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Old 03-04-2012, 04:48 PM   #11
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Cane has certainly explained the feeling and reward of building your own. The lower takes no specialty tolls to build. So you certainly could buy a good quality lower and have it transferred through a dealer close to you. They will probably charge a transfer fee. But better yet go to a larger gun show close and buy a good name brand lower at the show. But do not forget to barter a little with the seller. Sometimes it works! As far as the upper it will take a few specialty tools like a barrel nut wrench and the barrel must be tightened to a minimum of 35 ft. lbs which is very important. Usually you will go tighter than 35 ft. lbs. just to get the barrel nut lined up so the gas tube will go into the receiver. *It must be perfectly aligned! For some I suggest just to buy a basic complete upper and this will eliminate any problems with the need to get special tools and on occasion clearance problems with the carrier and lower receiver components, head space and etc. (Or you could find someone with the barrel nut tool and torque wrench that could install the barrel for you.) As far as putting quad rails on it is no problem. There are two piece units that simply replace the standard hand guards. Also the true M-4 Hanguards do not taper and are larger than the cheaper small AR Hand Guards. The low profile gas block should probably be done by someone with experience since at times the standard front sight housing can be a problem to get off and should be done with a taper pin punch. A small bubble level is also needed to assure the weaver gas block with the picatinny rail for the front sight is level with the upper A-4 Receiver. We certainly can walk you through it if you choose to do that later on. You have a lot of us here that are very knowledgeable about the AR Rifle. I guess if you have a good chance to buy a "good quality" complete rifle at a good price that would be great since your time is limited. Although a good rifle can be built in a few good evenings of work. And the assistance of someone with the tools you would need regarding the barrel assembly.
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Changing out the FSP for a Low profile GB is as easy as plugging in your Dremmel. You don't even have to take the FSP off of the barrel.

Tools: Purchase an AR wrench. I always keep one in the range bag.
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What's the deal with this hand guard tool? It seems everyone has them I never had a problem taking them off with my hands.
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Wow, you're pretty fast!
I assume it's a two piece snap in like the MOE. If it requires anything other than that, I'll go back to my first statement until further notice.
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What's the deal with this hand guard tool? It seems everyone has them I never had a problem taking them off with my hands.
This is the one I use, it works like a piece of cake.

http://www.midwayusa.com/Product/383769/promag-handguard-removal-tool-ar-15-synthetic-black

Can you do it without the tool? Sure, but the tool saves a lot of wear & tear on your fingers. It's way, way easier with the tool.
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This is the one I use, it works like a piece of cake.

http://www.midwayusa.com/Product/383769/promag-handguard-removal-tool-ar-15-synthetic-black

Can you do it without the tool? Sure, but the tool saves a lot of wear & tear on your fingers. It's way, way easier with the tool.
Does it scratch the ring up at all? Or is that a coating?
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Does it scratch the ring up at all? Or is that a coating?
Nope, it's a synthetic material with rubber on the two prongs. It doesn't put a single mark on your gun. You use it as lever to push the the handguard ring down.
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Thanks snake maybe I'll have to break down and order me one.
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Thanks snake maybe I'll have to break down and order me one.
No problem, always glad to help! Unless you're buying it with some other stuff, be sure to shop around before you buy it at Midway. They kind of break-it-off in you on freight with small orders. I think I saw this very same tools for less on Amazon recently and their freight is always more reasonable.
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Yeah I don't order much from midway I usually go through Amazon or a couple of other smaller gun sites. Their shipping is redonkulious.
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