AR-15 books


September 29, 2006, 04:20 PM
I want one AR-15 book, with a lot of general info on the rifle, as well as complete assembly/breakdown instructions.

Not interested in information on the selective fire military version, just civilian versions I can own.

If I don't buy a complete rifle, I may buy the separate components over time... that way it would be a learning experience, and also easier to afford...

Duncan Long, Kuleck and others have books on the AR-15, what's one book that covers everything pretty well?

btw: I notice that alot of these books have lots of wasted space regarding "pre-ban" "post-ban" info. I don't want to wade through that junk.


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September 29, 2006, 04:45 PM
Don't know anything about the AR-15 but I googled it.

Something like this what you're looking for?

And I assume breakdown and assembly of the rifle would be in a manual.

September 29, 2006, 05:29 PM
yeah, I know there's quite a few books out there, I was just looking for some THR member's opinions of them...

September 29, 2006, 05:32 PM
You mean a recommendation?

Well I am a member of THR, but I havent read much of anything on the AR, so I wouldnt be the guy.

September 29, 2006, 05:45 PM
The AR-15 Complete Owner's Guide ISBN 1-888722-10-X

Excellent overview of the rifle in all it's forms. It's actually structured so that it describes various configurations of the AR-15 and what they're best at... IPSC style competition, varmint hunting, NRA Highpower, personal defense, etc.

The AR-15 Complete Assembly Guide ISBN 1-888722-12-6

The best guide to assembly I've ever seen.

I'm not connected to either book or their authors in any way but I do own about a dozen books on the AR-15 rifle and these are the two I find myself going back to the most often.

September 29, 2006, 06:49 PM
ok, the second one is the book by Kuleck. Does it have anything about using & shooting the gun, or is it just an assembly guide?

Harry Tuttle
September 29, 2006, 11:31 PM
get the TM9-1005-319-10 & TM 9-1005-249-23&P & FM23-9 & FM 3-22.9

they are all you need

September 29, 2006, 11:45 PM
Desert publications puts out good material, they are bright yellow manuals. Sorry I cant remember the exact titles.
But....I found I cant get pretty much the exact same info, and even better stuff by going online.

September 30, 2006, 12:01 AM
ok, now getting off on a slight tangent:

I've been reading articles & stuff (mostly written in the 1990s) about how its WAY cheaper to get the components for an AR-15 and put 'em together yourself. According to the articles I've read, it is something like over $300 cheaper than buying an complete rifle.

Well, now I don't see that at all. The complete components seem to be as much or more than buying a complete rifle. Or am I wrong?

September 30, 2006, 12:07 AM
Bender it seems that if you shop around, and are frugal you can save quite a bit...but if you just purchase parts without shopping around the savings are not so big.

Harry Tuttle
September 30, 2006, 10:25 AM
its a prudent plan to buy AR #1 from Bushmaster and build numbers 2-7


shop the forums and plan

Chris Rhines
September 30, 2006, 10:41 AM
A couple that I've found useful:

Glen Zediker's The Competitive AR-15. Mostly about NRA Highpower Rifle competition.
Matt Burkett's video The AR-15. Two discs, the first covers gear, the second covers shooting.

- Chris

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