I’m hoping to draw on the countless insights available in this forum. I’m considering a 223/5.56 CT “other” build and could use recommendations on parts, suppliers and build tips. This will be my first build. The primary uses will be target shooting and varmint eradication.
I’m a little lost on your topic. Are you in CT as in Connecticut looking to build an AR platform? If so you have a long road to go down just to get the basics but it has been some many years since I lived there and things may have changed.
Yes, Connecticut. In response to your question, yes and no. While AR 15s are currently banned in the state an “other” is legal but has certain requirements (e.g. must have at least a 12 inch barrel, cannot have a butt stock) but is built using an AR lower and upper. I hope that helps clarify a little. There are also a couple videos on line about them, but they don’t provide much build how to’s, parts resources or recommendations.
There are several threads on this site that detail the in’s and out’s of putting together an AR pistol. @Zavier_D had one and there is another good one but the gent’s name escapes me at this time. I am totally ignorant of CT’s “Other” statute or the rules there to but the rules for an AR pistol are roughly in no particular order
Barrel LESS than 16"
Length of Pull (LOP) from the end of the buffer tube to the forward most part of the trigger less than 13.4"
NO VERTICAL fore grips Angled ones are fine (AFG)
Overall length (OAL) MUST be less than 26" from the muzzle to the end of the buffer tube.
You can have a “BRACE” but not a STOCK, words are important in this context use them correctly
An adjustable Brace that extends beyond the buffer tube does not count in the OAL and neither does the length of your muzzle device as both are accessories and not part of the functioning part of the pistol.
If you really need to cut down on OAL go with a gas piston system and a folding BRACE
Putting one together once you have the legal parts is very straight forward, a couple specialty tools are very hand but not required such as an armorers wrench and vice blocks.
I live in a fair part of the world for guns (VA) but I tell EVERYBODY that builds an AP pistol to get and keep copies of the relevant statutes and ATF letters for your platform in the gun case with the pistol. Sherrif Roscoe P. Coletraine may not know the rules for other but he can make a fast assumption about an SBR or just a regular AR in your state. Be able to politely defend every piece and part on your platform and if he says “Bunk” go quietly and fight it in court or possibly with the next senior guy you will run across. MOST LEO are NOT gun guys and even less know the arcane and convoluted laws in which we are discussing.
Good luck with your build and if you have assembly questions I’d be glad to help
Many thanks @Craig6!