And it's basically done.
It's technically able to be shot now after I clean and lube. That's next on the list, once I find the time around all the holiday activities.
Things to do, but won't keep it from being fired...
Switch out the selector switch with the red Strike Industries
Take off the grip to tighten that screw that helps reduce rattle
Side note... Got lucky with that screw. It needs to be removed before milling. Luckily figured that out before milling that low!
There are a few things that I found after everything was put together that... could be better.
This may just be a general AR thing, as it seems to be the same with my Dad's normal AR, but I don't like that the safety cannot be engaged without the bolt cocked
It is extremely difficult to manually lock the bolt back. I'm hoping this is on account everything being brand new and not oiled or worn in from shooting any
The QC10 side-charging upper... I like the look. I like the concept. I generally like the product, but the difficulty of manually locking the bolt also showed that the charging handle design may be better if it was more like the Gibbz or NFA uppers, where there appears to be more meat to the handle (even if I think those don't look as good!)
The Magpul Armorers wrench apparently does not work for the KVP barrel nut (had to borrow a 1 1/4" crowfoot)
The Magpul Armorers wrench does fit the Strike Industries castle nut... But because of the extended end plate, you cannot turn it
One last general comment... Coming from a computer system engineer that deals with requirements and customers and such... For the majority of products I bought, and it may be specific to after-market AR parts manufacturers, the impression I have is that there is a problem with providing instructions, of any kind. Yes, the majority of things can be found via googling, but I don't view that as acceptable. Definitely not friendly to people starting out and still learning. Instructions don't even have to be included with the product, a simple go to our website for instructions and tips and guidelines (e.g. torque recommendations) would be quite adequate.