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Old 07-11-2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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What rifle would yall suggest? I am thinking an AR-15...not sure yet...I want something dependable and can be used for home defense...I would get the 80% lower simply because I have no interest in dealing with the government sticking its nose in what I am buying etc...but wanted to know if I am going with the right rifle? Should a newbie start off with something different?

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Old 07-11-2013, 12:19 AM   #2
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The AR-15 is not that difficult to build.

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The AR-15 is not that difficult to build.
Yup, a monkey with a basic knowledge of handtools could do it. The 80% lower on the other hand, requires special tools including a mill.
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Yeah an ar platforms good to start with, especially with its simple system, and you can make it in a variety of calibers. Like .223,.22, 308,243,6.8 and 6.5. Its ok in accuracy for a semi auto, at longer distance, and well suited for close combat.

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But seriously ... The ar15 is a fun platform. I started building in college and I've got like 5 now.

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What rifle would yall suggest? I am thinking an AR-15...not sure yet...I want something dependable and can be used for home defense...I would get the 80% lower simply because I have no interest in dealing with the government sticking its nose in what I am buying etc...but wanted to know if I am going with the right rifle? Should a newbie start off with something different?
unless you have access to a milling machine, look for an 80% lower thats made to be able to use a common drill press. lot's of YouTube videos about them and do lot's of research before buying. there are even a few members here that have built an AR using an 80% lower. maybe they will chime in and provide some insight.
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Building one is fun easy, and as said above very addicting. I do not recommend you try an 80% lower unless you at least have some basic skills with doing stuff like that. IIRC, you can get by with a drill press and a good bit, but it's still requires some skill.

What state do you live in? If it's a state that allows face to face sells without a background check, you can find someone selling a stripped lower and buy it that way.

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80% lower is not the way to go unless your day job is something like machinist. Just order a stripped lower.

I have built 5 80%ers this way over the last year. Takes something like 6 to 8 hours with a drill press alone. The jig costs as much as 2 or 3x an completed receivers. Not recommended as a beginners project.

If your from Ohio I have a couple psa lowers that I might part with.

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You can finish 80% lowers with just a drill press and functionally it will be fine but they don't necessarily look too good when u open it up. Milling machine is definitely the better route to go though

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