BOTW: AR "In All It's Glory" Build

Tom R
by Tom R

The ninth Installment of Build of the Week was contributed by William C. Organized desk award (with sadly empty decanter) goes too…. I know Cerakote is a “thing”, but I still have a special place in my heart for rattle can paint jobs. This rifle looks pretty clean overall and my favorite component is the sling.

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Well, here is my AR build in all its “glory”.

The upper is an M&P Sport upper and barrel with a Magpul Slim Line handguard.

Attached is a Tango Down stubby grip and an Inforce WML.

The stubby grip is great and unobtrusive, and has a little cap so you can store Skittles or Mike & Ikes.

The Inforce WML has proved to be extremely durable and survived everything I threw at it when it was mounted on my X95 when I was in Israel. It even has an IR setting, which is incredibly handy. I also like that it has a “safety” of sorts, because a flashlight ND in a combat zone can be even more deadly then a regular bullet ND.

The optic is a Vortex Strikefire 2, and the rear sight is a UTG flip up.

The lower is an 80% that I machined out, and for the life of me can not remember which company makes it.

Slapped onto the lower is a Magpul BAD lever, which is cool but now makes my bolt not lock back half the time. A standard Magpul MOE pistol grip which has even more room for snacks.

The trigger pack is an Odin Works 3lb trigger pack. The extended magazine button came with it, so I threw that on as well.

The stock is an MFT minimalist stock which is strong, light, and looks sweet. Cons: no storage for snacks.

Finally, the sling is standard issue IDF and may or may not be made from the seatbelt of a Honda Civic. It’s far more comfortable than any others out there and has steel clips so you and a buddy with another sling can make a tacticool human backpack (I’ll write an article with a demonstration if y’all want).

The paint job is a one of a kind super limited edition bitone rattle can from home depot and old laundry bag piece of art that I did myself.

So that’s it. The gun performs boringly well. More accurate than I am, no malfunctions to spice things up, and was more budget friendly than it has any right to be.

Plans for upgrades? Maybe something other than the standard flash hider if I find one lying on the street somewhere. Other than that, any money goes into ammo and training, because the best upgrade is upgrading my lazy ass off the couch and to the range.

Comment below to ask William questions about his build.

Tom R
Tom R

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, find the breaking point of anything.You can reach him at tom.r AT or at

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  • Ttlegend Ttlegend on Aug 26, 2018

    I like his attitude. Good job.

  • CJ Johnson CJ Johnson on Aug 26, 2018

    I like your AR. I respect the effort spent in finishing out an 80% lower. I'd like to see how you prepared and painted your rifle but I'm assuming you didn't take pictures of the process. If you did... I'm sure I'm not the only who would like to see a write up on that. If not I do have a few questions.
    - what colors and brand paint did you use?
    - did you prep the metal?
    - did you lay down the light color first?
    - CJ

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    • Wow! Wow! on Aug 27, 2018

      @CJ Johnson That sounds great! Great way to get your kid to learn how the gun works and to have fun customizing it. Plus it is a non-permanent solution so she can strip it down and repaint as many times as she wants.

      If it is for recreational shooting then you probably won't be wearing gloves, so make sure you do a good surface prep, thin coats and bake afterwards (you could use a heat gun). You don't want the gun to feel tacky at the end which while it is fine for field work, it probably won't be pleasant for your kid. Also you may want to get your kid a P100 respirator, you don't want her inhaling the paint/solvent fumes.