Rocking Out With Aero Precision SHOT Show 2019

After a hike up a mountain, around a curve and through the hellacious Las Vegas traffic I attended a fun little event hosted by Agency Arms, Nighthawk, and Aero Precision. This invite-only range day was an opportunity for media to get intimate with the guns from each brand. It was a busy and interesting party, but intimate enough to chat with the guys and gals from each brand and learn a bit more about the weapons. Aero Precision, in general, brought ou a ton of new guns, most of them being fully automatic, some suppressed and of course several SBRs. Needles to stay they were my first stop.

Aero Precision and How I learned to Love the 20 inch barrel

The first gun I grabbed was a replica of the famed M16A4 rifle. A rifle I used in the Corps. As I loaded a magazine into the weapon I was greeted by a wave of nostalgia. It has been at least 7 years since I handled a full-length AR 15 and I really forgot how buttery smooth these rifles are.

The 5.56 round was made for a 20-inch barrel and it shows. From the recoil to the muzzle blast and even noise the 20 inch AR just does it better.

I had issues ringing steel silhouettes out to even 75 yards in full auto. The gun barely moved when you took your time with proper bursts. I’ve now committed to building a full-length AR 15, and Aero seems like a great brand to go with. I wonder if I can get an 80 lower with USMC markings.

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Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.