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GoodWillHunting

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Hi Maura’s minions, trawling this site [wave]

Potato picture of my general purpose carbine:

- Pre-ban Eagle Arms Lower (in between trigger guards, waiting on a press to put in a different one)
- Hodge Defense upper
- Black River Tactical 14” 5.56mm
- Triarc 11.5” wedgelock m-lok handguard
- Surefire three prong flash hider
- Toolcraft DLC BCG
- Radian Raptor charging handle
- Trijicon 1-4x TR24 with German #4 reticle
- Larue CAN mount
- Streamligh TLR-1 (had a WML before I mounted the BUIS)
- PRI front sight (circular shroud)
- KAC 200-600 rear sight
- Ergo grip
- LWRC compact stock
- VTAC 2-point hunting sling

The Trijicon will be replaced by a Vortex 1-10 Razor when they get in stock at experticity. And the barrel will get swapped with a 12.5” Triarc barrel when I get around to putting in my paperwork.

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H O D G E ! ! !
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PappyM3

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Ha, thanks. But it’s literally just the Hodge stripped upper. I got it so I could use the anti-rotation pin on the Triarc handguard. The handguard is the same wedgelock, but not to Hodge’s specs. It’s 6061 aluminum instead of 7075, but with mlok slots all around and with steel QD ports. I’d certainly like a complete Hodge upper, but that’s not in the cards ;)

For a stripped upper though, fit and finish is fantastic. And the barrel extension fit required some heat and the snug fit is great. I also like the subtle clover:
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Ha, thanks. But it’s literally just the Hodge stripped upper. I got it so I could use the anti-rotation pin on the Triarc handguard. The handguard is the same wedgelock, but not to Hodge’s specs. It’s 6061 aluminum instead of 7075, but with mlok slots all around and with steel QD ports. I’d certainly like a complete Hodge upper, but that’s not in the cards ;)

For a stripped upper though, fit and finish is fantastic. And the barrel extension fit required some heat and the snug fit is great. I also like the subtle clover:
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$360 for the Hodge Defense upper and lower receiver set (??)

I note their slogan:

If you get it..
YOU GET IT.


I don't get it.
 

PappyM3

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$360 for the Hodge Defense upper and lower receiver set (??)

I note their slogan:

If you get it..
YOU GET IT.


I don't get it.
Overall, they are overpriced. But they do build high quality ARs. Some of their receivers are 2099 aluminum, and their general fit and finish is great. High standard of quality control. Their barrels are also very precise for being chrome lined and have some shallow fluting in the chamber to increase reliability in extraction. But the barrels are made by FN. In fact, I don’t think they make anything in house, but custom spec their parts externally from a variety of companies.

Personally, I got one of their stripped uppers because it has a hole above the gas tube hole, to fit an alignment/anti-rotation pin on the handguard. I think Noveske and V-Seven uppers also have that hole, but they’re no cheaper.
 

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I'm not sure if this qualifies as a build since the upper came assembled from one company but here it is anyway.

- Preban Colt Sporter HBAR Match lower (sear block stud removed).
- Larue Ultimate Upper Kit - 16" Stealth mid-weight profile bbl, 13" Mlok handguard, Tranquilo muzzle brake.
- Larue lower parts kit.
- Geissele SSA-E trigger (large pin).
- Larue RAT stock and pistol grip.
- Trijicon AccuPower 1-8x, mil-dot reticle (red) on Larue C.A.N. QD mount.
- Harris bipod on Larue QD mount
- Magpul MBUS sights.
- KNS quick release pivot pin (to replace the 2-piece screw together pin that came on the HBAR).

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For bragging rights: I shot a .8" 4 shot group at 100 with American Eagle and a 2.02" 5 shot group ar 200 with Sellier and Bellot garbage ammo And a barrel that was slowly heating up. I'm sure with a Geissele trigger and SIG or Hornady match, I could shrink those.
It recoils like a stout 5.56 load, which means that brake works like a Thai hooker. Those groups were off a bench, bipod, no rear bag (shoulder only). A better shot (and the Internet is choc full of those) could probably get sub half minute.
 
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