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AR-15 build book/manual recommendations

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by gearheadbill, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. gearheadbill

    gearheadbill Everett area Member

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    I am brand new to things AR. I like to study and love good pictures and illustrations. Seems like, as with all things AR related, there are a LOT of choices in manuals or "How To" books. In my book (no pun intended) a picture truly is worth a 1000 words. My intentions are to build a couple of Frankenrifles so I can learn and understand about this firearm. I am not interested in buying a complete AR. I want to know how this weapon system works and for me the best way is trial and error with hands on.

    Any 'buy' or 'don't buy' recommendations of a single illustrated manual or book on the AR-15? What's the best one to cover custom home-build guns? I really appreciate the input. Thanks
     
  2. oldgrappler

    oldgrappler Oregon Member

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    No need to buy a manual. Go to AR15.com and look for the Build it yourself section. Excellent instructions and photos for both lower and upper assembling.
     
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  3. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    This! With all of the photo walk throughs out there there's really no need to spend $$$$ on a book
     
  4. M1357

    M1357 King Co, WA New Member

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    Good to look at some of the guides and online tutorials from AR15.com, Brownell’s and the like. (the AR15.com DIY forums are a good place to start. Depending on the state of your trigger parts and lower, you’ll also want to acquaint yourself with the Dummies assembly outline guide on ar15.com, esp the tools list.)
     
  5. gearheadbill

    gearheadbill Everett area Member

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    I have already looked at the guides at AR15.com and I appreciate everyones input so far but............i DO need a book. I have extreme difficulty reading things not printed on paper; like on my computer screen. Always have had. Short 3-4 paragraph essays/articles, forum threads etc. are ok online but I don't have whatever it takes to read much online. I would be totally screwed if I were in college these days.
     
  6. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    When I first got into the AR game I just printed the picture tutorial off AR15.com and went step by step.
    There are very few "wrong" parts you can put into the.ar platform that will effect its function. I've used scrap and bottom barrel parts on some builds and they run like clockwork. As always I'll put my .02¢ in and say.don't get too caught up in the brand name hype market and over pay for anything.
     
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    Synnergy Oregon Member

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  8. M1357

    M1357 King Co, WA New Member

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    I understand. You can have the best of both worlds: print out Jordan Edgar's AR-15 Builder’s Resource Guide: http://www.gunsnet.net/manuals/BUILDERS_GUIDE.pdf
     
  9. gearheadbill

    gearheadbill Everett area Member

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    Thanks! I can print it out. My inability to read on the computer is a physical one. It's due to my brain being unable to deal with the constant refreshing of the screen and the other electronic "buzzing" of the equipment. I need a printed page and your suggestion looks like a good one.
     
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    gearheadbill Everett area Member

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  11. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    the ultimate reloader on youtube has good videos I used em to build my first AR his name on there is gavintoobe
     
  12. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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