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Posted: 11/7/2005 7:25:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/24/2006 4:49:53 AM EDT by garandman]
Recently a friend came home on leave from Afghanistan. He is married with 4 children (one of who he saw for the first time last week)

I had the honor of arranging flowers stateside for one of his guys KIA in a firefight a few months ago.

(I'll admit I'm pulling the heart strings here, but its real life. ANd I have a devious purpose in mind)

Talking with him yesterday, he mentioned wanting to convert his A1 into the M4 configuation he currently uses. He returns to the 'stan 15-Nov and anticipates return March 2006.

In his absense, I'd like to convert his rifle, and have it ready for suprise presentation on his return.

I'm willing to contribute some serious coin to make this happen, but wanted to ask y'all's participation.

I'll need the following parts:

M4 barrel (w/ fh)
Picatinny gas block
Rail handguards with panel covers (free float style)
Rock River trigger / other decent trigger
CAR buttstock (collapsing - new style) - thanx srt205
Aimpoint / Eotech red dot thanx John F
Flattop receiver
Flip up iron rear sight thanx John F
Flip up iron front sight

If you have any of these parts, and would like to donate, that would be freaking outstanding.

If you need to get SOME money for your parts (but are willing to take a little bit of a loss to make this a reality) please email me with sale offers.

(The A1 parts (NOT including lower receiver) *** MAY *** be available for trade / sale. Supposedly its a 25-30 y.o. rifle. They are all Colt as I understand it)

Thanx.


Link Posted: 11/7/2005 12:53:32 PM EDT
btt for second shift
Link Posted: 11/7/2005 12:57:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/7/2005 12:58:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/7/2005 12:58:50 PM EDT by The_Beer_Slayer]
pending staff approval
Link Posted: 11/14/2005 4:07:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/14/2005 4:07:17 PM EDT by Striker]
my bad....he contacted me about this.
Link Posted: 11/14/2005 4:07:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/14/2005 4:16:21 PM EDT
TLMIMW. If you're serious, IM me with an address and I'll send a $50 MO your way tomorrow.
Link Posted: 11/14/2005 6:51:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FLAL1A:
If you're serious,



Very.

I'll keep everyone psted as to how its going.

Got a telestock donated so far. Letters going out to manufacturers tomorrow.

Link Posted: 11/14/2005 6:54:08 PM EDT
I am kinda strapped right now, but if you are still lacking parts by the first of the year I will be glad to kick in a Benjamin or two.
Link Posted: 11/16/2005 11:32:02 AM EDT
UPDATE

Requests for donations have been sent to:

Fulton Armory
Rock River Arms
Bushmaster
GG&G
ArmaLite
Olympic Arms
J&T Distributing
DS Arms

(some seemed intrigued, others.....not so much)


Doantions thus far:

Tele stock
$50 money order

(so I guess I'll open this up to $$$ contributions, tho I'd rather not. But I can't be choosy here.)


Link Posted: 11/19/2005 7:28:26 AM EDT
Update: Should have the A1 in hand this weekend. Pics to follow.
Link Posted: 11/19/2005 7:56:40 AM EDT
Personally, I think you should leave the A1 rifle as is. A 30 year old rifle has history, regardless of whether or not it has seen combat. Besides, all else you would need is a new lower and a LPK to build a new rifle. I vote build a new rifle. If this is agreeable, IM me and there's a $40 MO coming your way towards a new lower.
Link Posted: 11/19/2005 8:15:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:
Personally, I think you should leave the A1 rifle as is. A 30 year old rifle has history, regardless of whether or not it has seen combat. Besides, all else you would need is a new lower and a LPK to build a new rifle. I vote build a new rifle. If this is agreeable, IM me and there's a $40 MO coming your way towards a new lower.



I agree the lowers are very cheap right now why not just start over and save a older rifle.
Link Posted: 11/19/2005 8:21:14 AM EDT
Well first thing I thought while reading this was NEW RIFLE you want a real suprise leave his rifle AS is and build a new one. everyones right about lower recivers being cheaper
Link Posted: 11/19/2005 10:16:28 AM EDT
BTT
Link Posted: 11/19/2005 3:30:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:
Personally, I think you should leave the A1 rifle as is. A 30 year old rifle has history, regardless of whether or not it has seen combat. Besides, all else you would need is a new lower and a LPK to build a new rifle. I vote build a new rifle. If this is agreeable, IM me and there's a $40 MO coming your way towards a new lower.



That's not a bad idea. He suggested converting his rifle.

OK, new lower, leave A1 as is.

In fact, I got a good idea how to do it.....

More on that later.

Link Posted: 11/19/2005 3:33:05 PM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 11/19/2005 6:37:51 PM EDT
MO inbound. Be sure to take some pics when you are done. And send him my never-ending gratitude for the service for our Nation.
Link Posted: 11/20/2005 2:42:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2005 2:43:30 AM EDT by garandman]

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:
MO inbound. Be sure to take some pics when you are done. And send him my never-ending gratitude for the service for our Nation.



Thank you. That's the cool part about this rifle - I'll get to tell him about all the people he never met that made this happen because of their grattitude.

Say tuned here for pics and updates.
Link Posted: 11/20/2005 2:51:35 AM EDT
Tagged. I don't have any parts, but as soon as I can scrape some $$$, I'll kick in.


Garandman, it's likely you'll have some cash left over after this. If you do, think ammo for him.
Link Posted: 11/20/2005 2:56:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:



Garandman, it's likely you'll have some cash left over after this. If you do, think ammo for him.



Good point.... I've got $100 pledged or send in right now.

But I promise there will be NO extra cash or parts left over.



Its the right thing to do.
Link Posted: 11/28/2005 2:59:00 PM EDT
btt - still seeking contributions.

No word as yet from manufacturers.
Link Posted: 11/28/2005 4:15:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By garandman:

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:
MO inbound. Be sure to take some pics when you are done. And send him my never-ending gratitude for the service for our Nation.



Thank you. That's the cool part about this rifle - I'll get to tell him about all the people he never met that made this happen because of their grattitude.

Say tuned here for pics and updates.



Not if I tell him first

We will all have to go shooting next summer
Link Posted: 11/28/2005 4:22:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By garandman:
btt - still seeking contributions.

No word as yet from manufacturers.



Try DPMS, they are good people.
Link Posted: 11/28/2005 5:39:27 PM EDT
bump
Link Posted: 11/29/2005 3:37:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Garand_Shooter:

Originally Posted By garandman:

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:
MO inbound. Be sure to take some pics when you are done. And send him my never-ending gratitude for the service for our Nation.



Thank you. That's the cool part about this rifle - I'll get to tell him about all the people he never met that made this happen because of their grattitude.

Say tuned here for pics and updates.



Not if I tell him first

We will all have to go shooting next summer



heh heh

I wondered if you'd see this.

Now don't go spoilin' the surprise.

And YES we should all go shooting when y'all get back stateside.

Link Posted: 11/29/2005 3:40:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/29/2005 3:41:11 AM EDT by SteyrAUG]
Getting kind of late but why not just get a new rifle? Especially if the A1 is an original firearm.

Be more than happy to help with a Bushy or RRA M4 "at cost."
Link Posted: 11/29/2005 3:43:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By garandman:

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:
Personally, I think you should leave the A1 rifle as is. A 30 year old rifle has history, regardless of whether or not it has seen combat. Besides, all else you would need is a new lower and a LPK to build a new rifle. I vote build a new rifle. If this is agreeable, IM me and there's a $40 MO coming your way towards a new lower.



That's not a bad idea. He suggested converting his rifle.

OK, new lower, leave A1 as is.

In fact, I got a good idea how to do it.....

More on that later.




If you can raise the cash I can get you a complete rifle "at cost."
Link Posted: 11/29/2005 6:09:36 AM EDT
Aug -

Thanx for the offer.

As I stated in IM, the recipient expressed a preference for specific things, and I'd then have to reconfigure the purchased rifle anyway. Part of the joy of this project is getting to build the rifle, and tell him about all the people who had a part in it.

Further, cash and parts contributions have already begun, and I'd have to return all that stuff, as well as contacting manufacturers, etc.

But its a great offer, and I thank you for it.

Link Posted: 12/1/2005 6:21:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/1/2005 6:21:44 PM EDT by garandman]
Today we had a MAJOR contribution - a Comp M2, Troy mount t and ARMS #40. ALL like new.

Out-freaking-standing.

Thanx John F from Maryland.



Link Posted: 12/1/2005 6:28:36 PM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 12/4/2005 5:42:24 PM EDT
btt
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 4:12:05 PM EDT
We have our first manufacturer contribution - a ralied fre flaot handguard by Samson Manufacturing.

Its a very nice foreend - as nice as anything else out there. Definitely first quality.



Thanx, Scott Samson!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 3:55:54 AM EDT
btt
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 4:01:17 AM EDT
Tag.
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 5:12:44 AM EDT
LMAO

I just had dinner with the recepient..... G-Man you better be glad I am good at keeping my mouth shut.............
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 5:19:33 AM EDT
Let me see what I got sitting around...
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 5:33:13 AM EDT
I will donate. Check your PMs.

G
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 12:00:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Garand_Shooter:
LMAO

I just had dinner with the recepient..... G-Man you better be glad I am good at keeping my mouth shut.............



OPSEC, man.

OPSEC.



Link Posted: 12/12/2005 4:35:32 PM EDT
Update....

Link Posted: 12/15/2005 9:43:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/19/2005 5:35:27 PM EDT by garandman]
Cash contributions thus far -

see below
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 5:13:56 PM EDT
Update - we're getting closer...



Donated thus far:

Aimpoint, Mounts and ARMS #40 - JF from Davidsonville, Maryland
Barrelled upper receiver - EO from Alexandria, Virginia
Pistol grip - RD from Highland, NY
Front gas block - RS from Gardenerville, Nevada
Telestock - srt205 (on backorder)
$40 cash - EL from Houston, TX
$75 cash - RD from Highland NY
$50 cash - JM from Jacksonville, FL
$50 cash - CT Falls Church, VA

All but $50 of Cash was used to purchase charging handle, bolt / carrier, and Knights Armament rail panels.

Still needed:

Rock River match trigger - $80
Yankee Hill flip up front sight - $80
Lower receiver (I'll throw that in)
1,000 rounds ammo (hey - I'ma dreamer )


I am just bowled over by your generosity.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 5:46:12 PM EDT
I'll bring ammo when we go to the range.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 5:44:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Garand_Shooter:
I'll bring ammo when we go to the range.



Unless you are bringing surplus ammo from your battalion, don't worry about ammo.



Link Posted: 12/20/2005 7:50:19 AM EDT
WooHooo!!!!!!!


One of these was just donated...



Link Posted: 12/23/2005 4:28:17 AM EDT
UPDATE:

Got your MO VTHokie. THANX!!!! Its gonna go toward the trigger.

Which is all we have left on this build. I can get one for $80 from Rock River, and we are DONE!!!!!!!!

If anyone wants to contribute to the trigger, gret. If not, I'll cover it.

If you think you missed out, maybe not. Please IM me directly.

__________________________

I want to thank everyone who has jumped in to make this a reality.

People look at me funny sometimes when I say "Gun people are the BEST people." But y'all proved that saying true yet again.

I'll post a pic of the complete rifle as soon as the trigger is here.

THANX AGAIN. I can't say that enuf.

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 4:29:36 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 4:32:06 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 8:38:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By garandman:
UPDATE:

Got your MO VTHokie. THANX!!!! Its gonna go toward the trigger.

Which is all we have left on this build. I can get one for $80 from Rock River, and we are DONE!!!!!!!!

If anyone wants to contribute to the trigger, gret. If not, I'll cover it.

If you think you missed out, maybe not. Please IM me directly.

__________________________

I want to thank everyone who has jumped in to make this a reality.

People look at me funny sometimes when I say "Gun people are the BEST people." But y'all proved that saying true yet again.

I'll post a pic of the complete rifle as soon as the trigger is here.

THANX AGAIN. I can't say that enuf.


Link Posted: 12/23/2005 8:41:07 AM EDT
What's left, GMan?
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 6:40:45 AM EDT
Any Christmas cheer to report?

G
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