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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Getting Closer Comment
    Gregory Morris, 2/20/09 8:03:27 pm
    Not as close as Peter, whose upper is in the mail... but at least I now have an assembled lower. If the basic parts were easy to install, the buffer tube was ridiculously easy.



    As you can see, I got a cheapo carbine-length stock. I decided to go the carbine route instead of the full-length rifle... the wonderful thing about the AR platform is that if I change my mind later, it is easy to fix. I also went with a cheap one because it is easy to upgrade. Plus, the parts I really wanted seem to be in short supply, so I'll have a functional rifle while I'm looking for exactly the right gear. Instant gratification plus endless adaptability!

    My plan is to get the thing together as quickly and cheaply as possible. Post-election prices put the fully assembled lower at about $315 after all is said and done. I expect a (very basic) upper (like Peter's Del-Ton, or maybe a Model1) to come in at around $500-$600 shipped. That will still net me a decent black rifle for under $900, which you simply can't find around here anymore, used or new. Occasionally I'll see something in that range on one of the local bulletin boards. But you mostly only see crappy AKs and over-priced SKSs. The local gun shops don't have any AR platform rifles new for below grand, and I've only seen one (heavily) used AR for $899 in the last month.

    Now, I just gotta order my upper and hope I get it before the sun burns out.

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    Re: Getting Closer
    ZerCool, 2/21/09 8:06:21 pm
    Looking good... :)

    I ordered my upper from Model1 last week; they're quoting a sixteen-to-eighteen week lead time. Prices are slightly up from what's on their web page - they haven't had time to get it updated.

    If you're curious, I'm getting an A3 upper, fluted stainless 1:8, removable carry handle, NM sights, chrome BCG, tactical latch. Price was $811.

    I think the cheapest you'll be out of M1 for is about $500 once the BCG is added. Buddy of mine swears by their stuff.

    Also keep an eye on the arfcom equipment exchange - there are some deals to be had there too.
    Re: Getting Closer
    Linoge, 2/23/09 7:07:13 pm
    Supposedly, I might be a week out from my upper being built. Supposedly. Assuming the barrel fairy... drops one off. Best of luck with your searches, though... I figure planning on a delivery date sometime before the entropic death of the universe puts things in perspective a bit.
    Re: Getting Closer
    Gregory Morris, 2/23/09 9:23:31 pm
    Linoge - seems strange that the barrel would be your hold-up (unless you are getting something fancy/custom.) I think Robb waited a while for his (pre-election) upper for the same reason though. Everyone I've talked to says that bold/carrier groups are the hard thing to get nowadays, followed by lower receivers.

    I've seen tons of complete uppers for sale, minus the BCG. If I find a good deal, I might just buy it, and buy the BCG (and a headspace gauge set) later.
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