It’s been far too long since I updated y’all on the project that launched about the same time as this blog, The AR-180B Shorty Project.
I was not entirely happy with the VZ-58 stock and although I want a folding stock, I could not resist attaching an original AR-180B butt stock to see how it looked and handled.
I could not be happier. I’m hoping to get it to the range now that it has cooled off and put it through it’s paces.
As shown, with an empty magazine, it is weighing in at about 6.5 lbs.
Shown with the GunLab lower completion kit, which should be ready to ship soon.
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I need to make a hand guard cap and park the flash hider (it is painted currently) and I will call this one done.
Lessons learned by taking on this project?
I actually found an original AR-18S lower hand guard and discovered that my reverse engineered from pictures attempt was off by about 3/8″.
The placement of the front sight block is further back than it should have been and I can’t replace these hand guards with 180’s because of where the stiffening ribs are.
I guess I will just have to build another one!
Much thanks to those who helped make this project possible.
And a special mention to Ian at Forgotten Weapons for the inspiration to write about these cool weapons. I ran into Ian and Karl at the last gun show and I have to say, they are a couple of really nice and knowledgeable guys. I hope to get this particular gun closer to completion and let them shoot it. If anyone can find it’s flaws, they can.