Friday, July 17, 2009

Building an AR-15

Bought a DelTon AR-15 stripped lower at a gun show back in January. It's been five months since I ordered a complete upper + lower parts kit from Delton's website and I'm about done waiting. Last I heard they were still on back order from December. What the hell is going on there? It seems customers are being put on a waiting list even though things are in stock. I canceled my order and just ordered the parts individually from Midway. DPMS seems to be the only company to have anything in stock. You may not be able to order a complete Lower Parts Kit (LPK) but you can order the pieces individually. I decided I wanted shiny buttons on my AR15 so I decided to add that to the shopping cart. The grips are Ajax 1911 pewter grips attached to a '1911 to AR-15' adapter. The left panel seems to get in the way of the safety selector so I guess I'll be going back to A1 grips. The Bling grips can be further adapted to an AK using an "AR-15 to AK-47" adapter, which I will be attaching to my previous AK project.

Anyways, here's the progress so far...

The barrel (not attached yet) is a 24" stainless steel bull barrel.  I found out the hard way that it is incompatible with the M16A1 handguards, which is too bad, because I like the A1 grips/handguards!