As some of our friends and neighbors here are aware, an AR15 A2 rifle has come to reside at the Carteach0 secret bunker complex, otherwise known as 'The House'. It's well used, and was built from parts. To the best of my knowledge, an elderly DPMS lower and a post-ban Colt A2 upper. The bolt carrier and upper guts appear to match Colt, and the trigger group looks to be all DPMS. As for furniture.... the hand guards are the new A2 round style, and the butt stock looks like it was used to beat mules into submission during some foreign conflict.
In any case, after an hours scrubbing copper fouling, the rifle laid five rounds into two inches at 100 yards, and has now become a match rifle for the fat old man.
"But Carteach, you already have a gorgeous Garand to shoot in the matches!"
"Yes... I know... but with this I can shoot two squads, and be twice as embarrassed in the same match!"
You see....matches for me usually have this scene at some point, as a GOOD shooter looks at my targets....
GS: "Nice shooting there buddy. Is this your first time shooting a big bore match?"
Carteach: "....... I've been shooting alongside you here for three years. I've already spotted for you twice this season!"
GS: "Oh...... well...... nice weather today, isn't it?"
So Carteach has embarked down the AR15 road, and I'm told it will be a life long adventure in upgrades, downgrades, fixes, retrofixes, uppers, lowers, sidewayers, and such like that.
To kick off the bandwagon, the Fat Man has elected a tiny little upgrade from the classic A2 platform. A one screw, five minute, twenty dollar change in the rifle. That would be swapping the hard plastic hand grip away and installing a Hogue Rubber Grip Ar-15/M-16 Rubber Grip with Finger Grooves.
Purchased from Amazon.com for roughly $20 (with free shipping at that time), the Hogue grip replaces the slick hard plastic A2 with a highly grippable and sticky-ish handle for the shooter to hang onto. It's not like the AR has massive amounts of recoil to contend with. It's just a poodle shooter for yumpin yimminy. That said.... holding on to the rifle in a repeatable manner is a key element to shooting accurately.
The AR15 grip is held on by one lonely screw. The house Pachmayr gunsmithing screwdriver set had a slotted insert that fit the screw perfectly. It was the work of a moment to unscrew the old grip, and ready the rifle for it's new handle. Of course, that work of a moment was followed by several minutes searching for the SMALL SPRING that lives under the grip. Using the secret magic words (%$# @#%$# ^$@$%#*+^# (^$$@$@), the spring was recovered and installed under the new Hogue grip.
The hardest part of the entire five minute ordeal was getting the screw into the hole of the new grip, as the screw hole lives at the bottom of a deep dark grip well hole. Carteach solved this by placing the screw and it's lock washer on the screwdriver, and then lowering the grip over it Vertically. Once that was done, the rifle was finished seconds later.
How does the Hogue grip feel compared to the stock hard plastic? Like night and day, the difference is remarkable. The shooters grip is much firmer, more repeatable, and utterly un-shifting under recoil. Frankly, I wish all firearm modifications were this cheap, easy, and of such value. Hogue has been making grips for generations... and with reason.