SLCF (Selectable Lower Components, Forward Controls Design) is our answer to many veteran AR users and builders. Given the variety of superbly designed, non-factory components in the market space, the LPK as we know it seems to be of a mindset of early 2000s and, like Democrats, out of touch. While a typical LPK will contain pins, detents and components that seem to be in a perpetual state of shortage in our parts bin, there are also parts that don't fit our needs and are completely unused. The idea of an one size fits all LPK is ill suited for many experienced AR owners.
As my friend Nate Schultz (NSZ85) is fond of saying, no is always an acceptable answer. So we incorporated "absence might be a better option" into the SLCF. CLCF omits some parts altogether, and 10 out of 13 configurable options have "Do not include" as an option and default. The parts we don't include are subject to personal preferences. As to our preferences, we opt for the customers to have the freedom to decide for themselves, instead of tossing in parts they may never use.
SLCF does not include:
* Safety selector
* Most trigger variations
SLCF does include (inclusive in the MSRP, if no additional options are selected):
* Take down and pivot pin detents (x4). We include 4 of these detents to compensate their propensity to launch into orbit or carpet, never to be seen again, except by the ISS or a vacuum cleaner.
* Take down and pivot pin springs (x4). Take down detent springs can be bent during the installation of a carbine end plate and castle nut. We know this because...reasons :)
* PF-040 (Pins, Forward Controls , +0.040) take down and pivot pins, 17-4 PH SS, QPQ treated, 0.040 longer than TDP specs, will not interfere with ambidextrous safety operations
* Bolt catch spring
* Bolt catch plunger
* Bolt catch roll pin
* ABC/R v2 (with options)
* Buffer retainer
* Buffer retainer spring
* Trigger guard roll pin
* Non-Ambidextrous magazine catch (non-ambi mag catch will be omitted if EMR-A is selected)
* EMR (Enhanced Magazine Release, milspec through hole)
* Mag catch spring (Forward Controls Design 10.9lb, extra spring rate spring)
* Safety selector spring
* Safety selector detent
Other components are configurable, including the option to opt out. Among the configurable options are components not normally found in an LPK, such as castle nut, end plate, receiver extension, buffer and buffer spring, and stock. It is our opinion that everything short of the lower receiver itself belongs to the LPK category.
SLCF's availability may be spotty, as it is dictated by availability of components of their respective manufacturers.
Vltor's A5 REs, buffers and springs are not listed as SLCF options to avoid confusion. Vltor's A5 system must use the longer A5 specific RE, buffers, and springs, also, as these items are often out of stock, we don't want A5 products shortage to affect SLCF availability. Vltor A5 components can still be purchased outside of SLCF page on our site.