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what2be
07-21-2008, 1:44 PM
Well, after a few small problems with the bolt carrier/latch release, i think this thing is finally ready to shoot. Planning on taking out tomorrow or the next day, kinda watching the weather, as its been windy lately.

I was saving all my emails from my orders but somehow lost them all, so I cant list every part I put into it, but ill try to list as many as I can. I bought the upper/lower bare and built it from scratch, with no parts kits at all, minus the trigger assembly which was already assembled when I got it.

Some things I bought but later realized I didnt need (like a takedown pin spring when using a push button takedown pin) but other than a few small things like that, it wasnt too bad at all.

There are alot of fine details in this gun, which shows if you look closely:)

1) notice there is not a F/A on the upper.
2) notice the bolt carrier has no F/A grooves.
3) notice the push pins for the takedown pins.

The Upper/lower is a Sun Devil billet that has their "devil coat", which is a nickel/teflon coating. It cost a bit more than their standard anodized coated upper/lowers, but I liked the look of it and figured id try it out. Not sure how durable the nickle/teflon is going to be, but im sure i'll find out soon enough.

Other parts used are a Miad grip with spare bolt and firing pin, as well as a Magpul Stock, Badger Ordinance charging handle, DPMS bolt release, Chip McCormick single stage curved trigger, DPMS oversize safety selector, MagPul trigger guard, Schmidt & Bender Varmit scope 4-16x50mm, #8 reticle, w/ les Baer mounts (had a nice Larue one piece offset scope mount but they sent me the 1" instead of 30mm so I need to send it back for the right one). Les Baer chrome bolt carrier and chrome bolt, Les Baer one piece Aluminum forend tube, Les Baer aluminum gas block, and Les Baer 1:9 20" Barrel. The Bipod is a Keng's Firearms Versa-Pod. Other stuff you cant see is the Enidine Hydraulic Buffer tube, and a Superior Shooting chrome silicon buffer spring. Most of the stuff came from Brownell's, PK firearms, Les Baer, and a few other assorted dealer's.

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apbrian112
07-21-2008, 1:51 PM
that sir, is one helluva nice first build!! congrats!

t0kie
07-21-2008, 2:13 PM
Congrats, it's a nice piece.
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Saigon1965
07-21-2008, 2:18 PM
Awesome first there. Give us a range report later.

cj1026
07-21-2008, 3:08 PM
Holy crap! That is one sweet rifle there. I love the upper.

Heiko
07-21-2008, 3:27 PM
That is really nice. That upper receiver looks tough as a tank. Cool finish too.

BroncoBob
07-21-2008, 3:56 PM
One heck of nice rifle my man. You sure put in some top notch parts. Hope you don't mind me asking but what was the total cost of your build?

gcvt
07-21-2008, 4:04 PM
Holy crap - that's beautiful!!

ricknadine1111
07-21-2008, 4:10 PM
Neat looking space gun:party:

fireluvrandrew@gmail.com
07-21-2008, 8:39 PM
very nice! makes me want to get another ar... to bad im trying to sell my first one.... one day, one day ;)

what2be
07-21-2008, 10:28 PM
One heck of nice rifle my man. You sure put in some top notch parts. Hope you don't mind me asking but what was the total cost of your build?

To be honest, not sure, Im looking at the Les Baer bill right now and it was $1,300 alone. The Sun Devil upper/lower bare was $400. S&B scope I got a great deal on and paid $2,400 for it. Chip MCCormick trigger was $200 Then add in the Magpul stock ($255), Miad grip ($50), Hydralic buffer tube ($100), selector switch, oversize bolt catch, trigger guard, tactical charging handle, springs, detents, etc, i guess another $500? So maybe $4,900 or so?

Pvt. Cowboy
07-21-2008, 10:34 PM
I like it, but boy that looks expensive. Wasn't there a platinum model, or did you decide to cut some corners? :D

grubbin
07-22-2008, 9:57 AM
Damn, I hope you'll be able to stretch the legs on this rig and get a chance to shoot out to 1000 yards... especially with that scope. Nice build.

what2be
07-23-2008, 2:33 PM
I like it, but boy that looks expensive. Wasn't there a platinum model, or did you decide to cut some corners? :D

Well, it just kinda of came out how it did. I usually dont cut corners with anything I own, its kinda my downfall in some ways, but most of the time it pays off. When I was building this, I didnt even consider price.
If you look at what a Barrett 82A1 costs, or a number of other guns, you really cant say any AR is overpriced when you build it. I mean, this thing is still half the cost of a .50, with the optics included on the AR.

DrunkSkunk
07-23-2008, 2:38 PM
very nice build congrats