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    So, I finally caved today and bought one of the Bushmaster lower + Stag upper setups at Wade's. $800 for the basic setup, and I added a $40 handle+sight. I figure I might pimp it out with crazy accessories later; for now I just wanted to get into the game for a reasonable amount of cash.


    Incidentally, I had a pretty funny OC adventure along the way. I had just run out of checks, so I had to make a detour to my bank to make a large cash withdrawal. There was a branch conveniently located in the U District, so there I was, walking north on the Ave. I was wearing black slacks, a white dress shirt (open collar, no tie), and, of course, my Kimber Custom II.

    Just about half a block north of 45th, I noticed an SPD officer standing on the sidewalk, talking to a woman. We were on the west side of the street, and the officer was standing on the right side of the sidewalk, so I was passing him strongside. As I approached, the officer glanced over, did a double-take, and then just stared at my sidearm. I just gave him a smile and a nod and kept walking; he turned around as I passed and kept staring at my gun, but he never said a word. I guess either he knew it was legal, or he was just too busy talking to the other person to gripe at me about it. The look on his face sure was intense, though; it was like he'd never seen a gun before! :shock:

    Other than that, it was completely uneventful. I OC'd into my bank with no problems, was greeted politely by the tellers, deposited some checks, got my cash, and left. Nobody in the bank seemed the least bit fazed that I had a .45-caliber pistol strapped to my hip. I then caught the MT 271 from 45th and the Ave over to Bellevue, transferred at the transit center, went to Wade's, bought my AR, fired a mag through it to get acquainted, and hauled it back the same way.

    On the bus on the way back, a guy did jokingly ask me if I regularly go out and about with both a handgun and a rifle. I should have come up with some witty response, but instead I just mentioned that I had just bought the rifle. (It was in the box, so this probably should have been apparent anyway.) Oh well. :P

    So, good times all around! And, finally, pics! Here's the new rifle with my Kimber Custom II (which is what I was carrying today) and my TK helmet:





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    Nice pick up there Trip! Did you go grab that because of what I had told you about helping my friend out with his AR purchase? (essentially the same gun, but he go the rail-mounted flip-sight, no carry handle).
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    I was kinda leaning towards this one to begin with, but that conversation helped cement my choice.

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    Awesome! I got to shoot my friend's and it shot beautifully. Same muzzle blast as my CETME, but about half the recoil.
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    Has anybody dealt with the Bushmaster Carbon 15 ARs? I was looking at some of them on gunbroker.com, and the bushmaster website, and it looks pretty good.
    Be prepared. Be very prepared.

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    Now why'd you have to go and do a thing like that? Getting me all inspired to buy another rifle. My fiancee isn't going to be very happy with you. Beautiful rifle.

    And to answer thebastidge's question, I have no experience with the carbon 15, but it isn't very popular and I would suggest getting some opinions over at ar15.com. I don't know much about it, but I know a lot of people turn their noses up at it.

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    Stealth Potato wrote:
    Here's the new rifle with my Kimber Custom II (which is what I was carrying today) and my TK helmet:




    So, um, were you wearing the helmet at the time? I think that might account more for the odd looks you got than wearing the handgun in public.

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    If you happen to have the whole outfit, you should take a picture holding an AR15 dressed as a storm trooper. That would be some major cool points

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    expvideo wrote:
    If you happen to have the whole outfit, you should take a picture holding an AR15 dressed as a storm trooper. That would be some major cool points
    Will do!

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    Stealth Potato wrote:
    So, I finally caved today and bought one of the Bushmaster lower + Stag upper...
    Welcome to the dark side.

    If you haven't already, check out ar15.com, full of good stuff.

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    Who makes those 1911 grips?

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    They're from Pachmayr, the American Legend Series. I got mine on eBay.

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    I think I'm more taken aback by the fact that you were allowed to fire the AR-15 at Wade's. Or are you a member? I thought all but pistol-caliber rounds were prohibited from being fired there anymore except for members (due to idiots shooting up the target arms).
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    Jamfish wrote:
    I think I'm more taken aback by the fact that you were allowed to fire the AR-15 at Wade's. Or are you a member? I thought all but pistol-caliber rounds were prohibited from being fired there anymore except for members (due to idiots shooting up the target arms).
    I think they make you shoot their "Frangible Ammunition".

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    No, I'm not a member, but the guy who sold it to me said I could take it for a quick test drive in the member's bay if he tagged along. No frangible ammunition; I was shooting 55 grain FMJ.

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    Stealth Potato wrote:
    No, I'm not a member, but the guy who sold it to me said I could take it for a quick test drive in the member's bay if he tagged along. No frangible ammunition; I was shooting 55 grain FMJ.
    Thats good to know. The guy at champion's thought I was crazy when I told him I had regular FMJ's.

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    Stealth Potato wrote:
    No, I'm not a member, but the guy who sold it to me said I could take it for a quick test drive in the member's bay if he tagged along. No frangible ammunition; I was shooting 55 grain FMJ.
    They weren't that nice to me when I bought my AK.

    me: "can I test fire this?"

    salesman: "no."

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    I think I know who you are Stealth Potato...I work with you in HSL...

    :shock:

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    Very nice rifle! I hope you have good health insurance... "Black Rifle Disease" is very expensive to treat.

    Symptoms will begin in your head, things like "Hmmm, A carbine top would look pretty cool, and better for house defense" or "Man, if I had one of those 24" varmint barrels I could REALLY reach out and touch someone", or, "Those ACOG's look badass, I'd need one in a SHTF situation"

    Next thing you know, cases of ammo show upat the door...and the dog'sgetting skinny.

    Have fun with that thing!

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    jacob0401 wrote:
    I think I know who you are Stealth Potato...I work with you in HSL...

    :shock:
    Hey Jacob! Fancy meeting you here, eh?

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    Very nice rifle! I hope you have good health insurance... "Black Rifle Disease" is very expensive to treat.

    Symptoms will begin in your head, things like "Hmmm, A carbine top would look pretty cool, and better for house defense" or "Man, if I had one of those 24" varmint barrels I could REALLY reach out and touch someone", or, "Those ACOG's look badass, I'd need one in a SHTF situation"

    Next thing you know, cases of ammo show upat the door...and the dog'sgetting skinny.

    Have fun with that thing!
    x2!!

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    Great non encounter! I guess I need to get off my lazy butt and start OCing on metro when I'm in town. I'm so dang paranoid about that as I don't have a car... OTOH Sound Transit knows better know, and obviously KCM isn't throwing you off the bus...

    Nice gun. Needed a .22? :P (Just ribbin' you, I'm a died in the wool soviet weapons fan, wish I had the money to drop on a nice rifle like you did.) I always figured anything that Sarah Brady wanted banned is a Good Thing.

    Let us know how it shoots!

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    sv_libertarian wrote:
    Great non encounter! I guess I need to get off my lazy butt and start OCing on metro when I'm in town. I'm so dang paranoid about that as I don't have a car... OTOH Sound Transit knows better know, and obviously KCM isn't throwing you off the bus...

    Nice gun. Needed a .22? :P (Just ribbin' you, I'm a died in the wool soviet weapons fan, wish I had the money to drop on a nice rifle like you did.) I always figured anything that Sarah Brady wanted banned is a Good Thing.

    Let us know how it shoots!
    Hey, to be fair, the first rifle I bought was a Mosin Nagant. Nothing beats good old 7.62x54R!

    As for the Metro, yeah, I've been OCing on their buses regularly for months now, and I've never had a single problem. The drivers didn't even bat an eye at the guy clambering up the steps with a pistol on his hip and a huge box that said "STAG ARMS" on the side. I would almost venture to say the Metro is completely safe for OC, provided one dresses neatly and acts normally.

    Anyway, here the requested pics of me with the new AR. I'd say it's quite a bit more intimidating than the standard Imperial issue E-11, a.k.a. the "can't hit the broad side of a bantha at battle zero" blaster.



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    Trip... you're a freak.

    ...and at the same time, you're my kinda geek!

    You're right... that M4 does look really good with the suit. Guess the Imperial Army should have splurged for an AR-variant.
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    If you go to the-tactical-store.com They have good prices on parts and stuff. They are always at the gun show. Also if your military you get a discount.

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