hey guys, I joined here because I want an AR, but I'd like to build it myself. At first, I thought it was cheaper, and I spoke with my dad who used to be a huge gun fanatic, and said it's not necessarily cheaper to build it.. which doesn't really make much sense to me.. but so be it.. I still want to get the satisfaction of building it on my own.. I don't really care about the cost, since this is going to be a nice long project for me. I have a general knowledge of guns since I'm military, but not enough to build my own. So where do I start? After reading a bit on here, I know that some people recommend building the lower and purchasing a complete upper for a first time project. So first things first, purchase the lower receiver and work up from there? Or read a book first? I'll definitely be documenting this as I go for other novices like myself.. then maybe I can help someone else with my experiences.. Thanks for any help!