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YouTube: How An AR-15 Rifle Works

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 11:13 am
by danhue
I came across these 2 popular YouTube videos explaining the inner workings of an AR-15:

Part 1, Components: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_RfiKEvoGA
Part 2, Function: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAqE-KLbiYc

If you haven't seen those, the production quality will blow you away.

Re: YouTube: How An AR-15 Rifle Works

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 6:42 pm
by Hiker
Thanks, that was pretty cool!!!

Re: YouTube: How An AR-15 Rifle Works

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 9:45 pm
by YankeeTarheel
It was very interesting and explained a lot but it left me with a question:
So....what's the advantage of gas impingement? Seems like that thin tube is one more thing to clog and is fragile.
I speak out of ignorance and curiosity, not an opinion.

Re: YouTube: How An AR-15 Rifle Works

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 9:49 pm
by DougMasters
YankeeTarheel wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 9:45 pm
It was very interesting and explained a lot but it left me with a question:
So....what's the advantage of gas impingement? Seems like that thin tube is one more thing to clog and is fragile.
I speak out of ignorance and curiosity, not an opinion.
I'm glad you asked cause I was wondering the same

Re: YouTube: How An AR-15 Rifle Works

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 11:58 pm
by offensivename
For one: less weight.

You don't have the physical rod as your piston, instead the gas' impulse acts as an actuator, saves some ounces and money as you don't have to make those parts

Re: YouTube: How An AR-15 Rifle Works

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 8:05 am
by AndyH
Another reason for gas rather than a piston is that Stoner found that a piston system introduced loads on the bolt carrier group that caused wear on the BCG and upper receiver.