Knights Armament Company SR-15 E3 Mod 2
June 17, 2014
June 18, 2014
I dig this setup.
The Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 Mod 2 with MAMS muzzle-brake, SureFire, LLC M600 Ultra, and Aimpoint T1. Magpul Industries Corp. furniture and a Blue Force Gear, Inc. sling. For those that have asked, this is my preferred setup for a GP carbine regardless of manufacturer.
June 20, 2014
100 rounds at 25 yards out of the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 test rifle about as fast as I could fire them using 3 and 4 round strings. Not my best work, BUT, not too shabby all things considered. We’re at 200 rounds out of the 20,000 rounds total we’ll be putting through the rifle with no issues so far. It’s been a small sample size but so far I’m very impressed with the Freedom Munitions (Official) 5.56mm ammo we’re using for the test. It’s relatively clean, and the price is pretty damn awesome ($350 per thousand of either SS109 or M855). Please take a minute to stop by their page and give them a like or purchase some of their product just as a thank you for making the test possible. Check back soon for an ACTUAL update once we hit the 1,000 round mark. www.freedommunitions.com
September 22, 2014
First stoppage in the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2, though it DOES NOT COUNT AGAINST THE GUN.
Round #2347 failed to fire due to the magazine spring binding up. The rifle has still not been cleaned and it’s been about 750 rounds since it was last lubed. I continue to be very impressed with the gun. Full write up soon!
September 23, 2014
Another 250 rounds of Freedom Munitions (Official) 55gr through the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 Mod2 with no issues. The rifle has still not been cleaned, it still continues to work. Starting to get boring in it’s reliability. Ok, not really.
September 26, 2014
3,700 plus rounds through the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 so far with ZERO cleaning and ZERO malfunctions… Tell me more how the AR-15 is unreliable please…
October 7, 2014
The Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD 2 has now fired 4,000+ rounds of Freedom Munitions (Official) 55gr 5.56mm with no malfunctions. The rifle has still not been cleaned either… I’m inclined to let it go until the test is over. What do you guys think?
October 8, 2014
Slow-motion Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2. .14-.18 second splits.
October 11, 2014
October 14, 2014
October 16, 2014
5,905 rounds of Freedom Munitions (Official), zero cleanings, zero malfunctions through the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2. That’s FIVE (top right is two) rounds of Hornady 75gr TAP T2 at 50 yards, supported. The squares are 1″. It’ll get shot at 100 yards benched and sandbagged tomorrow. I expect it’ll shoot in the 1-1.5 MOA range. I continue to be impressed.
October 17, 2014
The Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 has broken 6,000 rounds, 6,025 to be exact. Most of it Freedom Munitions (Official) 55gr. Today I shot it for group to see what kind of mechanical accuracy we were getting after 6,000 rounds without cleaning it. All targets are at 100 yards, ammo is MK 262 MOD1 loaded by Black Hills. Best 3 shot group was a touch under .75″ Best 5 shot group was a tad over 1″. With a better shooter, better bench rest, and better glass I think this would consistently be a sub moa gun. Did I mention, it sill hasn’t been cleaned?
KAC SR-15 MOD2
Zero cleanings, Zero malfunctions, 1MOA capable rifle.
October 18, 2014
We’ll begin suppressor testing of the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 this Monday using KAC’s 556 QDC/CQB Signature Reduction Device. I think we’ll shoot some target POV video to demonstrate WHY even only a 22db reduction is worthwhile.
October 19, 2014
Joining us tonight live in studio at 7:00 PM EST be Dr. Bill Riehl, PE, COO of Blackfire Engineering. We’ve got 6,025 rounds through the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 with zero cleanings, zero malfunctions and it’s STILL shooting 1 MOA. Tonight we’ll be discussing some of the more common misconceptions regarding firearms reliability, maintenance, and cleaning. It should be a good show.
October 20, 2014
7,025 rounds of mostly Freedom Munitions (Official) 55gr through the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2, zero cleanings, zero malfunctions. We shot a thousand rounds through it today suppressed (thanks Kyle’s Gunshop), still no issues, even with bad magazines, and mud covered. We did not actually take springs out and stretch them. I was being a jackass. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME.
October 21, 2014
October 22, 2014
Not a fan of the M.A.M.S.
Gonna run the 51BC from BattleComp until I throw KAC’s new flash hider on the gun.
October 23, 2014
Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2, loaded with a whole magazine’s worth of Freedom Munitions (Official). 7,500 rounds so far. Zero Cleanings. Zero Malfunctions. Zero fucks given. Here’s a standard failure drill. I’d have really liked to see the first shot brought up a bit higher, something to work on in the future.
7,500 rounds. Zero Cleanings. Zero Malfunctions. Zero fucks given. Remember children, “Gun work? Gun good.”
October 24, 2014
5 rounds of Hornady 68gr Match .223 at 50 yards out of the Knight’s SR-15 MOD2 while sighting the new Eotech in. Total for the day brings us to 7,620 rounds of mostly Freedom Munitions, Zero cleanings. Zero malfunctions, and still shooting 1 MOA or better. Now If only I could hit that damn dime…
Tell me more about how dirty guns are inaccurate?
October 27, 2014
8,293 rounds of Freedom through the Knight’s SR-15 MOD 2. Zero Cleanings, Zero Malfunctions. Here’s a video showing what happens when you incorporate some ambiguity and decision making into your training…
October 28, 2014
8,293 rounds. Zero Cleanings. Zero Malfunctions. Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 firing Freedom Munitions (Official) 55gr. <sarcasm> now if only 5.56mm weren’t such a punishing round that was impossible to control… </sarcasm>
October 29, 2014
5 rounds of MK 262 MOD1 through the Knight’s SR-15 MOD2 at 100 yards. .8″ edge to edge. Today’s count brings the total up to 8,460 rounds of mostly Freedom Munitions (excellent ammo). Zero Cleanings. Zero Malfunctions.
October 31, 2014
The KAC had it’s first honest to god malfunction today. Failure to eject at Freedom Munitions (Official) round number 8,582. We’ll see if it does it again or not. More info later.
I’m going to pull the bolt this weekend and inspect the extractor. That particular malfunction was caused by one of two things.
1. A soft piece of brass.
2. Carbon/brass accumulation under the extractor.
The rifle fired 918 rounds AFTER this with no further malfunctions, lubricant, or cleanings. This to me further indicates that it was an ammo induced malfunction. ::shrug:: I’ll have a better idea once I look at it. If there is no evidence of an extractor issue I may revise my initial assessment and not count it against the gun.
UPDATE: Upon further inspection of the round that failed to extract, inspection of the rifle, and more then 1000 rounds fired after the failure, I’m officially attributing the malfunction to a soft piece of brass and not the gun. Still, zero malfunctions, zero cleanings.
November 2, 2014
So I pulled the bolt from the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 so I could inspect the extractor. While the exterior of the bolt is absolutely filthy, there was nothing obstructing the extractor, and extractor tension/movement was good. This information, coupled with the fact that the gun fired almost a thousand rounds afterwards with very consistent extraction, has me inclined to blame yesterday’s FTE on a soft piece of brass (as evidenced by the visual deformation of the cartridge rim) and not the gun itself.
In which case we’d be at 9,500 rounds of Freedom Munitions (Official), zero cleanings, and zero malfunctions.
November 24, 2014
10,600 rounds of Freedom Munitions (Official) 55gr through the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 Mod2. Zero Cleanings. Zero Malfunctions (Or 1, if you count the bad piece of brass I had, up to you guys.)
Always wear your eye protection.
ETA: The Minion brought up a good point. The splatter on the glasses is a great visual indicator as to the self cleaning nature of the AR design. While visually the rifle appears filthy, the critical areas responsible for the function of the gun stay relatively clean because dirt is transported away from those areas by whatever lubricant you are using. Baring any parts breakages, a properly lubricated, well built rifle, should run indefinitely.
ETA2: I can’t count apparently. Actual round count is 10,600. I had a brain fart.
November 30, 2014
10,750 rounds, zero cleanings, 0/1 malfunctions (soft piece of brass, extractor dropped extraction) zero parts breakages.
December 1, 2014
December 6, 2014
Going to attempt getting the KAC to 15,000 rounds today. We’re at 11,100…
12,120 now. The gun gets a tad bit warm at the end of a 500ish round string.
12,840. Zero cleanings…
14,490 total rounds, 3,390 of them today. Zero cleanings. Zero rifle related malfunctions.
December 8, 2014
Barring any unforeseen circumstances I believe we will hit 15,000 rounds of Freedom Munitions (Official) without incident tomorrow on the test rifle. If you guys are cool with it, I may start adding some variables to see if I can get the rifle to not work…
December 9, 2014
15,350 rounds of Freedom Munitions (Official) through the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 (the last 350 of them after having been submerged multiple times in 50 pounds of sand). Zero cleanings. Zero malfunctions. (1 soft piece of brass failed to extract 5,000-6,000 rounds ago, but was not counted against the gun). Still shooting sub 1 MOA groups.
ETA: In response to the “Open the bolt and pour sand directly into the action then see if it runs comments.”
I’ll do that as soon as the people leaving me those comments post video of them opening the trays to their Xbox, pouring sand in them, and seeing if they still run…
To those of you who seem to think the dustcover completely prevents sand from entering the action…
Here’s what 16,000 rounds of Freedom Munitions (Official) through the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 without cleaning looks like with the bolt locked back.
December 15, 2014
We’re sitting at 16,000 rounds of Freedom Munitions through the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 with zero cleanings and zero malfunctions. Here’s some video from earlier in the test of a no shoot drill I like running. Time constraint + reduced size target + decision making = more challenging than it looks.
December 22, 2014
Ejection is still amazingly consistent.
December 23, 2014
December 26, 2014
Good thing I brought my welding glove…
December 27, 2014
January 2, 2014
20,000 rounds through the Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2. Thanks again to Freedom Munitions (Official) for donating the ammo used for this test. So after 20,000 rounds without cleaning or malfunction how is the rifle grouping? 1.1″ group edge to edge with one called flyer AFTER 20,000 rounds. I don’t know what else there is to say.
My favorite part of the test was dumping 50 pounds of sand on the rifle then shooting it, so for the last 60 rounds of the test I played with some more sand… Final round count 20,145 rounds. Zero Cleanings, Zero Malfunctions, 1 MOA groups. Freedom Munitions Ammo. Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2 Blaster.
January 20, 2015
January 21, 2015
The Knight’s Armament Company SR-15 MOD2, 20145 rounds of Freedom Munitions ammo, zero malfunctions, still shooting 1 MOA. The dude in the photo… 31 years, lots of cleanings, tons of malfunctions, and what’s a MOA again?
August 7, 2015
The KAC test gun, returned after inspection/cleaning, now with a brand new Carbine MOD 2 upper (one of only three pinned at the factory). Once they get me photos of the lower/upper being disassembled and inspected I’ll do my final write up to conclude the test.