Build Status – AR-Frankengun (2 Oct 18)

The Story, So Far

Building a Firearm Dr. Frankenstein Could Love

While the debate rages throughout the United States, both on and offline, about the legality, usefulness and moral positioning of firearms ownership, many like myself continue on, buying, building and collecting as we always have and likely always will. About a year ago, I decided that building my own AR-15 clone was the way to go, especially since I could source all of the parts out, taking my time to find just what I needed to build a rifle I could be proud to own. By sheer coincidence, I happened to obtain a lower receiver with a comical version of the mythical monster in question rolled onto the other side of the serial and model numbers. Hence, the FrankenGun project had begun.

He's just so happy to see you.
“Mad? Confused? Ringing Ears? One can only guess.”

Having bought the stripped receiver, I needed parts to install. Fortunately, the same place I bought the receiver at had a complete internal parts kit ready to go which, for my first build, would more than suffice (one of these days, I’ll probably replace the trigger with a drop-in specialized model). On that same trip, I picked up the bolt carrier group, all ready assembled and good to go. I know I am not buying all specialized parts currently, but that’s okay, as specialization can come later. Let’s just get a working model up and running. [Picture of Bolt w/ Googly Eyes and Wavy Arms, Fists Attached, caption “The BCG is Mad that this Build is Taking so Long.”] A few months pass, and for my first ever purchase from Gunbroker, an Aerotech Upper Receiver w/ Forward Assist. Great item, but it took well over two weeks to get it, forever for someone who is used to packing up guns and shipping them off while the toner from the confirmed FFL is still warm. It’s a tight fit, but some filing or rubber mallet whacking will either ease it up a bit or wedge it shut. Stay tuned. Now that the major parts are starting to come together, it is time to start with the smaller, less fun, but still important parts, such as the charging handle buffer tube and buffer spring assembly. Sadly, the buffer assembly still doesn’t second as an emergency flashlight. I look forward to the day that someone does, so someone else can be surprised when it actually turns on.

FrankenGun Parts List & Cost

Name/Description Serial/Model Date Acquired Price Bought?
Lower Receiver (Stripped) TM Multi VIC000XXX 21 Apr 2017 54.97

X

Lower Parts Kit DPMS Lower Parts Kit 02 Jun 2017 53.07

X

Pistol Grip Included in Lower Parts Kit N/A 0.00

X

Bolt Carrier Group Generico 02 Jun 2017 91.00

X

Buffer Assembly (w/ Spring) Generico 10 Mar 18 18.95

X

Buffer Tube (Mil-Spec) Generico 2 Oct 18 11.95

X

Barrel 16″ M4 Barrel, 5.56/.223/Wylde 2 Oct 18 55.00

X

Barrel Nut
Gas Block
Upper Receiver Aero Precision M4 Assembled 03 Nov 2017 107.00

X

Upper Parts Kit N/A N/A 0.00

X

Charging Handle Generic 10 Mar 18 16.95

X

Gas Tube
Buttstock
Handguard Set Davidson Defense 12″ M-LOK 2 Oct 18 55.00

X

Delta Ring
Iron Sights
Optic (O)
Handguard Cap
Compensator/Muzzle
Magazines (5)
Total $ 463.89

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