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WWSD 2020
« on: March 15, 2021, 02:05:25 am »
I haven't talked about it here, because I assumed everyone had heard about it, but the boys at Inrange TV have updated their What Would Stoner Do AR-15.  KE Arms is building them including new monolithic polymer lowers.  I have pre-ordered one of the complete rifles and a couple more of the stripped lowers. 

My Dad and I were talking about an AR for a survival rifle in his airplane, so I dug out an older lower that I used on my first AR build and have since stole most of the parts off of.  I threw some of the new parts on it that I bought for the new builds so that I could lend him one to try out packed in the airplane.  Then I weighed it out.  MagPul furniture is heavy, especially the CTR stock I used first.

My crappy Omni plastic lower, with Battlelink stock, a new pencil barrel PSA upper no optic was 5 lbs 7oz.  This upper weighed in under 3 lbs.  It is going on one of the KE Arms lowers when I get them probably with a Holosun red dot.  My  Aero lower, CTR stock, light weight PSA lower, 3lbs 2oz, and a Bushnell red dot with riser weighed 6lbs 8oz.  The new production WWSD rifle is supposed to weigh 4lbs 15oz with out an optic or mag.  So I actually got to with in a 1/2 lb of the WWSD over 4 years of trial and error.

The WWSD rifle has a MSRP on the pre-order of $1800 from Brownells.  The Omni with the mix of new parts and old, including a basic mil-spec trigger that I thought was okay, I have about a grand in it.  The Aero with the old upper, and mil-spec trigger, weighed just over 7lbs and I have $650-700 in it.  As the Aero is after today with a lighter new upper and a KE Arms designated marksman trigger in it, I have about a grand in it as well.  The KE trigger is amazing.  I have a Geissele SSA in the box of parts waiting for lowers and I can't wait to try it.

I have not been excited about any rifle let alone a AR for several years now, but I might break down and go to a public range to try these out as soon as these arrive.  Rather than wait for the several feet of snow to melt off my range.  I am not digging it out and I cannot run the snowblower down the trail to where it is.  I lost the shooting bench in last weeks snow, and the target stand disappeared last month.
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    Re: WWSD 2020
    « Reply #1 on: March 15, 2021, 10:25:09 am »
    I have watched the WWSD series, some episodes more than once.  It is a very interesting series and the KP-15 looks like a solid option for a lower, especially if you are looking for weight savings.

    I keep almost buying one, but the reality is I already have a bunch of AR's and I have about 10 stripped lowers.  Not sure I need another.  But....
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    Re: WWSD 2020
    « Reply #2 on: March 16, 2021, 06:02:35 pm »
    I bought a stripped KP-15 lower, only crappy thing is the wait on the LPK from KE Arms is about a month (they have a disclaimer saying don't bug us until after 4 weeks, even if the product says in stock and ship within 1-2 weeks). It feels like quality polymer, definitely lightweight,  going to match it to a PSA upper, Sig M4 barrel, and a 2A Armament lightweight Mlok handguard (don't know if I'll swap out the barrel with my other AR with a BA Hanson barrel for a few ounces of weight reduction). Throwing in a spare LaRue trigger, I can't wait until all the parts arrive (still have less than two weeks before I can bug them).

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    Re: WWSD 2020
    « Reply #3 on: March 16, 2021, 11:55:47 pm »
    I ordered mine from Brownells in December between Christmas and New Years Eve.  Still waiting.  I think they are waiting to ship the rifle along with my lowers, which should save me a bit on shipping.  Trying to think on the positive side.  Also I limit checking on my order status to once a week.

    Ordered a trigger and some other small parts for KP-15, from KE Arms they were accurate on shipping time.  Out of their door in about 4 weeks and I had it at the 5 week mark.

    I decided to buy some "spare" lowers after the election.  Was looking for basic Anderson's, but decided after much searching to buy the KP-15s for basically the same money as Andersons.  Then the wife commented "why don't you just build them out rather than have the lowers around empty?"  I told her the price and got the go ahead so now I will have a AR for each family member including my parents. 
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    Re: WWSD 2020
    « Reply #4 on: March 17, 2021, 03:20:17 am »
    I like the concept and have no real fault with the selection of components (although I prefer a collapsible stock for transport).  Good kit overall, I've a few KE triggers in my AR's.

    BUT.......

    As there is no real stress put on the lower I've dropped the coin for a 3d Printer....

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    Re: WWSD 2020
    « Reply #5 on: March 17, 2021, 07:49:08 pm »
    IF I can convince Mama Raptor to look at an AR.... I'm gonna try steering her towards this one.
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    Re: WWSD 2020
    « Reply #6 on: March 18, 2021, 02:08:03 am »
    I'd like to try one, but it hasn't really been at the top of my list to buy.   If I was going to get a lightweight AR, I'd probably go for one of the retro A1s.   Not quite as light, but just seems more fun.     
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    Re: WWSD 2020
    « Reply #7 on: March 19, 2021, 10:56:52 am »
    I have always avoided modern military type rifles/ARs due to my failures to hit reliably with peep sites.  My astigmatism is not bad enough to be corrected with contacts, which I wore most of my life, but I can't hit the broad side of a barn twice in a row with peep sites.  All my AR's carry optical sites as primary sites and most won't have back up sites.  I almost wish I could find a set of buckhorn sites for rail mounting.
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