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Old 01-25-2021, 10:24 AM   #1
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Gotta find something to do between deer and Turkey season!!! Scored an older Rock River LAR-15 and I’ve decided to do a clone build on the cheap. Parts are ‘close enough’ without shelling out the ridiculous prices for surplus or new MIL manufacture.

I had no idea the clone market for military weapons was as big (or price inflated) as it is. Items that we used to grab out of a box in the arms room (like KAC rail covers) go for crazy prices especially if they were actual issued items!

Anyways- it’s been fun to try and source some less expensive parts that will function well and look close to the real deal somewhere between a SOPMOD Block 1 and a MK18

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Old 01-25-2021, 10:26 AM   #2
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SOPMOD and MK18(ish) ideas
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Old 01-25-2021, 10:51 AM   #3
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Block 1’s are cool, I’ve got a CQBR Block 2 I built a few years ago. I’d still like the Knights NT4 and a PEQ at some point. It’s a complete surplus upper with a cage code of 75, and I recently picked up a black surplus B5 SOPMOD Gen 1 also cage code marked 75


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Old 01-25-2021, 11:37 AM   #4
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Man that is awesome!!! Great rig-- my work gun was almost exactly like that-



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Block 1’s are cool, I’ve got a CQBR Block 2 I built a few years ago. I’d still like the Knights NT4 and a PEQ at some point. It’s a complete surplus upper with a cage code of 75, and I recently picked up a black surplus B5 SOPMOD Gen 1 also cage code marked 75


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Old 01-25-2021, 12:50 PM   #5
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Man that is awesome!!! Great rig-- my work gun was almost exactly like that-

They’re arguably one of the easiest clones to do. Parts are readily available. Same with the block 1, if and when I do another clone I want to do a Mk12 mod 0 or mod 1


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Old 01-26-2021, 02:29 PM   #6
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Here’s some more motivation for you


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Old 01-26-2021, 06:47 PM   #7
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I like it!!!
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Old 01-26-2021, 06:49 PM   #8
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Old 01-27-2021, 06:28 AM   #9
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Nice rigs guys. AR's are really like Lego for men
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Old 01-27-2021, 09:10 AM   #10
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I didn’t try to keep it clone perfect, I just liked the general look of the MK18 mod 0.
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Old 01-27-2021, 09:53 AM   #11
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Awesome looking rifle!!! I think they are really sharp looking! What upper did you use?? I'm probably going to have Morgan cut mine down and open up the gas port.

And in other news I'm working on getting this CIV buffer tube off.... I think RRA used a gallon of loctite on this thing!! It isn't staked and I cranking on it... might be time for the heat gun!
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Old 01-27-2021, 10:23 AM   #12
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Awesome looking rifle!!! I think they are really sharp looking! What upper did you use?? I'm probably going to have Morgan cut mine down and open up the gas port.

And in other news I'm working on getting this CIV buffer tube off.... I think RRA used a gallon of loctite on this thing!! It isn't staked and I cranking on it... might be time for the heat gun!
Thanks! I used a cheapo Palmetto State classic upper and switched out the handguard for a Midwest Industries 2-Piece quadrail. Daniel Defense fixed rear sight. I have some legit KA railcovers that are all beat up from use, but they were kind of loose and made the upper bulky looking. The issued Aimpoint I got for $100 back in the day because it's beat to death (still works though).
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Old 01-27-2021, 12:03 PM   #13
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Found a pic with the KAC rail cover on.
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Old 01-27-2021, 01:54 PM   #14
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Legos indeed!!! Finally got the dang CIV buffer replaced with an Aero Milspec!! Added a mag well, CMC 2.5# curved trigger, slightly bigger bolt catch and the extended latch on the charging handle.

Added a base of OD and brown before I started tinkering. Some has rubbed off which is fine Bc that’s the look I’m going for anyways. Will finish with tan over a mesh net.
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Old 01-27-2021, 02:45 PM   #15
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love a good AR
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Old 01-27-2021, 02:52 PM   #16
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Love the AR Platform the possibilities are endless. These two are my retirement gift from my wife after 14 yrs in the Army.
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Old 01-28-2021, 11:52 AM   #17
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Nice! Is that one of those 'concealed' wall mount units??
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