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longhairchris
05-22-2011, 6:21 PM
I have been wanting to put one together for a few years now. I got a decent tax return and black rifles have gained more acceptance in these past few years, so I decided to finally do it. I wanted to stay in the $800 range and use USA made parts when possible.

From Ammo Bros
Stag lower: $119 (on special) + tax + DROS = $155
Magpul rear MBUS = ~$60
Magpul 10/20 Pmags = $20 x 2 + tax = $44

From Marks Armory
Del-Ton 16" rifle kit = $470
(includes upper, BCG, charging handle, lower parts kit, M4 style stock, buffer & spring)
Bullet button = $20
+ shipping = $20

Total $725 plus $44 for two mags.
Satisfaction of giving the finger to the state of Kalifornia? Priceless.

Great service and communication from Marks Armory by the way. I got lucky that they had the rifle kit in stock. I originally wanted the CMMG kit, but they were backordered til who knows when. I saw The Del-Ton kit in stock one day, researched the hell out of it, found out that actual owners are happy with them.

Just did a range day, sighted in the irons (or should I say iron-n-plastic?) and not a hiccup. Shot some old Malaysian M193, and some handloads, all fired perfectly. Pretty satisfying to hear that "pting" of a steel plate at 150 yards!

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http://longhairchris.smugmug.com/photos/i-NhC5DLJ/0/M/i-NhC5DLJ-M.jpg

http://longhairchris.smugmug.com/photos/i-d97Dsqf/0/M/i-d97Dsqf-M.jpg

I don't think there's anything wrong with Del-Ton stuff. The fit to the lower is tight, the finish looks great. 4140 vs 4150 steel, the zombies won't know the difference. No chrome lined barrel, no problem as I actually clean my guns. No full auto BCG necessary either.

I'm convinced that Del-Ton doesn't forge or machine every part on their kits; they use the same suppliers as other "more preferred" brands.

I would like a better trigger though, something with not so firm a pull.

mlevans66
05-22-2011, 6:24 PM
Nice clean rifle. Have fun with it!

tomd1584
05-22-2011, 6:46 PM
looks good! where are you shooting at?

dmendoza1779
05-22-2011, 7:53 PM
Nice KISS build!

Gio
05-22-2011, 8:01 PM
The trigger pull will smooth out after a few hundred rounds. I prefer to run the stock trigger that comes with a mil-spec lpk. Good job on the kiss build :)

762.DEFENSE
05-22-2011, 8:14 PM
You can't go wrong with a K.I.S.S. set up.

shamu415
05-22-2011, 8:55 PM
I agree, you cant go wrong with the K.I.S.S build. Enjoy and be safe

longhairchris
05-23-2011, 7:44 AM
looks good! where are you shooting at?

Thanks! Shooting at Cherry Creek, north of Ojai.

evidens83
05-23-2011, 7:52 AM
Looks good! I completely agree on the Del-Ton feedback. Great product for the price.

imarangemaster
05-23-2011, 8:10 AM
I like it. Nice, simple, and LIGHT weight

triplestack3
05-23-2011, 9:45 AM
looks good! let me know next time you go out shooting. I'm in the middle of a build right now

Droppin Deuces
05-23-2011, 11:06 AM
Nice rifle. How do you like the dinky little handguards compared to the normal sized ones? I can't get used to them on my .22 upper.