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Posted: 10/10/2004 6:41:03 PM EST
Here it is! Fresh from being debanned.





Link Posted: 10/10/2004 6:43:44 PM EST
[MXC] oooooooooo, Guy liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike!!!! [/MXC]
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 6:47:38 PM EST
[BORAT] Itsa nice... much a better than a my ex wife, high five a[/BORAT]

(please say others here watch The Ali G Show too so I dont look so dumb)
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 6:51:14 PM EST
That's a beaut!
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 6:52:50 PM EST
Looks great!!
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 7:19:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 7:20:17 PM EST by _DR]
Is the Thermelt for the photo op or do you use it for real? Are those any good, other than the melting problem? I have a friend that's wanted advice on the Thermolds, but I've never tried them. I wasn't impressed with the Orlites I tried.

Nice looking Bushy BTW.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 7:21:04 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 7:23:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By _DR:
Is the Thermelt for the photo op or do you use it for real? Are those any good, other than the melting problem? I have a friend that's wanted advice on the Thermolds, but I've never tried them. I wasn't impressed with the Orlites I tried.

Nice looking Bushy BTW.



Orlites and Thermolds are two different creatures I believe. I have 5 "Thermelts" and have not had one jam when using them ever. Kept them all loaded for 2 years in a box, then started using them again and they work fine. I hear that if you drop them it's possible to crack them and/or all the rounds come spitting out the top, but I dunno. As long as they aren't cracked and busted, you are assured the feed lips are positioned perfectly.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 7:35:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 7:42:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 7:45:16 PM EST by 48thHighlander]
I have never had a problem with function, but mostly this was for look cool value in the photo. When I was in the CF my unit and me were investigated by the military police because the unit came up severly short on thermolds during an annual tech inspection. They thought people were stealing them. That is until I showed them the CRATE of mags that were nonfunctional. Either cracked down the front, or the baseplate retaining piece was broken off when troops tried to take apart the mags to clean them (not suggested). I have never seen one melt with ball. They did have various problems with blanks and a bfa. All had to be cut on the front lip of the mag as the crimp on the blank would catch on it. They eventially went to a longer crip on the IVI blanks which rectified the problem. They have also been known to melt with abusive full auto fire with blanks. Ammo discipline with live ammo does not allow the average troop to shoot mag dump after mag dump, but I would assume the problem would be the same with live ammo.

The CF went to standard GI spec US mags. While I was in, they only issued the US mags to operational troops but they have completely transitioned.

Now that I am an armchair commando, the mags work fine as they are not abused and I know better than to take one apart.

A fix if you do break the base plate retaining clip is just to hold the baseplate on while you melt weld it to the mag body with a cigarrette lighter.

I believe they are substandard for GI use. The follwer is very easy to tilt as well. Not worth the money when you can get GI mags for the same price.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 7:44:00 PM EST
"Thermelts" refer only to the canadien made and maple leaf marked thermolds.The american made ones marked "wilson NC" are great and the best polymer AR mag.GI aluminum on the other hand is also great as are the brit and singapore steel AR mags.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 7:47:40 PM EST
Did you fill in your engravings with crayons? I tried that, and it doesn't look nearly as good as yours does? What's your secret!?
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 8:03:54 PM EST
We had a fairly extensive post about the "letter filling" a while back. The cheapest way is Testors modeling paint and the 3/0 (very fine) brush. A more permanent if more difficult and expensive option is automotive touch-up paint. I have the very tip of my safety selector painted white. The Testors stuff rubbed off pretty easily. I used some white touch up paint I had left over from filling in some chips on my car. That stuff, once it's dry is there for good.
The most important trick though for painting is to use a very small brush. Just let the paint fill in the gaps then wipe across the top of the letters with a paper towel dabbed in a bit of thinner. An hour or so later, you should have some nice lettering. For an added challenge, fill in the grooves on your rear sight adjustment.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 8:26:10 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 8:34:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lumpy196:
Now thats pretty cool.



But it doesn't have an Aimpoint....
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 8:36:34 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 8:44:39 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 8:46:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 8:48:21 PM EST by 48thHighlander]
Bowers tactical has the trigger guards for $20 bucks free shipping.

VOW did the markings. It is urethane paint which is the same as testors. This is much easier to do on a teflon coated firearm like this one instead of on the anodizing. I did it myself before I sent it to Dan and it is hard to do a great job like this as that anodizing really requires some aggressive whiping and acetone or alcohol to get off the overspill which in turn usually sucks the paint from the markings.

If you want to refinish your firearm yourself, this one was done in brownells black teflon. They sell it in a spray paint can which you can get perfect results from if you are careful. Otherwise they also sell it for airbrush sprayers in 1 pint cans. Disassemble, degrease, spray and bake in your oven at 300 for 30 mins. It is very durable.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 8:50:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 8:51:54 PM EST by caneau]
Pics of Testors and automotive clear coat on receiver and sights.
Click Here
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 9:43:04 PM EST
Borat makes me cry with laughter!!!

BOOYAKASHA!!!
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 2:08:17 AM EST

Originally Posted By Edge767:
Borat makes me cry with laughter!!!

BOOYAKASHA!!!





hmmmmm... I just now noticed that trigger gaurd. looks spiffy
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 3:24:24 AM EST
Nice! Welcome to the world of evil features...
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 3:41:08 AM EST
huh....just noticed the trigger guard myself. I like it! Prepare for the next gadget craze!!!!!
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 3:47:02 AM EST
Is the trigger guard steel? I can't stand the chintzy plastic ones on mine.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 3:47:11 AM EST
Very nice.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 3:55:54 AM EST
great looking rig you have there 48th!

It kinda remnds me of the DEA carbine that RR features in ads......and then some
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:58:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By Jeepster:
Is the trigger guard steel? I can't stand the chintzy plastic ones on mine.



Exactly...well almost, if it is forged aluminum I am getting one ASAP. Plastic, not so sure. Definitely cool.

How come I haven't heard of these before? I must be living under a big rock
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:26:23 AM EST
They are aluminum. Very nice part. Fills in the little annoying gap in front of the trigger guard. Installs with tiny rubber O rings so that it is rock solid.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:28:44 AM EST

How come I haven't heard of these before? I must be living under a big rock



I heard a comment the other day how a guy was a no-nothing (wasn't in the loop) because he only had 400 posts. Goes to show you it doesn't mean shit.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:03:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By 48thHighlander:
They are aluminum. Very nice part. Fills in the little annoying gap in front of the trigger guard. Installs with tiny rubber O rings so that it is rock solid.



That's it, I'm getting one. Thanks!
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 9:05:36 AM EST
You know, it is my favorite part on the rifle. Get over to Bowers tactical and get'r'done.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 9:19:10 AM EST
nice AR!...
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 9:37:52 AM EST
I really don't care for the red paint in the bushmaster logo..
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 9:38:30 AM EST
Nice...
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 9:43:18 AM EST
Anyone know if that trigger guard will work with the Tango Down pistol grip?


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Link Posted: 10/11/2004 9:44:47 AM EST
You might consider moving the sling swivel to the handguard, since you went to the trouble of freefloating the bbl.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 10:39:58 AM EST
Yes, I might. But I think I am going to eliminate it alltogether and get a troy single point sling.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 10:41:42 AM EST
I drilled out my pin on my sling swivil and took it off. I use a single point sling and have no plans to change back to anything else.
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