Stainless ar-15

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by crazyjennyblack, Feb 11, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. crazyjennyblack

    crazyjennyblack Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    391
    OK ladies and gentlemen, I need some help with my new obsession. I want a stainless AR-15. Stainless lower, stainless upper, stainless barrel. Bright shiny magazine (if possible). I want it with a 1911 grip, since I know they make these. I want to equip it with wood furniture, as I have seen this online as well.

    I can find the barrels, furniture, and grips online. What I have not found is the missing links - the upper and lower receivers, as well as parts like the buffer tube ring thingie (technical term).

    I'm looking to get this stuff when/if the scare settles down and things become available again. I AM aware that these things will be hard to find, that steel is heavier than aluminum, that steel is unnecessary, that it will make me stand out like a sore thumb, and that the EBR gods will attempt to smite me immediately because I am not conforming to the edict that all AR's must be black. Why, might you ask, do I want this? :rolleyes: Because I'm a girl, I like pretty stuff, and its my money to waste! :neener:

    Seriously, anyone able to help me out?
     
  2. WNTFW

    WNTFW Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,906
  3. greyling22

    greyling22 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2007
    Messages:
    6,609
    Location:
    East Texas
  4. ceetee

    ceetee Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2003
    Messages:
    1,998
    Congrats, jenny! It's innovative thinking like yours that actually drives industry. I can't say that I've ever seen a stainless steel AR15. You've already mentioned why... There just isn't any need for one. I'm not gonna say it's impossible, but I bet it would be quite spendy. I do hope you find someone that can make you one, if for no other reason than Just Because.
     
  5. crazyjennyblack

    crazyjennyblack Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    391
    hmmm.... i wonder how I would go about getting something chromed?
     
  6. CGT80

    CGT80 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    Messages:
    125
    Location:
    SoCal
    You could go with polished aluminum parts. There was a pic of a polished aluminum AR with wood furniture floating around CalGuns forum, IIRC. An 80% lower would be easy to find in the raw. I don't know about finding an unfinished upper. Anodizing on aluminum is tougher than the base metal, and therefore can be quite a pain to remove. I didn't spend any time looking at the links above, but even plastic can be chromed now. I have heard great things about hard chrome and saw one XD pistol that was hard chromed to look like a real bi-tone (I have the bi-tone, which is actually stainless). It looked good from what I remember.

    Some finishes require a polished base metal and others require a sand or bead blasted finish on the base metal. Have you contacted a metal finishing company or gun smith that does that sort of work? The car industry also deals with chrome and anodized parts, so you may find some leads there.
     
  7. greyling22

    greyling22 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2007
    Messages:
    6,609
    Location:
    East Texas
    jenny, metaloy popped on one of those links I posted. I guess they do good work. I would assume you wind up sending them the parts you want chromed and some money. looks like they want 275 to coat a complete AR in whatever it is they call "tactikote" http://www.originalmetaloy.com/

    I"m sure there are other places.
     
  8. Bovice

    Bovice Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2009
    Messages:
    1,601
    Aluminum is about 1/3 of the weight of an equivalent volume of steel. Keep that in mind.

    Also, forget about polished bare aluminum. You'd be wasting money on polishing aluminum, it will get cloudy (aluminum oxide) and powdery over time. For aluminum to last, it needs to have a finish. A satin nickel plating would give a stainless appearance. Now that we're on the subject, have you thought about a two tone AR? Robar has their slick NP3 finish, which would work great on an upper receiver, both inside and out of it.
     
  9. crazyjennyblack

    crazyjennyblack Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    391
    Never did like the 2-tone guns.... Silver is my favorite color and I like my shiny stuff!
     
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,074
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    A stainless steel AR-15?

    Why in the world would you want a 15 pound AR-15, before adding optics and other accessories??

    It defies logic, and the design perimeters of the rifle in the first place.

    rc
     
  11. RPRNY

    RPRNY Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    2,334
    Location:
    Front Range, CO
    Sweet. I like it. Stainless is too much and chrome will look cheesey. Think Fat Elvis with an AR. But a stainless barrel and nickel satin upper / lower with nice wood and perhaps a discrete gun-jazzle of the receiver or around the trigger guard? Not talking Hello Kitty or rhinestones, but a few discrete Swarovski crystals. I like it. It has a Tarantino-esque quality to it. I liked the Turnbull Ar15 too. Not an EBR fan. I look forward to photos and to Sen Feistein explaining how it is an "uneccessary weapon of war".

    Sent from my Kindle Fire using Tapatalk 2
     
  12. crazyjennyblack

    crazyjennyblack Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    391
    I understand what you're saying, rcmodel, but the weight doesn't bother me. And, it wouldn't even approach 15 lbs. For example:

    Assume a regular AR-15 weighs 8 lbs. An AR-15 receiver is around 7" long, 3" wide, and 1" thick. A block of steel of these dimensions weighs approximately 6 lbs. Even if you were to tape this block of solid steel to an already complete AR-15, the weight wouldn't be 15 pounds. So an appropriately milled out AR lower receiver made of steel would weigh a little bit more (maybe 2lbs?) than an aluminum receiver, but not nearly as heavy as one would think.

    Also, consider that even thought the rifle would be heavier, the actual felt weight would be less than that of a Garand, for example, as the weight would be more toward the rear of the weapon.

    Actually though, this whole thing is to be an "unnecessary weapon of decoration." :D
     
  13. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2012
    Messages:
    3,184
    Location:
    The Texas Hill Country
    Silver electroplate. Just a thought. 5 Troy oz would cost what? $200?

    Also, you can buy bags of loose cubic zirconia pretty cheap (stock / grip / handguards).
     
  14. chris in va

    chris in va Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Messages:
    6,149
    Location:
    Louisville KY
    Alright, many here know about that $15,000 steel AR on Gunbroker last year. Anyone know how much it weighed?
     
  15. chris in va

    chris in va Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Messages:
    6,149
    Location:
    Louisville KY
    Garand history question

    Deleted.
     
  16. Ramone

    Ramone Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    908
    Location:
    Tidewater VA
    I've heard of SS lowers, but never seen one.

    I like shiney guns, too, so I am following with interest.

    This is as shiney an AR as I have so far, but I've plans to replace the HG with a ventilated SS one (I have the tube stock, just shopping around for machining):

    _DSC9123.jpg

    The upper is a FAILZERO, and it's more gold than Silver, but it's a good start.
     
  17. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2005
    Messages:
    5,227
    Location:
    Rural Kentucky, surrounded by Amish
    DPMS used to make stainless lowers.
     
  18. taliv

    taliv Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2004
    Messages:
    28,592
    there were some stainless guns made. (i've played with them) they were made for the US coast guard. i've no idea where you could find one.

    if we weren't in the middle of a panic, you could probably get any of the small time billet receivers to do a custom stainless receiver for you. but that ain't happenin any time soon
     
  19. blaisenguns

    blaisenguns Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2009
    Messages:
    453
    Its funny to see this, but just the other day I was thinking why don't the make a steel receiver AR? I was pondering that perhaps there is some reason, like the tolerances of the weapon would create to much heat/galling as the action move. I was also thinking perhaps some reason because of rust. I am not an engineer, so I could only speculate. I think if you want a true stainless steel upper and lower receiver, then you would have to have it custom made.

    I think it would look cool with the stainless and wood stock. If it were me I would skip the rhinestones and have it engraved with a punisher skull, and put a chrome plated 37mm M203 replica. :D

    Wow! Definitely impressed!
    [/QUOTE]
     
  20. Arp32

    Arp32 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2010
    Messages:
    454
    Location:
    Arizona
    Where are these 1911 rifle grips?
     
  21. TheGloriousTachikoma

    TheGloriousTachikoma Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    Messages:
    81
    Location:
    Ann Arbor, MI
  22. spoogie

    spoogie Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2011
    Messages:
    59
    Location:
    ND
  23. arizona_cards_11

    arizona_cards_11 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2010
    Messages:
    226
    Location:
    MT
    There's a big difference between matte hard chrome and pimp chrome.

    A hard chromed AR15 would look pretty good IMO.
     
  24. zdc1775

    zdc1775 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2011
    Messages:
    744
    Location:
    Alabama
    I have actually been wanting to do this exact thing for about a year now. Just because

    Love that rifle spoogie
     
  25. crazyjennyblack

    crazyjennyblack Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    391
    Man, spoogie, that receiver is getting toward the look I'm going for, although "pimp chrome" is more what I'm thinking...

    Skip the rhinestones, please. That's only one step away from Hello Kitty. If I want something THAT glittery on a gun I would be obligated to gold plate it like Saddam Hussein! :neener:

    I'm kinda thinking by the available offerings that getting an aluminum receiver with an appropriate silver-colored finish would be my best option.....

    So.... I wonder where I could get pimp chrome? :D
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice