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buckcz
03-05-2020, 02:13 PM
Just wanted to share some eye-candy of a new AR-45 build. Specs:
Upper is a DI 8.3 .45 acp upper from Macon Armory, keymod rail
Lower is Detroit Gun Works lower I put together
Brace is a SBPDW telescoping pistol brace
The wooden rails and grip are from Black Wood USA
The mags are made by Macon armory, 20-rounds


Quick review: The gun has super-soft recoil. I had zero failures to fire but a few times the bolt didnt stay back after the last round. I am going to switch the buffer from a Heavy to Carbine weight as suggested by Macon. Accuracy was outstanding at short range (25-yards was all I had time for). Fun factor was a 10! If I were to do it over I would do a 10-11 upper as I find the 8 a tad too short for my handling preference.

This gun is simply for a range toy. Im not advocating that its a war weapon. I know guys like gun-porn. 8)
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Screwball
03-05-2020, 04:19 PM
I have one... built when I was in NJ with their H&K USC magazine adapter. Liked it because it uses a standard lower... opposed to one that uses Glock or whatever other magazines.

Mine is a 16 barrel, which is crappy for the round. Im AOWing my TAC-14 to replace the folding brace (want it as a truck gun since CBP is getting rid of our 870s; if we really need a shotgun... I could grab it). I might also SBR that lower, and then shorten the Macon upper down to probably around 10.5. That way, two options for less than 16 uppers; pistol or rifle.

chad newton
03-05-2020, 04:23 PM
Idk, that’s kinda cool and handy if you ask me. 45 killed a lot of people, put a red dot on it....

buckcz
03-05-2020, 04:24 PM
I didn’t take a picture of the mag well adapter but it’s in there. I don’t think Macon does the HK adapter any longer since they started to make their own mags. The I really enjoy shooting it. Puts a smile on my face. I just don’t like being compacted with the 8” upper.

buckcz
03-05-2020, 04:25 PM
Idk, that’s kinda cool and handy if you ask me. 45 killed a lot of people, put a red dot on it....

Red dot is next purchase! 8)

Dorkface
03-05-2020, 04:27 PM
I find 9mm AR's boring as hell. For some reason I really like this and I don't know why lol. The wood furniture is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

I have often thought about a .45 cal AR except I would use 458 Socom lol.

buckcz
03-05-2020, 04:50 PM
I find 9mm AR's boring as hell. For some reason I really like this and I don't know why lol. The wood furniture is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

I have often thought about a .45 cal AR except I would use 458 Socom lol.

Having shot both a 9mm and 45acp AR , the .45 thumping steel is much more fun! 8)

Monte
03-05-2020, 06:08 PM
The wood furniture is a nice touch. I like it.

chad newton
03-05-2020, 08:36 PM
I’m not going to lie, I’ve always wanted a full auto Tommy gun. If I had a bunch of cash I buy one...

LawDog
03-06-2020, 06:40 AM
That's a pretty good iteration of a modern Tommy Gun. The handguard even bears some resemblance to the old "finned" barrels. I wouldn't put an RDS on that--it would ruin the lines. Iron sights are fine for a range toy. That looks like fun.

Scott
03-14-2020, 04:47 PM
Have you tried it with a can yet? Much blowback?
How did you decide on DI over blowback?
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Great wood!

buckcz
03-15-2020, 12:34 PM
Have you tried it with a can yet? Much blowback?
How did you decide on DI over blowback?
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Great wood!

I currently do not own any suppressors but this purchase was a planned pairing when funds allow. The gun is naturally very quiet with just standard 230 grain ammo and a can hasn't even been added yet! I am not sure how the gas blow back will be but according to the makers at Macon Armory the DI is much less dirty than the blowback gas system. I choose the DI for two reasons: 1. I am already somewhat familiar to the DI from my other AR platforms. Helps with parts and fixing things knowledge-wise. 2. Although I haven't tried side-by-side the DI recoil is supposedly way less. The recoil on this gun is almost non-existent. I can shoot it one-handed with ease if I wanted to.