With this country a-changin' and my RKBA muscle a-twitchin', I started looking for a rifle that could hunt small game and repel zombie hordes, if necessary. At first I thought the Mini-14. But for just a $100-200 more I could build my own black rifle. Woohoo! Here I go. For just a bit of background, since I hope this thread is an inspiration to others in similar shoes, I am pretty new to firearms. A couple years ago I saw something on the horizon I didn't like. I bought a handgun, started training (it's a never-ending process...), and got licensed to carry a concealed handgun. I take that role in my community very seriously and carry everywhere it is allowed. Just 3 months ago I didn't even know I could actually build my own rifle. I still don't know how to do it. But I can rip out a kitchen to the studs and do the whole thing, so I can figure this one out, I'm sure. And with the help of others on this forum I will succeed. I plan to keep photos coming along with a description of my efforts. This won't be a tutorial thread. I'll leave that to others. It will be a "You can do it, too!" thread. I believe I can, therefore I WILL!