cover, forward assist, gas tube) will be incorporated during the full build.

Well, there she is.  A very nice tool.  Now to do a formal assembly, and test fire her.

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