I made the decision about two months ago to build as opposed to purchasing an AR15 outright. Finances partly drove the decision, and being able to shell out money little by little helps avoid explaining one big pruchase to the wife. Here are just some general thoughts on my build, and how it is going.
First purchase was the stripped lower, obviously. I bought an Aero Precision lower. It is made to a very high degree, though I don't have experience with other lowers to compare.
I used a DPMS parts kit. The install went very smooth. In fact, I was shocked at how easy the installation of the parts kit was. I had minimal tools. Really just a small hammer, though I ordered some punches to help with the trigger guard. I watched numerous youtube videos and went into the installation with a good idea of what to do. The bolt catch roll pin didn't really even cause me problems. I only slightly scratched the receiver, and it was hardly noticable as it was on the left side of mount for the roll pin. Not noticable from a side-on view, meaning you can only see it looking at the business end of the build. And it was nothing a dab of sharpie pen couldn't fix
I had to a take a break from the build to make a trip to Quantico Tactical. I purchased a Magpul aluminum trigger guard. Finished that install. That part scared me to death and I was worried about breaking an ear, but I did support the lower with a block of wood and the install was a breeze.
Right now I am in a holding pattern waiting for a Lewis machinery buffer tube. I purchased a Spikes Tactical heavy duty buffer (ST-12) and spring, and I have a Magpul ACS-L waiting to be installed.
Overall I am really enjoying this build. It does seem adictive as I already want to start building another. Now I need to save up for the upper.
Sounds llike a good rifle have fun...its good because my wife shoots but tell the wife when it comes to protectingyou her and your family you cant argue with that justification especially in the times we live in now.Cant wait to see picks of your finished project