...build, that is.
I detailed the parts that went into my first AR-15 lower build over on the official work blog. The lower might look familiar; if it does it's because I got it well over two years ago. The "Fill Your Hands" lower that was going to be Freedom Rifle, then was shelved, then got turned into a different kind of Freedom rifle once I actually escaped the Volksrepublik. It turned into this:
I decided to go with an M4gery of sorts, at least, as close as I could get it with parts on hand. The Bravo Company upper was an unexpected find; for well under five bills, shipped, it came complete except for the charging handle and handguard. Fortunately, I had the original guards off the Bushmaster kicking around, and between those, the DPMS carry handle, and the completed lower, I figured that gave me a decent jump on an M4gery.
Plus, it's got all the eeeevil features I couldn't have in MA: Adjustable stock, bayonet lug, flash hider, and a new 30-round magazine. Such is life in free America; I even bought a 40-round PMag at the gun show the weekend before last. Because I could...
The build was decidedly uninteresting except for the safety selector. When I got it installed, it wouldn't rotate, and I didn't know what to do. I followed the Brownells videos for AR lower assembly, and at first I thought I must have missed a step. Went back, watched again, took the hammer and trigger out and started over, and still no rotation. At that point I watched the rest of the video and realized I had to wait and finish putting it together, and sure enough, everything worked.
At this point, the lower has a couple hundred rounds through it and has even starred in a soon-to-be-released video. The upper has been to a bloggershoot as well and probably has 400 rounds through it, all functioning flawlessly. Very happy with this build. While I do like the M4gery, I suspect that this platform will see several different iterations as time progresses.
And yes, there is another build in the works for the new lower I have coming in...
That is all.