BUILDING MY FIRST AR

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  1. Feb 14, 2017 #1
    AR180B

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    I've been reading everyone posts on successes and failures of they're builds of their own AR's. I have "assembled" a weapon but never actually built one. I think it's time. There's no hurry and time frame, I have plenty of. I'm close to figuring out what I want. It won't be fancy or have a bunch of trinkets on it. I would like to build one like a Stock Colt AR-15 A4. They cost $1099 NIB. Is it possible to built one cheaper than the colt? I know I'll need to study and tool up. I don't have any AR assemble tools but I seen plenty at the Gun Show. Maybe add a Blackout upper too.
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    Powerman

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    Honestly, if you know how to take one apart and work on it, you're good. If all you want is nothing special, there are plenty of those on the shelf.

    There is no reason you won't heads pace correct. But if you want to mix and match barrel and bolt, then you should check it. Most smith's will head space. My point is, after that it's just assembling parts. Not very hard.

    Now if you want specific parts, and specific furniture you are not seeing on the shelf, well then building gives you the freedom to do that. But you don't save a ton of money doing the labor yourself.

    I'm not down on building. I built mine. But after the first... Ehh. And the rest I wanted specific stuff I didn't feel like buying just to replace.

    Plenty of colt quality stuff. But building makes it hard to stick to a budget. You could always buy a stripped colt and finish it how you like.
     
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    Completely possible to build a clone cheaper.

    Building your own, for me, is mostly about building exactly what you want, cheaper than you can buy off the shelf. The other advantage to building is being able to spread out the cost over time.

    When it comes to building a mil-spec clone(ish), there's several options including "build kits" that comes with everything except a lower for under or around $600. Throw in an Anderson or similiar lower for $50 or so (shop around) and you can do the math.
     
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    AR180B

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    I think you guy's have answered my questions. I wish to build a Mil-Spec Clone of the Mil-Spec Colt. and I want to do it under the $1099.00 price of a NIB Colt. The "build Kits" sound like something I might be able to do.
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    Ya, I'm really not trying to talk you out of it. Wing has good points.

    There are a bazillion LPKs out there. Many w/o trigger so you can get what you like. What I thought was a good buy... Spikes enhanced LPK. It comes with KNS pins, ambi safety, and their NiB battle trigger to name a few. I thought the trigger was pretty nice... But replaced it later w/ a Giselle on sale. It's $170. But with everything it comes with, it's actually a pretty good deal.

    What I have found, with many hobbys, any type of "kit" is always going to have some stuff you toss packaged in. But anything out there, you can stick with standard vanilla on all the guts, and then finish with whatever furniture and guard you want. That is where things get personal and you pay for stuff you don't want and pay to replace. You can definitely build a decent rifle for a grand how you want it. For sure.
     
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    AR180B

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    That's sounds like something I can do. Thanks
     
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    I'm no armorer and I have no special tools which I was hoping not to have to invest into anyway. More of an assemble than a real build. I hear "pining castle nuts and stuff and I out of my league. I think I could pull off the Cuda66 plan. I'm considering selling the AR-180B and I'll need an AR replacement.
    EDIT: The thing is, I purchased the AR-180B for $550.00 in 2008. I've watched them climb in value to $1000.00 on GunBroker because of their rarity. I now have the Coveted 40 Round Magazine all AR-180 owners want to complete their collection. When & if I can find the little Armalite 4X Scope, looks just like the Colt's original $X just says Armalite, I'll have a $2000.00 +/- $400.00.
    I think it's time to sell it!
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    DevJames

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    You might also give the Colt Expanse rifle a look. It's a stripped down made for people to out what they like on it at a fair price.
     
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    That would work except I want that full length barrel. 20" instead of the 16.1" Good call though. Puts a Colt in reach of most everyone....
     

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