Monday, August 31, 2009

Good news, better news, and bad news.

I've spoken with Del Ton at least once a month since February, and I FINALLY have something coming. My partner's upper should be done by the end of this week or early next week, and they'll ship out immediately (edit 9/2/09 - it's been shipped!). They're still waiting on parts for mine, however - they said because of the deal they were running on an A2 upper back in January, a lot of the parts I ordered aren't quite back in stock. Naturally, any change I might make to the order will increase the price - I went cheap so I could buy my partner's to his specifications. That's both the "better" and half of the "bad" news.

The good news? We put our lowers together yesterday. It took about 2.5 hours with a 45 minute break to find the front takedown detent on the man's rifle, since he lost control of it and it took off. They aren't kidding when they say to be careful! At any rate, the rogue part was found and installed (using bent-tip needlenose pliers, instead of the tool he bought). To those building their own: take your time. We didn't rush, and that was the only issue either of us had.

the before shot, with all parts laid out:

the after shot:

The other bad news? My 1911 plans have been derailed. Apparently Para DOES NOT ship their GI Expert with the spent casing, per MD law, so I can't get it. This, coupled with other bad news on Saturday (my eldest, and first EVER, pet died. RIP Delirium, you sweet little scaly kid), basically guaranteed I had a cruddy day.

Thanks, Para. Thanks a lot. Looks like either S&W or Springfield will be getting my business henceforth.


mike's spot said...

Sorry to hear about the pet and the continued delay on the upper.

I have had great luck with my springfield armory mil-spec. pretty comperable to the GI from Para.

Laura said...

Thanks for the info. I originally considered it, but the price turned me off. Now, I don't have much means that purchase will be pushed back awhile longer.

mike's spot said...

I didn't realize they were that different in price. My stailess Mil-spec hit me for 650ish out the door and I thought that was a bit high.

I figured being a para, it would retail at a similar price point

Laura said...

the Para retails at $599, but could probably be had cheaper. just not here.

Mike W. said...

So, this post is old now. Did you ever get your upper?

I'm still waiting on my ammo from March....

Laura said...

Negative. I don't know *when* I'll see it. About half my upper is backordered.

Have you called them to see when they'll be getting to you?