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    Greg and Beth

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    Someone Said That Was Hard? Comment
    Gregory Morris, 2/12/09 6:05:42 pm
    With Beth's help, it took about 15 minutes to put my new lower together. Thanks to Brownells for the instructional videos (and a pile of inexpensive magazines), commenter ZerCool for the tip on where to get a lower parts kit, and M&A Parts for getting me a reasonably priced LPK quickly (while everyone else just said, "yeah right!" when I asked for one.)



    Next up, the buttstock and related bits. I'm probably gonna get a cheap collapsible stock, and just upgrade later. Since I can really only afford to buy this rifle bit by bit, the upper may be a month or two away.

    Oh, and to the guy I bought the lower receiver from who assumed I was too much of an idiot to assemble an AR lower: it was easy-peasy. I've had lego sets that were harder. I could have done that drunk and blindfolded. I didn't lose a single spring or detent, and I only launched the disconnecter across the garage once.

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    Re: Someone Said That Was Hard?
    McThag, 2/12/09 7:38:46 pm
    I built three before I launched a part (front detent) and didn't lose anything until the the stock swap on the fifth (forgot to secure the buffer detent).

    You are correct, there's nothing really hard about it.

    My launches and losses stemmed from getting complacent with it. I stopped paying close attention to what I was doing and POP, crap!

    In unrelated news, I notice there's getting to be a fair crop of bloggers around the Tampa area. Are there enough for blog-meets yet?
    Re: Someone Said That Was Hard?
    Gregory Morris, 2/12/09 7:41:44 pm
    Well, the only area blogger I've actually met is Robb. We have "blog meets" at the range all the time, they just consist of the two of us :)

    Tampa BLAB supposedly has occasional meetups, but they haven't since I discovered them.
    Re: Someone Said That Was Hard?
    Linoge, 2/12/09 8:22:05 pm
    *sigh* Rub it in, why do you not? Everything for me was a relative breeze, with the exception of the gorramed pivot pin detent - that thing was a bloody nightmare. My kit came from M&A as well, and the detent successfully managed to destroy the tool that was supposed to help me install it - not terribly encouraging. I sent them an email concerning it, but have not heard anything back yet... oh well.

    By way of collapsible stocks, I recommend CAA's products, but that is just me.

    And bit by bit is definitely the way to do it these days, but be advised - I have been on a backorder list for an upper for three months at one place, and two months at another. Good fun :).
    Re: Someone Said That Was Hard?
    SayUncle, 2/12/09 8:29:31 pm
    how did you launch the disconnector? I've launched plenty of front takedown detents but never a disconnector. and don't ever put the disconnector in backwards.
    Re: Someone Said That Was Hard?
    Gregory Morris, 2/12/09 9:21:10 pm
    Uncle: I used a punch that was too small to retain the trigger/disconnecter assembly inside the lower. The result was a bunch of wiggling back and forth. When I was unable to get it lined up, I dug through my toolbox and found the right size punch. I pulled the little one out without thinking, and the disconnecter popped out... not really across the garage, just onto the floor.

    I didn't know it was physically possible to put the disconnecter in backwards... heh.

    Linoge: To install the pivot pin detent, I inserted the spring, then held the detent in place with a pair of needle-nose pliers. I then used an exacto-knife blade to press and hold the detent all the way in while I slid the pivot pin into place. The exacto-knife slides out, and you're done. Peter gave me that idea. Works like a charm, just be careful not to scratch your finish.
    Re: Someone Said That Was Hard?
    Linoge, 2/13/09 5:31:46 am
    Yeah, I ended up doing the same thing with an uber-thin Henkels knife I had in the kitchen. Unfortunately, the aforementioned tool already did a number on my lower's finish, so I was not really that worried at that point.
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