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Old 07-10-2011, 02:20 PM   #111
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Chris,

When you say build, did you build the upper or buy it complete?

I'm thinking about putting a new barrel on my M4 upper but have never done this and don't want to screw it up.

Let me know if you installed your barrel.

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Old 07-10-2011, 11:28 PM   #112
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I bought a completely built Del-Ton upper. I didn't want to have to deal with headspace and the gas system. I'm sure those aren't rocket science, though. By the time I've burned through a barrel, I'm sure I will be more than ready to jump right into a barrel replacement. It would give someone a chance to do any changes to their gas block or handguard, if wanted.

For this first build, though, I just bought a complete upper, a stripped lower, and built the lower from parts. We'll call it "half-built."

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And you're in good company, Chris... many of us went the same direction. Besides, there's so much selection in the various uppers available that you can pretty much get anything you want factory assembled. For my first AR I did like you and bought a complete ArmaLite upper and put it on a stripped lower I built up to my specs.

For my last build I got a partially built Daniel Defense barreled upper that had the barrel/gas system I wanted right down to the standard FSB and flash hider. Of course the barrel extension matched the M4 feed ramps machined into the upper and headspacing is right. All I had to do was get the handguards, Daniel Defense BCG, charging handle and rear sights I wanted - then mount it on the stripped lower I built up to my specs.

This actually came out cheaper than if I'd bought a stripped upper and built it up with the same parts plus I didn't need to buy extra tools. Now if building a LOT of ARs I'd say you'd want those tools but I'm done, two AR builds are gonna do it for me.

I still consider both MY builds since I was able to select everything that went into the rifles. And as you know, designing and building the rifle YOU want is very rewarding.

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My AR just got done to your inspired me to do one

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I have a feeling that this country we live in gave a little more inspiration than this thread, and the Forum's awesome contributors gave you the knowledge to complete it. But thanks for letting us know, Smithkid308!

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Just for the record, I think I have finished this particular build. I traded my Nikon M-223 1-4x riflescope for a Nikon M-223 2-8x with BDC600 reticle. That's so I can take longer shots and still see my target.

I also replaced my permanent picatinny mount with a Burris P.E.P.R. quick-release cantilever mount. This way, I could still mount my YHM BUIS under the scope and be able to rip off the scope if ever it was disabled, deploying the BUIS as I had intended.

I'm really excited! This started as a journey to build a really inexpensive AR. And though it ended up being quite a bit more than I thought I'd spend, it was able to neutralize goblins from the first day I finished it. The rest has just been a matter of increasing its utility for me and my pride of ownership in a rifle that is exactly what I built for myself.



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Logs very sweet chris, definitely a good build.

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Looks great Chris! Nice build. Sometimes it takes a little time.

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Nice build.

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