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Posted: 12/21/2003 4:04:35 PM EDT
I took my shiny new green 16" CAV-15 to the range today.  I was using LC/federal XM193 lot 35 from wholesalehunter.  It was chilly, about 30 degrees, wind was 20-30 mph.  That is just typical wyoming weather so i was not concerned.  I sighted in 1 inch low at 25 yards and then set the target at 100 yards.  My first group of 10 was about a 3 inch group, about 2 inches right from the center.  The rather strong wind was from left to right and that is what was causing the drifting and no so great  groups i believe.  I forgot to bring gloves so my hands were freezing which did not help my trigger pull much.  I shot 98 rounds total before the weather really got shitty.  Zero malfunctions and everything worked smooth as butter.  I intend to shoot often to get better and welcome any tips.  I thoroughly cleaned the rifle afterwards, except for the gas tube.  I wasn't 100% sure what the best way to clean the gas tube was, and even if it s important.  So any input from everyone would be great.
I love this rifle and think i will be taking it out tomorrow too.  I found nothing to complain about from the rifle and i would recommend Cavalry arms to anyone looking to buy an ar-15.
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 4:12:16 PM EDT
Congrats! Good shooting!

Dont worry about the gas tube.
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 4:18:48 PM EDT
Welcome aboard, Brian. [:D]

I have to warn you though. Now all of your extra money will be spent on accessories for your new-found friend. And like Tivoli410 said, don't sweat the gas tube. Nobody cleans them. Actually, you run the risk of clogging it up by even trying. The gases pretty much keep it blown out.
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 5:27:00 PM EDT
Thanks alot.
Yea, i am already planning to buy accessories for the AR.  This could get interesting. ;)
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 5:31:06 PM EDT
Congrats, it's always a successfull first trip when no one gets killed, wounded, and the cops didn't show up:)
Good shootin, Jack
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 5:35:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By tivoli410:
Dont worry about the gas tube.
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All of ya'll fail inspection!
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 6:08:02 PM EDT
Welcome to the sickness that is AR15! [sniper]
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 8:07:14 PM EDT
You're sposda clean the gas tubes?
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 8:16:21 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 3rdtk:
Congrats, it's always a successfull first trip when no one gets killed, wounded, and the cops didn't show up:)
Good shootin, Jack
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isn't that the truth.
As for tips, just buy many cases of XM193 and a bunch of USGI mags. Most other mags are junk. Ohh yeah, have FUN!!!
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 8:18:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 8:59:39 PM EDT
Congrads on the rifle. And Don't clean the gas tube. It will not clog on you shooting good ammo NATO or equilvalent. There plenty of pressure to ckeep it blow out when you pull the trigger. I fired thousands of rounds and never touched the tube. Come to think about it I never cleaned them in the ARMY either. WD
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 9:33:04 PM EDT
Did you remember to break in the barrel properly? Doesn't sound like you did. Oh well, nobody ever broke in the barrel on any rifles I had in the Army and they all worked fine. Nothing to worry about.

Welcome to the fraternity of AR15 owners!
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 3:32:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By WarDawg:
... Come to think about it I never cleaned them in the ARMY either. WD
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[:\] That was the A #1 gig area for every armorer in every unit I was in!
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 3:39:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 10:03:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 11:37:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/22/2003 11:38:02 AM EDT by _DR]
I always do the barrel break in procedure on a new non-chrome barrel, but then again I always use fully synthetic oil and change the oil at 3000 miles on the dot on my cars, too. I guess it all depends on your view of the value of mechanical break in and maintenance. It may be hard to prove the value scientifically, probably more anecdotal evidence than anything.

It's all what you are comfortable with, I suppose.
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