So after about 6 months of researching parts, placing online orders, waiting for them to come in, and partial assembly. It is finally over.

She is up and running and shooting like a dream.

Here is a rundown of everything that went into her with links to where I got them (when available) if you feel like building your own.

Ardel Engineering lower receiver

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

DPMS lower parts kit

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

RedXArms 20″ SS Bull Barrel 1/9″ twist .223/5.56

http://shop.redxarms.com/20-STAINLESS-STEEL-BULL-BARREL-3276.htm

RedXArms keyhole marked complete upper receiver.

http://shop.redxarms.com/AR15-COMPLETE-A3-UPPER-RECEIVER-AR15-COMPLETE-A3-UPPER-RECEIVER.htm

RedXArms rifle length gas tube

http://shop.redxarms.com/AR15-RIFLE-LENGTH-GAS-TUBE-AND-PIN-AR15-RIFLE-LENGTH-GAS-TUBE-PIN.htm

FailZero EXO coated bolt carrier group

http://www.outdoorbunker.com/Fail-Zero-AR-15-Bolt-Kit-and-Hammer-p/(rsr-fz009-fzar15-01-).htm

RedXArms charging handle

http://shop.redxarms.com/AR15-CHARGING-HANDLE-AR15-CHARGING-HANDLE.htm

AIM Sports tactical big latch

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

Brownells .936 low-profile gas block

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=27015/Product/AR_15_M16_LOW_PROFILE_GAS_BLOCK

Brownells A2 rifle buffer, spring, and tube

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=27315/Product/AR_15_M16_STOCK_COMPLETION_KITS

Magpul MIAD pistol grip

http://www.outdoorbunker.com/MAGPUL-MIAD-AR15-M16-Grip-Full-Kit-Black-p/(mgt-mag052).htm

Mako SSR25 adjustable sniper stock

http://www.outdoorbunker.com/Mako-Group-Sniper-Stock-for-M16-SR25-p/(mak-ssr25-).htm

ATI 15″ free float 8 sided handguard w/ barrel nut, 15″ modular rail, sling swivel kit, & FS8 nosecone

https://www.outdoorbunker.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=ATI-A.5.10.

NcStar full size precision grade bipod

http://www.outdoorbunker.com/NcStar-Precision-Grade-Full-Size-Bipod-p/(ncs-abpgf-).htm

AIM Sports one piece scope mount

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

NcStar Patriot Series 4-16×42 Mil-Dot rifle scope

http://www.outdoorbunker.com/NcStar-Patriot-Series-4-16X42-MilDot-Reticle-Scope-p/(ncs-spatbm41642g-).htm

As soon as the weather gets warm I will be posting a video review of each part as well as the rifle as a whole. I will do my best to be objective as possible.

Also I feel obligated to mention that RedXArms prices scared the crap out of me before I called them up and spoke with Neil (why so cheap?!).

He seems to know what hes doing and the parts I got are top notch. Shipping took longer than expected but after I got them they exceeded my expectations.

Feel free to sound off if you have a specific questions about any of the parts or assembly.

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So for the last six months or so I have been assembling an AR-15 from parts. What it would end up looking like existed only in my imagination. Until last Friday that is…

With the new ATI free-floating hanguard installed, the only thing left is the bolt carrier group. I’m at a crossraods between a chrome-plated or nitrided BCG.

Believe me you will be seeing much more of “Tisha” in the future.

A friend of mine taught me this and I figured I would share it with you. I have done this to my 1911 grips and let me tell you it completely changes the feel of the grip in your hand.

The rest of the gun needs work still but all in good time.

A closer view.

The grips shown are from Mako and have an extended magwell.

Also it is a good way to turn cheap plastic grips into custom textured grips.

Here is a quick tutorial:

It isnt very hard to do but keep in mind that if you aren’t comfortable taking a soldering iron to your Glock, it might be best to take it to a professional. This is something that can’t be undone.

EDIT: For some reason, UMG will not allow this video to be played as an embedded video. It will play for you on YouTube after the jump. (I think because it has a Guns ‘n Roses song in it.)

Custom engraved lever guns.

February 6, 2011

They dont make them like they used to.

This immaculate collection is owned by a man out of Mitchell, SD. They won Best in show at the 2009 Aberdeen gun show in the Long Rifle class. Each one is hand crafted  and 100% unique.

The picture says it all.

The dowel in the triggerguard is actually a dehydrated seal penis.

A closer view of the winning gun's reciever engraving.

THis is the 2011 Collectible long gun winner owned by a man from Park Rapids, MN. Aside from the immaculate bison engraving on this Winchesters receiver, also pay attention to the dowel holding it up. The owner of this gun informed me that it is actually a dehydrated seal penis otherwise known as an oo-sick. Kinda creepy, but original.