2006-02-06: First order from CDNNSo, considering I'm almost out of .223 ammunition, I figured it was time to start shooting 22LR ammo for AR practice. $40ish for 250 rounds is a lot pricier than $10 for 500 rounds, particularly since finding ammo at that price is kinda tough. So, upon looking around a little, I determined that there's an inexpensive AR upper out there in 22LR.
The V22 upper is a complete upper, which fits onto a standard AR lower assembly with no further modifications. It's listed on most websites as being made by CZ, however the jury is out on that in my opinion. I can't find any solid answers as to what part CZ had in its manufacture - my personal theory is that CZ only made the barrels.
Since CDNN does flat-rate shipping ($9.99 no matter how much you order), I decided to order a brass punch set, a 3-9x illuminated scope, and an electronic hearing protector which they discontinued right after I ordered it.
The going wisdom is that if you're paying double-digit prices for a scope, then it's not likely to hold zero for long, and it's certainly not going to last. I only paid $70 for my scope, which claims (probably erroneously) that it'll work just fine on an AR-15 chambered in 223. I intend to get around that shortcoming by using it only on the 22LR upper, in order to keep it well within tolerances. I stand by my desire to eventually buy a decent scope, but I also want to keep enough budget available to buy AK receivers.
Update: the scope was made out of really weak metal, and bent noticeably either when the rifle was knocked over once, or inside of the transport case with no valid reason why it should've. While I may be able to bend the metal roughly back into zero, BEC shouldn't have used that weak a metal in the body of the scope.