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Dammit- thought I could build my AR tomorrow

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Ironbar, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Freaking Amazon is shipping my dang vise block from CHINA, and I don't have the AR tool either!

    Is there someone on this BB who can loan me these things for a day or so?
     
  2. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    You don't need a vise block. I built mine free hand and it didn't get one scratch or tool mark. As far as an AR tool/barrel wrench you can get those at pretty much any gun store.
     
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  3. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have a barrel vise, if that's what you need. PM me with your phone if it will help.
     
  4. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    You talking the clamshell type?


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  5. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    No I didn't. For my next build I will. And yes I can see how a vise block would help there. I guess I figured the OP for a first time builder with a complete upper. My bad. I'm out.
     
  6. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Why yes, I am a super stud. Just ask me (not my wife) LOL! For my first build I completed the lower from stripped forward. But the upper was such a good price I bought it complete. So my build was easy off the vise. Thank you for the recommendation as I plan on a few more builds shortly!
     
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  7. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Yeah Ironbar, if you are just building the lower, you don't need no stinking vice.
    I thought you were buying a complete upper????
     
  8. Don H

    Don H Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I can loan you my Magpul BEV block if it helps.
     
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  9. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Just FYI, I have the complete upper, and stripped lower. Supposedly my LPK is due on tomorrow's UPS truck. I'd love to get the whole thing built and take it up in the hills this week to break it in.
     
  10. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    You could always run over to Curt's, they would assemble it for you cheap, and fast.
    I did the first few, with a pair of pliers and a hammer. It is nice to have a set of punch's and a few other little do dads, but you can google videos of people putting them together with a minimal of tools.
    Only thing you really need the tool for is the castle nut, but you should be able to get it tight enough for a weekend out, with a hammer and a flat blade screw driver. Just tap it slowly.
     
  11. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    This guy is funny... kind of an idiot, but I still like him, for some reason LOL



    One trick I like, is when it comes to roll pins. I always add a little oil, and it seems to make it easier.
    And tape off the side of the receiver before the bolt catch roll pin. That idiot mark will last a long time LOL.
     
  12. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Sent Ironbar a pm, He can borrow my tools.

    Upper vice block w support bar
    Mag well vice block
    Combination wrench for barrel nut install
    Hammer drop block
    Front sight, gas port puck
    Strap wrench
    Castle nut, receiver extension removal wrench
     
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  13. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Very nice of you Rick. I live down by Barton. PNW is the AR15 building capitol of the world I think :)
     
  14. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Or a couple of 16 penny nails LOL, and a hammer :)

    If you are just NEW to building one, it can appear to be a daunting task. Funny to look back at it now, and realize how simple it all really is. The AR platform is an extremely easy one to learn.

    That's why they are the Barbie for men, and some woman :)
     
  15. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Ah! field expedient tooling, no hammer? a rock!
     
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  16. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Like I said before, the first few I used pliers to do roll pins. Hey it works. Put a little E tape on the pliers, and bam.
     
  17. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Oh, I learned that one the hard way. Still have that one around home somewhere...
     
  18. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I went with a JSE 20" Chrome Moly Nitride treated HBAR A3 flat top.

    FCG is a Black Rain Ordnance 3.5lb drop in. It's the one with the logo milled off for ½ the cost.

    LPK is a Palmetto Magpul CTR lower build kit.

    Thanks a million for all the great advice on this thread BTW. Copy what titson said about the trigger guard roll pin. Found a very good how-to video on youtube for building the AR that showed exactly what happens when you don't support those tabs!

    Rick- PM sent!
     
  19. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Ironbar and I have conversed, will meet today.
    He may or may not know some of these nuances, help this thread out...

    Barrel to upper receiver
    Install ejection port cover BEFORE the barrel
    NEVER put upper receiver in a vice. Or twist it. Or torque it. Aluminum soft
    Coat barrel nut and receiver threads with anti-seize. Aluminum galls
    Roll pins are tapered, go in only one way, orange Brownells puck, tap lightly.
     
  20. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    I am too far south to make it worth your while to borrow.
    But I would like to thank you for supporting the communist block of China :eek: