You can’t build just one AR. There’s always an extra spring, detent or roll pin laying around after you get done with a build, and if you have even one extra part, the law says you have to build another. Seriously. I know the law, friend.
I ended up buying three Anderson stripped lowers when they went on sale 4 or 5 years ago because they were on sale for a stupid low price of $29.95. Looking back, I should have picked up 10, but hindsight is 20/20. I went a different route this time around and didn’t buy a complete upper. Instead, I bought all the individual parts and assembled the upper, as well as building out a stripped lower.
The upper details, pretty standard stuff.
- 16″ m4 Contour 4150 Chrome Moly Barrel (Melonite / Nitride)
- .223 Wylde chamber (shoots 5.56 and .223)
- 1:7 Twist
- .750 Gas Block
- Carbine Length Gas System
- M4 Feed Ramps
- Dust Cover, Forward Assist
- 7075-T6 Aluminum Upper Receiver
- Free Float Aluminum Quad Rail
- A2 Flash Hider, 1/2-28 Threads
- M16 Bolt Carrier Group
- Charging Handle
The lower is a Poverty Pony with a standard lower parts kit. Again, pretty standard stuff.
The cheese grater quad rail is covered by LaRue Tactical IndexClips on the left and right side of the rail. More functional than form, as the quad rail gets pretty uncomfortable after awhile if you’re not wearing gloves. Super inexpensive, a box of 72 clips ran $14.99. Great investment, so much easier on the hands.