Then again, every now and then, some good luck shines through my black cloud and the rainbow's end falls at my feet. I recently made some donations to Kilted To Kick Cancer through Jay G's fund raising efforts. He had some very nice prizes up for grabs for they who donated at least $10. For each increment of $10 that you donated, you got an entry for the prize drawing. Let me just say, because I had only made a few smaller charitable donations earlier this year, I decided to make a a more sizable set of donations through Jay's efforts to kick cancer; after all I have a personal vendetta to fulfill against it. Thus, I had a bunch of entries.
The prize that I won, or a reasonable facsimile of the prize I won, can be seen below (click it to enlarge):
I said reasonable facsimile because that is not the exact receiver that I have won, it is a sample. What I have won, is an AR-15 stripped lower receiver, donated by York Arms. York Arms will do custom serial numbers, caliber markings, and Safe/Fire selector markings as well as magwell engraving as part of this prize package. I have some things in mind already, like maybe Ballseye's Boomer (or Blaster) right under that same but a bit smaller sized serpent and maybe SAFE and ARMED for the selector switch positions. I am thinking of my initials followed by my birth date as the serial number or maybe Ballseye696 (696 was a once lucky number for me). Of course I have to be legally eligible to receive it through an FFL (as of this past weekend, at the time of my last NICS check, I was still legal and hopefully should remain so). I have the FFL in mind, they only charge $25.00 and do excellent transfers.
Now I have to decide if I want to take the chance of trying to build an AR-15 myself, from a kit, or if I want to have Wally at York Arms build the rifle for me. Kits I have seen go for about $450 to $650. I am not going to go for anything fancy, pretty much a standard, or so I am thinking. I would guess, that the kit plus the labor, would probably amount to around $650 to $800 for what I want but have to check with the company on that to be sure. The $450, if I do it myself, sounds a whole lot better but that means it might not be finished for years and that there will be a lot of cussing going on in my basement each time I try to get it done. Still though, I am going to check on how to get it done and if it looks simple enough, I may try it.
Any advice, that anyone would like to offer, on whether or not I should try to build it myself, would be appreciated in the comments section.
All the best,