BOTW: Detail-less AR Platform

    Sixth Installment of Build of the Week was contributed by John D.  He did not submit a ton of details for this build–we are just including the information he submitted.  Ask away in the comments for John to discuss more about his build–Steve (last week) did a helluva good job providing more detail in the comments clarifying his submission.  John, please tell us more about this: what caliber, the purpose of the build, how it performs, why the random Picatinny side rail, etc…

    Also, I’d like to clarify something brought up last week in the comments.  “Build” doesn’t refer to solely something that was machined from raw materials and presented here–it is a construction, or assembly, of any and all parts to customize a firearm for yourself.  Maybe it is an interesting and custom cerakote job.  Maybe it is a ton of bolt on stuff you found at the junkyard.  Maybe it is some smithing you have done on the internals.  The point is to share and showcase ideas and things that you have done.  The more detail that is included in the submission the more immediately interesting it will be to readers–which leads to the other facet of this feature–having a discussion with fellow gun enthusiasts [insert picture of ATF creeper here] about components of the build.

    In any case, keep the submissions coming in!  We are publishing them in the order in which they were received (with the exception of a single person submitting back to back–those will get spread out).

    You can submit your own build at

    Ar15 pistol
    Bravo Company receiver
    Palmetto State 10.5upper
    Magpul sights
    Bravo Company buffer tube and spring
    Flash can
    Magpul magazine
    Sightmark hologram
    SB15 stabilizer brave
    Sightmark 3x magnifier

    Comment below to ask John questions about his build.

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

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