Need help with first build.

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by xcoreyyyx, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    I have been looking at all the variations of lowers and uppers and just everything to put an AR together. I have absolutely no clue where to start. I saw on a deals thread that spikes stripped tactical lowers are on sale and didn't know if I should grab one or 2 while they are. I guess my real question would be is do any uppers fit into lowers and do any lower part kits fit into any stripped lowers? Should I just buy the stripped lowers now and then find a lower part kit that I like and put that into it or should I just buy the stripped lower and parts kit at the same time? Also, if anyone can point me in a good direction on where to get started with all of this I would be thankful. I didn't see a sticky or else I would have referred to that.
     
  2. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    I watch the classified ads. Recently, I watched a rifle get posted, and it hung, and hung,,,the guy wanted too much for it. He reposted it twice,,,it was a DPMS A15 with Bushnell scope. Finally he got it down under 1000$ and I called him and he lived a block from my daughter, so I drove there, and met with him and finally we settled on $700, and he ended up throwing in 400 rounds of ammo and 4 extra magazines.

    This state requires no paperwork so I got it with no papers, and no tax. Perhaps you could find a deal like that, I see them come and go in the classifieds.
     

  3. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    That is a very nice deal. Got pictures of that? I know that there are deals all of the time. I would like to try and build one. I see people talking all of the time about how they like what they built and I am sure that I would definitely appreciate it more from all the time and effort I would put into making it work properly and look good. I see that Uppers are harder to put together and need special tools but lowers are pretty simple. You just have to have the time and work at it.
     
  4. ktmboyz

    ktmboyz New Member

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    corey, have you read the stickies in the AR section.. There is a ton of great info in there from some very knowledgeable members.

    I would strongly suggest building one if you have a little bit of mechanical ability and a few basic tools. You will gain much more insight and respect for the Ar platform by building then just buying one off the shelf.
     
  5. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    My first one at the shop to build a lower took me about an hour to figure out all the little tips and tricks. Now I can punch one out in about 20-30 minutes tops. YouTube it! The internet is your friend! I would buy the lower and parts kit at the same time. #1 you cut down shipping costs and it gives you time to work on it while you're waiting for your other parts to come in. Lowers are a dime a dozen but take your time picking up a quality upper. If you need any help on something you can't figure out, feel free to pm me
     
  6. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    ^^
    Thanks, I will keep that in mind.
     
  7. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    W.C.,

    Just to clarify, since sites like craigslist don't allow the posting of firearms, are you referring ro actual newspaper classifieds, or is their another classified site that you are referring to? Specifics would really be appreciated for those that simply can't afford full price on a rifle.
     
  8. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    ^^
    I think he is referring to the classifieds on this site. I check them every now and then but not many people use them.
     
  9. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    We have classifieds? Wow, learn something new every day! I'd much rather deal with other members than just a random person, especially when dealing with firearms.
     
  10. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    Yessir. There are on-site classifieds. Scroll to the top of the page, there is a blue bar that stretches across the screen about 3 inches down. It says "home, forum, reviews,...., classifieds. I check up on them every now and then. You should do the same. You can find some nice deals on there. Good luck.
     
  11. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    I watch several internet classified sites. We have a local free internet classified that covers portions of Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Oklahoma. I do a lot of business on that classified. Everything is FTF, no papers and no taxes. Almost every area has internet classifieds anymore. Anytime you can avoid shipping, papers, and taxes, and meet new folks, its a good deal.
     
  12. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Ah, they don't seem to have access on my mobile app and that's why I was confused! Thanks for pointing out where it was - I'll fire up the laptop and take a look.
     
  13. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    Ahhhh, yes, as a web developer its really hard to get websites to function all in the same manner on different browers let alone mobile browser. But yes, I would suggest firing up that laptop and taking a peek. Good luck.
     
  14. Tedennis

    Tedennis New Member

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    No disrespect to this site but check out ar15.com. everything you need. Videos on assembly as well.
     
  15. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    of course not :rolleyes: