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Just built my first AR-15

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Peak_oil, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. Peak_oil

    Peak_oil Member

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    Can't wait to get out and bang a gong with it. I have never assembled a firearm before, but this was not that difficult. I still have one spring and detente to install and I have to borrow a torque wrench before I'm finally done, but I got most of the way there in about two hours tonight.

    It's a PSA black friday special rifle kit and stripped lower. The stripped lower came through an FFL I pulled at random from a list in my neighborhood, Steve Riehl of Adaptive Firing Solutions. He offered to help me finish it off if I ran into any trouble, and I'm going to take him up on it. I recommend his services to anyone in the Oregon City area.

    www.adaptivefiringsolutions.com
     
  2. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Congrats, welcome to the club....I built it, I'm going to keep it myself, thank you.

    Brutus Out
     
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  3. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Let me guess the front take down pin is the one you are having trouble with. ;)
     
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  4. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    He's talking about borrowing a torque wrench so I'll guess it's the barrel nut he's not sure of.
    Kid next door was talking about building his first AR a couple months ago. Then last week I saw him at the range with 3,haha
     
  5. Goosebrown

    Goosebrown Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    If there aren't pictures, it doesn't exist!
     
  6. Garg

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

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    Could be he is trying to torque the castle nut...which is good, but can be more than fine hand tight. But I torque mine down as well.
     
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  7. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    That's awesome! It's a disease, for sure. Even shooting most every day, it's hard to cure. People who hate guns just haven't used them enough!
     
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  8. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    +1
     
  9. Peak_oil

    Peak_oil Member

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    My kit didn't come with the tool. As it was, I shot two springs out of the lower. Both of which I recovered. I didn't feel like angering the gods with my insolence a third time in one day.
     
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  10. Peak_oil

    Peak_oil Member

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    Here you go!

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  11. DSAPT9

    DSAPT9 North Idaho Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Warning! Warning! Warning!: building ARs can become an addiction and may cause hours of fun in both building and shooting.

    Before May of this year I did not own any ARs as I sold what I had a few years back with all my parts. Then in May I bought a couple of lowers because of the serial number and now because of cheap parts an AR prices:

    I will admit two of these are factory Colt rifles the rest I built.
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    Latest build 16 in Mid heavy
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    My 2016 projects, still gathering parts. The top Upper is complete but I am not sure if I like though.
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  12. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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  13. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Don't cha know, the 3rd time is a charm? You gain experience every time that spring & detent flys.....;)
     
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  14. Garg

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

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    Ah yes, the "O crap" springs.

    Spring goes flying, never to be seen again....you yell "O crap"

    I remember a lower I was building, maybe my second, or third, can''t remember, I lost the O crap spring, and decided a trip to Curt's was in order, for a supply of said springs, and a few extra detents, just in case, and Curt said, "I can install that for you", so he proceeded to send a few across the shop. Hilarious.
     
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  15. Goosebrown

    Goosebrown Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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  16. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    That's nice, I think I'll try the magnet on my next build.;)
     
  17. JeremyK

    JeremyK Milwaukie Professional BA

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    "O crap" is all you yell...?:oops:
     
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  18. Garg

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

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    Ummm... no, it's a family site :)
     
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  19. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    I bough the 5 for two dollar Clevis pins at Home Despot and a little sanding.... Worked like a charm first time on my first build!
    The interweaving is a fountain of knowledge and foolishness...the trick is telling the BS from the Bravo Zulu.

    Brutus out.
     
  20. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    A towel saves the whole problem.
    Just hang a towel up and aim that spring towards the towel. You let it fly,it hits the towel and goes no where.
     
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