Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Can AR-15 gurus help me out, please?
As most readers will know by now, I help to train and equip disabled shooters to defend themselves. A few of them are able to run an AR-15 rifle or carbine, despite their disabilities, but on their usually limited income mostly can't afford 'name-brand' weapons. They have to make do with hand-me-downs from others, or occasional gifts from friends and family.
These low-dollar AR's often have problems. Some are rooted in shoddy manufacture, and there's not much that can be done about them other than trade in the rifle on something better. Others, however, are due to poor finishing - friction between the bolt and the upper receiver, etc. I've been looking at affordable solutions for such problems.
I've heard very good reports about the Fail Zero AR-15 bolt carrier group, including hammer and firing pin. It's coated with nickel boron, which is allegedly far 'slicker' than standard parts, and is said to be capable of running for hundreds of rounds without any lubrication at all. Reports from some users claim that they've dropped it into cheaper AR-15's and found it greatly improves their reliability and functionality. However, most positive reports come from Fail Zero's own Web site, which means there may be other, more negative reports out there that simply aren't generally accessible. I've done an Internet search for more information, but not found anything in particular.
Do any of you have personal experience with the Fail Zero nickel-boron-coated bolt carrier group, or any other improved AR-15 bolt or bolt carrier group made by anyone else? Did/does it offer a significant improvement in weapon reliability? I'd be very grateful if you'd please post whatever details you can provide in Comments, along with links to any other manufacturers' Web sites.