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Albatross52
June 01, 2017, 23:37
While making room in my safe for my Armalite AR10-A2, I had laid it out beside some of my older SP1's and A1's, and just wondered how it would look with mid-length A1 furniture. So to the shop I went, dug out a A1 stock and set of handguards, and went to work. This is the results.
Travis
BEFORE
http://i.imgur.com/RrG3raEl.jpg?1
CONVERSION
http://i.imgur.com/E2D7aNTl.jpg
COMPLETED WITH FINE TEXTURE
http://i.imgur.com/zf4UI3il.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/LQf0v8ul.jpg
INSTALLED
http://i.imgur.com/h5P27W5l.jpg?1

AZ Deuce
June 04, 2017, 09:49
I watched that rifle sell on GB, I had planned on doing the same thing, plus have that hideous muzzle brake milled down, and threaded to take a 308 A2 Type flash hider. I'm glad it went to a good home, and you "old schooled" it. I think it looks great. - AZ

fly2.0
June 10, 2017, 15:17
Looks great , :bow:

1911Ron
June 10, 2017, 16:07
I like it!

AZ Dave
June 12, 2017, 12:12
What kind of glue and paint did you use?

Albatross52
June 12, 2017, 14:07
What kind of glue and paint did you use?

I used epoxy made by loctite. I got it from a body shop, but it is available at wal-mart in a small double tube package. The texture is rust-oleum black fine textured finish spray can #7720. pm me your cell# if you need any more info or pics.
Travis

Bertellione
June 13, 2017, 03:57
I wish I had a supply of A1 hand guards with out broken tabs to cut up I'm jealous for my 601 build I'm using a nice set but still have a chipped tab and not coconut :sad::sad:

You got a good lookin rifle just get rid of that break they destroy hearing annoy fellow shooters and spotters and look like crap lol

Albatross52
June 13, 2017, 12:25
I wish I had a supply of A1 hand guards with out broken tabs to cut up I'm jealous for my 601 build I'm using a nice set but still have a chipped tab and not coconut :sad::sad:

You got a good lookin rifle just get rid of that break they destroy hearing annoy fellow shooters and spotters and look like crap lol

I have picked up a few nice sets on ebay for under $50. The epoxy will take care of any cracks. US Collectors ordnance sells very nice sets of A1 furniture, but the nicer the set the higher the price.

As for the rifle I have been trying to decide what to do with it, I hate that dam tank brake too. This rifle was built pre-ban,as part of a US contract entry, but never shipped, by the time 414 of these were found in inventory, the ban era had started, so they removed the A2 hider and pinned this hideous thing in place. I have a new A2 flash hider from Armalite, but wasn't sure about ruining the value of the rifle. But then again it WAS manufactured pre-ban.

Albatross52
June 13, 2017, 12:37
What kind of glue and paint did you use?

Dave,
I just saw the small dual tube of epoxy at wal-mart last night. Same stuff I used, I think it was like $6, it mixes as it is force down the mixing stem.
This is the paint and dura coat I use to dexture and seal the furniture. I apply a good wet coat, just to cover not worrying about texture until it starts to dry, once it gets tacky, hold the can back 12-14" or so and fog the hell out of it, this will leave an even texture. I use C series cerakote or tactical flat colors of duracoat to color and seal, this also protects the texture as both are lacquers and dry extremely hard. If you try to use regular spray paint over the texture, it will at as a filler and lose your texture job.
Travis
http://i.imgur.com/0q2wgINl.jpg

Bandit
June 13, 2017, 13:16
Got an Armalite AR10 on layaway myself.. will make a good companion to my AR15 A2 and Springfield Saint... Gearing up to do more AR & FAL builds now that I'm fully retired... gotta keep busy :shades: :D

Bertellione
June 29, 2017, 02:52
I have picked up a few nice sets on ebay for under $50. The epoxy will take care of any cracks. US Collectors ordnance sells very nice sets of A1 furniture, but the nicer the set the higher the price.

As for the rifle I have been trying to decide what to do with it, I hate that dam tank brake too. This rifle was built pre-ban,as part of a US contract entry, but never shipped, by the time 414 of these were found in inventory, the ban era had started, so they removed the A2 hider and pinned this hideous thing in place. I have a new A2 flash hider from Armalite, but wasn't sure about ruining the value of the rifle. But then again it WAS manufactured pre-ban.

Your photos don't show up clear enough to read the markings. So was yours an import?

hueyville
June 29, 2017, 07:30
Lots of professional paint and body supply shops has wide variety of textured paint in rattle cans for blending in rocker panels, inner fenders and such to look factory. Home Improvement stores have a few textured rattle cans, use them all the time, especially the granite and sandstone when need to simulate stone or age a product.