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Has anyone ever built an ar15 without ever owning one first?

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Old 11-29-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone ever built an ar15 without ever owning one first?

Want an ar15 under 850$ but never owned one should i buy a brand name for my first ar15 or build one?
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:00 PM   #2
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I built my first 2 from 80% lowers. Honestly I don't recommend that. But it was fun.

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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Using the stickies in here, I built my first one. Bought a stopped lower and a complete upper as I became impatient.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:24 PM   #4
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I'm building my first one.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:32 PM   #5
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I built my first. I bought a rifle kit from PSA which has everything except a stripped lower, and bought a spikes stripped lower. I read the stickies on here and watched the youtube videos on putting the lower together. Was pretty simple. I just took my time and watched the videos step by step. I am currently building my second. I wouldnt go as far as a full build(stripped upper plus barrel and so on). I think there is too much that could go wrong.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:45 PM   #6
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Many here have built their first. Not as difficult as you think, they all use the same basic parts so everyone that has built one can relate. If you choose to build there are many here who can help. Take a look at some of the threads on building, many successful builders started out with zero AR knowledge.
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As far as building the upper for a first I might suggest passing on this. The tools and parts will cost u a lot more than buying a pre built upper. I just did
my first compete upper as I have been slowly buying a tool with each new order I place . Building the lower is really very simple. It will be scary the first time dumping out those 31 parts on the table. But the wrong parts won't fit in the wrong holes . The first time might take u a while but after the first couple it will turn into a 10-15 minute deal start to finish

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Old 11-30-2012, 04:46 AM   #8
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Like many here my first AR started with a stripped lower that I finished off then topped with a factory built upper. Worked fine as expected. With reasonable care you can expect the same.
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Built my first one, and to be quite honest, will probably never buy one outright. It's just too enjoyable not to build and with the current buying frenzy it actually comes out cheaper if you shop around.
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I built a few before I built one of my own, expensive hobby but won't do it any other way. Next up is a DD or NOVESKE With 14.5 Barrel and an AR pistol 10.5 with flaming pig surpressor
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