FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is BRD Gun Works?
BRD Gun Works is a custom shop that specializes in services and components for the AR platform.
Are you a retail shop and can I come to the shop?
BRD Gun Works is not a retail shop and work is done by appointment only. However, I try to be flexible with regard to scheduling appointments. Please email or call to make an appointment.
What services do you provide?
BRD Gun Works provides services for the AR platform which include but are not limited to the following; Repairs, inspection programs, maintenance programs, enhancements, performance packages, and reliability packages.
Do you offer AR components?
Yes. BRD Gun Works is an authorized dealer for Geissele Automatics, ALG Defense, Springco USA, Faxon Firearms, Rosco Manufacturing, is a preferred dealer for Brownells, as well as others. Components that are carried in the online store have been thoroughly tested and are some of the same components that go into our guns as well as client guns.
I don't see what I am looking for. Can I special order?
Special order items may be a possibility dependent upon whom the manufacture is. Some manufacturers have long lead times for dealer orders and these can be as long as 5 weeks.
Do you offer AR complete upper assemblies?
Yes I do. Currently the majority of our upper assemblies are custom ordered. Meaning that we sit down and discuss with the client what their wants and needs are, and then components are selected that fill these requirements. At this time I am currently working on creating a line of complete uppers that will be available for purchase in the online store.
Do you accept FFL transfers?
BRD Gun Works will gladly accept firearm transfers from other FFL’s. In order to streamline your transfer I have developed a few guidelines based upon past history. Please refer to the “Transfers” page for complete details. This can be found as a stand alone option in the menu.
Military/Vet/LE/First Responder Discounts
BRD Gun Works offers 10% off for Mil/Vet/LE/FR customers. All that needs to be done is to send an email to email@example.com with some form of credentials. I accept Current Military Orders, Veterans ID cards, Law Enforcement Creds, Firefighter Creds, or Correctional Officer credentials.
When will my order ship/ What are lead times?
BRD Gun Works strives to fulfill orders in as timely a manner as possible. Since assembled items are made to order and rely on parts that may be backordered, they may see longer fulfillment times. I endeavor to ship all assembled items such as complete uppers within 14 days of receiving a copy of the FFL if applicable. All in stock items that don’t require assembly or an FFL will typically ship within 24 hours. However, my primary goal is shipping firearms and parts that meet a very stringent level of quality control. This means that due to conditions such as order volume, politics, weather, ammo shortages, or otherwise, I may not be able to meet this goal.
What muzzle device do I need to make my 13.7" barrel meet the 16" minimum?
To make a 13.7″ barrel meet the minimum 16″ standard as outlined by federal law it will require a muzzle device that is AT LEAST 2.7-2.8 inches long in order to meet minimum length without excessive shimming, and it must be pinned and welded to the barrel.
This is a list of devices which I know work for certain (some may require extra shimming):
- Sons of Liberty Gun Works NOX
- Surefire Warcomp Open Tine Flash Hider
- Surefire Warcomp Muzzle Brake
- BE Meyers M249
What is the recommended buffer/spring setup for this barrel length?
I don’t know. Plain and simple. There is no hard set of guidelines for this. There is a lot that affects what spring rate and buffer weight are used. Things such as gas length, gas port size (and purpose of that gas port size), type of ammunition, how much gas is leaking at the gas block, how much gas is leaking at the gas tube, and how much gas is leaking at the BCG. While this is not an all inclusive list, these are some of the main things that affect the gas system when it comes to operational characteristics. This is why I offer the service of tuning the buffer system. After discussing with you your operational parameters I set out and test the gun, while at the same time testing numerous buffer spring rates and buffer weights to achieve optimal operation from your AR.
Can I use 5.56 mags in my 300 Blackout?
It depends. Most of the supersonic 300blk ammunition will feed perfectly fine in the 5.56 magazine. If you run subsonic ammunition with some of the heavier and more blunt profile bullets you may find that the bullet hits the front of the magazine causing the ammunition to stick and induce feeding malfunctions. This is especially prominent on the P-Mags, but it can be remedied on them by removing the center rib from the inside of the housing.
What is a Triad Pack?
The Triad Packs are a combination of 3 main parts. The barrel, gas block, and gas tube. I also include a stainless steel gas tube retaining pin with each Triad Pack, as well as upgraded gas block set screws with external knurling to provide for a more secure “bite” in the barrel. When purchasing a Triad Pack you also have the option of having the gas block pinned to the barrel for a small fee.
Is there a deposit required on Custom Order upper receiver groups and AR's?
Yes. A non-refundable minimum deposit of 50% of the total quoted price for the project is required to start the build. The 50% deposit will be applied to the base cost of the assembly, rifle, or component. The remaining balance is due within 30 days of the completion of the project. please see the Custom Order Purchase Agreement for complete details.
What is your lead time on builds?
Due to order volume, attention to the detail and the quality of your order, BRD Gun Works endeavors to manufacture and ship all Upper Receiver Group orders within 20 to 30 days. For custom orders, this may be extended. Please see the website policies page for more complete information.
What states can purchase?
You’re allowed to place an order on our website from any state. We will, however, cancel any Upper Receiver Group and/or Firearms orders that have a shipping address in an AWB state (California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut).
Do you offer AWB compliant firearms or uppers?
At this time BRD Gun Works does not offer AWB compliant Upper Receiver Groups or Firearms.
How do I know if my state has restrictions?
You should always be aware of your state’s, and your local, gun laws before making a purchase. Check https://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-gun-laws/ for laws in your state.
How do I make sure that I am the right age to make a purchase?
You need to check your state and local laws. NFA and AR Pistol have a minimum age requirement of 21. Some areas have a minimum age requirement of 21 for any gun purchase. We do not check your credentials. The FFL we ship the firearm to will. To avoid unnecessary issues always make sure you know your local and state laws before purchasing.
Do you test upper receiver groups and firearms prior to shipping?
At BRD Gun Works, after we build a product we go out and test fire it. All our built uppers are attached to a lower and fired with 5 rounds. All complete firearms are fired with 10 rounds after completion. When you inspect your product out of the box please keep in mind that it has been test fired to ensure it works properly.
Do your upper receiver groups have a pin and welded muzzle device?
No. On all of the BRD Gun Works Upper Receiver Groups the muzzle device IS NOT pin and welded to the barrel. The reason that this is done is due to the specific requirements of the end user. An individual may run a suppressor that will required a dedicated QD mount or direct thread application. Also, end users have different requirements when it comes to aesthetics or function, and may want to install a muzzle device of their choosing. For an additional charge, the muzzle device can be pin and welded prior to shipping.