Fisherman Catches AR-15 Rifle

July 23 2014
by GSL Staff
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Talk about being quite the fish-AR-man… No? OK. Anyway. So according to a reddit post the AR-15 rifle pictured above was found by a man who was fishing.

An update posted in the comments seems to point to it being a stolen rifle, so maybe the owner will actually get it back. Here is some more info about the gun from another reddit comment,

The rifle itself is a base-model E-series (thanks sh3llsh0ck!) Ruger SR-556. Considering the handguard, upper receiver, and lower receiver are all comprised of aluminum, it’s no surprise that it looks so clean. The rust evident on the barrel and gas block is significant enough to suggest that the rifle is probably ruined permanently (without replacing most of the components other than the receivers). It’s hard to say exactly how long it’s been submerged, but I’d put money on a period of a few weeks to a month or two, at the most.

The optics on top are an EOTech EXPS3 and an EOTech G33 Magnifier. Both optics are likely ruined: water damage to the electronics in the EXPS3 is virtually guaranteed, the magnifier likely suffered some degree of rust and/or containment failure of the tube (full of water). EOTech rates both optics are waterproof to 33 feet, but it’s likely been under more water than that…and if it’s been long enough to develop rust, they probably leaked over time as well.

Surprisingly, this isn’t even the first time this has been reported on Reddit, see this thread, and the image below.

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You guys know talking about losing guns in boating accidents is supposed to just be a joke right?

h/t TFB

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