The 300 Blackout has been out for a while, but I'm only jumping on the bandwagon now. I recently had a chance to shoot a colleague's work rifle and was sold. It's been proven in the field at least on one occasion, used to stop a bad guy with a shot gun, and the round proved extremely effective.
This one isn't for work, or for personal protection (because in Canada, I would probably face more shit for using a firearm to defend myself than the bad guy who tried to do me harm). Nope, this one was built purely for shits and giggles. At $2 a round, I don't think I would shoot it very much though.
The only thing new here is the barrel, gas tube and hand guard. AR Stoner 7.5" 300 blackout barrel, and a 7.25" Midwest Industries 3GM series gen 3 free float M-lok (carbine length).
The first thing I did was gut the gas block from one of my older 10.5" builds.
It was fairly easy swapping on the pistol length gas tube. The rest was pretty straight forward as well.
I was going to put on a Surefire muzzle brake, but did't have one handy and didn't want to wait and order one, so I yanked a random brake out of my spare parts box and threw it on.
It's threaded for a generic "blast warden/flaming pig" device to throw the flames forward rather than out to the side. For the record, it does not in any way reduce the report of the firearm.
I clamped a uni-mount to the receiver and the hand guard to insure it was properly aligned before locking it all down.
And that's my 7.5" 300BLK upper done.
Next to the 16" upper I slapped together recently. These two may need to share a lower for now, until my OCD kicks in and I decide I need another lower.
With what parts I had, I mixed and matched as best as I could to clone my buddy's work rifle. I may never do a 100% clone correct build, but I was really inspired by it. Sorry, no pics of this mysterious rifle.
Now I just have to find some 300blk ammo and hope this thing doesn't blow up in my face when I shoot it for the first time.