I know there's been a few threads up recently expressing a general pessimism on the likely state of gun control next year, given our remaining slate of presidential candidates. I started thinking about it, too, thinking that it wouldn't be a bad idea to have an Evil Black Rifle of my own before next January. The problem is, I didn't really know what I would want to do with it, what configuration I would want to get, so on and so forth.
Then I got a good piece of advice from a shooting buddy. The only regulated part of an AR is, of course, the lower receiver. And they aren't that expensive, being in about the $150 range for a stripped lower. The friend's advice was just to stock up a few lowers now and worry about what to do with them later. Kind of odd that had never occurred to me, but I like it.
I knew my brother had been thinking about someday maybe eventually getting himself an AR platform, too, but he never has the money to spend on something like that. But since neither of us is in a really hurry to have an EBR, buying the stripped lowers and having a sort of ongoing project gun is a great compromise.
So that's what we are going to do---we will each buy two or three lowers and, over the next six or eight months, put together our first AR. I figure, buy a parts kit here, a barrel there, so on and so forth, and eventually I will have a gun. Even better if a get a mag and some ammo every time I make a parts purchase.
First one up, I think, will be a 16" 5.56. Later on, we'll see.
I have one big question for the AR aficionados out there. Does the lower have any impact on the final caliber, or is that solely a function of the upper? I could see my second project being a full-sized barrel in either .308 or 7.62x39...
Thanks for listening.