This is a beautiful little carbine with some fascinating features, like a weight of 6.2 pounds; read on. Made by Aero Precision out in Tacoma, Washington. [Actually they are an aerospace company that decided to get into the precision rifle business. Brother they got into it in a big way with outstanding results.] So, we wanted to make it lighter – a lot lighter. First the basics: it’s a 16” DI with an adjustable gas block. (Adjustable with an Allen wrench from the front end of the gas block) Now a little of our own personality in this, because we’ve never been a fan of the A2 Birdcage for a muzzle device. Therefore, since we were changing it we thought we’d go to the latest thing, and that was the Faxon “Muzzlok” brake that does not use a crush washer. You’ll love it if you ever want to take it off. It can be loosened and retightened at will. (As in you take it off to clean it, and get a little crooked. Hint: we use a laser level to align them.) If you dink around like we do you’ll save a fortune in crush washers. The handguard is Aero’s quad-rail. Pretty cool, the top is a continuous rail, but the other three are “half rails.” Nobody hangs anything on the back half anyway, and it saves weight – our goal, remember? The upper and lower are the M4E1 units that Aero came out with which look milled, but are cast for strength. You can immediately identify the M4E1’s distinctive look, and because the forward assist roll pin has been replaced by an Allen screw, as has the bolt catch pin. The lower has also been tapped for an Allen screw to retain the take down pin spring when the end plate is removed. We decided to install one of the screws, and that very time Aero announced their new enhanced buffer tube. It has a forward projection built into it, so the bolt carrier group always rides the exact same plane. Without this projection, when the gas hits the bolt carrier key, the impact of the gas wants to push the back of the bolt carrier group (BCG) downward. It tends to scuff and scratch away material and the finish. With this set up the BCG is always riding the buffer tube, so no premature wear, or ratty little flakes of metal deposits inside the carbine. Well, we had to have that, so we ordered it, and it is installed along with the Allen screw retaining the take down pin spring. Now maybe it’s just us, but the mil-spec stock and grip never really lit our fire. We replaced the grip with one from Larue Tactical which has a great knobby feel, meaning you can maintain control in wet muddy situations. It’s a special ops grip. The stock was swapped out for a Mission First Battlelink. Super strong, and light. About the time we were ready to put it all back together, PWS came out with their Evolve ratchet lock castle nut & end plate. No more trying to pin the castle nut to keep it tight. It goes on just like the older designs, but the ratchet keeps it locked on. Really cool, and has a great finished look to it. Now for the final coup: we’ve always been about as excited about a mil-spec trigger as the mil-spec stock. So, this one was swapped for a Larue Tactical MBT 2S. All we can say is go to the Larue web site and read the reviews. We concur. OK, if you haven’t fallen asleep, this carbine is in the Loop 1604 – 281 N area. I am in the enviable position of needing no trades right now; and the best way to contact is by text to 210.404.4004. Thanks for taking a half a day to read this, but everything here is essential to understanding what this piece is about. Finally, this carbine has never been fired. You get to put the first round through it.
|Manufacturer||Aero Precision, Tacoma, Washington|