The AR build project is underway
After scooping up a forged DPMS receiver, I'm on my way towards one of my 2006 goals: getting into the AR.
I was half convinced I'd found a factory rifle that would be fine but the more I thought about it the more I realized I was wasting a couple hundred bucks if I bought it because I'd immediately replace a couple things, and this receiver came along... so heck with it all.
Next bits to go in are the lower parts kit, and a 6 position stock.
I'm actually currently shopping for the upper I want, and I actually think this guy right here from AIM surplus is the one.
It's a brand name upper with all the features I want, and what is most impressive to me is that at $475, it has the bolt carrier/charging handle and the flip up rear sight, which is what I want.
See lots of people can sell me that upper for that same price because I don't really want a carry handle, but then I'm stuck shelling out another $100 for the fold up rear iron sight.
I'm not married to any particular brand since I've gone the frankengun route anyway, but I will stick to companies I've actually heard of. I had someone try to pawn an Advanced brand AR15 on me a while back. I wouldn't touch it because I have never heard of Advanced.
I think I'll probably pick up a Stag lower parts kit, since it would just make me feel better if the lower's internals were made by the same people as the upper I'm considering. All the good lower parts kits cost the same anyway, which isn't surprising considering they should all be, in theory, identical.
I figure if I like this one, I'll do another one next year with a 20" barrel and A2 upper. The irony is I should probably do that build for my first one, but I really think this'll be my only AR 15 so I'm going to get it like I want it.
I'm going to get the upper last. The reason is if I get an upper and don't have the rear sight I need to finally go shoot the stupid thing, I am gonna be ticked off!
I'll tell you what though don't be fooled on gunbroker... they list an upper but none of them have the iron sights, the charging handle/bolt carrier etc.
Good Luck W/ Your Project Euclidean
If I might make one suggestion.
That would be to call Brownell's up on the phone & request their printed catalog.
They have good stuff in there for the AR & you can look at the match & competition trigger groups & low mass hammers & optics mounts etc.
Lots of useful tools in there also. It's a great catalog for the home gunsmith.