Originally Posted by supergus
I like the props Jeepcreep gave 'em. JD, if it's not too much trouble, could you make a list of all the components I would need.? So far I can think of:
3. Trigger assembly
5. Bolt/bolt carrier
6. Pin kit
I'm more concerned with my ability to pick quality parts than anything else.
1. Lower - Any lower will do as long as it's not cast. You want a milled receiver, not some piece of Chinese cast pot metal. All lowers are pretty much the same except for Colt ( where's Canebreak?? ) who made a bunch with large pin Take Down and Pivot Pins, so you need a Colt upper to go with a Colt Lower...
2. Upper - Can buy any upper receiver, or you can buy a complete upper and slap it on. For a first timer, buying a complete upper is easier, but junho came in with NO KNOWLEDGE of the platform and built his from the ground up on his own and it works just fine. If you can get a matching upper and lower, that is great, but it's not neccesary in this day and age of CNC machining and tighter tolerances...
2a. Stock - Depends on what you want. A standard A2 fixed stock is solid and cheap. A CTR collapsible is a great piece of kit that gives you 6 positions for multiple activities, but costs quite a bit more. There are about 60 options inbetween the two, all of which you can install quite easily...
3. Trigger assembly - Depends on what you want the gun to do. If you want a longer range shooter, then a two stage is prefered. IF you want a CQB gun, a single stage trigger will do you just fine. Lots of options, we can discuss needs and availability on this one later on...
4. Barrel - Dpends on what you want to build. Definitely the hardest to get parts right now. No one is just selling AR barrels, they are selling complete uppers, or complete guns. However, there are sources for barrels can be had that have less wait time than 5 months...
5. Bolt/bolt carrier - Don't believe the hype. You DO NOT need a Ti bolt and carrier. Nor do you need a $500 Lobster claw built bolt extractor on a custom CNC turned bolt. Standard bolt and carrier is good, there are a couple of others that are a bit better, but again, it depends on the type of activity you want to go for. There are lots of options out there for Bolt and Carrier....
6. Pin kit - I think you mean Lower Parts Kit. Any Lower Parts kit will work, but a kit from Brownells will have everything you need, and the only thing I would change would be the handle. I really like the MIAD grips, but they are a bit more expensive.
You're a Jeep Guy, you can't possibly WANT to buy someone else's work, it's in your damn DNA to put sh!t together yourself... LOL