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AR Builds -- What Parts Did You Choose and Why??

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mike1234567, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Ro1911

    Ro1911 Member

    Jan 19, 2011
    I like that hand guard on the 20", never seen that one, the triangle look of it reminds me of the nam guns.
  2. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Elder

    Jun 5, 2006
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    The main things I did differently on my AR-10 lower was to put in a oversize safety, because this one will be out in a lot of weather, and a Giessele trigger.
  3. tactikel

    tactikel Active Member

    Apr 28, 2009
    Northeastern Illinois
    I wanted a light carbine. Got an AeroPrecision lower ($75), DPMS flattop slick side upper ($65), SMI 16" barrel ($135). DSA lpk, and M4 stock, DPMS free float forend ($45). Great for plinking, and schlepping from from coyote stand to stand.
  4. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Centennial, CO
    Something I did on my dedicated 22 upper was a set of carbine length triangle hand guards, they are really easy to grip and with a slip-over flash hider make my CMMG upper look a bit like an XM177. Model One and a couple others sell the triangle CAR sized hand guards.

    This wasn't strictly aesthetic I have the same flash hider on my 6920, wanted the 'same' gun in form and function, optics, everything just different in caliber.

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2013
  5. Mike1234567

    Mike1234567 member

    Jul 6, 2010
    Alamo City
    Great stuff, folks. I'm watching... listening. Please keep it coming.
  6. heavydluxe

    heavydluxe New Member

    Feb 5, 2011
    Great thread. This is a trashy bookmark. :)
  7. BigShep85

    BigShep85 Member

    Apr 28, 2011
    Same here
  8. RussellC

    RussellC Participating Member

    May 26, 2013
  9. Mike1234567

    Mike1234567 member

    Jul 6, 2010
    Alamo City
    Still watching/listening.
  10. henschman

    henschman Senior Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    I went with PSA because I wanted a chrome lined 1/7 HPT/MPI barrel, m4 feed ramps, and a full auto C158 HPT/MPI bolt with staked gas key screws, and they were the cheapest one who produced an upper to those standards.

    I was wanting a 20" GI profile upper, so really the only other ones I was looking at were BCM and CMMG. It was a bonus that the PSA's barrel was made by FN, the same company who makes the M-16 service rifles.

    I used PSA again for my latest carbine build, because I wanted a rifle with HPT/MPI barrel and bolt, etc., but with a 16" pencil profile barrel with mid-length gas this time. Once again, they delivered for the lowest price.

    They have been out of stock of any AR upper I would be interested in for some time though.
  11. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 28, 2005
    Lewisberry, PA

    I really like what you did with that fore end.
  12. StrutStopper

    StrutStopper Active Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    I purchased a complete LMT upper, 1:7 twist and added MOE handguard. I picked up a stripped spikes lower, DD LPK, FA Spikes BCG, BCM charging handle, MOE stock and grip, and an MBUS rear sight. No optic yet, still having fun with "irons."
  13. Mike1234567

    Mike1234567 member

    Jul 6, 2010
    Alamo City
    It would be interesting to see some pics. :)
  14. juk

    juk Active Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    I built my newest not long ago. I wanted an accurate, fairly lightweight rifle with decent parts. Then I got a wild-hair and decided to use each part from a different manufacturer. What I ended up with:

    Anderson stripped lower
    PSA A2 stock kit
    Hogue grip
    Bill Springfield trigger work
    DSA upper
    BCM Mod 4 CH
    microslicked bolt carrier
    AR Stoner 18" 1/8 223 Wylde
    15" Samson Evolution tube
    BCM Low pro gas block
    Burris PEPR
    Bushnell Elite 10x mil/mil
    WWII O.D. Green Duracoat

    It had teething issues that drove me crazy at first. Turned out that it did NOT like the new Gen 3 Pmags that I was using. I switched to metal body mags and did a bit of polishing on the bottom of the carrier, and all is well. So far I have only been able to try 52 grain Hornady BTHPs on top of Varget. Not what I was hoping for, but shoots right around MOA. I'm thinking that a 68-75 grain projectile will show me what the gun and myself are really capable of.

  15. mnhntr

    mnhntr Participating Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Aero Precision upper and lower - good quality low priced
    DPMS MK12 18in barrel - really accurate barrels not expensive and comes with gas block
    DPMS lower parts kit with mil spec trigger I will upgrade the trigger down the road
    DPMS carbon fiber free float tube - very light and does not get cold like the aluminum tubes when coyote hunting in -20 temps
    Magpul BUIS good quality
    The stock is an A2 but I am ordering a Magpul PRS
    Nikon P223 3x9x40 with 600BDC and a one piece Nikon mount.
  16. justice06rr

    justice06rr Participating Member

    Oct 7, 2011
    Ok I'll play. Here's whats on the last 2 AR builds:

    1. PSA/Aero build

    PSA upper
    AeroPrecision lower
    16" Midlength barrel, CHF, 1:7 twist, Chrome-lined
    Magpul FDE CTR stock, MOE grip, MS2 sling, and handguard
    Bushnell TRS-25 red dot
    PSA M16 BCG

    I went with this build because it is a basis Midlength setup that is simple and lightweight. Not too fancy but works well. Total cost: ~ $850

    2. Spikes Tactical Build:

    Spikes lower (color filled FDE)
    Spikes Upper ceracoated FDE
    Magpul FDE STR stock, grip, AFG2
    Alpha Omega 16" barrel, 1:7, Melonite
    Rifle length quadrail
    Magpul FDE MBUS

    This build is more of a "tacticool" and color-matched AR. It works well but its quite heavy due to the longer quadrail and heavier barrel.

    Both rifles cycle ammo very reliably including steel cased Tula 223 without a hitch. Total Cost: $1000
  17. Crunchy Frog

    Crunchy Frog Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    My first build, "one piece at a time", iike the old Johnny Cash song:

    PSA stripped lower, $50

    MOE lower parts kit, $50

    Ergo F93 stock assembly, $135

    PSA 16" "stripped" Upper Receiver, Black Friday sale $300 (ish)

    Geissele SSA-E trigger, Black Friday sale $190 (do NOT buy a Geissele trigger, never, never; it will spoil you for anything less)

    Magpul BUIS rear sight, $55

    No name charging handle, Lord-knows-who-made-it-bought-it-at-at-a-gun-show $25

    PSA bolt carrier group (darn glad to find one and they didn't last long online once they became available) $125

    Magpul MOE forearm to replace the standard one that came with the upper, $35

    That's it, unless you count the model airplane paint that I bought at Hobby Lobby to fill in the lettering on the lower.

    Working on a "lightweight" build the second time around!
  18. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Senior Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    Armalite stripped lower: Like the name, the rollmark and it is what my LGS had ~$140
    PSA LPK with Magpul MOE grip and Enhanced trigger guard: Heard they had a good trigger for the price ~$70
    PSA Receiver extension, spring and buffer, end plate: All I could find at the time ~$60
    Magpul ACS stock: Like the friction lock and cheek weld ~$105
    Colt castle nut: All I could find ~$15

    Daniel Defense stripped upper:Wanted a mostly DD upper-$90
    DPMS Forward assist: all I could find~$13
    PSA Dust cover:liked the black spring/all I could find~$15
    BCM Charging handle:Heard it was great~$45
    Daniel Defense BCG:best I could find in stock~$160
    Daniel Defense 16" M4 profile 1:7" barrel:Best quality I could find in stock~$260
    Daniel Defense clamp on low profile gas block: Daniel Defense did me well~$60
    YHM gas tube: All I could find~$15
    Midwest Industries T Series Midlength quadrail: wanted it to cover the gas block, wanted a quad rail~$150
    YHM phantom flash hider:Just cause~$30
  19. ThatGuyHank

    ThatGuyHank New Member

    May 28, 2011
    New Jersey
    I had to stick to NJ legal for my build. I wanted a Midlength, 16 inch bbl rifle that would be a "do-it-all". Someone told me that mine is similar to the Recce rifles that some special-ops crew uses, but I could care less, I just want it to do what I ask. I ended up the following after spending a very extended amount of time picking up individual parts when they were on sale or part of a blemish lot. It was time consuming and a pain, I had points where I wanted to just buy everything all at once, but I ended up saving quite a bit of money and getting a fancy rifle too.

    PSA blem upper with YHM Diamond rail(Rifle length)

    PSA Mid-length, 16inch bbl, Gov. Profile, 1:7 twist, CMV, CHF, MPI, HPT

    AIM surplus 9310 BCG, MPI, HPT

    BCM Mod A44 charging handle (I'm left handed and this is fantastic)

    MBUS front and rear

    SAA lower (Aero-precision with a cooler rollmark)

    DSA mil-spec buffer tube assembly (Carbine)

    Magpul Fixed Carbine stock (Perfect for ban compliant builds)

    Kaw-Valley Precision Linear comp, pinned and welded (Again, ban compliancy and reduced felt blast and noise. Not a good way to reduce recoil.)

    PSA LPK with ALG defense QMS (No take-up, no creep, glass-like break and great reset.)

    Seekins precision billet trigger guard

    BCM Gunfighter grip Mod1 (I'm going to try out the K2 grip and see if that's wider at the top. I love the angle of the BCM but it's very, very thin at the top and my hands are large.)

    Ambi-safety selector, I want to say it was a DPMS or Doublestar, can't remember.

    Toss in some 15rd mags from Midwest PX and I have a rockin' NJ legal rifle. So far I've got a little more than 200rds through it and no failures, even when mixing brass and steel case. I got the above parts because they met criteria I had and were on sale/clearance/blemished discount enough to be considered a great deal. You'd be amazed at what a little money and patience will get you.
  20. J_McLeod

    J_McLeod Participating Member

    Nov 21, 2010
    Homestead, FL
    I call mine the accidental build

    Stag Lower, bought it because I walked into a LGS in Tucson and it was on sale for 99.

    Spike's Tactical LPK (80) and Rock River M4 style stock, because that's what the LGS had.

    Magpul trigger guard (11) because I like Magpul

    Magpul MOE handguards because I like them. Light weight, low cost with rails.

    AIM Surplus 9130 bolt (80) and black friday special upper (60)

    Spike's CHF 1:7 barrel because I like the repuation Spike's has and wanted a quality barrel

    Rainier XTC compensator (25) because I need a muzzle device and it was on sale for only a few dollars more than a A2 device.

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