Building a Cheap Truck Gun
PSA has a really good deal on an upper assembly if you’re looking to build a cheap truck gun. It has a stainless steel barrel (easy maintenance), 1-7 twist (can handle any .223 bullet up to 80 gr), 16″ (easy handling and no NFA worries), mid length gas system (better than carbine length gas for several reasons I’ll get to in a later post), front sight base (FSB – another good thing for a homesteader’s rifle), all put together for you… for $199??? I usually spend more than that on just a barrel…
It’s only good thru Sunday, it’s from Palmetto State Armory (PSA) and no, I don’t work for them, nor do they pay me a commission or advertising fee, it just seems like a good deal so I wanted to share. I’ll find out if it’s a good deal when I get mine. Yep, at this price I had to order one for myself…
BTW if you’re new to AR’s this isn’t a complete rifle or even a complete upper. You’ll need a bolt carrier group (around $90), charging handle ($20 – $50), and a rear sight ($25 – $150, again depending on how fancy you want) to complete the upper, as well as a lower assembly to make a complete rifle.
Even needing all that you could put it all together for around $600 unless you need a scope, and unless the barrel turns out to be crap (I’ll find out soon and report back), that’s pretty good for a cheap truck gun that’s probably better than most of the lower priced offerings that sell for at least $100 more.
I know – you live in the city, so what do you need a gun for? It’s not like you’re going to be shooting wild game in town or ridding the back 40 of varmints, so why would an urban homesteader want or need a gun? Well, a few reasons I can think of are home defense, concealed carry, and hunting.
Hunting? It’s true you can’t hunt in the city, but every city I’ve lived in was within a few hours at most of land that was legal for hunting. Hunting is a great way to get back to nature, and adding wild game to your diet is a great way to supplement the animals you’re raising for food.
Home defense and concealed carry are touchy subjects for some, and depending where you live it might not even be legal for you to use a gun for self defense. Assuming you can legally own and use them though, a gun is probably the most effective means of self defense you can get.
If you’ve never owned a gun it’s important to learn the basics of gun safety before you actually buy one. In my opinion, the best way to learn gun safety is through a hunter safety course sponsored by your state’s wildlife department. Another way would be to ask at a local sporting goods store that sells firearms. Be careful though – the store is going to want to sell you a gun, not try to talk you out of one. When you’re talking to the sales person, make it clear that you’re trying to decide if owning a gun is right for you – not that you’ve already decided to buy a gun.
Welcome to my urban homestead. There’s not a lot going on since it’s winter here in northern Nevada, but there are still some things that can be done. I’m still in the process of planning next summer’s garden, I have a few gun projects to finish up, my garage/workshop needs a major cleaning and reorganization, etc…
The two big things I’ll be working on through the end of this year are learning how to bake bread and growing wheat grass. It’s too cold outside and the days are too sort for any kind of regular gardening, but I’m going to try growing a wheat grass microgarden. It should be fun:)