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Thinking of Starting an AR15 Build(my first AR)

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by aksu747, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. aksu747

    aksu747 Beaverton Active Member

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    I'm thinking about building my first AR15,which will also be my first AR15 ever.
    I'm thinking about getting a XM177 kit cause I really like how those look and I don't need or want any rails because I don't use optics or front grips,I prefer iron sights and using my support hand on the magwell,so I'll be getting the kit with the A2 upper.I'm going for the Vietnam era XM177 look so I'll also be using metal 20 round mags.

    This is the kit I'm thinking about: https://www.model1sales.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=226

    Has anyone else built one of these?(if so how did it come out?)
    Does anyone else know of some good kits use A2 uppers and has no rails as an option?
     
  2. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I'm not an expert on AR's or AR building, not by a long shot. One thing I DO know is that I saw a marked improvement in accuracy when I switched over to a free-float hand guard. As much as I like the look of the Vietnam era AR's, I'm sticking with free-float for any future builds.
     
  3. aksu747

    aksu747 Beaverton Active Member

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    Unless free float has any other significant advantages I have no interest in making my future AR15 that ugly,I'm not to concerned with accuracy,if accuracy bothers me in the future I'll buy a matchgrade barrel.
     
  4. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    Just a thought.......

    The CAR15 used an 11.5 inch barrel and the flash hider will have to be long enough to be 16.1 inches in the end. That hider is a hollow tube where the bullet is unsupported. AND, it will have to be welded on.....to make it legal.

    OR, you can still have a 16.1 inch barrel and actually reap the ballistic benefits by going with 16 inches of barrel with a standard flash suppressor. You can still go with an A2 upper if you wish. I believe true CAR15s had A1 uppers. Remember, you can add a carry handle to a flat top but you cant really get rid of one that is a part of the forging.

    Disregard if the CAR15 look is what matters and the practical stuff dont.
     
  5. aksu747

    aksu747 Beaverton Active Member

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    The kit has the long 5.5 flash hider welded on so it will be perfectly legal when fully assembled. A2 is the only option for the specific kit I'm looking at,unless a flat top is wanted but I don't use optics ever so a flat top would not work for my needs,ie I don't find rails practical. The only possible sights modification I'd get would be fixed night sights.
     
  6. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    My point is, if the tube is going to be 16 inches regardless......why not use all 16 inches?
     
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  7. aksu747

    aksu747 Beaverton Active Member

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    Because I don't think I'll need the extra length,Ive shot a few AR15 pistols in .223 with 10.5 barrels and it seemed just fine,plus the huge flash hider completes the look.I don't shoot beyond 100 yards so I don't find it to be an issue.
     
  8. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    Match grade ammo, good barrel, and a free float handguard for precision and accuracy. While its not impossible to be accurate (consistent) with a non-free float handguard, something as simple as different hand placement can throw off the shot.

    That being said, if precision isn't the goal then even a match grade barrel is pointless.

    If he were going for a CAR-15 look he'd need the short barrel with welded flash hider anyways. Depending on which one he's going for that is.
     
  9. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    I understand its about the look, but Im just too practical to sling around 16 imches of tube if Im not getting 16 inches of performance.
     
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  10. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    To each their own. I'm thinking of doing the same now that I got all the practical stuff out of the way.
     
  11. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Since the upper is already finished for you, then putting the lower together is rather easy unless you've been gifted with two left thumbs.
    Just watch some YouTube videos showing how and with a few simple tools you will be able to knock one together.
     
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  12. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Brother, not to sound like a fear mongering type..

    But, if you're going to build an AR do it ASAP.. Right now parts are plentiful and cheap, get while the getting is good.

    In this next political session who knows what'll be banned. Better safe than sorry.
     
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  13. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good advice ZA. I would add to that, if you don't have the money to do it now, get yourself a stripped lower (or 10) and stock up on magazines. They are the most likely items to be difficult to get in the future. Other stuff may be less available, but the other items are probably less likely to be restricted.
     
  14. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    Lowers are drying up around here.......
     
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    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Actually, I forgot to mention LPK's too - those are getting rather hard to come by as well.
     
  16. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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    Troy is coming out with a nice clone rifle. Looks like a old colt 629. 12.5" barrel with fleded flash hider. I just saw the article when they were at shot show
     
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    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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  18. aksu747

    aksu747 Beaverton Active Member

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    Maybe in some places but J&B always has some stripped lowers and complete lowers.
     
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    aksu747 Beaverton Active Member

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    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    don't know your definition of always but during the Sandy Hook they had nothing like everyone else ,didn't have anything for a long time and when they did the price was real high .....like EVERYONE else

    last panic was bolt carrier groups......I remember $400 used BCG and people buying them.....then $100 pmags

    panic before was mags and lowers

    panic before was powder and primes