Building Wife’s AR-15 – The Lower – Part 2
As the wife’s birthday is coming up in a little over a month, had to start ramping up the efforts to get this build going. In the past week, I installed the trigger guard, the ambidextrous safety with 45-degree pivot rather than 90. The safety switch is also optimized for a left-handed shooter but can easily be switched to right-handed with an Allen key. Also installed the front take pivot takedown pin and the pistol grip.
Installation of the trigger guard pin
So far on this build, we’ve completed:
- Pistol Grip
- Safety switch
- Oversized trigger guard
- Front takedown pivot pin
Also placed the order this week for the magazine release catch and bolt catch so those will be installed next.
I’m not sure which was tougher? Installed the trigger guard pin or the front takedown pin. The trigger guard was scary because I had to use a pin and mallet to ban the pin in place while avoiding damage to the lower.
Front takedown pin installation
The takedown pin installation was tricky and I almost lost the spring and detent three or four times. I found a video on YouTube that showed how to make the installation a lot simpler by using a 1/4 by 2-inch clevis pin which I picked up at Lowes for less than two dollars.
Pistol Grip Safety selector Trigger guard Rear takedown pin installation
- Magazine catch (ordered)
- Magazine release (awaiting installation)
- Bolt catch (ordered)
- Charging handle
- Buffer tube
- Rear pin installation
- Completed upper assembly (yes, I’m cheating)
- Red dot (although might repurpose that from AR pistol)
Parting question: what length handguard rail would you go with and why?