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A short History of the Feinstein Project

1791 - 2nd Amendment adopted

1934 - FDR attempts to ban handguns, succeeds in making machineguns, & short barreled shotguns & rifles too expensive for poor people

1946 - Kiddicraft begins production of their Self Locking Bricks

1949 - LEGO begins production of their Automatic Binding Bricks

1956 - ArmaLite releases Eugene Stoner's AR-10 in 7.62x51mm

1958 - ArmaLite releases Eugene Stoner's AR-15 in 5.56x45mm

1963 - Colt begins civilian AR-15 sales

1963 - LEGO switches to ABS plastic - the Feinstein Project becomes possible

1968 - 1968 Gun Control Act is passed in the wake of the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcom X, and Robert Kennedy, ending most mail order sales of firearms and the import of small handguns

1973 - LEGO publishes a note "To Parents".

1977 - ARFCOM's own Ricochet builds his first AR-15 from a non-Colt lower.

1990 - President George H W Bush, signs the Imported Parts Law, or 922(r) into law, making people pay more for imported guns that now have to be modified with US parts to be sold in the US, and incrementally increasing the popularity of the now comparatively less-expensive AR-15

1993 - President Clinton signs the Brady Bill into law, resulting in today's FBI instant check system for US citizens not named John Smith or Jose Gonzales

1994 - President Clinton signs the Assault Weapon Ban (AWB) into law, cementing the popularity of the AR, AK, and large capacity magazines as something the gubbermint does not want you to have

2000 - Cavalry Arms begins production of their polymer lower with integrated stock, now produced by GWACS Armory

2004 - Assault Weapons Ban expires and is not renewed

2008 - An Alaskan mills a complete working (in a fashion) lower from pine, and then from plastic

2009 - ARFCOM's wesmerc has the same idea as us, but doesn't start a website

2012 - 3D printing of weapons begins, resulting in our friends at Defense Distributed getting underway


The gears begin to turn on Weaponeer.net

In which we first speak with lawyers

A high schooler's project - huge inspiration

The FAL detour in which plastic bricks are first mentioned

In which the Californians are discovered to be worse off than thought

In which we rope in the Gentleman from Virginia - currently the LIVE thread

The plastic brick thread on ARFCOM

In which Effort Thumbhole is decided on

The AR-70 lower detour

More AR-70 lower detour

The Colt LE901 AR upper adapter's possibilites are realized

In which we ask advice of lawyers, who are surprisingly helpful

And in this thread where they are not

More questions of helpful lawyers

Enter the naysayers

Our first endorsement - better than Blackthorne...Thanks suprmatch!

Our first test of Effort Thumbhole

The Feinstein Project came about from the above, and the following realizations:

It is legal in the free states to build one's own AR lower;

It runs around $500 for a small mill or a 3-D printer to make one's own AR lower;

Children's plastic building blocks, such as LEGO, K'NEX, Mega Bloks and KRE-O are made from ABS plastic, and can be glued together with epoxy, hopefully making a structure strong enough to handle the recoil of an AR-15 upper.

We would like to thank the good folks at ARFCOM and Weaponeer.net for getting us started.