Should I build my first AR?

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  1. Gunboy

    Gunboy XDTalk Member

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    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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    Build. It's fun and easy. Lots of videos on YouTube to guide you.


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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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    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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    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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    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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    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. ;) :D :cool:

    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. ;) :D
     
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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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    Build build build. You will know how everything works and you will be more appreciative of your rig if you gave it all the love and pieces that you picked for it. Ton of companies out there to help you along the way but you should be able to build a lower for less than $200.
     
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    I agree, AR's can suck you in. That's why I make sure I have no leftover parts. They all end-up turning in to a new rifle. Here Delton M4 kit $449 less stripped lower receiver and you can find a receiver for under $100.

    http://www.classicarms.us/semi-auto%20rifles.htm
     
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    I have never fired or broken down an AR either. But two nights ago I put my very first AR lower together in a matter of about 15 minutes. Just followed the directions found in these two places:

    AR-15 DIY

    ar-15 diy 2
     
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    AR15.com is a great site. Lots of information and you can find some great deals on new and used parts.
     
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    I already have a mini, but I want something that is sub MOA
     
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    what are the good brands for lowers and lower parts kits?
     
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    Honestly, I can't tell much difference between a bushmaster, noveske, spikes, or the CMMG lowers I have. Any forged lower will work fine, as you'll pay more for billet and it just looks "cooler" in my opinion. A friend is going the budget route and picked up a CMMG from buds for less than $100, which I now have and am doing the build for him.

    As for LPK, theres spikes, DPMS, etc..., but it really depends. I like to use my own grips and load geissele triggers in all mine. I go for the DPMS small parts kit from brownells. Its a LPK without a FCG, the only throw away is the grip.

    Just get a plain 'ol spring and carbine buffer if youre going adjustable stock route. Choose a mil spec tube as mil spec stocks seem more plentiful.

    If you are building the upper and need a BCG. (And I suggest you build the upper, because YOU WILL END UP CHANGING SOMETHING LATER). Most will tell you to go BCM, which are really good. I prefer to spend the extra $100 or so for the Spikes NiB coated by fail zero.

    Troy has a great selection of handguards for a decent price, and Rainier arms is a decent site for selecting items for the build. I like Rainier and Brownells. Model 1 Sales for low cost builds.

    If you run into problems, feel free to ask, as I am sure there's a ton of advice for you on the boards. As for me, I think I've had the opportunity to screw up and fix just about everything on an AR.

    Have fun!!
     
  18. Gunboy

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    Thankyou, I'm thinking I'm going to put a quad rail on it and get some rail covers because I want to be able to put a bipod or anything else I might want to but I hate vertical fwd grips.
     
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    I think you will find many people on here have fallen prey to the "black rifle"...
    I had never fired one or anything before I began reading up on them too. Ended up building the lower and buying the upper to put on it. Pretty easy stuff as long as you have a few ounces of mechanical ability in your tank. I think the reward of building something yourself makes it more fun. Good luck whichever road you choose.
     
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    I think building is the way to go. It gives a person a better understanding of how they work and what options will work for you.Plus the satisfaction when you fire that first round outta "Your" rifle. Watch out though, as others have said, it can be addictive. As for parts, I've used Rainier Arms,Delton,Midway and Surplus Arms and Ammo with good results.AR15.com and Brownells are great for info on building. Have fun
     

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