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Thread: CAR-15 Commando Infatuation and my Pseudo-Clone GAU5/A/A

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    CAR-15 Commando Infatuation and my Pseudo-Clone GAU5/A/A

    Iíve had a thing for the CAR-15 Commando for over 35 years. It mostly started with military histories/biographies like The Raid & Delta Force alongside epic pulp fiction series like Mack Bolan, Phoenix Force & Able Team. Throw in some second hand issues of Soldier of Fortune and I was hooked on the Commando well before I ever got to see one on VHS in the opening scene of The Dogs of War. In my adolescent option, the CAR-15 was flat out cool.

    As retro rifles started to gain popularity I didnít pay a whole lot of attention, until I got the The Vickers AR-15 Guide. That started my appreciation of the the history of the platform. The Vickers Guide coupled with a seeing a 601 with green furniture and a GAU5/A/A durning visit to the USAF Museum I started on my current retro journey. My plan was to build clones 2 USAF rifles a 601 and a GAU-5. With my 601 build complete earlier this year, I began my research for a GAU-5 build. Long story short, I ended up purchasing a complete Troy GAU-5/A/A this Spring in lieu of a build.

    My concept for the GAU-5 was to source a Single Point OEG for the GAU-5 and keep it as more of pure clone and safe queen than a regular shooter. When I picked up the rifle from my FFL I was impressed with itís fit/finish and attention to detail. I know that ins and outs of the Troy retros have be covered before, so Iíll skip that stuff, but I was surprised to find that it had M4 feed ramps and 1/7 twist barrel vs the 1/12 that Troy listed on their website. At the range it was very pleasant to shoot. It didnít seem over-gassed and I didnít experience any brass to the face, which was a concern as a lefty shooting an A1 style upper. It was just plan fun to shoot.

    Shooting the GAU-5 rekindled my infatuation with the CAR-15. It got me thinking that this was going to be more of a regular shooter than I was originally planning. About this time Ken Hackathorn dropped the video on his Colt XM177E2. Trijicon TA44 1.5x on a retro rifle? I was so intrigued with that concept I picked one up. Iíve got to say that the TA44 on the GAU-5 is a fantastic pairing. Adding in an LMT 2 stage trigger I had in my parts bin, my GAU-5 is light weight, simple and currently my favorite rifle to shoot. While not a faithful clone, Iím extremely happy with this set up.

    Last edited by Korgs130; 10-16-19 at 12:32.

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    The CAR was my first interest in the AR platform as well. My first AR purchase ( since sold) was a Bushy heavy barrel CAR15.
    Yours is a beautiful setup
    Last edited by Aetius; 10-19-19 at 20:06.

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    I really like the TA44. Too bad it is such an expensive option. I just can't justify it, as a MRO is roughly half the cost.

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    I still carry a car in my vehicle’s lock box going on 10-11 years now. Mine was eagle arms version from the mid 90’s. I guess if you added up the mileage it’s traveled 250K miles by now and still going strong. It’s as basic as it can get without any add on toys.

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