Frequently Asked Questions...
May I bring my personally owned AR15 to training and simulations?
Yes. Please do! One Shepherd maintains an armory of AR15 rifles and carbines for our members to borrow at no extra cost. Yet we also encourage Warriors to own the tools of their trade - a weapon. Now that said, be advised that there are a few caveats.
DO NOT BRING personally owned blank ammunition, magazines, or blank firing adaptor! This is forbidden.
1. Personally owned rifles or carbines must be of the AR15 variant in .233 caliber (5.56mm). One Shepherd uses the M200 LC blank cartridge in this caliber. Furthermore, our MILES 2000/IWS are programed for this caliber only. For safety reasons, personally owned blank ammunition is absolutely forbidden from our training facility. Period.
2. Personally owned magazines are not permitted. One Shepherd employs USGI STANAG aluminum magazines. The spines are painted to indicate "blank ammunition only." This is a critical part of our safety protocol.
3. Personally owned AR15 must have A1 or A2-type "bird cage" muzzlebrake. One Shepherd employs the government standard M15A2 red blank firing adaptor (BFA) for barrels 18 inches or longer, and the M26 yellow BFA for barrels 16 inches or shorter. Due to our safety protocol, we insist you use ours.
Personally owned AR15 weapons will be checked into the arms room and undergo a functions and safety check. They will be fitted with a MILES SAT laser on the barrel. Members are responsible for zeroing the SAT laser (dry fire), and should anticipate between five minutes and an hour to zero depending on their proficiency. Please do not bring your "Safe Queen" prized firearm. Personally owned AR15 should be a Warrior's weapon. It will become scratched, dented, and worn in our training environment!
OD Green Rules!
Solid OD green furniture is not required for the first fielding. However, you'll notice that solid olive green is One Shepherd's motif. We expect your AR15 to conform to our uniformity. Complete OD green furniture may be purchased for under $100. Alternatively, DuraCoat furniture finish can be purchased for just $16, and a can of OD green Krylon spraypaint costs just $3. So it's affordable.