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    WWSD Knock off build

    Having handled the WWSD rifles from the InRange TV project, I knew I wanted to build one of my own. Finally got it together and shot it in a 2 gun match Saturday.

    Goal was to build a rifle similar to those in the project. I wanted a nice, lightweight, ambidextrous rifle primarily for matches and also to use in classes.



    Upper parts:
    Aero Precision forward assistless upper
    Geiselle ACH
    Adams Arms BCG
    Faxon 16 inch pencil midlength and gas block
    Isler Custom Gun Works carbon fiber handguard
    Streamlight rail mount 2 in a Proctor PLMD
    Vortex Crossfire red dot

    Lower
    GWACS Cav 15
    KE arms SLT-1 and ambi 45 degree safety
    Norgon ambi mag release
    PDQ ambi bolt catch
    JP Enterprise captured buffer spring assembly, H2 weight

    Sling is a Redwire Gear CS mounted with some paracord

    Rifle runs great and handles awesome. This is my first rifle with an ambi mag release and ambi bolt catch. Despite being a lefty, I never really sought these features out. But after using them I can appreciate having them.

    Weighed in at 5.9lbs on my Harbor Freight scale.
    “Anything worth shooting is worth shooting 30 times” -Kyle Lamb

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    I watched most of the series on their builds, and I have to applaud their out of the box thinking. Personally I don't think I'm going to build a polymer lower until more feedback is available, to either prove or disprove their durability. At 5.9 lbs. I bet it handles quite nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berd View Post
    This is my first rifle with an ambi mag release and ambi bolt catch. Despite being a lefty, I never really sought these features out. But after using them I can appreciate having them.
    In that case, check out Forward Controls Design.
    Gettin' down innagrass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer_Man View Post
    Personally I don't think I'm going to build a polymer lower until more feedback is available, to either prove or disprove their durability.
    This lower was previously a CavArms release, if there is a proven polymer lower, this is it. IMO the integral stock is a way better setup than trying to install a standard RE on a polymer lower.
    Gettin' down innagrass.
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    I am bumping this in case OP can provide feedback on his Isler handguard five years later…

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediGuy View Post
    I am bumping this in case OP can provide feedback on his Isler handguard five years later…
    Last time OP was around was 4/19/20 so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titsonritz View Post
    Last time OP was around was 4/19/20 so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a response.
    Well, I suppose I could have checked that. Whoops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediGuy View Post
    Well, I suppose I could have checked that. Whoops.
    He probably sold it anyway after finding out Karl was a full blown Communist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKGuns View Post
    He probably sold it anyway after finding out Karl was a full blown Communist.
    Karl's a ****ing loon.

    With that said, however . . . I actually got a WWSD carbine and I really like it. I mean, when I say "WWSD" I tend to take an "idea" interpretation and not a "product" interpretation. The WWSD I got from Brownell's is quite nice, in a lot of ways. I like the KP15 unitary lower---it just makes sense to me. I'd long standardized on an "A1 length of pull" and I generally prefer fixed stocks to adjustable slidey-bois. Sure, I "have" to use a regular carbine buffer instead of a rifle setup, but still . . . I think we've proved that the carbine buffers* (carbine, H2, H3) just flat out work. I am incredibly left-eye dominant, so I really appreciate the ambidextrous features (selector, magazine release, and the PDQ lever).

    I think the Young Mfg bolt is probably an upgrade . . . but I don't regard the regular (hopefully mil-spec) bolt as lacking. It's a wear item, big deal. While the production version went with a 16" barrel, I'd have preferred a 14.5 with the option to p&w . . . and while I don't mind the Faxon barrel, I'd swap it out for a Colt 6720 in about a heartbeat. While this is a personal thing, I'm not a huge fan of 15" handguards on 16" barrels---12.5 or 13" would have been fine with me. If someone doesn't like a carbon fiber handguard, well, gee----you can build it with whatever floats your boat.

    It's the idea.

    "Hey let's take a carbine sized AR and redo it to be as good as it can, while being as light as it can." That's a challenge---not a dictate. Similarly, I look at the "Scout rifle" as an idea, not a product, and not even as a specifications sheet.

    Karl's a fruit loop.

    Since I know one of the banes of this website is people who show up, full of uninformed enthusiasm, let me offer you a blast from the past. (I'm buffing my street cred! Or at least my reading cred. Hell, reading cred has to count for something, doesn't it?)

    "What I'm looking for in a WWSD is what Rob Jensen was looking for with Project Featherweight."

    https://www.m4carbine.net/showthread...-Featherweight

    * I added the word buffers because my editing enthusiasm had led me astray.
    Last edited by Moonlight Again; 05-15-24 at 13:32. Reason: edited to add missing word

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