One does not have to spend much time in the Firearms
forum on Predator Masters to come to the conclusion AR-15's are a
hot item. Having purchased one myself about three years ago, I tend
to key in on the topics dealing with these wonderful firearms.
One night I noticed a thread of a new member who seemed
extremely knowledgeable about everything AR-15. He was answering
some hard questions with authority that can only be born of
experience. I decided it was imperitive I call the guy and let the
Pro Staff know this may be a good individual to sign up as an
advertiser. The next day found me talking to Mike Milli, of
Dedicated Technology, on the phone. We were having a difficult time
talking as his secretary was home sick and everytime a call would
come in, his phone would beep, breaking communication between the
two of us. He was getting a lot of calls! Eventually we finished our
discussion at which time I decided two things. One, Mike was no
doubt an expert on AR-15's and two, I had to have one!
Mike buys his barrels directly from Olympic Arms. His 5.56 barrels
are broach-cut which produces an extremely consistent and accurate
barrel. Mike also does something I've never seen with any other AR.
He has developed an Integral Compensator. Your first response will
be as mine. The AR-15 doesn't kick at all, why would you want a
compensator? That's exactly what Mike hears day in and day out.
As he explained to me, while prairie dog hunting in Montana, his
pre-teen son could not keep the scope on the dogs to see the hit.
After pondering the problem, Mike came up with the compensator. The
ports are only on top, expelling gas vertically, and therefore
keeping the barrel almost stationary during each shot. As simple as
it sounds, it does work, well!
During our phone conversations, Mike informed me he had one 24
inch barrel in stock. I immediately asked him to port and flute the
barrel and get the completed upper to me as soon as possible. Two
weeks later, (yes, you read that right, two weeks) the UPS man was
dropping off my completed Upper. The barrel is .925 inches in
diameter with six flutes running the entire length of the barrel of
.160 deep. These are deep flutes that take a considerable amount of
weight off the barrel while maintaining stiffness and strength. A
vented forend free floats the barrel from the barrel nut forward
and a bipod/sling stud is installed for mounting most bipods. The
Integral Compensator is seamless. I know it is threaded on, but for
the life of me, I can't find a seam. Another example of quality
As with all AR's, the upper was extremely easy to install to my
Bushmaster lower. Two pins and 30 seconds and I was ready to shoot.
The next two days were agonizing as snow prevented me getting out.
Finally, things cleared up and out to the range I go. Some of you
are going to kill me for this, but my range is out the back door,
literally! I pace off 100 yards from the deck of the house and set
up my target.
The very first group measured .985. This was factory "white box"
Winchester 55 grain spire points. The next groups were reloads used
in my other AR. All five groups were under an inch with one three
shot group measuring .269! Wow was all I could say.
I am by no means a benchrest shooter. Just a coyote hunter who wants
the bullet to go where I'm aiming. My "shooting bench" consists of
lying prone and shooting off of a Harris bipod or draped accross
the hood of my truck. I venture to say most of us fall into this
I don't expect any of my guns to shoot bug holes all of the time,
because, honesty, I'm not capable of doing so. Whenever I get a
gun that will shoot one inch under these circumstances, I'm happy.
Not only did Dtech's upper perform to my standards, but all of the
5 shot groups averaged under 3/4 inches with my reloads. I was ecstatic.
I can only imagine how this gun would perform in competent hands
and from a real benchrest!
Now to compare. I've owned a Bushmaster Varminter for almost
three years. Wonderful things have been written about these guns
and I've killed a truckload of coyotes with mine. Dtech was confident
his gun would outshoot the Varminter. Needless to say, I was sceptical
of his claims. I was wrong! Just like doubting Thomas, I now believe
for I have seen!
Bottom line, Dtech's claims of building a custom AR-15 capable of
shooting 1/2 to 3/4 inch MOA are true. He is extremely knowledgeable
about these weapons and produces a quality firearm. AR 15's are
taking the coyote hunting masses by storm. Having owned a couple now,
I can confidently say they are an excellent coyote hunting weapon,
capable of multiple followup shots and excellent accuracy. If you are
considering buying an AR-15, I highly recommend visiting with Mike
Milli at Dedicated Technology. Beware though, they are addictive!