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Featureless AR15 Build

| April 2, 2020
Ca Legal AR15
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Legally own an evil AR, even if you live in California, just build it featureless! The general rule is no features, no problems. Hence the name featureless. Or you can register your AR for 20 bucks, and be on a DOJ list forever. Or you can refuse to comply, and risk becoming a felon.

None of this is news, but for all the FTGBs(first time gun buyers/builders) out there, this is meant to be a simple breakdown on how to build a featureless, CA legal, rifle on the AR platform in California.

First question that you may have, “But what if I have a bullet button?” The rules keep changing to match the engineering of firearms. Even the idiot politicians and anti-gun lobby manage to trail behind the tech as it changes. Basically, unless you detach the upper from the lower, (IE: disassembly) you are non-compliant. There are workarounds, but why roll the dice with a law enforcement officer within a narrow margin of the law, and/or constantly wearing down your takedown pins.

Keep in mind, these are guidelines, that at the time of writing April 1 2020, are accurate to the best of my knowledge. They are guidelines, and not legal advice. You do what you are going to do at your own risk.

So what the featureless rules mean, is get rid of the following:

  • Pistol Grip, Thumbhole Stock
  • Folding/Telescoping Stock
  • Grenade Launcher or Flare Launcher
  • Flash Suppressor
  • Forward Pistol Grip

What to replace:

  • Pistol Grip, Thumbhole Stock This, I must admit is the worst, most stupid part of the rules. If you can’t wrap your thumb around you grip, at an angle under the receiver at the trigger line, California lawmakers are somehow happy. The fin-grip or featureless grip, is the awful alternative. It prevents the safety from being easily accessed via the shooting hand thumb, and creates an awkward feel. What does help is an ambidextrous safety selector, like this one here. Also, when Freedom Week 2 rolls around in California, SHTF and there is complete unrest, or boogaloo, 20 seconds with a standard screwdriver and you can swap that featureless grip with a more ergonomic one.
  • Folding/Telescoping Stock Fixed Stock, because you aren’t getting any taller, nor your arms any longer. Get a fixed stock, or fix/pin an adjustable stock to your length of pull.
  • Grenade Launcher or Flare Launcher These are fun for D-bags to use in Call of Duty, but you should stick to Call of Duty if you think you have a practical situation for these. Don’t take that the wrong way, I love COD, but I think we all know who we are talking about.
  • Flash Suppressor You probably aren’t waging an all night battle. So reducing the chance of temporary blindness isn’t the end all for you. Get a muzzle brake, or a compensator. Trade out that marginal flash suppressor for something that will help you maintain control and increase your accuracy, whilst also decreasing your felt recoil. If you ‘need’ some form of stealth, go through the ATF process, get a suppressor, and run subsonic 300 Blackout.
  • Forward Pistol Grip I like a more modern m-lok handguard that’s easy to grip anywhere. If I need more positive contact, I’ll add a completely legal angled foregrip/handstop(AKA ‘commando foregrip’ for you COD couch ninjas).

So skip the CA DOJ BS of registering. Unless you trust they’ll take you off a list later, should you ever get to completely exercise your Second Amendment rights, in the Golden State ever again.

When you are looking for parts check out those who support our rights, even in California, where its tough. (Some links are affiliate others are just because they are great, and may not have an affiliate program). Support them because they are great companies, support our 2A rights, and some are largely veteran owned or operated.

Brownell’s
Palmetto State Armory
Aero Precision USA
Midway USA
AR15 Discounts
AR15 Handguard

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First Time Gun Buyers

| March 29, 2020
FTGB California Pepe
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

I ordered an AR15 lower ahead of a 10 day trip to rural NY. I did it before the Coronavirus really started to grip America, devastate the economy, and cause so much fear and uncertainty, that first time gun buyers would line up in droves to buy a gun.

Californians have to wait 10 days (10 24hr periods) to pick up a firearm, while background checks occur, and the CA DOJ does whatever the hell it does.

I’m not a particularly patient person. I thought buying an AR15 lower mid-way to the airport I was going to travel out of, would be a smart way to endure the wait.

SHTF, or at least began to, during that trip. My home is a 5.5 hour drive from the airport. The gun shop where I had to pick up my AR15 lower is 1.25 hours into my drive. What should have taken 5 minutes to pick up took 2.5 hours.

I arrived at the store, and waited in a line, outside in the rain for over an hour an a half. Turners Outdoorsman was responsibly only allowing 10 people to physically be in the store at a time, in attempt to limit the spread and exposure of the Coronavirus. There was also plenty of hand sanitizer on the gun and checkout counters.

I have no problem waiting in line for what I consider a reasonable and responsible social response. I didn’t however, enjoy wasting my time because of all of my uninformed peers, who have willingly through voting and willful ignorance, long since given the state over to anti-gunners, and wasted my time by being in line.

The demographic of those causing longer lines, was mostly first time gun buyers(from here on out we will call them FTGBs), complete idiots, and couch ninjas.

FTGB 1
A woman joined the line 15 minutes after I got there and was actively smoking. Sure, she observed about 6 feet of distance because of the Coronavirus, but had no issue with actively killing her self and sharing those carcinogens with me and everyone else in line. Later, in the store, she asked “what would be better, a pistol or a shotgun?”. She was pointing at things in a catalog, and based here choices on aesthetics. They were out of stock on the Mossberg she saw in the catalog anyway, and even if she did buy a 12 gauge shotgun to pick up in 10 days, Turners was clean out of 9mm and 12 gauge ammunition.

FTGB 2
ID-iots. Yep ID lacking first time gun buyers. Occasionally a Turners employee would come outside, and make very clear, what forms of ID, proof of citizenship, etc. that somebody would need to start the 10 day purchase process of a firearm. At every announcement at least a couple folks would look perplexed, and leave, or ask for clarity before leaving.

FTGB 3
LA Bros… Because LA is out of ammo… If you don’t already have ammo for at least an emergency, why do you even have a gun at home. From the perspective of a firearm owner who uses firearms, for hunting, home defense, and recreation, I don’t understand why somebody doesn’t have a small emergency stash of ammo. Why don’t you have ammo Bro? Did you skip the last Bass Pro sale like you actively skipped leg day?

FTGB 4
Couch ninjas who should stick to video games and social media trolling, because you don’t know shit about what you are doing when it comes to guns. I am no fashion expert, but most twenty something year old folks, who wear matching top and bottom sweats, where the pants hug your ankles, unmarred running shoes, and adds candy to it with a chain and diamond studs, are total dickbags. I watch this jabroni, pass over most higher priced AR Platforms, SCARS, Scropions etc. and asked to look at a Kel-tec Sub-2000 9MM. Mind you it was right after one of many announcents that there is no 9mm or 12 gauge ammo. I’m certain that dipshit couch ninja still has no idea there is no chance he is getting ammo for the firearm he ends up with.

FTGB 5
With only 10 folks allowed in the store at any given time, its infuriating to watch the lady who takes a firearm safety certificate test. Wastes an hour of employee time to administer and then subsequently go over nearly all the answers, because she got nearly all of it wrong. Please for the love of god waste your own time, go online and take some practice tests, before wasting everybody else’s time.

Whats the moral of the FTGB story?
If you are panic gun buyer, and you are just now realizing what a pain in the ass it is to get a firearm in California. Well that’s what you get. Perhaps in the future you won’t be so quick to let California politicians and anti-gun groups infringe on your second amendment rights. Maybe now you’ll realize there are indeed background checks, fees, wait times, and prerequisites to buying a firearm. It’s been like this for years and years, and it doesn’t stop criminals from acquiring firearms and doing criminal things. Gun shops in California are not like grocery stores. You don’t walk in and walk out with a gun and ammo, like you would a bag of groceries.

I am very thankful for Turners Outdoorsman for their patience, and procedural handling during the corona crisis leading up to the shutdown. I also greatly appreciate a business that is selling guns in California and not cowing to political pressure, and optics like Dicks Sporting Goods recently has. Please support those who support your rights.

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