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Old 10-16-2013, 11:39 PM   #111
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Hi, I am knew to the forum, been stalking everyone here. This thread has informed me allot about an AR15. I have been thinking about getting one, then seen and read about building an AR. I just have to decide like in the beginning stated how do I want to use it, caliber, and other stuff.

My husband feels that AR style rifles are just for military that I have to convince him...
He wont need much convincing.....just show up home wearing a beautiful AR15 and I'm sure he'll be head over heels!



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I'm glad I was turned on to this post from another tread I was reading! Very informative, defiantly opened my eyes on stuff to think about. I have a stripped lower, and after Rguns screwed me for 5 months, I got so fed up cancelled my order, I had no idea where to go with it. Now, thanks to you, and other threads I have reputable companies and information to help me along! Much appreciated!
Exactly what I was hoping to do when writing this. I tried my best to me impartial, and tried to separate fact from fiction when compiling all the data to write this up. I'm very happy to have helped you!


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Great post. While new to this forum, I'm not new to AR15s. Spent 5 years in the Army working on them and have built a few since I got out (so many years ago). So many thing have changed since then. Hell all we had was the M16A1 or the occasional XM177E.
Thanks! I'm very curious to learn things from your experience! Please do share!
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My experience. Well not much to tell really. Didn't have all the fancy tools in the '80s when I was in the army. No tool for the front take down detent, used a small thin flat tip screw driver. Work real good too. Did have to change a barrel once, and didn't have a set of barrel vice jaws. Had to use the field expedient method of changing a barrel. Used a jack, 2 pieces of 2X4, 2 crushed soda cans, and a truck frame, while in the field at Ft. Hood. Once used the rear loading ramp on a 113 to remove a barrel, of course the barrel was bent from being caught in the side of the ramp. Lots of fun back in the day
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This is the best article on buying your first AR that I've read. I think its one of the best stickies on here.
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Great post. I am new to the AR world, even though I have carried and used the M4. I've been wanting one for awhile now, but I really didn't know where to start. I'm still debating the build versus buy. As far as building I have no tools to build one plus I'm not sure exactly what brands to use for what parts. Any input on how to go about it and what to use for specific parts. As far as getting a built one, I've been looking at the BCM, LWRC, Spikes Tactical, and a new company Miltac Industries. They have only been shipping out for about 10 days, have any of you guys heard anything good or bad about them?
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Great post. I am new to the AR world, even though I have carried and used the M4. I've been wanting one for awhile now, but I really didn't know where to start. I'm still debating the build versus buy. As far as building I have no tools to build one plus I'm not sure exactly what brands to use for what parts. Any input on how to go about it and what to use for specific parts. As far as getting a built one, I've been looking at the BCM, LWRC, Spikes Tactical, and a new company Miltac Industries. They have only been shipping out for about 10 days, have any of you guys heard anything good or bad about them?

Nope sorry never heard of them. I'd stay away from new companies and go for companies with proven reputations and track records.
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Agent, I have been meaning to read this thread in its entirety for quite some time now & just now got around to it. I've been very busy with work & other projects. Actually what did was to print your OP, & took my time reading it trying to soak up every bit of info I can. Let me say THANK YOU for taking the time to help newcomers like myself to the arena of AR,s. I'm in the proccess of purchasing all the parts for my 1st build. I have an Essential Arms stripped lower, CMMG lower parts kit, Spikes Tactical BCG, & upper, & I'm willing to give ferritic nitrocarburizing a try having read your comments about it, so I just now purchased from CMMG a W.A.S.P. Treated (FNC) 16" LE barrel assembly. I cant find one with a suppressor installed so I'll probably have to send it off for that. I CANT WAIT to get started!! BRD is setting in..... Is there any hope???
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Agent, I have been meaning to read this thread in its entirety for quite some time now & just now got around to it. I've been very busy with work & other projects. Actually what did was to print your OP, & took my time reading it trying to soak up every bit of info I can. Let me say THANK YOU for taking the time to help newcomers like myself to the arena of AR,s. I'm in the proccess of purchasing all the parts for my 1st build. I have an Essential Arms stripped lower, CMMG lower parts kit, Spikes Tactical BCG, & upper, & I'm willing to give ferritic nitrocarburizing a try having read your comments about it, so I just now purchased from CMMG a W.A.S.P. Treated (FNC) 16" LE barrel assembly. I cant find one with a suppressor installed so I'll probably have to send it off for that. I CANT WAIT to get started!! BRD is setting in..... Is there any hope???
There is no hope for you...... just pray its not terminal....
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Just gotta throw more props your way AgentTikki, that was a concise, no-nonsense primer that I found to be as educational and straightforward as any treatise on the AR platform I have read!

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Not sure where to post this useful video, got it from X-Mark (Rogtac). Thought of just sharing it here in this thread.
Hope you don't mind AT.
It's about Spike's & BCM BCGs. I have both and they both do the job done very well.

Www.YouTube.com/watch?v=c2Hk7zeVVXU
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Wow! As someone who is considering an AR purchase, this was fantastic. There was so much I didn't know. Now I feel armed with at least some basics to consider when making the purchase.

On quick follow up question:
I likely won't build my first AR. However, if I purchase one, like the Colt or Daniel Defense, are they pretty easy to modify? For example, if the model I purchase doesn't have a quadrail but I want to add one. I seems like they are, based on the information you supplied, but I want to be sure.
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