So, today was the magic brown truck showing up from Brownell's. Brownell's Friday is one of my favorite days of the month because that means I have Friday night and all weekend to play with my new toys.
As those following the build know, I am doing this AR build completely piece meal. I am only ordering what I can afford to pay off immediately upon receipt of the order, so this week here is what I got.
MIAD Full Grip Set for AR-15:...... $34.95
MIAD Bolt & Firing Pin Grip Core:. $ 8.65
AR-15 Star Safety Selector:......... $ 9.00
AR-15 Oversized Selector:........... $14.95
AR-15 Spring Kit:....................... $ 9.00
AR-15 Pin Kit:............................ $12.00
AR-15 Takedown Detent:............ $ 1.76
AR-15 Takedown Spring:............ $ 2.55
I won't need all these parts, and I ordered two different Fire Control Selectors because I wanted to try them both out on the gun to see which one I liked the best.
I ordered the MIAD by MagPul, because it can be custom fit to any shooters hand. I really like the fit and feel of the final configuration that I ended up installing. The basic MIAD comes with a strange core system that allows you to hold three additional rounds and an extra firing pin. The three rounds are a military S.O.S. in a Search & Rescue operation, but beyond that, I don't see much use for them. Perhaps to use two to try and get more ammo, or another gun, and the last one on yourself if not. *shrug* In any event, I elected to get the optional core system that holds a complete new bolt assembly. Since I plan on having a couple of uppers on this platform, I can now make the changes in the field since I will have both bolts, and bolt heads, contained in the gun at all times. Very slick idea from the folks at MagPul.
I won't kid you, the MagPul is NOT a direct drop in. I had to spend about 20 minutes with an Exacto knife scraping away some finer points on the inside of the grip to lower receiver contact points to get a good fit. It wasn't hard, but it was more work that I expected to have to do. This shouldn't be a problem for anyone willing to undertake putting their own lower together though, it was basic "scrape to fit" work.
One thing I did find out about the MagPul MIAD grip. The son of a bitch who did the final cost evaluation packaging sign off has never assembled one! He didn't do you any favors guys. He sent you a slotted head screw to lock the handle to the lower receiver. Do you have ANY
idea how much of a pain in the @ss it is to align a slotted screw into a recessed hole and tighten it down? I will be changing that out with a hex-head model this weekend and I would suggest everyone plan on doing the same.
Here you can see the finished & installed MIAD to the Olympic Arms Lower this project is being built on. I used one detent and one spring from the DPMS misc parts kits that I ordered. I would have thought I would have been given a spring and detent with the grip kit, but I knew from previous experience in the shop that this is not the case. Make a note of that if you are going to order one for a stripper lower receiver. MagPul assumes that you are using their system to replace
an existing grip system that already is in place.
I ended up liking the STAR Fire Control Selector much better than the Oversized model, so I will be sending that model back. The STAR model seemed to have a much more comfortable thumb placement and movement from Fire to Safe for my thumb. That is not saying you won't like the Oversized model, it just seemed really large on the side of my unit and I elected to go with the STAR model.
So far, the cost on the build is as follows:
Olympic Arms Upper & Lower:---:$200
YHM EZ Pull Pin Set:-------------:$ 21
MIAD Grip Set:-------------------:$ 35
MIAD Core Upgrade:-------------:$ 9
STAR F.C.S.:---------------------:$ 9
*Misc Pin & Spring:--------------:$ 4
* - I estimated what the lone detent & spring would have cost at $2/ea. should you have to order them separate. If you buy a kit, you will get an overall better price per part needed.
I have plans on ordering my trigger and fore end in the next couple of weeks, so the adventure continues....
Hope you have enjoyed the build thus far.