If necessity inspires invention then lack of resources; physical or financial would be the force driving creativity.
I have as lawmakers would say “overspent my deficit” on this AR project. Between giving $400 to uncle Sam in the form of tax stamps (This is a statement not a complaint I am happy to pay for the privilege of building a hardware Not everybody owns and not everybody should own) I have run myself a bit short and realise at the range I could use some grips. I also came to the conclusion that I don’t like the short vertical grip I had in the front nearly as much as I thought I would. So I begin looking for front grips and possibly some sort of way of hanging my rifle or having a lashing point where I could secure it to my backpack.
Before ya know it I’m checking out those Gucci G10 grips from VZ and other premium suppliers of premium swag and sundry items. I’m thinking at first that my SBR will be the coolest in the block, then I look around and watch Tundra tactical rip some poor SOB’s build a new one and realise oh crap I just became that person. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a rather unorthodox build and to throw Gucci bling on a sub standard Handguard that I cut down from a rifle length upper would be ridiculous. Solution ace hardware later I need a long thread and a bunch of macramé skills from Girl Scout camp. Solution ace hardware later I need a long thread and a bunch of macramé skills from Girl Scout camp.
In the end I made a little holder for some Allen/torx wrenches and spare battery along with a cleaning cloth that fits neatly in the grip. As far as the handgrip goes, I’m pretty happy with it. It cost me roughly 6 bucks does everything I need it to. Lastly I had an engineering issue. When I milled my lower I accidentally left some slop in it and didn’t realize till I was at the range that this movement would one day cause the lower to crack. Solution to that make a shim using some stainless I had laying about after making an instrument cluster for a cafe bike, To ensure it indexes properly and because the metal was a little to thick I filed a notch into the receiver till it snugged the upper and lower for a perfect fit.
So Show me your Low budget solutions using off the hardware store shelf items.