I don't exactly know what;s wrong with me lately, but I've been buying guns and accessories like a crack addict lately. I picked up this stripped lower just because it was a good deal. I have thee ARs already, it's not like I needed another one but what the hell, I had a spare upper laying around that needed a lower so what the hell, build another. I've been so busy buying and posting pictures, I didn't even do the write up for the first build. I'll go back and do that one of these days.
Colt Canada stripped lower. Like my first one, it was a bit on the light grey side, but soak it in some G96, and it will darken up a bit.
My newest lower next to my first build.
A few parts came in from Midway which got me off my butt to finally slap this together. Bought a couple of spares just in case I build another one, but lets hope not, haha!
I picked up a pile of spare parts from a buddy of mine, and there was enough to complete a lower parts kit. My first build was simple, I picked up a Daniel Defense lower parts kit for $100 off Lever Arms and it was simple enough to install. One part was a pain, but I'll have to go back and write about it later.
This cobbled together kit came with a Jard single stage adjustable trigger. I really had no idea if I was going to figure it out, but I manged with the help of youtube and just mucking around.
A comparison between the Daniel Defense miil-spec trigger on the left, and the Jard unit on the right. I really had no appreciation for aftermarket triggers until I installed this trigger and adjusted it. The pull is 1-1/2 pounds, but it feels like a fart could set it off. I originally installed this in my newest lower, which will be mated to a 10.3in upper, but I changed my mind and stuffed it into my Colt 15.7in IUR build. Figured I'd shoot the IUR a bit further out than the 10.3 in so I may want to save that sensitive trigger for that rifle instead.
I didn't have a roll-pin starter so my ghetto method of pressing in the roll pin is shown above. It works, and the collar stay is used to prevent scratching the receiver. I did the same for the bolt catch release roll pin. Everything else was pretty much the same. I started this build before having a couple of friends over for drinks. I finished this build at 3am after they all left, and I was half-cut and falling asleep, but still got most of it done, lol!
I gave up at about this point, my wood-barrel vice thing-a-ma-jig didn't work out very well and |I actually put a minor chip in the upper receiver when the wood gave out.
I also bent the $hit out of my vice handle....and this isn't half bad, I'd already bent it back about 15 or 20 times that night.
The next day, I borrowed this. Upper receiver vice block. A God-send, I can't believe I never bothered to get one in the past, it would have made life so much easier installing and removing flash-hiders and brakes.
This Daniel Defense Muzzle Climb Mitigator Gen 2 Muzzle Brake looked interesting so I grabbed it off MidwayUSA. I just need to find some time to get to the range and try it out. I bet it's going to be LOUD, lol!
Anyway, I didn't take many progress pics of this build, probably because it was 3 in the morning when I assembled most of it, and I was just bagged. I took these pics a few days later, but was too lazy to get the Olympus out, so these are cell-phone pics, which turned out ok.
Anyway, 4 ARs and counting. The fun part really was buying all the parts and assembling it myself....well, sort of, had a buddy help me remove that cursed front sight post and install the free float hand guard on the Stag/Colt Frankenstein gun.