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 Need info on the 180b,found one
cat140h  [Member]
12/21/2011 8:14:54 PM
Found a 180b for $550 in a pawn shop, good price or should I pass,looked to be in good condition
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Madcap72  [Team Member]
12/21/2011 8:18:03 PM
I'd buy it in a hot minute, but I'm a fan of the AR-180.



There's more than a few threads in here that talk about the strengths and weaknesses.


B44T  [Member]
12/21/2011 9:09:21 PM
Originally Posted By Madcap72:
I'd buy it in a hot minute, but I'm a fan of the AR-180.


So am I.
But then I like any rifle that is accurate, reliable, handy, light, simple and comfortable.
LARRYG  [Team Member]
12/22/2011 7:41:05 AM
Third vote for "you ain't picked it up yet".
Ross  [Team Member]
12/22/2011 8:16:20 AM
I'd buy it and shoot the crap out of it. I found the "b" I had for $350 when a guy needed cash for his SOCOM. It was like new. Since it cost like an AK, I treated it like an AK. I shot the crap out of it, used it in three gun, accidentally dropped it a couple times, and the only failure it had was the gas cylinder coming loose. I had to tweak a few things, and change a few things to where I liked, like the ACE stock conversion, an AR-15A2 front sight post (original too short), and fabed handguard liners.

I was careful with the upper/lower smashing, but it's pretty easy to deal with really. I must have banged mine a bunch anyway by accident.

The rear sight ears do get bent if you drop the rifle a certain way. Pliers work to fix it.

I traded it for something.

I'd buy another if I found one at the price you found.
AR-180  [Team Member]
12/22/2011 8:43:46 AM
For that price, I would give it a whirl.
mace2364  [Member]
12/22/2011 1:30:27 PM
I've had my AR180B that I bought used back in 2004(I think I paid about that then). I shot probably thousands of rounds through it. Just make sure that you take it apart and clean it properly. Mine had about a 1/8" thick layer of carbon on the piston from the previous owner, who evidently had also shot the crap out of it and didn't clean the piston. The only issues I ever had with it were all related to that. I would recommend it to any shooter looking for a lightweight, simple .223/5.56 rifle.
B44T  [Member]
12/22/2011 11:12:41 PM
Originally Posted By Ross:
I'd buy it and shoot the crap out of it. I found the "b" I had for $350 when a guy needed cash for his SOCOM. It was like new. Since it cost like an AK, I treated it like an AK. I shot the crap out of it, used it in three gun, accidentally dropped it a couple times, and the only failure it had was the gas cylinder coming loose. I had to tweak a few things, and change a few things to where I liked, like the ACE stock conversion, an AR-15A2 front sight post (original too short), and fabed handguard liners.

I was careful with the upper/lower smashing, but it's pretty easy to deal with really. I must have banged mine a bunch anyway by accident.

The rear sight ears do get bent if you drop the rifle a certain way. Pliers work to fix it.

I traded it for something.

I'd buy another if I found one at the price you found.


Torque and stake the screws or cross drill and pin the gas block like I did


Ross  [Team Member]
12/23/2011 12:46:50 PM
Originally Posted By B44T:
Originally Posted By Ross:
I'd buy it and shoot the crap out of it. I found the "b" I had for $350 when a guy needed cash for his SOCOM. It was like new. Since it cost like an AK, I treated it like an AK. I shot the crap out of it, used it in three gun, accidentally dropped it a couple times, and the only failure it had was the gas cylinder coming loose. I had to tweak a few things, and change a few things to where I liked, like the ACE stock conversion, an AR-15A2 front sight post (original too short), and fabed handguard liners.

I was careful with the upper/lower smashing, but it's pretty easy to deal with really. I must have banged mine a bunch anyway by accident.

The rear sight ears do get bent if you drop the rifle a certain way. Pliers work to fix it.

I traded it for something.

I'd buy another if I found one at the price you found.


Torque and stake the screws or cross drill and pin the gas block like I did




It was the actual gas cylinder that came unscrewed, not the gas block. I was shooting it in a three gun match, and the cylinder unscrewed itself and the gun choked. The cylinder has flats for a wrench, so I just cleaned it all up, put some lock-tite on it and screwed it back in using a wrench.

I did have the gas block come loose, but only when I was moving it around to get the front sight indexed correctly. I didn't screw it down well enough. I never had any problem with it coming loose when I actually torqued it down.

I shot Wolf out of it all day long.
B44T  [Member]
12/23/2011 7:59:22 PM
Mine came loose because I did not torque the screws after reassembly. Thats where the cross pin idea cam in.
A means to prevent me from screwing up twice in the same way. That and the front sight base is guaranteed to return to index if its ever removed and re installed in the future.
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