In this podcast, Ryan discuses a squib round that he experienced earlier in the morning – he explains how it happens, how they can be dangerous, and what to do if you encounter one.  The contest he and Jason have started to build the cheapest functional AR-15 is discussed and the rules are posted below.  Finally, Ryan answers many of the questions he’s received since the last episode from listeners to include: barrel/scope offset, JP products, left handed rifles (including how they may not be a good idea for left handed shooters), and more. -Keep the questions coming!

“El-Cheapo” Build Rules:

  1. Lower must be “stripped.”  No pre-assembled lowers.
  2. Upper must not have barrel installed.  May purchase with ejection port cover and forward assist installed.
  3. If the part belongs, it must be used.  e.g. if the barrel isn’t threaded, a muzzle device isn’t necessary or if there’s no space for a forward assist, then one isn’t necessary.
  4. Components must be available to the general public.  No “buddy deals” and no home-made parts.
  5. No auctions – firm prices for parts only (sale items are ok).
  6. Shipping and tax are not included (this is to normalize our efforts in two different parts of the country).
  7. Must fire two 30-round magazines without a malfunction (including locking the bolt to the rear after each magazine)
  8. Must be able to shoot a 10″ group at 50 yards using bulk/commercial ammo.
  9. Cheapest complete rifle that meets ALL of the above rules wins.

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