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Should I build my first AR?

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Old 02-14-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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Should I build my first AR?

I have been reading up on building off a bare Ar-15 lower, and I have no clue on if I should go acquire a complete one or Acquire parts to build one. My dilemma is that I have never fired an AR or broken one down.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:47 PM   #2
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Build. It's fun and easy. Lots of videos on YouTube to guide you.


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Old 02-14-2012, 09:57 PM   #3
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build it, list your parts you plan to buy before purchasing and ask for advice. the sky is the the limit on a build. ARs are easy to assemble, you just need a good vice and the proper vice blocks and punches.

Not to mention, there will be a sense of pride in your build, and you'll be intimately familiar with your weapon.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:59 PM   #4
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Lowers are easy and fun to build. Uppers require some special tools. Build the lower, buy the upper. That's what I did. Man, I never should have sold that rifle, LOL.
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My only problem is I'm a minor so my dad is a little iffy about it, but I know my way around most guns and I think it will give me a bit of help when I become a gunsmith.
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Check out the Brownell's videos. They are pretty good.

AR-15 Builder - Build and Customize your own AR15 | Brownells then click on Instructional Videos at the bottom.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:10 AM   #7
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I would say build and save yourself some cash. My first build was $200 cheaper than buying a complete rifle. I ordered a complete lower and complete upper and just pushed the two pins in. Same brand upper and lower as the complete rifle, just no mag or crappy hardcase. I even got the parts from the same dealer that quoted me price on the complete rifle.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:27 AM   #8
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I've just finished building my first ever AR lower. It is totally worth it to build it yourself! You can do it cheaper than buying an already assembled rifle. After you build the lower, you can just slap on a complete upper and be ready to go (provided you bought a mag, sights and ammo).
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My only problem is I'm a minor so my dad is a little iffy about it, but I know my way around most guns and I think it will give me a bit of help when I become a gunsmith.
I am in the "build it yourself" camp too.

My 17 year old son built the first lower. I only had to help with holding it because I don't have any work bench or vice in my house (don't ask). He came away with a sense of pride & ownership that was all his.

I will have my younger boy build his and I will build mine, but those will be later in the year.

Plus, fwiw, I have hit up 2 gun shows and have gotten some free stuff that the guy was tired of keeping around in inventory.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:28 AM   #10
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Six weeks ago, I didn't want to build my first AR. At all. Never fired a rifle in my life, I should let the experts handle it.

Then I rationalized that I needed to build my own so I could know how to disassemble it properly for cleaning. Slippery slope.

Next thing I know last weekend I'm pressing "Start" on a mill so I can finish my 80% lower. It's like a disease!

So, my advice to you is to run, don't walk and get a mini-14 or something that's not as contagious as an AR. It's too late for me, but you might still have hope...
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