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16 February 2017, 21:28
I'm working off a SMOS Gen 1 lower with the "grants pass" rollmark.

Builder set completed with
*SMOS SM15 gen 2 upper
*SMOS GFY 12" mlok handguard

Goal: To build a short (compliant) old school tool rifle for the field in OD.

Barrel: BA 14" 556 with pinned Dead Air brake (brake is 2.6" making barrel compliant with timing shim).

I'll update as it evolves.

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b556/fledge2000/Mule%20Men%20build/E41F34F3-1B68-4408-B323-13B76B0690D6_zpsakx7buip.jpg (http://s1291.photobucket.com/user/fledge2000/media/Mule%20Men%20build/E41F34F3-1B68-4408-B323-13B76B0690D6_zpsakx7buip.jpg.html)

17 April 2017, 12:24
Changed up color scheme and went with FH instead of muzzle brake. Getting weary of brakes at the moment.

Axlnut mixed up a custom color in cerakote elite. Finished the upper today. I think an FDE raptor is needed.

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b556/fledge2000/Mule%20Men%20build/CAEF7B44-F68A-4EB9-9E6F-3B6F834E8C40_zpsarctkm3m.jpg (http://s1291.photobucket.com/user/fledge2000/media/Mule%20Men%20build/CAEF7B44-F68A-4EB9-9E6F-3B6F834E8C40_zpsarctkm3m.jpg.html)

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b556/fledge2000/Mule%20Men%20build/54C90886-E458-4A8D-A517-1D539D0037D2_zpssltiuejs.jpg (http://s1291.photobucket.com/user/fledge2000/media/Mule%20Men%20build/54C90886-E458-4A8D-A517-1D539D0037D2_zpssltiuejs.jpg.html)

17 April 2017, 12:44
I need to get myself an SM15 lower... this looks like a fun project!

Jerry R
17 April 2017, 13:39
Great looking build - really like the color Axlnut came up with !

18 April 2017, 07:19
X2. Love that color. Or at least how it looks on screen. Like a gray foliage mix to my eyes.

18 April 2017, 09:11
I don't know what color Axlnut would call it. The pic is a pretty accurate representation of it. I'm not even sure if the FDE goes with it or clashes since I'm color deficient in some of these tones.

18 April 2017, 11:58
I need to get myself an SM15 lower... this looks like a fun project!

No more SM15's unless you can find one used.

Can't wait tfor their new GFY sets though!

18 April 2017, 14:22
No more SM15's unless you can find one used.

Can't wait tfor their new GFY sets though!

You lookin' to get rid of an SM15 lower? [BD]

18 April 2017, 15:55
UW said he was getting out of the platform. :)

The set above is the SM15 gen 1. I think UW has the gen 2 with the horse on the right side of the receiver.
GFY gen 2 will have me waiting in line. Thanks

18 April 2017, 16:01
Diggin' that color!

18 April 2017, 16:53

18 April 2017, 17:34
Looks good.

18 April 2017, 17:59
Dear god check your email.... [bash]

the set looks Fkn Awesome!

18 April 2017, 18:30
Who needs to check their email? Nothing in mine but Toys R Us sales.

18 April 2017, 18:34
That GFY2 need to grow on me. I want to like it.

It's like GFY and 2a had a baby. (Not to mention the entire market is flooded with lightning cuts.)

18 April 2017, 20:17
No integral ambi mag release. Turrible.

19 April 2017, 09:16
No integral ambi mag release. Turrible.

This. So much this. Either integral, or can we all just agree on a style of button surface for an ambi, and all agree to make lowers that fit the more common ambis, so my controls can match..

As for the color - I love it, I know Fledge is on the fence still, and that's understandable. Elite Cerakote is weird. It's all like a whatever shade tinted grey tone, and any attempt to darken the colors with more elite just enhances the grey. This is a slightly-greyer-earth tone. It looks far better in sunlight than in artificial light.

20 April 2017, 08:32
Really digging the color on the build. The gfy2 not so much, but I'm sure there is s market for it. Everyone wants lighter.

22 April 2017, 20:08
Good looking build there fledge..I dig the color also

Those new smos sets look good

4 May 2017, 12:27
Range day to test the build.

I picked up Sandman-s suppressor yesterday too which added some excitement.

All ran smooth with the A5H2. At the end I zeroed in 2 ten shot groups. I forgot to photo the second but here's the first. 100yds. This is from the bench without bags or bipod. 14" BA barrel. Magtech 77gr ammo suppressed. Needless to say, the barrel likes this ammo, and I was having a good day.

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b556/fledge2000/Mule%20Men%20build/A6A3CBAE-AA00-4B0A-BB20-835FF6A2FE2F_zps8nrbijd7.jpg (http://s1291.photobucket.com/user/fledge2000/media/Mule%20Men%20build/A6A3CBAE-AA00-4B0A-BB20-835FF6A2FE2F_zps8nrbijd7.jpg.html)

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5 May 2017, 19:06
Looks like a good start

So where's pics of the completed build?

5 May 2017, 23:14
http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b556/fledge2000/Mule%20Men%20build/6F0C95CE-92AA-4EFA-8815-AAA536A029BD_zpsfs3jpf50.jpg (http://s1291.photobucket.com/user/fledge2000/media/Mule%20Men%20build/6F0C95CE-92AA-4EFA-8815-AAA536A029BD_zpsfs3jpf50.jpg.html)

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b556/fledge2000/Mule%20Men%20build/EFA4DD83-F8E7-4E94-8B48-3C6BA26F8429_zpsvlpp8lcc.jpg (http://s1291.photobucket.com/user/fledge2000/media/Mule%20Men%20build/EFA4DD83-F8E7-4E94-8B48-3C6BA26F8429_zpsvlpp8lcc.jpg.html)

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b556/fledge2000/Mule%20Men%20build/22D72455-DCDE-427D-9DA7-57DEB3EA417A_zpsjnb14nnz.jpg (http://s1291.photobucket.com/user/fledge2000/media/Mule%20Men%20build/22D72455-DCDE-427D-9DA7-57DEB3EA417A_zpsjnb14nnz.jpg.html)

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6 May 2017, 16:13

Cerakote came out good.I like that color

6 May 2017, 20:28
The color has grown on me a lot. Thinking of doing another in the same color with 14" 308.