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Building a AR, How Difficult?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by sigbear, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. sigbear

    sigbear Well-Known Member

    Several people replied to my previous post about Bushmaster and DPMS "Rifles" (learned something already) and suggested building your own.

    I am the opposite of mechanicaly inclined, so, don't know if I could do it, also, living in Massachusetts would probably limit me to mfg. components.

    Any suggestions from folks in Mass on the best quality components to build a AR?

  2. skidooman603

    skidooman603 Well-Known Member

    I am not super inclined myself but with all the internet tutorials out there it is pretty simple. I have found if you have the proper tools listed and an area where little springs or pieces that could get away aren't able to hide it is quite easy. It also gives you a much better working knowledge of the rifle.
  3. skidooman603

    skidooman603 Well-Known Member

    Sucks to be You, livin there. You could move to the Great State of Michigan with our 18% or so un-employment. Don't know which is worse. :fire:
  4. otrman

    otrman Well-Known Member

    Go to www.ar15.com. They have a section with step by step instructions and pics.
  5. Shung

    Shung Well-Known Member

    if you have the proper tools (100$ or less to get them) with all the tutorials, it's easy !

    As it was said, you also exactly know how everything work, and this is a great plus to solve the problem you might encounter with the gun !
  6. tkcomer

    tkcomer Well-Known Member

    You can build the lower yourself with just a few tools. The hard part is getting the magazine catch in without scratching the lower. If you're only going to build one gun, check with the manufacturers to see what they have available in uppers. With Model 1 Sales, you can darn near pick out any configuration with all the options they have available. More expensive? Maybe, but by the time you get a vise block (You do have a vise?) for the upper receiver, torque wench and the barrel wench, it doesn't cost that much more, if not less if you don't have any tools at home. Go to here: http://www.ar15.com/ Click on AR-15 towards the top, then go to the Build it Yourself tab.
  7. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

    It took me 30 minutes to build my first AR, with tools I had on hand.

    Its SIMPLE.
  8. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Building up a lower is childs play. Doing the upper is not too bad. It's like legos. Just read up and go slow. Arfcom is a tremendous source of info.
  9. jglcolosprgs

    jglcolosprgs Well-Known Member

    Found this at www.Fulton-Armory.com

    You can buy this book first if it seems a bit daunting. The AR forums are full of ideas.... I just don't have time for another hobbby at the moment - otherwise I think I would like to try it too.
  10. CMP

    CMP Well-Known Member

    Im in Michigan too and cant get a job. Just because you can get the stuff doesnt mean you can afford to buy it. I still find a way though.

    I still havent built an AR but I dont see it being to hard as long as you have all the tools. I'll find out for sure with in the next year im going to start buying parts soon. It helps when you can split the cost of tools with a brother.
  11. rino451

    rino451 Well-Known Member

    Post in the ar15.com home town forum and find someone in the area who has the tools and has done it before. About the only real think you can irrevocably screw up us installing the bolt release pin (scratching the receiver) and the trigger guard pin. Everything else is salvageable or replaceable. While a complicated design, it's a VERY simple machine.
  12. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

    Just registering at AR15.com is harder than building an AR-15.
  13. rino451

    rino451 Well-Known Member

    Now, that's darn funny, if not a bit true.
  14. franconialocal

    franconialocal Well-Known Member

    Great site. Full video series on what you are looking for. Look at the upper right corner as soon as you get to the page.

  15. MJR007

    MJR007 Well-Known Member

    Brownells is free and great!!!

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