Questions on how to build an AR-15 & 1911

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by dynastyofnext, May 13, 2009.

  1. dynastyofnext

    dynastyofnext New Member

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    Where do you find the parts? How difficult are they to assemble? Are there any schematics on how to put them together? How do you register them after you have built them?

    I noticed alot of you build your own Ar's and 1911 just wondering if you can give me a push in the right direction.
     
  2. Speedsteel

    Speedsteel New Member

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    I am also new to the forum, but imagine most of what your asking is already posted in the varying sections of this and other forums, alot of forum sites have "how to", and detail topics tho not both AR and 1911 together.

    A good start for parts and tools is Brownell's, they also offer alot of "how to",
    gunsmithing books and videos. The difficulty is tool costs patients and passion. If you enjoy it invest the time to learn how to build them.
    A 1911 will likely be more challenging to "assemble" than the AR.
    Your State laws may require that you register a weapon you built, but Federal law only requires that you register it if you transfer it.

    I can give some quality 1911 component suppliers STI, Caspain, SV Infinity, Kart, Scheumann, Storm Lake, EGW, Ed Brown , Novak, Heinie, Wolff, Colt, Ahrends, Navidrex, Wilson, Mccormick, Les Baer.

    Im sure others have thier favorites and that I left some out, ther are a lot of quality part suppliers.
     

  3. dynastyofnext

    dynastyofnext New Member

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    Thanks, Do you know if all parts of the firearm have to be transfered to an FFL first?
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    In the AR, just the lower receiver has to be FFL transfered, the rest of the parts can be sent right to your door.

    I believe the same is true with the pistol frame.

    JD
     
  5. dynastyofnext

    dynastyofnext New Member

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    Thanks for the info JD.
     
  6. Speedsteel

    Speedsteel New Member

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    Yes, the AR lower reciever, Pistol frame/reciever, are FFL and any fun stuff like class three fire control parts or suppressors.

    Check these AR suppliers, LMT, YHM, LWRC, EGW, DSA, Rock River,
    Colt, Stag, Sabre, DPMS, Geissele, Timney, Olympic, Bushmaster,
    Smith Enterprise, Vltor, IOR Valdada, Ace Ltd, ARMS, Eotech.

    Lots and lots more, you can spend hours just making a list of goodies!!!!!
    Have fun!!!!!
     
  7. canebrake

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    Will this be your first 1911, or are you experienced?
     
  8. dynastyofnext

    dynastyofnext New Member

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    I've been taught field stripping, detailed stripping, reassembly, how to fit parts. I'm still learning but I would like to assemble my own as I go along with the classes. Turns out all I would have though is a complete slide since I cant touch the frame without a permit.
     
  9. indy_kid

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    Check out ar15-kits.com, Model 1, or M&A for full AR kits. Use the Brownell's catalogs to see where they get their parts, then go directly to those makers!

    Bookmark Numrich Gun Parts - www.e-gun-parts.com. They have parts for just about every gun, and have schematics of the AR and 1911 that you can download. Hang those on your shop wall for inspiration.

    Build a kit or two to develop your skills, then sell them. Use your 3rd or 4th build for the one that you're going to put in hundreds of hours, and all your blood & sweat! These will be the guns that get passed down through the family!
     
  10. dynastyofnext

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    Thanks for the help, Im going to start on an AR15. Im looking around for some good parts and an FFL who can order the reciever for me, but I'll settle on the Upper assembly for now to keep me entertained.
     
  11. 7.62 Man

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    The lowest price on AR lowers is this.
    AIM Superior Arms S-15 AR15 .223/5.56 Lower Receiver Superior Arms S-15 AR15 .223/5.56 Lower Receiver
    You will need to get it transferred to your local FFL (gun dealer).
    When you get the lower you will need an AR15 Lower Parts Kit right now they are hard to find (I would suggest Model 1). But when you get these and a stock, you will be ready to assemble. Here is where to start, click this link & then click the AR-15 Stripped Lower Assembly Video.
    The Range Bag - Life, Liberty, Etc.
    When you get the lower assembled all you need is a upper w/ bolt & carrier (again I would suggest Model 1) and your ready to go to the range.

    I have yet to build a 1911 so I can't help you there.
    Good Luck & Happy Building.
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2009
  12. dynastyofnext

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    That is indeed a very low price thank you for the infro. I think I've seen so many AR assembly videos I could put it together while juggling 2 sets of siamese midgets named Al. After my permit I will look into building a 1911.