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.

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.

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.

Emails Sent

I have sent a couple emails to the first folks on the waiting list for the Fusion Paperweight and I have gotten no response. Double check that it didn’t end up in your spam folder.

Please whitelist AR180parts@protonmail.com

If I don’t hear back in the next couple days I will send out emails to the next in line.

Engraving Anyone?

I had my personal lower engraved.

I went with a name and serial that pays tribute to the Sterling AR180S. I think it looks awesome and the gentleman that did it for me said he could do yours as well. I will pass along his contact to those that have purchased batch one paperweights or after you purchase one from a future batch.

Batch two is almost ready to go. I will be contacting those on the sign up list in the order they signed up in the next few days.

I have also been working on a 3D printed jig for these. It is based on a design created by Ctrl_Pew on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/ctrlpew/?hl=en

When I have the design finalized I will release the files for free. For those that don’t want to or can’t print their own I will sell them already printed.