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Old 04-21-2011, 03:58 AM   #1
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Default Yet another noobie AR build :D

Went to a local gun shop with the intentions of shopping for a 1911 but picked this stuff up instead


Decided to support the locals in New Hope, MN by purchasing an Ardel Engineering lower receiver. Picked up a Command Arms butt stock/buffer set-up, DPMS lower parts kit and a Hogue pistol grip

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Old 04-21-2011, 04:21 AM   #2
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Sounds like a good start.

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Hate to be the one to break the bad news but you can't build a 1911 with that stuff...they really saw you coming.

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Looks great. I've used those DPMS LPKs on my last couple of builds and they have been great.

Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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Alright i've run into some issues 1. launched the bolt catch roll pin haha she's gone 2. Front pivot pin is either too big or the hole is too small 3. Not quite sure if this is normal but when the hammer is down, selector will not go into safe




Either way probably gonna have to buy another parts kit any thoughts?

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It's normal that the hammer has to be cocked before you can move the selector to safe. And of course don't let it drop without catching it with your thumb.

Does the pivot pin go in ok on the other side?

You can buy small parts cheap but then the shipping usually gets you. Might be best just to get another LPK since the spares are real handy. I keep a spare LPK.

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It's normal that the hammer has to be cocked before you can move the selector to safe. And of course don't let it drop without catching it with your thumb.

Does the pivot pin go in ok on the other side?

You can buy small parts cheap but then the shipping usually gets you. Might be best just to get another LPK since the spares are real handy. I keep a spare LPK.
Ok thanks haha just wanted to make sure that was normal. The pivot pin is to big for either side but its weird cuz the take-down pin fit perfect Are the pins supposed to be different sizes or is it possible i got an incorrect pin with my kit?
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Ok thanks haha just wanted to make sure that was normal. The pivot pin is to big for either side but its weird cuz the take-down pin fit perfect Are the pins supposed to be different sizes or is it possible i got an incorrect pin with my kit?
May have gotten an out of spec pin or the lower itself may be out of spec. There are really only 2 possible sizes for an AR lower, the Colt large pin receivers, rare these days, and standard mil spec lowers...all AR parts are designed to be interchangeable.

Are you sure it doesn't fit or is it just very snug? Sometimes the holes get overcoated with the finish and appear to be too small, might be worth a try to see if you can gently spin the pin into the hole, a light coating of oil might help. It's not uncommon for the pins to be snug when first inserted.

Of course try this without the detent and spring at first so you don't have to struggle with them, that detent is hands down the most ball busting part of the build...aside from the bolt catch roll pin but you discovered that already...
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May have gotten an out of spec pin or the lower itself may be out of spec. There are really only 2 possible sizes for an AR lower, the Colt large pin receivers, rare these days, and standard mil spec lowers...all AR parts are designed to be interchangeable.

Are you sure it doesn't fit or is it just very snug? Sometimes the holes get overcoated with the finish and appear to be too small, might be worth a try to see if you can gently spin the pin into the hole, a light coating of oil might help. It's not uncommon for the pins to be snug when first inserted.

Of course try this without the detent and spring at first so you don't have to struggle with them, that detent is hands down the most ball busting part of the build...aside from the bolt catch roll pin but you discovered that already...
Yeah i just rechecked it, put it up next to the take down pin and it is very easy to see that the diameter of the pin is indeed larger. I have got to order another parts kit anyways so im gonna cross my fingers that i get the correct pin. And just for reference i put the take down pin in the pivot pin hole and it fit perfect minus being too short for obvious reasons. My guess would be it was just a little mix up in the packaging department but other than that the other parts fit great and it's even got a decent trigger pull
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Alright i've run into some issues 1. launched the bolt catch roll pin haha she's gone
Wait til you take one to the face. It's like the gunsmith money shot.

Any thoughts on what you are going to do for an upper?
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