I’m scared of Jack’s blaster. The parts list for this masterclass in Block II is extremely intimidating.
This is the one build, above all others, which nearly put me off doing my own mil build. I realised I just could not compete with it. I spotted it a while back, on one forum or another, and just thought, “Game over”.
However, after having a word with myself and zooming out a bit, Jack’s blaster became the initial inspiration for what is now my SOF-influenced KISS build. Jack’s blaster became something to aim for. Not the build to beat, because it could not be beaten. Not the gold standard, because its much, much better than that.
It’s the build which my Mil Done Right series was designed for. There are none more Right and it is singularly the best mil build I’ve seen. Central to this is the assumption that RS > airsoft. Jack’s blaster is the pinnacle of this doctrine and it’s one I subscribe to myself. There is simply none more RS than Jack’s CQBR. It’s spectacular and aspirational. In addition, I cannot begin to quantify the thought, intensity and care Jack has put into researching his build and sourcing the parts.
So, I really wanted to cover Jack’s blaster for the blog, but I couldn’t decide how to ask. Would Jack have read the blog? Would he have even heard of it? Much to my surprise, Jack got in touch and asked if I’d be interested in covering it…
I normally ask those featured in Mil Done Right to pen a few words about the methodology they used in delivering their vision, the decisions they made, etc. Luckily, Jack had already published a detailed build diary on the forum of the team to which he belongs (Gray Fox), which I’ve been able to plunder for source material.
A couple of pics from the day Jack’s build arrived from Tackleberry.
You can see from the armoury numbers that Jack was already an aficionado of authenticity. Prior to receiving his PTW from Tac, Jack was rocking a tuned G&P, graced with RS Eotech, PEQ15 and M3X.
So what was the motivation?
“It basically stemmed from a love of SEALS impressions (2004 to present) and I have always used a CQBR. Many other rifles have been in my hands – MK12, M4A1, HK416 and even a MK11 which was taller than me! However due to my style of play I feel that I’m most comfortable with a shorter rifle.
Since joining Gray Fox, my eye for detail has sharpened and now only the best will do. This was pushed along when I sourced Gen3 Nods and an IR laser/illuminator.”
Here are some of the In The Wild pics which inspired Jack.
A few month after the initial iteration of Jack’s build, he added an Ergo grip. The lower had also been Kryloned, for that drop in upper look and an LBT two point AOR1 sling was in use.
Next, an Elcan and Hogue grip were added. The latter modded for PTW by Project PTW. The Elcan was short-lived, however. Of the Hogue grip, Jack says,
“I love it and very much doubt I’ll change to another.”
Here’s how Jack’s blaster looks now.
“I decided to add the Surefire Scout (FDE, of course) to the fray due to its IR capabilities and whilst the issued SU233 (rare as rocking horse shit) was lovely, the incandescent head with filter was not enough for me. The power output was not great. LEDs win every time…despite their red glow. I keep the Scout on the left side now, as I did with the SU233. I streamlined a wee bit and removed the dual switch so I could hold the rifle more comfortably. The KM2 head seems to interfere with the rail, due to its fatter head. Thus, it has to sit off the rail.
The G23 with newer STS mount was also added. I dislike the look of the newer G33 to be frank – bulky and ugly and not my thing. Having the G23 too far back and eliminating the BUIS causes problems with the charging handle – so the KAC 600m had to stay.”
Never satisfied, Jack says this about what’s next.
“Fit RS KAC NT4 flash hider and custom CNC stainless barrel (another job for Project PTW, who will also be coating the barrel). Orga inner barrel, not because I need it…but because I fancy trying it.”
The awesome parts list.
Prime CNC Colt Lower*
Systema Steel Barrel* (soon to swapped out for a custom made stainless steel version, with RS KAC NT4 lash hider)
G&P KAC Can*
Forged Upper Receiver
Hogue Pistol Grip
KAC 300m Rear BUIS
KAC SOPMOD Front Taupe BUIS
BCM Charging Handle
Daniel Defense MK18 RIS II FDE
Tango Down ITI Grip
CQD Front Sling Mount
CQD Rear Sling Mount
LBT AOR1 2500BZ
LMT Buffer Tube
B5 SOPMOD Stock
LBT 2626A AOR1 Garmin Pouch + 101 Foretrex
Eotech 553 FDE
Eotech G23 3X Magnifier
Surefire Scout and KM2 head FDE.
Magpul P-Mags FDE.
And the last word from Jack about the platform we all love…
“I’ve not really included any PTW info, due to the fact that the gun hasn’t failed me once in over a year and I can’t be bothered to hear opinions on what gun am bestest.”