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

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

  1. GunnyUSMC

    GunnyUSMC Member

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    Here are a few parts I like to use when building an AR.
    I like an extended charging handle latch, because it makes things much easier if you mount a scope. I like Strike Industries latch or I use their Arch-EL charging handle with the extended latch. 3FE71047-E734-46CF-8B2A-11E4D3E7446E.jpeg 01668364-12F5-4C47-9716-DB78949B5B9E.jpeg
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    I also like an enhanced bolt catch, but not an extended one.
    I have found that 5he Strike Industries one works great.
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    And there enhanced mag catch adds a nice touch too.
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  2. jf89

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    https://forum.full30.com/t/perfect-ar-bullpup-and-ak-build-list-tips/1517

    Heres a conversation on AR15s we were having over on the full30 forums, its a good read if youve got the time.
    Im currently tearing down my Colt 6920 to start a recce build, it will probabl look something like this:

    -Faxon 16" gunner profile SS barrel
    -Raptor style Charging handle
    -Standard saftey
    -Geiselle bolt catch
    -13.7" SLR rifleworks quad rail
    -magpul moe grip
    -JP entr. Silent spring (buffer set up)
    im still iffy on the trigger though, I used to have a SA trigger in an AR that was very similar to a bolt action but I cant remember the name, I kind of want one of them or failing that I might go with the Larue MBT or A Geiselle of some type.
     
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  3. gifbohane

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    Gunny I have the same Aero (multi) lower that you placed in the photo above.

    Do you shoot 223 or 5.56 or both out of it?
     
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  4. GunnyUSMC

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    I shoot both. I do prefer to buy 5.56 but every now and then I run across a very good deal on 223, plus most hunting ammo is in 223.
     
  5. jlr1962

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    - Stag lower and Stag lower kit
    - alleged Magpul butt stock/buffer/spring/tube bought at Lewisville Gun show - was not Magpul, but it is working........ I returned to the next show. They were nowhere to be found. My error for not knowing what I was buying.
    - AR Stoner carbine 16" 223/556 1/9 upper Midway special with A2 muzzle device
    - Magpul trigger guard because the lower kit did not include a trigger guard for some reason. ???
    - LaRue MB2
    - Magpul 2 point sling
    - MI rear sight
    - eotech 512
    It shoots very well.
    I will return to every Lewisville Gun Show and look for the vendor that sold me the bogus Magpul parts. If I see more bogus parts, (that I will now be able to spot) I will buy, go to the front and squeak like a pig. Just another reason to go to the show......

    This was my choice as I did not see the need for high dollar parts for my "fun gun ar".
     
  6. bushmaster1313

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    Accessorized not built

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    Ace Skeleton Stock
    Hogue grip
    Scope: Leupold VX Freedom 1.5-4x20mm
    Vortex mount
    Harris bipod
     
  7. El_Cabra

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    img_20180218_170323.jpg AR-15s- I have always gone with Del-Ton. They are about a 30 to 40 minute drive from me here in NC.
    Great warranty, plus knowing that if it messed up (hasn't though, knock on wood) I could drive it to them myself.

    Grips- Ergo Ambi Sure grip. Why you ask? Feels like it was made for my hand.

    Handguard- Ergo Z Rail drop in. It is really thin even though it is a quad rail. It feels as slim as some of the key mod handguards without rails added.

    Stock- Exos Defense Ti-7 SOPMODish stock. Because I got it at a good deal, I assume because it was "Dirka Brown":D

    Sling- Troy 3-point. Del-ton had it when I was ordering some other stuff, and why not.

    Optic&Light- Lucid red, dot I got in trade. Cheap flashlight from Lowe's. Because its taken a beating and still works every time, so that was fine for this rifle.
     
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  8. troy fairweather

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    how do u like the hogue handguard
     
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    That barrel/gas block setup is sweet looking.
     
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    I agree with @<*(((>< . What do you have going on there and do you like it?
    I also love the look of those skeleton stocks. Oh and the Leupold. Good inspiration.
     
  11. Chuck R.

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    300 BLKOUT PDW Pistol:

    Length: Closed: 23 3/4s” Extended: 27 ½”
    Weight: Unloaded: 5lbs 14.5 OZ, Loaded 20rds: 6lbs 12OZ

    Most of the makes I've used on previous builds, and the majority of this was bought "on sale".

    Lower:
    Aero Stripped lower
    Geissele lower parts kit
    Larue MBT trigger
    Maxim Defense PDW Brace with JP captured spring
    Radian Arms Raptor "LT"
    Magpul Polymer Trigger Guard
    Magpul MOE Grip

    Upper
    Aero Complete M4E1 Upper
    Faxon 9" Gunner match series
    SLR 8.5" Helix rail
    SLR Handstop
    Scalarworks Peak BUIS
    SLR Titanium Sentry 7 AGB
    Toolcraft nitide BCG
    Black River Tactical Covert Linear Comp

    Trijicon MRO in a Scalarworks mount is next
     
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  12. troy fairweather

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    i like those sights only if i could afford them lol
     
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  13. Chuck R.

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    If it makes you feel better I had a coupon.........

    Seriously, they are some awesome sights.....tool-less adjustments, and graduated for a carbine length sight radius, who'd of thunk. Might not remain on the pistol if I build something more deserving.
     
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  14. troy fairweather

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    coupons are nice lol. I need to get a nice sturdy hand guard before i get new sights, i don't mind spending the money nut that is tight right now. my astigmatism is bad and the sights or a scope are what my eyes like.
     
  15. Chuck R.

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    Same here, but for this purpose I can deal with a fuzzy dot...so I'm getting a Trijicon MRO for it. Anything that requires precision to include my 3Gun build I need a scope. I actually tossed around the idea of mounting a 1-4/6 on this, but it kind of defeats the whole compact truck gun concept. I was out back playing with it the other day and had no issues ringing steel at 150 with the irons, so I figure I can "get by" with a RDS.
     
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  16. troy fairweather

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    i see the horse shoe with red dots not bad for plinking
     
  17. Chuck R.

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    MRO and Scalarworks mount arrived today, headed out back and zero'd it:

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    Other than the ambi safety that's enroute, it's done.
     
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  18. troy fairweather

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    your are making want those sights more and more lol. looks good whats the flash hider i does not look like it has holes on the sides. here in new york we cant have them unless the holes are closed.
     
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  19. Chuck R.

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    You might be able to get it.....it's a "Linear Compensator", not a flash hider, so it might be legal for you.

    Cuts the flash some, but more importantly directs the blast and noise forward. This model is a Black River Tactical Covert Linear Comp, which is about the same size as a standard A2 flash hider. Works pretty well.
     
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  20. troy fairweather

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    thanks ny does not care what its name is or called they just don't want holes in it. i pin the barrels with a cap or cut down the old A2 ad make a new muzzle for the ar's but with most handguards it does not look good.
     
  21. wojownik

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    What did I choose and why? lol. My latest AR (just ordered it) was a PSA freedom lower with a PSA nitride M4gery lower. Mismatched furniture colors, but doesn't matter, I'm accessorizing this with spare stuff I have to create my first truly tacti-cool (or is it tacti-fool) AR. Total cost for this soon-to-be tactically aesthetic monstrosity? $299 ... plus my FFL fees for the lower.

    The final will be an PSA upper and lower, KAC RAS, KAC guides and grip (might use a UTG pro, and reserve the KAC RAS for something else), Eotech 552.A65/1 sight, GI BUIS, Magpul CTR or MOE stock, Israeli FAB ergo grip. Maybe a Surefire light, but I might gift that away to a friend this holiday. That'll be enough junk for one rifle.

    Of course I'm girding myself for a wait of at least a month to get delivery from PSA ... They're already saying 15 business day delay on the upper (i.e. 3 weeks). I'm doubling that in my mind, to build expectations. Of course, they bill the credit card immediately, regardless of wait time.
     
  22. ARguy555

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    If you are in the market to customize an AR but don’t want to go through all the hassle of picking out every small piece, I’d strongly recommend the Aero Precision OEM. It’s usually about mid $500 on Brownells and has some really nice internals for the price.

    With mine I added a Magpul MOE SL-K for around $30. As for hand guard I used the RPTR from STNGR for around $150.

    This is a great starter so you don’t have to worry about all the intricacies. It also allows you the opportunity to change out some of the parts if you don’t like them while still having a whole gun in the process.
     

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  23. ilgac

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    I wanted to put together an AR style hunting rifle and being a sucker for “sales”, closeouts and specials, I started accumulating parts.

    Before this one all of mine have been either 5.56 or .223 except for one 16” .300 BLK. This one is chambered in 7.62x39 so with ballistics comparable to .30-30 Winchester it should make a good whitetail rifle.

    I like the AR platform, have assembled several and even though some are quite a bit more accurate than others, all are acceptably accurate.

    Aero stripped lower w/ PSA enhanced LPK and Magpul trigger guard

    Damage Industries rifle tube, buffer and spring

    Boyd’s laminated stock set

    Complete PSA 7.62x39 upper

    Two AR Stoner marked ASC 10 round magazines.

    Old Redfield 3x9 Partner scope that my dad gave me years ago. Unknown Manuf rings from my parts box.

    Except for scope and rings every part was bought “on sale”. (and knowing my dad, so was the scope). Complete I have less than $500 in this rifle, probably closer to $475.

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    First (and only so far) time out when I first got the upper, open sights offhand at 10 yards just to function check. Cheap Tula ammo.

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    An assortment from Academy to try it out.
     
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  24. Desert Heat

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    Received and assembled today:

    PSA 16" Mid-Length 5.56 NATO 1/7 Nitride MOE Upper, Gray - With BCG, CH, & MBUS Rear Sight - 5165450089
    $229.00 with free shipping.

    PSA AR-15 Complete MOE EPT Lower, Gray - No Magazine - 5165449717
    $129.99 with free shipping + $20.00 FFL fee.

    $229.00+$129.99+$20.00 = $378.99

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    I plan to shoot it this week at the range.
     
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  25. BigBlue 94

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    I built my first one almost ten years ago. The internals were standard at first, but got upgraded to what I list below.

    Dpms A3 upper and lower. Stoner 24" HBAR stainless 6.5 Grendel barrel and bolt. TiN coated BC, trigger, and sear with hard chrome hammer. Yankee Hill camo A2 stock and rifle length handgurd. Stoner(?) Heli-brake. Most all these parts are discontinued.

    Second was an economy "dissipator" build. Smooth side dpms flat top upper receiver, 16" 5.56 barrel with rifle gas port. Extended Rifle length Midwest Industries handguard. Flip up sights. A2 birdcage

    The third is an Alexander arms built 50 Beowulf.

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