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.