AR-15 general questions


December 22, 2006, 12:25 AM
I want to build a rifle

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December 22, 2006, 12:46 AM
"I want to build a rifle" is a statement, not a question.

December 22, 2006, 12:49 AM
I was looking at some type of free floating barrel assembly or new trigger group without sacrificing reliablity

December 22, 2006, 12:50 AM
By all means, you go right ahead.


December 22, 2006, 01:01 AM
I would appreciate advice, I'm new...all apolgies

December 22, 2006, 01:12 AM
Ok, so you want to build an AR-15.

If you're THIS new, I'll advise against it. I was pretty new to AR-15;'s and tried to build my own, and ended up bugging a friend quite a bit in the end.

We're still friends, but I'm sure he wanted to beat the snot out of me after a while.

So wether you build it or buy it, here's my beginners tips:

1) Get a lower with a well known name. Rock River arms, Bushmaster, DMPS are my big three. Othres might chime in with theirs. Don't skimp on this.

2) Get a flat top upper. This means don't get an A1 or an A2 upper with an integrated carry handle. You want one with a rail across the top. You can always attach a detachable carry handle to the top of a flattop to get that "old style AR look"

3) Get a chrome lined barrel if you can. It makes cleaning your barrel SO MUCH EASIER. Don't skimp on this piece either.

4) Don't worry about free floating railed handguards, match trigger, taclatch, or fancy gas tubes while starting out, especially if you want to save money. If you plan on attaching lots of gadgets to your AR, fine, go ahead and get them, but you don't NEED them starting out.

5) Learn how to shoot your rifle with irons before you get any fancy red-dot sights.

6) grit your teeth, and get a subscription to if youre actually going to build your own. They have lots of instructions on what tools you'll need. Try and ignore the crazyness; there ARE actually helpful people there. The loud crazies ruin the reputation of the site for everyone else.

If your'e going to assemble your own from parts, I suggest at least getting an upper with a barrel attached. That's the hardest part to assemble. is where I got a lot of my parts.

Don't Tread On Me
December 22, 2006, 01:13 AM
Well, you provide hardly any information, which is why people aren't replying. You'd be well served by searching the forums for past threads and begin developing ideas.

As for the trigger, in my research, here and at, it is the general consensus of AR gurus that the RRA 2-stage trigger is the most reliable, duty-grade trigger that offers a nice trigger pull without being a liability as far as reliability goes.

The lighter single stage triggers are notorious for breaking down. The internet is jam packed with threads of people breaking triggers and having issues. These style triggers were never meant for serious use, just for competition or target shooting.

The RRA requires no adjustments. Early models had an issue with their hardening or finish wearing down causing them to become single stages, but that was resolved a while ago.

If you want the ultimate trigger for a bench AR, get those light single stage triggers. If this gun is to serve any defensive use, the RRA 2-stage should be as fancy as you should go. If you want the ultimate in reliable triggers, the standard AR trigger is the choice.


Freefloating doesn't sacrifice any reliability, provided of course the installation is done right.

December 22, 2006, 01:26 AM
come on man this is the second thread i have found like this in the last 2 minutes, give us something to work with.

hey guys i want a million dollars!:)

December 22, 2006, 12:39 PM
For the lower:


For everything else:

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