BOTW: “Aero” AR

    The twelfth Installment of Build of the Week was contributed by Woodrow.  I have personally not had any experience with Aero Precision components, but I have generally heard good things. The Faxon barrel is a solid choice–can’t really go wrong there. That suppressor looks heavy as hell, but probably has decent enough volume to reduce the pew by a bunch (I’ll leave suppressor technical stuff to Pete). While I wasn’t a huge fan of the original EOTechs we had downrange many years ago, I do really like the XPS-2 line (and honestly all of their new stuff). Honestly this is the type of build I would likely do myself–keeping it fairly brand loyal with some decent quality components.  This rifle is also a contender for being featured on the @fiftyshadesoffde IG account. I would like to see some more pics, though…

    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

    • EOTech XPS-2

    • Aero Precision M4E1 Upper

    • Aero Precision 12” MLOK Handguard

    • MBUIS Pro LR Front & Rear

    • Faxon 18” Mid-length Gas SOCOM Profile 5.56mm Barrel

    • SLR Sentry 7 Clamp Adjustable Gas Block

    • AMTAC CQB 556 Suppressor

    • WMD Nickel-Boron BCG

    • Aero Precision Gen II Lower

    • ALG ACT Fire Control Group

    • Magpul MOE Grip & Fixed Stock

    • JP Silent Captured Buffer Spring

    • Magpul MS1 Sling

    Comment below to ask Woodrow 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 writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. 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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