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My first AR?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Izzy, May 2, 2011.

  1. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    My first AR is going to be a "home build", I would like some incite.
    First, I would like recommendations on books for AR builds.
    Second, what tools do I REALLY need for my build?
    Third, Any tips, tricks, or stuff NOT to do!

    Thanks! :thumbup:
  2. caden08

    caden08 washougal Member

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    I do mine with no tools besides some small punches 3/32 -5/32 and a pair of pliers. That being said you don't need a book. All you need is available online.

    You need to figure out your price range. And what you want your AR to do( light carbine, varmint rifle, home defense)

    Next make a list of the things you want in your rifle(barrel twist, length, triggers, accessories).

    Everyone has their own opinion on how a AR should look and do. So my advise is to not take everyones advise but figure out what's sexy for you.

    My first build
    Cmmg stripped Lower
    DD lpk
    Moe stock set
    DD quad rail
    Surefire 5291 light kit
    Bravo company complete upper 16"
    Bcm bcg an gun fighter charging handle
    GG&G flip rear buis

    I chose the BCM because It was the right price and I like the hammer forged barrels and the heavier auto bcg's. Stripped lowers are more your preference than anything. I like the
    Cmmg logo and my shop was out of spikes! DD quad rail is a high end rail as well as the lpk. The moe is a cheap set but works well. All in all I put 1200 into this build and love it! Mostly will be used for a CQC situation since I wanted more power/accuracy in the
    Home over a handgun/shotgun.
  3. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    ALL the information you seek is on AR15.Com - Your Firearm Resource. (AR-15, AR-10, M4 Carbine, M16, H&K, SIG, FNH, FAL, AK-47, 50 Cal, M1/M1A, Handgun, Pistol, Training, Hunting, and More!), including several illustrated guides on building your lower.

    I built a (mostly) Spike's Tactical AR. I bought the stripped lower from northernbornrebel here on NWFA, http://www.northwestfirearms.com/gr...each-spider-zombie-calico-jack-roll-mark.html

    I ordered the lower parts kit and complete upper from JoeBobOutfitters.com

    I used the roll pin punches already mentioned, along with small mallet.
  4. Rammit

    Rammit Bothel Member

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    Ive built a few, and its really easy to do a complete build with very basic tools, I use a set of punches, action block, armorers wrench, cheap torque wrench, and a pipe wrench in place of a vise. Lowers dont matter, of the 5 ive had they all have been a good fit for random uppers ive bout off arfcom. I did my first build for around 500$ scrounging parts at pawn shops and ar15.com. lower was 100$ parts kit was 150$ with magpul furniture kit, barrel was 80$ at a crappy little pawn shop, turned out to be a bushy Hbar, bolt carrier was 100$ shipped and I bought a random complete a2 upper for like 50$. runs great.
  5. Old Hick

    Old Hick Oregon Active Member

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    Here you go. Pretty much will guide you with everything you need to know.

    Assemble your own LOWER, UPPER, FREE FLOAT, TRIGGER, GAS BLOCK - Step by step instructions! - AR15.COM

    Also, here is one that talks about the difference between the M4 feed ramp or a standard feed ramp. I wondered about this, and this explains it all.


    And yet another.


    Good luck. Keep us posted, and let us know what you build. Pic's are a Plus also.

    Stay Safe.

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  6. Old Hick

    Old Hick Oregon Active Member

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  7. Dieselfuel12v

    Dieselfuel12v Bellingham Member

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    Mainly, make sure your disconnector has full free movement. That was the only thing that gave me a issue, a out of spec trigger, I had to file some metal off to get 100% reliable function.
  8. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Great info!

    Thanks Guys!
  9. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Download a copy of the ARMY TM 9-1005-319-23&P manual. Everything you need to know about the care and feeding of the AR.