Essential Components

The SBA3 PSB is what facilitates the whole project. It’ll set you back $169 and includes a buffer tube if you don’t already have one. If your local laws don’t allow you to play with such stuff you should move. Down here in the Deep South the weather is pleasant, the girls are gorgeous, and we are not encumbered by any ancillary infringements on our right to keep and bear arms. Just sayin’ …

The general parts kit came from CDNN Investments and cost $300. It includes everything you need to build up an AR pistol with a 10" barrel except the lower receiver and a bolt carrier group (which’ll set you back another C-note).

The lower receiver can come from anyplace but has to transfer through an FFL dealer. Fortunately lowers are just stupid cheap these days. If you are really feeling froggy, pick up an 80 percent lower, an inexpensive box store router, and a completion kit with milling fixtures. You can then legally craft the whole thing at home without a trip to the local gun emporium.

If you want to stop there you can have yourself a simply magnificent close combat tool for about the same cost as a high-end plastic pistol. A set of flip-up polymer sights from CDNN set me back $20. But anything worth doing is worth doing excessively so this meant adding an EOTech Holosight and a quick-release, multi-caliber suppressor from Silent Legion.

The nasty end of a Holosight is the last thing Osama bin Laden saw before his eternal deepwater nap. I can think of no higher accolade. The Silent Legion Complete Multi-Caliber Kit is one-stop shopping for most all your rifles.

It includes a single titanium .30-caliber rifle suppressor along with thread mounts for both .30 and .22-caliber platforms. There’s also a quick-detach mount and a pair of corresponding flash suppressors. By mixing and matching you can use the same can on everything from a .22 rimfire plinker up to a .300 Win Mag sniper rig.