Friday, December 5, 2014
Building a rifle for my wife
I've had a lot of fun today assembling components for an AR-15 rifle (or, to be more accurate, a carbine) for Miss D. Click the picture for a larger view.
(I apologize for the poor photograph - it was a hurried snap with a cellphone camera. Oleg Volk I'm not!)
It started life as a Cavalry Arms CAV-15 Mk II lower receiver and handguards in what I can only describe as a pulsatingly passionate purple color. (Hey - she likes it!) I mated to these a Palmetto State Armory upper receiver chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, with a 16" barrel, mid-length gas system and Picatinny rail. I 'borrowed' a bolt carrier group, charging handle and folding rear sight from another rifle to bring Miss D.'s weapon to functioning status. Still to be added is a red dot sight on an elevated riser to allow it to co-witness with the iron sights. (I've already bought them - just got to mount them.)
I guess we'll both be too busy before Christmas to go to the range, but as soon as we have time we'll put a couple of hundred rounds through it to make sure everything fits and functions as it should. At some future date I may consider refinishing the metal parts and some magazines to match the lower receiver and handguards - Duracoat offers the Cavalry Arms shade of purple, so that won't be too difficult. (I'm considering refinishing one of my rifles in South African Army brown, just for the memories - but I'm not sure I want too many of those memories to come back . . . )
It's kinda nice building one's wife a rifle. I can see I'll have to do this more often.