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jg3 01-09-2012 03:13 AM

New guy-new build
 
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What's up... I'm new to the forum and this is my first gun build.

So far I have only built the lower, which includes:

RRA stripped lower
Standard LPK
MAGPUL MOE GRIP
4 position buttstock
(unknown brand bought at gunshow)
2 30 rd pmags

Parts that I have planned for the upper:

RRA upper reciever
RRA charging handle
RRA chrome BCG
Rainier arms 16" match SS barrel
(mid length gas)
(anybody have any opinions on these barrels?)
Clamping low profile gas block
(would like suggestions)
YHM diamond series rifle length handguard
MAGPUL MBUS (FDE)

In the future I will hopefully find a good deal on an eotech.... But I am on a tight budget and just buying things as I can

Thanks for reading and look forward to everyone's feedback.
I attached a few photos to show the little bit of progress that I have made, since these photos the LPK installed as well as the mystery buttstock (lol)

mjkeat 01-09-2012 03:25 AM

Really nice.

Suggestions since you asked and considering how much I like to share my opinion:

I'm assuming the stock is a commercial and not mil-spec. It's probably an airsoft Magpul CTR knock-off.

Rainier makes a good barrel and if PSA doesn't get any of their SS Wylde uppers in stock I will get a Ranier barrel and upper reciever. Yes, go mid length but have Ranier pin the gas block for you. It's cheap and won't move around making you're AR a single shot rifle.

Don't let budget force you into cutting corners. Take your time and save up.

Lastly look around at different rails. You might find something you like better.

jg3 01-09-2012 03:38 AM

Thanks for the response...and good suggestion on having rainier pin the gas block.

Any particular rail you would suggest? I definetly want free float and quad rail.

Thanks again

MichaelBarton 01-09-2012 03:39 AM

yeah the stock looks like a Magpul knockoff. Looks like you are off to a great start. like MJ said, dont cut corners or you will ending spending more on future replacements

jg3 01-09-2012 03:43 AM

Yeah I'm trying hard to not just go out and buy budget parts just so I can get it on the range sooner (that was the first piece of advice I had recieved when embarking on this venture)... Besides the buttstock is there anything else on the list that stands out as "cutting corners". From what I had read up on RRA was a good brand to go with? They aren't colt (but who is). I don't want to come off as cheap just trying to stretch every dollar

MichaelBarton 01-09-2012 03:52 AM

RRA is a good brand. You should invest in some good BUIS and a good red dot. EOTech and Aimpoint are generally considered the best.

mjkeat 01-09-2012 05:15 AM

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Originally Posted by jg3 (Post 671678)
Thanks for the response...and good suggestion on having rainier pin the gas block.

Any particular rail you would suggest? I definetly want free float and quad rail.

Thanks again

Look into Daniel Defense. They are not cheap but they look cool as hell, are light considering, and are probably the best rail available. Samson makes a quad rail for Ranier that looks nice. If it's as nice as the Samson I have it's a quality rail. Centurion and Troy make a good rail as well.

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Originally Posted by jg3 (Post 671686)
Yeah I'm trying hard to not just go out and buy budget parts just so I can get it on the range sooner (that was the first piece of advice I had recieved when embarking on this venture)... Besides the buttstock is there anything else on the list that stands out as "cutting corners". From what I had read up on RRA was a good brand to go with? They aren't colt (but who is). I don't want to come off as cheap just trying to stretch every dollar

It's hard not to settle just to get it in your hands asap.

RRA makes an accurate AR from the things I've read on this forum. I would classify it as a hunting type AR.

Have you looked into other manufacturers?

Quentin 01-09-2012 05:23 AM

It does sound like you're building a hunting or at least heavier rifle, is that what you want? What do you actually want out of your build? It's hard to give advice unless we know.

jg3 01-09-2012 07:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Quentin
It does sound like you're building a hunting or at least heavier rifle, is that what you want? What do you actually want out of your build? It's hard to give advice unless we know.

Yeah I should have started with that... Mostly gonna just be used for plinking in the desert and range... Would like to possibly get into some sort of tactical competitions in the future (??)... What about my parts list is making it seem more hunting/heavy oriented? My brother-in-law who was my main source of advice said that I had to go stainless barrel and if not I would regret it

The whole thing stared with the RRA stripped lower bought at a gun show. That's the reason I was going to get an RRA upper (hopefully better fit ment)

All in all though I just want a gun that shoots relatively accurately and is reliable ...

mjkeat 01-09-2012 01:30 PM

What kind of tactical comp.? If you're going to be doing 3gun or any kind of run and gun you'll want a light weapon. Youtube 3gun and look at their ARs, they are all super light set-ups. SS barrels are nice but usually on the heavy side. Some places such as Noveske and Delta Company Arms make lighter weight SS barrels.

I like to have uppers and lowers of the same brand as well. I don't know why but I do.


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