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Phil's AR-15 build

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by bigphil, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. bigphil

    bigphil Gig Harbor, WA New Member

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    Hey everyone! Well, I sure picked a good time to start my first AR-15 build ;-) Anyways...I have a buddy with an FFL and got an ATI complete lower from him as well as ten 30 round mags for cheap. I was looking into getting an Aero Precision stripped upper. They appear to make some really solid stuff and love supporting local manufacturers for purchases. So, I do have a couple of question about some other parts.

    1) What are some of the better BCG's I should look at. I dont like cheaping out, so I tend to go with the best stuff within reason.
    2) What about barrels? What are some of the better ones? I'm not going to be using this rifle competition shooting, so I dont really need super-dooper top of the line here. I was looking at Daniel Defense CHF barrels and they look damn nice. Also...standard or light weight. They both have their trade offs I suppose.

    Well, thats it for now. I look forward to hanging out on the forum (a little different than my regular venue...Mustang forums ;-)
    Thanks for any input!
     
  2. charros93

    charros93 Puget Sound Active Member

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    DD is top of the line stuff, can't go wrong there. Do you want it for kicking in doors or target shooting? Two completely different directions as far as a build goes
     
  3. bigphil

    bigphil Gig Harbor, WA New Member

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    Its gonna be more for target shooting, but I would like the build to be flexible in any situation.
     
  4. SG85

    SG85 503 Member

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    I lived in the Harbor for a few years, nice town. Aero makes decent stuff, I had an aero lower and never had any issues. The owner or Aero may still live in the Harbor too, I know his shop is in Tacoma.
     
  5. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    Phil, check out FailZero. Their coated bolts and BCGs are amazing. Plus you can clean them with a rag.
     
  6. bigphil

    bigphil Gig Harbor, WA New Member

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    @sg85, thanks for the reply. Their stuff does look pretty good.
    @norm0931, I'll check it out...thanks!

    Any experience with Mega Arms upper or lowers? Their billet stuff looks sweet!
     
  7. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm looking at the Nickel Boron Ambi Receivers from Mega. Most of the reviews I've read have said Mega has the best QC out there for billet receivers at the moment.
    BTW here is that link for Fail Zero - FailZero - AR-15 Rifle Kits
     
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  8. Tim K

    Tim K Colorado Member

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    White Oak Armament for barrels. I've built 5 with these now, and they are hammers. I personally like the 18" middy. All have delivered 5/16" 5 shot groups with 77g Sierra SMKs at 100 yards. At $265, they are a steal.

    Aero precision is good stuff. I've built up a few rifles on their uppers and lowers and had nary a problem.
     
  9. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    Tim do you buy them from Rainer? I saw they have White Oak for 280 but they also have their own barrels. Any experience with those? Sorry to hijack your thread Phil but, I am starting an AR project myself very soon and I am doing some of the same research.
     
  10. Tim K

    Tim K Colorado Member

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    You can buy from White Oak directly, or from Brownells. I've done both. I'm sure there are other sources, but those are the two with which I'm most familiar. $280 is not an awful price. Honestly, these re an maxing clue.
     
  11. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Rainier barrels get very good reviews. I ordered my WOA from Brownells as it was in stock when I wanted it and a little bit cheaper. I went with the SPR barrel with rifle length gas and had some work done to it

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  12. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    Nice barrel man. Who did the dimpeling and how much did it run you?
     
  13. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Weapon outfitters in Washington did this and also pinned an AAC mount on my 14.5" barrel. Great guys. Pricing is on their services page.
     
  14. bigphil

    bigphil Gig Harbor, WA New Member

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    So I bought an AP COP mid length upper today, direct from the manufacturer. I was in downtown Tacoma applying for my CPL today (took 4 hours...what a mess of people down there) and decided to swing by AP. Great group of people down there and they are slaving away trying to get as many parts created as possible. They had just enough parts to slap together a kit for me so I was lucky in that respect :) Also ordered a bunch of tools for the build from Brownells yesterday. I'm gonna go with a FailZero BCG and a 16" .223 wylde barrel from WOA or one of the barrels Rainer makes.
     
  15. bigphil

    bigphil Gig Harbor, WA New Member

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    Quick question about the FailZero BCG. I read a post by somebody that said to get the M16/4 kit instead of the AR-15 kit because it weighs a little more and would be better. I have no idea what to make of that. I emailed FailZero to ask them about it, but have yet to get a response. Anybody with experience on this subject have any input?
     
  16. Whitey375

    Whitey375 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    I believe it's because since they weigh more, they will suck a bit more recoil up and use the energy transfer to cycle the action more reliably.
    FWIW, I run the full auto version in mine, never had a FTF or cycle properly.

    Sent from my HTC Sensation 4G using Tapatalk 2
     
  17. Garg

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

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    The m16 bolt carrier cut away is symmetrical top and bottom. The AR15 bolt carrier has more cut away on the bottom, so that it cannot trip an auto sear. The extra weight is nice. They cycle a bit slower, and more reliably IMO. Not required, but nicer.

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  18. bigphil

    bigphil Gig Harbor, WA New Member

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    Thanks for the info, Garg! So I take it that its not illegal to own the M16 type?
     
  19. Garg

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

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    It is not. In fact all new Colt AR's ship with them.
     
  20. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Go with m16 as said . It's all I buy when given the choice.

    Barrel- id give a very hard look at an 18" barrel from either of those makers. Or go the opposite and go 14.5" pinned.