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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:41 am 
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So everyone knows, Oct. 1st and 2nd, in Durango CO., I'm doing a two-day AR-15 Armorer class. I often do this as a one-day, but two gives us a little more time for reps on take down and re-assembly, and a chance to go into a little more depth on some of the atomic-level issues. Lots of videos of my cutaway operating, showing how various components work together-- and how they sometimes don't.

Contact E.T. Gwynn at Tim is retired from Special Forces and his outfit is called the Wolverine School of Personal Safety. This is a two-day AR class with a contingent 1-day 1911 class on the 3rd-- depending on interest.

By the way, with Asym Ammo being right there in Durango, I've made an arrangement for each student to get a sample box of this good stuff-- it'll have 10 rounds of Stan's 75 grain OTM load and 10 of the 70 grain solid-copper Barnes TSX load.

The standard, obligatory blurb goes like this:

And the obligatory blurb:

Ned Christiansen is a custom gunsmith known for his imaginative custom 1911's. He is also a noted AR15 'smith and armorer, who produces several tools for working on AR15's that have become must-haves for armorers and gunsmiths. He is the official armorer and a guest speaker at the prestigious National Patrol Rifle Conference and Competition. His AR15 Armorer class has been hosted by Detroit-area SWAT teams, the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, and the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, to name a few.

Ned has used the AR15 in various kinds of competition and hunting for over 30 years, and has over a decade's experience with the system in the Patrol Rifle / police context. As an instructor / armorer with an Illinois state-funded police training organization (, he has gained valuable knowledge of the system's strengths and weaknesses, how the system is used and viewed by law enforcement, and how to pass the knowledge on to those who need it.

This class will use photos, videos and high-speed videos, animations, cutaways, and discussion to demystify the system. Those with no experience on the system will not be left behind, but the important details and more in-depth aspects will definitely be explored. The operating system, bolt group, and trigger group will all be covered and disassembled by students. Barrel and buffer tube change will be explained and demonstrated on a sample gun. With the exception of these two areas, students will be completely disassembling and reassembling their own rifles multiple times. The most common problems, breakages, wear points, and manufacturing deficiencies will be covered in depth. Little to no time will be spent on non-critical areas such as history, dust covers, and rear sights. The time will be used to make sure students are familiar and comfortable with the things that really matter. Ned's AR15 tools will be available for purchase, BUT, all students will be welcome to use Ned's personal tools while in class so buying them won't be necessary.

Accessories, ammo selection, and ballistics will be touched upon according to interest and as time allows.

Students will be provided with hand-punch of Ned's design, a 3/16Allen wrench, and a copy of Patrick Sweeney's book, Gunsmithing the AR15. This will be the class book. Students will need to bring just a few things:
Safety Glasses
A towel or other working surface to protect the host's tables
A screwdriver

Ned's website is

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