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First Completed AR Build

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by etrain16, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well, kind of first build. I say that because I didn't build the upper, that, I bought complete. But I did build out the complete lower.

    I've been collecting the pieces to do my first build for about 2 years now and finally took the time to get it all assembled. I watched a step by step video on YouTube to walk me through the process. Overall it was a fairly simple process, one I took slowly, just to make sure I didn't mess up. I did slip up a few times along the way, but nothing serious, just back up and repeat the steps. The pivot pin was a bit tricky since I didn't have an install tool, but YT saved the day again with a method to do it without the install tool that worked just fine.

    Thankfully everything fit in place just as it should. I've heard that sometimes tolerances are out of whack, but I don't think I encountered that here. Nothing had to be forced and nothing was loose. The action appears to be smooth and the trigger seems to function well.

    Here is what makes up this build:

    * PSA Blemished Lower (no issues with mine, I know some folks have had trouble with them)
    * Defense Package LPK w/Ambi safety
    * Magpul STR Stock - FDE
    * Magpul MOE+ Grip - FDE
    * Tom's Tactical Buffer Tube Assembly
    * Alpha Shooting Sports .223 Wylde Upper with 16" fluted barrel and Keymod Rail in FDE
    * Magpul PMAG in FDE

    I'm hoping to get this to the range for a test fire in the next few weeks, if I think about it, I'll report back on this thread as to the operation.

    I still have a few mods I'd like to make to this build, including upgrading the trigger, adding a Magpul B.A.D. lever, switching out the charging handle - possibly for a BCMGunfighter, and swapping out the trigger guard - I'd rather have something curved. I'd like to add a grip of some kind to the rail eventually as well.

    For optics, I'll be mounting a Vortex Crossfire II 3-9x40 with BDC reticle on a Burris AR-PEPR scope mount.

    For a later build, I'd like to build a complete upper as well. But that will have to wait just a while. My thanks to everyone here at NWFA that gives information and encouragement to us newbie builders, I may never have attempted this without your input.

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  2. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Looks like a nice job! Congrats!
     
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  3. Cigarlvr313

    Cigarlvr313 Washougal Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Very nice! Great job!
     
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  4. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    It's poop, you should give it to me. :D





    Do yourself a favor and consider some BUIS to back up your optics should they fail/get damaged.
     
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  5. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    awesome gun!! clean!!

    might i recommend staying away from the magpul BAD lever and goig with the troy bad lever... i have both and without modification the magpul one fit super sloppy where as the troy one has an extra set screw to take up the slop. they are the same price.
     
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  6. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good to know on the lever, thanks!
     
  7. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I was actually in the process of packing it up to ship to you - looks like you read my mind ;)

    As for the BUIS, yes, that will come in time. I like the Magpul Pro Offset BUIS - I've got a pair, but they're heading out in a trade, so I'll have to replace them again.
     
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  8. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Troy or Midwest Industries with the HK-style FSP "wings" are my favs... ATM.
     
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  9. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Im doing the same thing, but just beginning. Nice rifle and excellent work
     
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  10. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    Also, never had any experience with the gunfighter handle. ive never heard anything bad. other than milspec ones ive only ever had AXTS raptor handles. made in salem,or. midway had a special on them for $75
     
  11. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks :) Be sure to share yours when it's done!
     
  12. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    it will be a while as I have to build as I go when I can afford the parts. Long term project for me, ultmately Im wanting to build a carbine in 556 and a rifle in 6.5 Grendel.

    I was looking on the Alpha Shooting Sports website you got your upper from and they have really nice components also 6.5 Grendel barrels and complete uppers in face. All of the components they sell look top notch... I've bookmarked for use.
     
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  13. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    They have good sales from time to time, so you may want to get on their mailing list. I got this one for $100 under their regular price. Every little bit helps ;) And their quality seems very good to me - though I'm no expert.
     
  14. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Looks really good. I like the contrasting FDE and Black.
     
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  15. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks :) I've always preferred the all black look, but the upper on sale was only available in FDE, so I decided to go that route. In the end, I like the look of the contrasting colors much more than I thought :p
     
  16. 2A2Dend

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    Nice, etrain.
    Building them becomes infectious. Have you had your shots? :D
     
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  17. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'm hoping I'm naturally immune, though I'm starting to question that...
     
  18. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    (Whispers in ear) remember, thou art but human. ;)
     
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  19. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    Well, since you already got the BUIS in mind... What else you going to put on it?

    Also don't worry about wanting another one.



    You already want another one.
     
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  20. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    there is no known cure for this... trust me
     
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