Monday, July 22, 2013

Freedom Rifle Update...

So, last week I got another package from the good folks at Brownells. The lower parts kit (from High Standard, ironically enough) needed to complete the lower for Freedom Rifle was in, as was a special upgrade courtesy of Larry Weeks, an ALG Combat Trigger (ACT) from ALG Defense. I couldn't resist, again:


All I need to do is put the fiddly bits in place and that will be a fully operational AR-15 lower. Yeah, I kinda cheated for the picture and dropped the standard trigger and pistol grip in place (simulating how it would look if it were complete, if I had the patience to start the assembly). With only the Magpul MOE pistol grip left - and a perfectly good pistol grip in the parts kit - the assembly can be finished and the search for an upper can commence.

I've been looking at the Tactical Solutions .22LR uppers, and I'm torn between the traditional M4 style upper and the LT upper. The LT upper is lightweight and a free-float forend, so it would be a real tack driver with a nice 4X scope or red dot sight. The M4 style upper has a standard handguard, which could be swapped out for the matching Magpul MOE carbine forend, and also has a front sight should we stick with iron sights for the rifle. Both require Massification, and would only be allowed with 10 round magazines.

Thanks again to Brownells for their support in this project - I can't wait to complete this rifle!

That is all.

7 comments:

Old NFO said...

Looking good, now finish the damn thing!!! :-)

Geodkyt said...

Is this off the Virginia Blogshoot receiver?

I finally figured out what was wrong with the upper from that deal. . .

Geodkyt said...

Go with the M4 upper. $25 cheaper, and as you point out, compatible with standard furniture and has a front sight.

Later, you can take teh front sight off and add a rifle length FF tube, so you can not only crank down on that sling in positional shooting, but you can hang a front sight WAY out there for the longest practical sight radius.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Geo, are we talking about that POS Upper from the POS AR Parts Gun that was only supposed to be a Temporary Substitute/Just in Case the SHTF in the Next Few Months/Future Trade Goods until such Time and Money came around to get a GOOD Upper?

BTW, my FN Guy went over the Parts Kit and gave it a "Thumbs Up".

Now if I only had some Spare Change to get it up and running.....

Jay G said...

Geodkyt,

This is the "Fill your hands" upper from York Arms. I found the John Wayne quote particularly appropriate for a rimfire rifle that would be used to teach new shooters.

You know, getting them to fill their hands with a firearm...

Geodkyt said...

Yup, Les, that's the upper.

It's gonna either get parted out or turned into a .22LR upper with a conversion bolt.

Still happy with the swap. An FAL parts set I was never realistically going to do anything with found a new home, and the upper will either turn into a rimfire plinker or enough ca$h to get a good BCG to finish an upper for Nancy to borrow.

Turns out (in addition to some gas system issues -- like one of the gas block taper pins is actually a roll pin!) that Bubba decided to do his own headspacing job by installing a barrel extension his very own self.

Except they used a way out of spec bolt (oversize), because with an brand new, in-spec bolt that sucker slides shut with NO effort on a NO GO gauge. . . even with the extractor and ejector still installed. . . (OTOH, it does headspace properly with the bolt it came with.)

Papafah said...

I have the TS M4 upper and frequently wish I chose the LT upper. The problem is that if i had purchased the LT upper, I would probably wish I had gotten the M4.

The only real problem with them (apples to both) is that the bolt does not stay open when the magazine is removed. Oh well, my 14 yr old son does not seem to mind as he is burning up some 22lr.