So after about 6 months of researching parts, placing online orders, waiting for them to come in, and partial assembly. It is finally over.

She is up and running and shooting like a dream.

Here is a rundown of everything that went into her with links to where I got them (when available) if you feel like building your own.

Ardel Engineering lower receiver

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

DPMS lower parts kit

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

RedXArms 20″ SS Bull Barrel 1/9″ twist .223/5.56

RedXArms keyhole marked complete upper receiver.

RedXArms rifle length gas tube

FailZero EXO coated bolt carrier group

RedXArms charging handle

AIM Sports tactical big latch

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

Brownells .936 low-profile gas block

Brownells A2 rifle buffer, spring, and tube

Magpul MIAD pistol grip

Mako SSR25 adjustable sniper stock

ATI 15″ free float 8 sided handguard w/ barrel nut, 15″ modular rail, sling swivel kit, & FS8 nosecone

NcStar full size precision grade bipod

AIM Sports one piece scope mount

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

NcStar Patriot Series 4-16×42 Mil-Dot rifle scope

As soon as the weather gets warm I will be posting a video review of each part as well as the rifle as a whole. I will do my best to be objective as possible.

Also I feel obligated to mention that RedXArms prices scared the crap out of me before I called them up and spoke with Neil (why so cheap?!).

He seems to know what hes doing and the parts I got are top notch. Shipping took longer than expected but after I got them they exceeded my expectations.

Feel free to sound off if you have a specific questions about any of the parts or assembly.


Just got back from Vegas and I figured I would post some pics from the gunshow. I wanted to find some interesting pieces or showcased displays to write about but nothing really caught my eye.  Maybe next time I guess.


A call from a friend…

March 8, 2011

So I just get back from a gunshow in Las Vegas and I get a call from a friend of mine who lives in Minneapolis. He told me that he was remodeling his basement in is new house and while tearing out the old ceiling he found a “45 revolver”.

I start to get kind of excited. Whats better than a free gun with a new house.

He tells me that it looks like its loaded but he can’t figure out how to open the cylinder. I tell him about the usual places and try and walk him through it but still nothing.

Now I’m very intrigued so I ask what markings are on it so I can look it up.  He gives me:

“HAHN 45 BB”


Nothing I had ever heard of before so I start with a quick google search and viola!

Crossman HAHN \”45\” BB

Turns out its a CO2 BB pistol.

Pretty realistic looking BB gun if you ask me. Not quite the treasure we had hoped for though.

Still, a free BB gun beats a kick in the pants I guess.