OK Kids.. Just got back from the range andI gotta say... Glad I bought what I bought.
Hit the range this morning at 0900 hrs and had the place to my self all morning!!
First order of Business.
Zeroing the carbine.
I wiped it down last night and cleaned the bore and dried it. Lubed up and proceeded to Zero My Iron Sights first. Ammo was some 55gr Guatemalan Surplus I got from AIM. I started out at 25yds and my Zero changed very little from my Old Carbine. a couple of clicks of left Wind and She was good to go. On my Old carbine I did not have the F marked FSB so I had to bring the front sight post up a bit. I did buy the taller one from Bushy back then, but did not need it at the time.
The BCM Upper comes with the correct F marked FSB and the front sight post did not need to be adjusted at all. I run an ARMS 40. Works good. Once I got my windage zero'd I mark my windage drum with a small stripe of red paint form a Testors Paint Pen. (Little trick I learned in my Highpower days)
Now on to the Aimpoint. I started out at 25 yds to get on paper and after a few 3 rd shot groups I got it to lay correctly with the SOPMOD zero tgt I was using.
Zeroing went pretty quick. I then moved to 50Yds to put my final zero on everything (I'm a 50 yds Zero kinda Guy).
Several observations I noticed on my new rifle
- Trigger was very nice. LMT has a good clean break and the reset is nice and crisp.
-SOPMOD stock is pretty sweet. I have replaced my VLTOR with it as my new stock. I like the cheek weld and the solid feel, plus I can carry 3 hrs worth of weapon's light batteries in it vs the 2 hrs on the Vltor.
- Maybe it's just me, but switching from a 16" HBAR to a 14.5" Gov profile.. I feel the gun has a little more recoil to it. and running the H buffer in it does nothing as far as I'm concerned. It may be noticeable to everybody else, but I did not notice a dam thing.
I like the lighter feel to it and she did warm up enough to get some smoke off the barrel after a few mags were run thru it., but it did cool off pretty quick.
-The Vickers 2 pt sling pretty much still rocks. I just gotta figure out how I'm gonna put the rear sling back on the buffer tube. Since switching to a different lower and the SOPMOD stock, I have the rear of the sling running thru the slot in the rear of the stock. I do not like it there and need to get either my old Daniel Defense sling plate on this new lower or get a new one. LMT stakes there Castle nut on the buffer tube ..
So I may need to buy a wrench. I saw KAC makes a pretty sweet reciever end plate that replaces the stock end plate and incorporates two holes for QD swivels (One on each side) but the damn thing is $75!!!!
I heard a rumor that Daniel Defense may be making a similar End plate so I may have to just wait and see what comes out.
Overall the quality of the BCM is top notch. it is as Mil Spec as you will find with all the features and after about 250 rds, not a hiccup. Same goes with the LMT Lower. The quality and finish is excellent. The stock trigger is very good and will only get better with use. I am very happy with my choices and this carbine will serve me well.
Other new toys I tried out were my High ride 6004 Holster.... All I can say is WOW.... I should have gotten one of these holster's along time ago. Very nice. I spend the first 50 rds doing single shot Draw and fire presentations to get use to the release lever/Hood. I also practiced on my presentation.
Tim Lau who was teaching a Carbine class with Pat Rogers that I attended this past June, gave me some great pointers on my draw and presentation, which sucked. I have what you might call a "Bowling ball" style of presentation. he showed me a much better way that brings the weapon up to eye-level and then after you secure a good 2 handed grip,punch it straight out and acquire the tgt.
This makes for a very smooth presentation and allowed me to really make some nice hits at 7 yds with great speed. I will continue to practice that presentation down in my basement (where all my excitement comes from..).
I also pulled out my trusty shotgun.. This is something I don't do to often, but I decided to modify an old wooden stock and replace the Speedfeed stock that was on it. Pretty much all Shotgun stocks are to long. So I sawed off about 2.4" and ground down the recoil pad to fit. and then added some truck bed liner compound for texture. Now the LOP is the same as my AR.
Overall it was a good day and everything worked exactly as I expected it to....
Now what to do with my old Bushmaster lower and upper.......