Saturday, September 13, 2008

STAR-15 Stripped Lower

This is the only part of an AR-15 style rifle that you have to purchase through a licensed dealer and have a background check preformed for. Everything else, including the parts that actually fire the rounds, can be purchased through the mail. Strange laws, eh?

Syracuse Gun Show - Sept. 13th, 2008

So, as you may or may not know, I am a card carrying member of the NRA. I like guns. A lot. Guns, however, are expensive. Being unemployed, this is somewhat of an issue.

However, as luck would have it, selling my Nintendo Wii and this seasons gun show at the New York State Fair Expo building coincided. So, I had about $300 to stretch over millions of dollars of possible purchases.

I decided to really stretch it and instead of buying a whole gun, I bought parts for two guns and some ammo for another.

$100 - Double Star AR-15 lower receiver. (Double Star - it was the cheapest stripped lower at the show, AND it has my last name in it. Cool.)

$45 - ATI Strike Force stock for my Ak-47 rifle. The stock is folding and adjustable, so it needs to be drilled and pinned to be neither before I can mount it, but it was cooler and cheaper than other AK stocks I have been looking at.

$54 - DPMS Panther Arms AR-15 Lower Receiver Parts Kit. The trigger, hammer, and parts for the stripped lower I bought. Once this is installed, I need a butt-stock and an upper receiver for my rifle, and I will have a full gun. I'm excited to be building it from parts rather than buying it complete. (And also, this will save me about a grand.)

$30 - 2 AR-15 polymer,30 round, pre-ban magazines. Some nice, light, high-capacity magazines for my future AR-15 rifle.

$18.75 - 1 British, pre-ban, 30 round magazine. This one is made from steel and is quite a bit heavier than the polymer mags. I bought it instead of another polymer because variety is good, and because with 2 different types I have a better chance of one type working well in the rifle.

$15 - 2 - 50 round boxes of Wolf 9mm Luger ammunition for my 9mm carbine. (My other project rifle that is almost complete, it just needs a barrel shroud.)

So, less than $275 spent, and I'm well on my way to completing some new guns. Yay! Today was a good day.