Finally got a chance to go out to the desert and give the CAR-15 a workout. Had a great time and my wife took some pretty good pics with the hills in the background. The CAR-15 is kind of a mixmaster with a DSA lower and a Bushmaster upper. The flash suppressor is a slipover model that gives it a shorty look but retains a good 14-15" of rifled barrel - the suppressor steps down and is mated flush with the HBAR unlike some I've seen that have a gap. The rifle did really well with a variety of ammo: 50 grain Federal HP, 55 grain Federal AE, 55 grain Guatemalan M193 and 62 grain Radway Green. No failures through 300 rounds (including 100 rapid fire) and all ammo types were pretty accurate. Also put a couple hundred of rounds through the stainless XD9. No failures (I replaced the striker retaining pin after my last range session) and it seemed to like the WWB 147 grain HP which will become my new carry load. If you look closely, you can see that my wife caught the pic with the slide in motion and a casing in the air - pretty cool. Last, but not least, my lovely wife had a lot of fun with the 60 year old Winchester 62A (my favorite .22 rifle) and was really quite good for a new shooter. She also picked up my brass for me while I was shooting the other guns.