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Scary Grey Rifle: Cam's AR-15 Build

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  • Scary Grey Rifle: Cam's AR-15 Build

    Earlier this year, I decided to start building an AR-15...mostly because an increasingly vocal group of people suggested that I shouldn't have one. It sounds petty and stubborn, but this should come as no surprise at all to anyone that knows me. I began collecting parts and tools in February, and I've got just about everything I need to start with the build itself. I shopped around for deals all year, and I took advantage of Black Friday to get the last of what I needed. Early on I decided on a lightweight build, with a fun theme (which I'll reveal in good time), and a color scheme: battleship grey cerakote with black accents. The goal is to have a quality firearm with some choice upgrades (and room to grow later) without breaking the bank. Let's take a look at the parts breakdown:

    Lower Receiver: Tactical Machining Gen 2 forged 7075 aluminum 80% lower receiver ($93.73)
    Lower Parts Kit: Palmetto State Armory with JP Enterprises anti-walk pins & Magpul enhanced trigger guard ($103.97)
    Fire Control Group: Velocity 3 lb. curved trigger ($129.99)
    Pistol Grip: Magpul MOE (black)
    Buffer Tube: Palmetto State Armory mil-spec
    Butt Stock: Magpul MOE (black)
    Upper Receiver: Palmetto State Armory ($254.98)
    Upper Parts Kit: Palmetto State Armory
    Bolt Carrier Group: Palmetto State Armory 5.56 NATO full-auto profile ($69.99)
    Charging Handle: Radian Raptor ambidextrous (Grey) ($65.95)
    Barrel: Palmetto State Armory 16" stainless pencil profile
    Muzzle Device: Palmetto State Armory A2 flash hider
    Gas System: Palmertto State Armory mid-length gas system with low profile gas block
    Handguard: Palmetto State Armory 15" lightweight M-Lok rail system
    Optic: none
    Back-Up Sights: Magpul MBUS front & rear
    Railed Accessories: Magpul MOE MVG vertical grip ($14.99)

    Total Parts Cost: $733.60

    I'd say I didn't do too bad for the price. Of course, I spent quite a bit in special tools...but that just means I'll have to build a few more to make it worth my while. I'll update this shortly with a photo of the components laid out...and again once my now lower receiver finally gets here. I had a blank 80% lower from Brownells—in fact it was the first thing I bought for this gun back in February—but I decided last Friday to just go ahead and order one already engraved and ready to be machined.
    Originally posted by Dan
    My name is Edward

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    sounds good cant wait to see it come together.