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Old 01-04-2010, 02:36 AM   #11
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Thanks for the info. I'm looking for *the* book on how to make one of these and what's the best of the best in parts, lowers, uppers and barrels, etc? Would I be better off just purchasing a complete AR from a local dealer? Its it safer? I'm concerned that what I would put together might not function properly, blow up on me etc.

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Steve, I believe there is a step by step assembly guide on AR 15.com. You will save money in the long run doing it yourself and you can get help on this forum just by asking. These people are really cool.

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I had your same trepidations, but I did my own yesterday in two hours. I assembled everything but the upper and bought a Rock River M4 for about $540.

The assembly of the lower receiver, after I purchased the kit, was a snap. Took me a couple hours and, when I build the next one, should take at least half that time. I followed JD's guide in the "Knowledge Base" and a video online. Free videos are everywhere.

The only tools I had to buy were a $15 set of roll punches. It's amazing easy it all was to put together, no worse than a model airplane.

Don't buy one already assembled because, as Dillinger and SloRyde told me, you learn much more about the gun in doing it yourself....plus it's cheaper...and fun.
Excellent info guys. Greatly appreciated. I'm sure I'll be asking a ton-o-questions. Just cleared the idea with the better half and have been given a budget w/o optics of around $900.
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I had your same trepidations, but I did my own yesterday in two hours. I assembled everything but the upper and bought a Rock River M4 for about $540.

The assembly of the lower receiver, after I purchased the kit, was a snap. Took me a couple hours and, when I build the next one, should take at least half that time. I followed JD's guide in the "Knowledge Base" and a video online. Free videos are everywhere.

The only tools I had to buy were a $15 set of roll punches. It's amazing easy it all was to put together, no worse than a model airplane.

Don't buy one already assembled because, as Dillinger and SloRyde told me, you learn much more about the gun in doing it yourself....plus it's cheaper...and fun.
What site(s) would you suggest it get the gear from?

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ive got a SR556 i love it. its a ton of fun. its just as accurate as my dpms M4 panther. easy as hell to clean. even lower recoil than a nonpiston AR. so far after close to 1000 rounds no FTE FTF no problems at all.

it is a little heavier than a similar AR but all the rails and such are most of the weight. the only thing i dont care for is i cant really get under the rail system to clean out dirt dust mud debris.

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Excellent info guys. Greatly appreciated. I'm sure I'll be asking a ton-o-questions. Just cleared the idea with the better half and have been given a budget w/o optics of around $900.
I believe with that budget, some elbow grease and the assistance of JD and Tango you will soon be building a custom tack driver and gaining important first hand knowledge of how it all fits together.

If time allows, please document your build so others, like me, can learn from your mistakes. Good luck
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I guess my question to you would be, why wouldn't a person want a nice black gun? I can't think of a reason not to own as many as you can afford. IMO as responsible firearm owners we need to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
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You should do fine with your $900 budget w/o optics.

These guys are really good for most everything you need:

Model 1 Sales

and I might recommend a two-stage trigger/LR parts kit from:

Bill Springfield - www.TriggerWork.net

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I would recommend a 7.62x39. The ammo is cheaper than the 5.56/.223. Go with a 16" barrel. Accuracy with a 7.62 is best in a fairly short barrel. Plus, if you ever found yourself in a situation that you needed the gun the 7.62 is a whole lot better (ballistically) than the 5.56. Keep it in your bedroom as a self defense weapon.

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Hi Everyone,

I ventured out to "the" gun store in our area and was floored by the AR builds they offer. Just about everything except Ruger's new SR-556. So my question is why do I want an AR?

Cheap to shoot? - yes?
Expensive to build? - without a doubt
Fun? - without a doubt
Wife approved? - absolutely not
anything I'm missing?

...for me I'm not going to go hunting with the thing, varmints or otherwise. Just paper, cans, etc.


So...what AR is the best to build, buy? What about Ruger's new SR-556?

Thanks for the input.

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If you are gonna plink or shot cans you can do the same with a ruger 10/22 and it less expensive than a AR15. Or maybe an SkS. Ammo and rifle are cheaper than a ar15. Hey a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun does the same. U can buy one under 200 and ammo is everywhere. Its up to you.


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