Here's the story of my AR build so far. Hopefully WMD can help me out. I bought a DPMS stripped lower at a gun show in January(overpaid ). I then wanted to get a parts kit to complete the build and a friend found Blackthorne(Link). Ordered a parts kit from them on 1/5/09 and it has yet to be shipped. I emailed them a few weeks ago and they said that they were still back ordered on bold carriers and I could cancel at any time. I have since looked further into them and it sounds like there pedaling shit. So I'm thinking of canceling and ordering with someone else. I'm a freshman in college so I don't have a lot of money(why I chose Blackthorne originally). I've found http://www.model1sales.com and they look pretty cheap. What I'm looking for is an A3 16" carbine with a heavy barrel. I'm also not opposed to building my own upper. I just don't have a torque wrench which would be about $100 on top of the rifle. Am I SOL on Blackthorne and if so where should I go? Also is a relatively cheap AR even possible without sacrificing quality? Thanks!