Took the rifle out to Allegheny Gun Works. They aligned the receiver extension correctly, then torqued and staked the castle nut to spec. So after... geez, nine months, my rifle is finally complete. And now that it's complete, I think I need to name it.
I think I'll call it "Kindness."
And even though I swore I'd never build another AR... I kind of want to do two more now. Especially since AGW will assemble uppers and/or lowers for a reasonable fee. (Yeah, that's probably cheating. I don't care.)
The first was the suppressor-optimized SBR that I think I mentioned a while back. I have no idea exactly how I'm going to spec it out, and honestly I'll probably just buy a pre-assembled upper and pistol lower, and then have a Shockwave Brace put on it until the paperwork clears and I get the tax stamp. But I still want one.
The second is will be an M16A1 replica build. Brownells already pretty much all of the required parts, and IIRC they announced at SHOT Show that they'll be introducing replica A1 furniture sometime this year. That one I'll call Hal, after US Army LTG (Ret) Harold Gregory Moore. Yes, I know that the A1 wasn't produced until well after Ia Drang, but I don't think the general would mind.