AR-15 Torture Test: Part 1 | Performance Benchmark & Overview

In earlier episodes, Patrick has shown you how he builds an AR-15 lower receiver as well as how he assembles an upper receiver, now it is time to start with a baseline review of the completed rifle before we start tearing it up and torturing it to death.

Make sure you make your suggestions as to what we should do to the rifle to see how it handles different adverse conditions.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at

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  • Ben

    Will it go off if hit with a hammer ?

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Nope. I hear you can use it as a hammer to fire other guns though.

  • Joshua

    Well that things overgassed, and undersprung in the ejector/extractor area.

    • MtA-Hole


    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Yes and yes.

    • iksnilol

      You need to expose it to a woman with an itty bitty waist, then it’ll get sprung.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        Don’t forget the round thing in it’s face

        • iksnilol

          Ah, a fellow connaisseur of classic music. Truly a pleasure, my good sir.

  • Timmah_timmah

    I say slap on a bump fire stock and go to town on some drums until she burns up.

    • Billy Jack

      That’s the only thing Youtube is good for.

  • Lt. Dan

    Why? What are you trying to prove about the AR that hasn’t been shown 100 times already?

    • Beju

      Come on man, IV8888 can share some of those views.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Why not?

    • Billy Jack

      That it can be shown 101 times. New milestone.

  • Pops

    Would you guys be willing to just put a quick little blurb about what kind of lubricant you guys are going to use in this series? I would love that!

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      In this video …. none. Going forward it will probably be SLIP2000 since I have some samples of it laying around.

      • Pops

        That’s fine! Just let us know at the end of the test, thanks!

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          I am letting you know now. Lube will be SLIP2000. I am not going to mention it otherwise.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        No… stand by mil-spec parts require military stand by gun oil… MIL-SPEC MRE Peanut Butter (or just the oil part) as lube.

  • Munkay

    Can’t torture test a rifle that can’t hardly empty a mag under normal conditions. Ppu is good ammo. I would trust PPU over some small boutique type stuff like Freedom, Ventura, etc.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Mkay. If you feel that way, there is a strong chance that you haven’t shot enough of it.

      • Nicks87

        I was surprised too, PPU is cheap s**t but I’ve had very few issues with it. I have probably less than a thousand rounds of experience with it but usually it does ok.

  • Don Ward

    Ugh.. C-Clamp grip.

    Ain’t got time to click on that garbage.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      You sure do like to complain about everything don’t you?

      • Don Ward

        If complaining about the ridiculous affectation of using a C-Clamp grip is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

        • Christopher Wallace

          It’s right to be wrong if you’re right.

    • Nicks87

      Nothing wrong with the C-clamp, I would like to see him tuck his elbows into his body more, square up to the target and lean into the weapon but otherwise he was shooting just fine.

    • Billy Jack

      That’s what she said.

  • ClintTorres

    The only torture test was me having to watch the pointless vid!

    Just kidding Patrick, keep up the good work!

  • TX223

    I think every torture test should start out with a crono of the ammo being shot in the test. Ammunition from type to type differs in released energy and heat. So, the PPU etc should be evaluate for muzzle energy, and temp of the barrel measured after N magazines fired at X rate of fire.
    Higher energy ammunition that produces more heat will result in the firearm running faster, sooner and failing sooner. I suspect the one stoppage where the case fell out of the chamber with a little tap, was because the bolt opened and extractor jumped over the case rim because the pressure in the case was still high enough to be expanded against the chamber wall – overgassed – at least at that energy/temp level.

  • scaatylobo

    NOTHING good to say !!!

  • Cyborg Fred