I need help building an AR-15 carbine


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aod0311
November 5, 2008, 03:12 PM
I'm looking to build an AR-15 carbine, I'm not very knowledgeable about the different companies that make the parts. This week I'm going to buy a DPMS lower receiver for $130 just so I can have one before Obama puts some kind of restriction on assault rifles. I want to make it pretty close to the M4. I'm wondering what companies i can trust as far as quality goes for the barrel, bolt, upper receiver, and trigger assembly.

I hear DPMS and CMMG are pretty decent, I'm not interested in the flashy names like bushmaster and what not, they are a little too expensive for the small amount of better quality from what i hear. So let me know what you guys think about the two names i just mentioned.

Call me weird but basically this is going to be my battle rifle, a rifle that i would trust if doomsday came and i had one rifle to take with me to survive with, It's going to be the standard 5.56 with a chrome lined barrel. I'm not sure about chrome bolts, i want a chrome carrier just for cleaning purposes but I hear a chrome bolt can shear off and flake, your thoughts?

I also am not sure what twist of barrel i want, I hear 1:9 is generally better?

If you guys can think of anything else i need to think about please let me know so I can do some research. Any links that would help me in my endeavor would also be appreciated, thank you for all your help.

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CountGlockula
November 5, 2008, 03:13 PM
The Rifle Forum may better assist.

Hoppy590
November 5, 2008, 03:44 PM
I'm wondering what companies i can trust as far as quality goes for the barrel, bolt, upper receiver, and trigger assembly.

prettymuch any company other than Hesse/Blackthorne or model 1

i break company's down to 2 classes

value
Stag, Del-ton, DPMS,CMMG, Bushmaster. and more ( Olympic may be in here, the votes still out on that)

expensive
Noveske, Colt, LMT, YHM etc

Darthbauer
November 5, 2008, 03:50 PM
I'm not interested in the flashy names like bushmaster and what not


I guess you have never heard of Noveske. I've never heard anyone call bushy flashy.


Look into Stag and RRA as they are going to be a little better and not that expensive.

rcmodel
November 5, 2008, 03:58 PM
basically this is going to be my battle rifle, a rifle that i would trust if doomsday came and i had one rifle to take with me to survive withShoulda just bought a Colt then!

aod0311
November 5, 2008, 04:15 PM
What are some good websites to buy parts from?

aod0311
November 5, 2008, 04:18 PM
and isnt this the rifle forum? it says rifle country, im new to the site

rbernie
November 5, 2008, 04:25 PM
What are some good websites to buy parts from?Bravo Company USA
DelTon
CMMG
Global Tactical

tkcomer
November 5, 2008, 04:40 PM
First off, head on over to AR15.com and click on AR-15 at the top. Then click on build it yourself. In that forum is a step by step guide on how to build the gun you want. In my opinion, it's cheaper to buy a complete upper ready to go than to buy the tools to assemble just one gun. The lower is your call, but it doesn't hurt to use a lower and upper from the same manufacturer. That ensures they mate together well. Some uppers will have to be sanded just a little to mate with a lower of different manufacturers. And don't be afraid of Model 1 uppers. I have two and they work flawless and are accurate to boot. One biggie is the trigger. Factory triggers suck. You might look into getting an RRA 2 stage trigger assembly for the lower. Not that expensive and it sure makes shooting the gun more enjoyable. Just my 2 cents.

aod0311
November 5, 2008, 07:28 PM
I'm bumping this post to get some more opinions, thanks for everyon that posted!

Heck
November 5, 2008, 08:59 PM
I put together a Del-ton midlength on a DPMS stripped lower. I have been extremely pleased. The fit, finish, accuracy are great and it has been 100% reliable with about 300 rounds through it so far. The upgrades are failry inexpensive with them as well.

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