Experimental Sterling AR180

Reader Robert pointed me towards an interesting gunbroker auction for an Experimental Sterling AR180 with a fixed stock.

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It has an interesting combination of features in addition to the stock. Black paint and a non-welded bolt catch pivot boss, both early features. Welded dovetail scope mount like the later blued model.

I have no information on this model and I am asking if any of you do?

I would be actively trying to buy this except the Corona Virus has hit my work and I will be home for the next 4 weeks without pay. I will be selling off guns and ammo to supplement my savings until we come out the other side. I hope someone in the family gets it as it is an interesting model to add to anyone’s collection.

More Barrel Markings

Looking through my parts stash I found a Sterling barrel with some unknown markings.

Of course it is common knowledge that Sterling barrels have proof markings. These are located ahead of the bipod ring at the 3:00 position. This position appears to vary.

But I found this in the same place as the Howa markings from the previous article, directly under where the op rod return spring would sit.

I’m still looking at my other guns but so far I haven’t found anything on my Costa Mesa rifles.

Previously Unknown Howa Barrel Marking

I was doing some maintenance on my Early Howa AR-180, one of the first 1000, and found a barrel marking that I have never seen documented before.

It was hiding under the operating rod return spring and I never noticed it till I had it removed. What does it stand for? Howa Precision Rifles? I don’t know for sure.

Do you have any thoughts?

If you want to know more about these early Howa AR-180’s check out these older articles of mine.

BitCoin Problems

I’m sorry to say I am having problems processing BitCoin payments at this time. I am turning it off as an option till I can get it sorted out.

For now checks and USPS Money Orders are going to be the main options. Email me if you have another payment method you would prefer to use.

Design Changes

Just a quick update on the Fusion “paperweight” and the Fusion grip.

The Fusion grip will now be printed as a slickside. It will require little to no sanding and polishing by you and for most it will be used as is. Bolt it on and go!

The Fusion “paperweight” has eliminated the buffer detent hole. Don’t worry, it will still work with your AR15 upper but will be a bit more fiddly when taking down for cleaning. Most are planing to use this with their BRN-180 upper and this will make it an even more perfect match.