So I finally took my 6.5 Grendel AR-15 out to the range to see how it behaved and what it felt like. Can I just say this is an awesome rifle. It really was a dream come true, my dream rifle come to real life. The first day out was on a very small range of about 100 yards just to get a feel for the scope and put some rounds down the barrel. It was great, I sent 16 rounds down range and it was beautifully consistent. The only problem I ran into was the turret on the scopes, I forgot to check them to make sure they were tightened enough and I didn’t bring allen wrenches so I stopped at the 16 rounds. My left/right was about right however my up/down was still off (that was the turret that stopped working because the screw was loose).
Well, just this weekend I took out the gun for my second day on the range. This time I had family with me and they were very excited to give it a go, and they loved it as well.
I had several people give it a go and each loved it, probably almost as much as I did. However I did discover a small issue. I had two rounds not fire……This is always a concern, luckily for me I built this rifle and have built several so I know AR-15 rifles inside and out and was able to discover the difficult and complicated, tricky issue…… The trigger pin had walked out, see it in this picture (it is the lower pin right above the trigger):
Because this happened the trigger became difficult to pull some times, and didn’t allow the hammer to strike hard enough to light the primer on those two rounds. I did swap lowers with my brother who was there and with his unmodified trigger, and pins in place, the two rounds were sent down range just fine.
So I decided it was time to get some anti-walk trigger pins, and decided that I will be ordering me some of these:
These pins are held in place with screws instead of just the pressure of the trigger springs, they can be purchased here (Brownells) .