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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2014, 07:52:56 PM »
I didn't see the price on that before. It's out of my league.
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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2014, 09:33:04 PM »
The price is way high...but I saw a Mag Tac lower for $89 at Palmetto State last weekend and they sell the uppers for about $169...then you can piece it together to get the cost way down.

Also...that Aero lower is interesting....
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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2014, 07:32:19 AM »
I'm progressing on my "light" carbine build.  Got the MagTac lower and upper, a Wilson combat single set trigger.   Went with the MagPul MOE stock but got heavier with a nickel boron BCG from Palmetto State.

Looked at some barrels and I've decided to go with hammer forged and a pencil barrel at 14.5" then weld on the flash suppressor for the legal 16".  I guess I need to get my Class 3 dealer to handle that part to be legal.    The barrel looks to be in the 1.5 lb class from Daniel Defense.  I'm sticking with the Geissele forend that I can put rail where I want it.

Now all I need is the cash to progress....
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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2014, 02:16:10 PM »
Sounds good BUT there are Carbon fiber forends that accept rails where you want them that will save weight. 

As for the barrel I think you are fine as long as it doesn't go on the rifle until after the flash suppressor is welded on.  I'm thinking along the lines of 80% lowers and AR Pistols.  Having all the ingredients to make something doesn't make the ingredients illegal (although the BATFE may disagree  ::) )
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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2014, 06:25:28 AM »
OK...just a bit more research and I ended up with a Spikes Tactical barrel.  It come in at 1.35 lbs and is built for them by FN to SAW standards...it has double chrome and is hammer forged.  That's the one for me.
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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
« Reply #25 on: August 13, 2014, 05:59:59 PM »
So here I am months later.... Maggie says, "I want you to build me a rifle for Christmas".  Gotta love that girl. But, then she also changed her mind and wanted a gopro camera to take kayaking with her, because she sees so many cool birds and stuff.

Then she realized that the best bird seasons are almost past and she could get the camera for her May birthday, so now we're back to an AR. I'm on it!

So as you know we live in NJ and the news coming out of NJ RE: 2nd Amendment rights is surprising even ME for it's sheer stupidity and facism. So I'm being careful. Looks like the only tricky part is the muzzle device.

I have a local gunsmith who is helpful but he stopped doing "compliance" work when the state po po came for an inspection and gave him a huge ration of shit because their "nearly undefined" regulations on compliance were being aggravated that day. So he just stopped doing that kind of work.
Found a guy up the road who will do the weld on the brake (can't have flash hiders and can't have a threaded barrel- welded brake fixes that). So that's cool.

On to the gun.
I know I was looking for really light, but the diff between really light and passably light is not that great, considering the cost of some stuff.

So here's the basics.
Based on what Maggie likes (we're talking "looks" here) the gun has to be all black. If there's any pink she will kill ME with it. So I copped out and bought an upper assembly from Custom Built Arms. The reason I ended with them is a bit of a mixup, but I was a pest and they are VERY accomodating.
We're going with 16" 223 Wylde, chrome lined barrel, a low profile gas block, and a quad rail for accessorizing.
She has the whole "right-handed, left-eyed"thing going on so I figure a red dot sight will work best for her. No iron sights right now.
For weight (and she likes the look) we went with the GWAKS Cav-15 MKII lower/stock assembly.
I went to PSA for bolt carrier group, charging handle and lower parts. I figure I will polish every thing that counts before it goes into the lower.

The upper comes with a flash hider but they are throwing in a muzzle break instead and eating the shipping so I'm ok. I have to run up north to the NJ everyone thinks of when you say, "new jersey" to get the brake welded but it's a "do it while you wait" and I like coffee and donuts so I don't see a problem.

Thanks for letting me share guys. This is still the best gun forum. I'll post an update when we get going.
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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
« Reply #26 on: August 13, 2014, 08:56:54 PM »
Your sweetie sounds like a keeper!  ;D

I gotta admire your tenacity Jaybet for,
1.  staying in NJ
2. building an OMG!! AR15 in NJ.
3. staying in NJ.
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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
« Reply #27 on: August 14, 2014, 07:07:47 AM »
It's what I do to keep the Sweetie. Would have been gone a long time ago if she would leave.
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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
« Reply #28 on: August 14, 2014, 03:05:09 PM »
Your sweetie sounds like a keeper!  ;D

I gotta admire your tenacity Jaybet for,
1.  staying in NJ
2. building an OMG!! AR15 in NJ.
3. staying in NJ.

Well, the Bible does call for one to be longsuffering.   ;)
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Re: Advice on Building the LIGHTEST POSSIBLE AR
« Reply #29 on: September 18, 2014, 09:09:07 AM »
Ok, so I finished this interesting little carbine for Maggie the other day and we test fired it...all systems GO!

It did not turn out to be as light as I had hoped...including optic it weighs in at 7 lb, 2 oz. But that's not bad. It is also NJ compliant, which is basically an assload of silliness, but I don't like jail so compliance is happily achieved.  Here's the rifle:



I know it's a little odd looking but it really works for her and I love the thing...I'm jealous. It's maneuverable and sights up quick.

If anyone is interested (since I've been playing with video lately) I made a 9 minute video that includes parts description, and the first trip to the range. That can be found here:

http://youtu.be/D0nJP96WTAQ

I really enjoyed researching and working on it. Wish I had money to do one a month.
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