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Took the first step in an AR build

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by majorhavok, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. Jun 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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    majorhavok

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    I have had a hole(mostly in my mind..) in my gunsafe for years. Given all the floating legislation here in CA that would outlaw AR's, I decided to start a build. I first wanted a M&P, but the pricing and timing didn't work out, and I do like the idea of a fully self-built rifle. I even considered one of the 80% lower kits, but decided if they DO outlaw these in Cali, a registered lower would most likely be grandfathered, and it'd be hard to prove when an 80% was completed.

    Anyway, I bought this from Turners:

    lower.JPG

    They had 4 different lowers to choose from for $159 before fees. Truthfully all were almost identical, but the finish and engraving on the DTi was a bit better and the reviews online were all glowing. I also picked up the full parts kit for the lower and a separate bullet button to make it CA legal when I do the build.

    The bad news is that the del-ton is completely sold out of the rest of their AR rifle kits to complete the AR which would have been my preference.
     
  2. Jun 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM
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    congrats on your find! ...take care when you install the roll pin that holds the trigger guard in, as that is a weak part of the lower reciever, ...you wouldn't want to break it, especially now when they are hard to come by (a trick is to use a pair of taped up vice grips, slowly turn the screw to advance the pin into place ;) same goes for the roll pin for the bolt catch assembly...
     
  3. Jun 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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    Thanks, that sounds like a great tip! I am looking forward to the build.
     
  4. Jun 24, 2013 at 8:28 PM
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    That's not a horrible horrible price, though it's high for a Delton.

    Doesn't Riflegear have any JD Machine lowers in stock? They should be around $130 out the door with DROS.
     
  5. Jun 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM
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    Great tip! I have never used vice grips but it seems like it would work.
     
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    Negativo captain stevo. They ONLY have the billet, for the same price as turners though. $230 before tax/dros etc..

    negats.JPG
     
  7. Jun 24, 2013 at 8:34 PM
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    Ouch... they're up to $200 for the basic lower?
    My 3 lowers were $89-$120.
     
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    Times have changed. :) I won't tell you what I paid for a case of 900 cci stingers at the last gun show. :anonymous:
     
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    yep, it works! ....tape the jaws up good, ....relying on a hammer and punch it's easy to scratch the finish...
     
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    For the bolt catch assy, I go the opposite way and this works a lot easier and less chance of scratching. I use a brass punch and a small tack hammer.
    barrell end ----->stock end
    And for the trigger guard I put a wood block under the ears as I am slowly tapping the roll pin in with a small tack hammer
     
  11. Jun 25, 2013 at 7:57 AM
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    sounds like a good start, heres my first (and only so far) build

     
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    check ammo bros? I saw some lowers for 129 there lately.
     
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    Picking it up today!
     
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