New AR

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Atwood, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Atwood

    Atwood New Member

    i have really wanted to jump into the world of AR-15's but not sure where i should start.....should i buy a bare rifle and then begin modding it out? (not bling bling just mods for tactical use) or should i start with a an upper and/or lower and just begin building one?

    IGETEVEN New Member

    My opinion would be to build your own. You will learn a lot about the your rifle by doing so and you will be able to customize it any way you like. Building your AR will most times be cheaper in the long run, than buying the whole rifle.

    There are lots of threads here in the AR section with excellent intel and links to various companies that have everything you need, giving you numerous choices of what and how to build and customize your own AR rifle. :cool:


  3. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    I built mine really knowing very little about the AR....and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Now I know how everything works, which is very helpful.
  4. bkt

    bkt New Member

    What they said - build your own. It isn't hard, you will learn a lot, and you'll save money.

    As for add-ons, I recommend (at most) a red-dot sight, vertical handgrip and sling. Of the three, the sling is probably most useful.
  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    Seeing a common response here?

    We have had, probably, 20 members come here with your same exact question and decide to build their own platform. It's not hard and it doesn't take a ton of tools or knowledge. Several threads have links to high quality, low dollar parts and I can assure you, if you have an AR question, it has already been asked and answered in the AR section.

    I would echo what my collegues above have started and say buying an upper and lower receiver and building your own is the best way to go.

  6. Atwood

    Atwood New Member

    very cool, thank you guys
  7. junho806

    junho806 New Member

    if you can use a hammer you can build an AR
    I knew nothing about ARs and had no info or knowledge about it
    but I had this very knowledgeable and helpful firearmstalk community at my disposal and so do you!
    check out the ar-15 section there should be plenty of threads there that can get you started
    also i have ar-15 building guide that i've sent to other members that you can have if you are interested
  8. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    I highly endorse junho's guide that he sent me (thanks again). That, along with a free Brownell's video and coaching from other FTF was a snap...and a lot of fun.
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    I can't repeat myself, or stress this point, enough to make it sink in.

    The AR platform is NOT a mystery.

    Slo and I have been helping guys who possessed NO gunsmithing knowledge build their own guns for about 2 years now and they are ALL better armorers for it. They understand the platform, they understand how it works and they understand how to clean and check the damn thing for any wear and tear.

    Hell, when Junho became my padwan he was a wet behind the ears college kid who had no idea what he was doing. In a matter of, what, 2 months Junho? He had a fully assembled AR, had a Range Report, then made some changes for better accuracy, then changed optics. All the while, he was telling US what he wanted to do and why.

    Build your own AR Platform. Trust me on this. You will be MUCH more confident and when some douchebag range tool runs into issues, or questions WHY you went with what you did? Well, let's just say the enjoyment of telling them exactly why you got what you did, what it does and why it's better than what he is suggesting will be worth the price of admission. ;)

  10. slowryde45

    slowryde45 New Member

    To paraphrase one of my favorite characters in almost every Adam Sandler movie.....

    YOU CAN DO IT :p

    And yes, like everyone else has already stated, I believe it is the way to go. Sure, you can buy one fully assembled, anyone can do that. could buy a stripped lower, lower parts kit, butt stock - and assemble your lower receiver assembly (which will teach you most of what you will need to know to keep your piece running) and then buy a completed upper assembly of your choice to mate to it. could buy KIT, that only needs a stripped lower to assemble into a complete piece. The KITs usually have the upper assemblies already put together. could buy everything, piece by piece, and slowly put together only the parts you want to have on your particular rifle. THIS, eliminates the need to replace parts off of stock rifles, that you want to upgrade.

    Scan back through some of the past postings in the AR forum here, and you'll find lots of info and links to different sites, manufacturers, and will give you lots of ideas as to what is available, and what things look like.

    Again, you've got a great bunch of guys/gals here who are more than willing to help you put one together and step you through any issues. Welcome to the group.

  11. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    You must remember that this rifle is made to be taken care of my PVT in the Army. If you have never been in the military let me tell you PVT are the DUMBEST forms of life on this planet. I know I was one once. I was a unit armor in the Army for a while and I can tell you building is easier than knockin up your girl.....

    I went the oh hell buy it route. But I do plan on acquiring parts over the next year or two for a build for my son.

    the rifle I purchased is not exactly what I want but it is close enough for me to work with right now.
  12. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    Nike it!

    I did it the other way; bought gun, then I decided to build one.

    If I had built one first, I would NEVER have bought a complete gun!

    I have both the AR and the AK and would rather work on the AR any day over the euro-trash!
  13. hillmillenia

    hillmillenia New Member

    and you'll save money...

    Let's see...
    BCM upper receiver...425.00
    Global Tactical stripped lower receiver...125.00
    Denny's CMT super bolt carrier assy. 160.00
    RRA LPK...80.00
    Colt M4 buttstock and BCM mil-spec receiver tube...89.00
    M4 double shield handguards...29.00
    Dominator EoTech mount...160.00
    EoTech 512 optic...400.00
    Wilson Tactical sling...50.00
    A whole slew of minor tweaks and improvements...100.00-ish
    Total $1,618.00 OK, OK subtract the optics and add a handle $1,158.00 :eek:

    Oh and the new Colt Defense LEC...1,150.00 :rolleyes:

    Apparently I over did it...:eek: