You are almost at the end of the wave - things are drying up REAL FAST. The best way to build one "right now" is to get an INCOMPLETE Yugo kit (aka M53 or something like that) which is 8mm. The ones from CFS are NOT COMPLETE. As in INCOMPLETE. As in MISSING RECEIVER SECTIONS. Those run around $350 today.
Once you have the incomplete kit, order the $300 "complete" receiver shell segments from Dan at AA. That runs around $300 today.
Spend some quality time absorbing the MG42 BIY thread and Pirate's tutorial info. Pay special attention to:
- the trigger pack modifications
- the welding jig
- the build order (legal compliance issue - if you weld first you've built a machine gun)
Buy some belts, drums, and consider a belt loader (another $100 alone). Shop around for some 8mm ammo - this gun is supposed to be able to eat anything you feed it.
308 conversion parts are available, and *IF* you can find it, 308 barrels. If. BIG IF right now!
You really should get the barrel(s) ASAP. As in call him tomorrow, and put it on the card! No joke, they are drying up fast. I think $150 per barrel is what they are going for now if they can be found.
I phoned Dan the other day and he said he has tons of receiver shells, so no problems there. The pisser is the fact that barrels are going away VERY VERY quickly. I stocked up on .308 barrels when the barrel ban struck, and now it seems that some 8mm stuff is all that's left.
Me, personally, I think 8mm is a better value because the ammo is so darned cheap! Caliber conversion between 8mm and 308 is a matter of a few parts, and these "special" parts will run around $150 total. SO the cost of a barrel plus $150 puts you into a 2-caliber system!