I loved this build as soon as I saw it on the Systema PTW forum. Not only is it a well observed impression, dripping with Gucci – but the Krylon job is outstanding. It’s influenced a lot of people to get the paint out. It’s also worth noting that Seraph modded the WE upper himself.
There are a lot of really serious impressions and builds coming out of Sweden. Seraph’s build is one of those which sets the bar.
Over to Seraph, who writes as well as he builds and paints PTWs.
The original inspiration for this rifle was a photo of a late Unit guy which in fact served as the spark that set off my entire modern Delta loadout. Even so, it is tailored for my specific shooting style and has evolved since the beginning.
Originally it featured a Colt 4 position stock with a John Masen buttpad and a different grip. While lightweight and low profile I found two issues that made me consider other options. First of all I started disliking the lack of a proper cheek rest. Secondly I found that in some awkward shooting positions the butt pad didn’t extend far enough downwards to achieve a good shoulder rest. At one point I purchased an LMT SOPMOD stock to amend the cheek rest issue. However, I didn’t like the extra weight and went back to the Colt stock. I never really looked at the STR stock until I spotted it in the Houston video and after checking it out it seemed like the perfect match for my needs. Mounted on the rifle it proved to be just that and I haven’t looked back since.
The MIAD grip followed shortly thereafter as I needed a grip that would allow for a tighter, more upright grip. I also liked that the back extended up over the lower receiver and having tried it before I knew that its shape fit my hand very well.
The rest of the setup corresponds to my shooting style; I grip the gun far forward with my off hand and the S&S Precision scout light mount allowed for a good grip as well as a low profile. It also works well during weak side transitions. The optic riser was a result of personal preference. I found that a higher optic placement worked better for me, especially when wearing a helmet. The only downside is worse BUIS performance and as they are now, they are only just usable.
And now we get to the paint job…
I painted the 416 using Krylon Ultra-flat spray paint, starting out with a cover-all brown layer. Next, I used some random plants as templates and applied tan and green. On top of that, I used honeycomb netting and applied brown again in random spots. Lastly, still using the netting, I applied just a little bit of tan in a few spots.
An up to date parts list follows the pics.
WE 416 upper (modified for PTW)*
LMT buffer (mil spec)
KAC rear BUIS
Magpul trigger guard
Magpul STR stock (mil spec)
Magpul MIAD grip (modified for PTW)
VTAC wide padded sling
Bonnie Packer Redimag
Surefire M600C w. remote switch on S&S Precision low profile mount
CQD front sling mount
G&P Eotech 551*
G&P KAC suppressor & Flash hider*
3x Aimpoint magnifier with LaRue style flip mount*
King Arms KAC front flipup sight*
PDI 04 inner barrel
Mini ECU (LiPo in buffer tube)
So what does Seraph have planned next?
Future updates will include a Geissele SMR, Eotech EXPS3, LaRue QD LT-101 riser (instead of the current, which does not feature QD attachment) and a Troy QD sling swivel mount.