Frankengun vs Factory
It’s way past time to get a few blogs out from Cajun Arms. As you probably know, the past two years saw unprecedented times for those in the firearms and self defense business. With sales up over 400% there hasn’t been much extra time to write blogs. But man-oh-man, do we have some stories and thoughts to share in the upcoming months. We ran over 1,200 students through our various classes during this time as well. Just when you think you’ve seen it all… you haven’t!
One of the items that bugs the heck out of us is home built AR carbines and pistols, whether built by the owner, a buddy, or some one-off “shop” assembler. Now, for the record, there’s nothing wrong with this as long as your head is in the right place. There’s no better way to understand how your AR15 runs than to assemble one. And there is the pride in ownership factor of having built it yourself. However, if you are looking to run your rifle in a long day of training or staking your life on it when things go pear shaped, you might want to consider a quality factory built rifle from a reputable manufacturer. Can you really trust your building skills or the skills of the gun shop using low cost parts when it comes to the reliability of that gun? Keep in mind, if you try to build a rifle with quality components, parts, and pieces in line with a factory rifle in the $1,000 plus range, it will cost you more to just buy the parts. We figure your time is worth something too?
Buy from a pro
The small one-off “builder” is to be avoided too. They typically have no warranty nor the tools, skills, or common sense to build and fit a high quality piece. They are more likely to paint a turd with some “cool” paint scheme to try to sell it. Beware! Resale is an issue if you ever want to trade or sell too. We typically do not buy home made or no name guns. If we do, we only offer the cost of the parts on the gun at a discounted rate figuring we need to rebuild it.
Ask yourself what the rifle is expected to do for you. If it's to defend the lives of those you love, serving as your go to home defense platform, it would be smart to put that responsibility in an AR like a Barrett, Springfield, Sig, Spikes, LWRC, POF, or other well-known quality manufacturers. But if it's a range toy Gucci experiment, then go for the home build. Just know its limitations. If you bring your Frankenstein to class, please bring a back up! We hope to post again soon. Keep your head up and make good choices!
- Why Are You Just Standing There? Shooting From Unconventional Positions
- New Gun, New Habits
- Home Defense Shotgun Set Up
- What Should I be Doing at the Range?
- Fighting From The Ground
- Take Charge of Recoil, don’t let it control you…
- Think Before You Speak
- Grab a Partner
- The Risks of Being Nice…
- Lead With Your Eyes (not your muzzle)
- Train as You Carry… Leave the competition and tactical gear behind
- KNIFE VS GUN - A quick scenario to ponder
- Frankengun vs Factory
- Memory - Program Yourself
- Training for Injury
- Lights and Lasers and YouTube Ninjas
- Our Stance on Your Stance
- Training for More Than One Attacker…
- Keep Your Head On - Consistency
- Defensive Shotgun Accessory Do’s and Don’ts
- Charlottesville - lies and hypocrites
- Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger…
- …and Re-holster
- Unauthorized persons…
- Focus on What will Save Your Life
- Train for Success with your Firearms
- Every Day is a Good Day to Be Ready
- Appendix Carry - Is it right for you?
- Learn to see the light...
- Anti-Gun Sentiment on the Intarwebs…
- Avoidance and Awareness
- Point Shooting: Does it work? Do you know what it is?
- About your self-defense carry ammo...
- See the Whole Picture... Know how to reload reflexively
- One-Handed Shooting
- Every Bullet Has a Price...
- On Magazine Changes... fighting for your life
- There is Such a Thing as Too Fast...
- A Threat at Arm's Length
- In defensive shooting, missing your target has consequences...
- AR15 for Home-Defense
- Operating out of your Comfort Zone...
- Every Bullet Has A Price - Operational Speed
- Car (or Truck) Gun Safety
- Keep a Clear Head
- Get Training!
- Women and Firearms at Cajun Arms