The first gun on my list was an AR-15, and I'm happy to report the kickoff of what I am calling Project Vera.
The first step, and really the one that kicked it all off, was getting a great deal on a stripped aluminum lower made by Northern Frontier Armory, from Mike at Dog Leg Arms. Once I had this, I read a bunch, and tweeted some, and came up with a plan to build a home defense gun with the following general specs:
- Flat top upper, maybe a Sporting version without forward assist.
- 16 inch barrel, 1:7 twist. Chrome lined.
- Red dot optic with co-witnessed iron backups - either 1x or 1-4x.
- Multi position stock.
- Weapon light, possibly with a laser.
I did some research on trigger groups, and looked at some on the interwebz. On Saturday I happened to be at Lakeside Guns in Acworth, Georgia, and saw a DPMS lower parts kit, for just a little more than what I've seen. I had no problem spending it, since I not only saved shipping cost, but I got it right now, and I supported a great local business.
Up next: assembly of the lower. Pray for me.