Disclaimer: No matter how much knowledge I've acquired or experience I've gained with firearms, it is a subject I will never consider myself more than an amateur of. The opinions expressed here are nothing more than that.

I've been thinking about making my first blog for a while now, so decided to go with my other hobby....

-Smith & Wesson M&P15 lower - standard four position stock

-Red-X Arms complete upper (including bolt and carrier) .750 16" barrel 1/9 RH twist - The screws for the gas key on the bolt carrier weren't staked, but other than that I've no complaints.

-Aimpoint CompM4s - My first Aimpoint, and what can I say other than optics are one of those things you just plain get what you pay for, this thing is a beast. I went with the 4s as I wanted the lower battery compartment, AA battery, and ringless mount. Aimpoint also claims a 500,000 hour life on a single battery. You gotta love those Swedes.

-Hogue Monogrip - I've got Hogue grips on a couple pistols and just love the feel of them, this one is no different. The fire selector switch rubbed on it however and required a little modification with an xacto knife. (see pic below)

-Magpul angled foregrip - I personally find it more comfortable than vertical grips.

-Magpul MBUS flip-up front and rear sights - spring loaded and very lightweight.

-Noveske KX3 flash suppressor - This is probably my most controversial choice. It's design intent was initially for short barrels, but has become popular for longer ones as well. It's flash suppression capability is great, but at 7.2 ounces and 3" long it had damn well better be, it's a real pig. (It's even got a picture of one on the side of it) Part of the reason I chose it was discussions I read that it's design directed noise forward away from the shooter, and that the added weight up front helped negate recoil. I haven't noticed much improvement in either over the standard A2 hider. The jury is still out on this one, I may go with a Battlecomp or Vortex

I've only put a few hundred rounds through the rifle, but has performed flawlessly thus far.

Sorry for the low quality pics, one day I'll get a decent camera.