Got my Royal Tiger kit a while back. Have posted before I ordered some more used furniture from GPC Numrich and am pleased good front hand guard, grip & butt except butt sling is badly rusted. This is the early style with no trap door butt stock. Have two $60 new take off 223 Remington 700 barrels so I ordered a DPMS barrel extension and pin for $20+$2 from Midway (with a bunch of cleaning supplies) and am machining my own barrel. Lathe turned the barrel, installed the extension and head spaced. Only mod was to press a small piece of stock and turn for the front sight base stop to .75 dia cuz barrel was small in this area. Cut the 13/16-16 extension threads and 1/2-28 muzzle threads single point. Need to finish mill work aka install pins. Lower receiver was a investment cast part I bought about 15yrs ago. Finished it and a raw 7075 forging a few months back on my own used and refurbished by me BRIDGEPORT. Barrel work was done on my own LATHE. Have my own machines and have been saving, planning and shopping for 3+ years and posted pic in the Tool Thread. The BP w/DRO came equipped but the Lathe w/DRO was in primo condition but no tooling. Have well tooled it up in the last few months via Ebay, Craigslist and friends. Even have sold off excess to recoup some cost! Have been a Machinist for 39 years (CNC for the last 32) started the same year my BP was made 1974 and am proud of my little shop!
Back on topic. As discussed I machined off the lower fence around the mag release for a more retro look and am considering engraving. Sprat liked this idea too. I think Sprat and myself are both hard headed have a lot in common and are learning to respect each other and our different methods of doing things. I will parkerize the steel and use Gunkote on the aluminum. May order some Gunkote in a more gray tone but hate to pay the spray bomb price.