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Palmetto State Armory Pink M4

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For the sake of discussion lets say that some kind of SHTF event has happened; some kind of new flu has developed, financial collapse, nuclear war,,, something has happened to send the world to hell in a handbag.  It is now up to you and your family to protect your property, livestock, garden,, and other resources.

Building my wife (her name is Kristy) an AR-15 that appeals to her is part of my prepping in depth rather then breadth SHTF survival plan.  Instead of trying to get my wife to shoot a rifle that does not appeal to her, I decided to build a Palmetto State Armory M4, then deck it out in pink Magpul MOE and Suregrip parts.Pink M4 carbine

In the current state of panic buying anything AR-15 is almost impossible to find.  In most cases, if a website or store gets something in stock, it is sold out in a matter of minutes.  What is sad is a lot of companies resort to price gouging when panic buying kicks in.

I have to say a couple of things about Palmetto State Armory, they are getting stuff in on a regular basis, and they are not price gouging.

Bill of Material

Palmetto State Armory lower receiver, shipped to Devil Dog Guns in Jasper Texas for the background check and paperwork.

Palmetto State Armory / Magpul MOE lower parts kit with fire control group, milspec stock and buffer tube.

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Magpul Post Comment About Magazine Prices

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Magpul posted a comment on their facebook page about the recent price increases,

We’ve received a lot of comments about some retailers charging extremely high prices for our products.

We strongly discourage pricing strategies like this with our direct customers, as we just don’t feel right about it. Those retailers who are buying through distribution, and not direct, may be worried about supply and reacting to the market with this pricing increase.

We are firm believers in free capitalism, and as long as no one is damaging market value through their pricing strategy, we will allow the market to correct this situation, as it appears it already is. We intend to continue to produce and sell our products to support the MSRPs we have set.

Magazines will continue to flow to those retailers, distributors, and OEM customers with whom we have direct relationships.

That is all fine and dandy, but talk is cheap.

If Magpul “really” wanted to make a statement, then cease operations with companies that are doing the price gouging.

Is Magpul going to sit by and let resellers gouge their customers? Or is Magpul going to make a statement? The least they can do is investigate, and then cease operations with resellers who are gouging the public.

Stockpiling AR-15 Magazines for SHTF TEOTWAWKI

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Over the past 15 – 16 years I have been building up a stockpile of AR-15 magazines. My buddies and I would go to various gunshows where I would buy various AR mags.

Then I realized a lot of the AR-15 magazines I been buying were junk. Either the followers would stick, or the feed lips were bent. When I replaced the followers of GI mags with anti-tilt P-mag followers, I had to cull several magazines.

One day a buddy of mine who served two tours in the middle east told me how much he liked P-mags.  I took him at his word and bought some.  Lets just say I was impressed right off the bat.

From now own, all I am buying are P-mags.  I see no reason to buy gunshow surplus aluminum AR-15 magazines that I am either going to have to fix, or cull if the follower sticks.  Even if the gunshow surplus magazines work, the factory follower will have to be replaced with P-mag anti-tilt followers anyway.

If I am going to spend the money for surplus magazines, then buy the anti-tilt followers, why not just buy a new P-mag to start with?

Then I found this video.

I have had AR-15 magazines stored at the Bug Out Location for somewhere around 15 – 20 years. Since the housing is made out of aluminum there is no rust, unlike the steel AK-47 magazines.  As long as the magazines stayed dry, everything is fine.

The Magpul P-mag on the other hand has no parts that will either rust or corrode.  The housing is made out of a polymer, and the spring is stainless steel.

Installing the Magpul Enhanced Self-Leveling Follower

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This article began about 20 years ago when I started stockpiling AR-15 magazines for some kind of SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation. My buddies and I would make trips to the local gun shows, and pick up magazines here and there. I never intended to stockpile hundreds of magazines like some hardcore survivalist do. All I wanted was a couple of dozen magazines for every AR-15. I think 2 dozen mags for every rifle is reasonable.

Fast forward 20 years. Improvements have been made to the AR15 rifle and magazines. Due to those improvements, my current setup is outdated. Its like anything else. Technology improves, and to get the best out of your gear you need to keep up with the times. A buddy of mine who served two tours (1 tour in Iraq, 1 tour in Afghanistan) told me about Magpul Pmags. When a combat vet tells you he loves something, its in your best interest to pay attention.

Due to my buddies recommendation I ordered 2 Magpul Pmags with the windows on the side.

As soon as I handed and shot the Magpul Pmag I fell in love. The Pmags are light, window to see how many rounds are in the magazine, and anti-tilt follower.

Ok, so what do I do? I have dozens of AR15 magazines that have been collected over the years. But the anti-tilt follower technology improves the reliability of the weapon.

Since I do not want to replace my AR magazine inventory, I bought several packages of the Magpul enhanced self-leveling followers, and started replacing the followers in all of my older AR magazines.

If something is not broke, don’t fix it. My AR mags were not broke, but they did need to be upgraded.

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New AR15 Build

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Fathers Day is rolling around.  My wife asked me what I wanted, I said a new AR.

This is what I have come up with so far

Palmetto State Armory light profile upper
DS Arms Lower
Magpul moe handguard
Magpul angled forearm grip
Magpul ms3 sling
Magpul ambidextrous sling attachment point

From the Palmetto State Armory website:

Barrel length 14.7″
Hammer Forged Barrel
Machine Gun Steel
5.56 Nato Chamber
1 in 7″ twist
Double-thick Chrome-lined bore and chamber
Special lighter weight A2 profile
Mid-length gas system
M4 feedramps
Forged upper
T-marks
Full auto bolt carrier
Carpenter 158 Bolt
Optional pinned A2 flash hider
Pin and weld flash hider

Price as configured: $557.90

From the DS Arms website:

Model ZM4 Complete Lower Receiver With Mil-Spec Stock Assembly
Model # ZM4RCAR-A
From what I understand, LMT makes the lower receivers for DS Arms.

Price: $200 with collapsible stock

Magpul

After ordering some Magpul parts for my Bushmaster, I decided to wanted to go with as many Magpul parts as I could.

There has been a recent trend towards flat dark earth, but I want my parts to be OD green.

Post your comments below, or in this forum thread – What do you think about this AR build?

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