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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi I been reading people's post and looking at their weapons on here for almost 1 month now and this is my first post, I may be a n00b for asking this question but I would like to know what do i need to make a AR-15 will I just need a lower and upper receiver? or will i have to buy small parts for it? Oh and will it be cheaper to buy one together already or cheaper to buy the parts seperate and put it together yourself? I have 4 rifles of my own as of now but i would like to build the collection higher. i will post pics a little later when my camera is charged.

thanks for your help guys/girls.
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
For new AR addicts .. er owners.. I really recommend just getting a complete rifle. There isn't a whole lot involved in building from a Lower Parts Kit, though I recommend just buying an assembled upper unless you have a specific need for a type of barrel, bolt carrier group or chambering.

If you are the handy type, there is a parts kit available from several manufacturers. The one I see getting the best reviews for over all quality and least amount of PITA experience is the STAG.. (www.ar15sales.com) Pete the guy who owns that site and goes by LegalTransfers at ar15.com will take damn good care of you.

If you snag that kit, all you would need is a stripped lower reciever (that's the part that requires the FFL or FTF sale) and a little google work to find the assembly instructions - the instructions are all over the net, don't be shy about asking questions if you go this route.

I say get a complete upper so you don't have to deal with the barrel assembly / torquing and head spacing - not that either of these are what we would call difficult -.

There are a couple of threads already going on this subject and a lot of what your asking is covered. Check those out and let us know what questions weren't covered and we'll get answers for you or at least point you in the right direction. Another resource is AR15.COM .. most of the build your own thread isn't too bad. Again, ask questions and don't feel dumb for doing so. It's your money and if you are like the majority of us, you'll want it done right!
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I highly recommend a newbie (like I was) to buy a complete upper and complete lower separate. You save money that way. Something about a tax on a complete gun.

Hold it together and push in two pins with your fingers and you have a complete gun!
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Ah... the black rifle disease strikes again.
Another vote for Del-ton. I would also recommend getting an upper and lower separately then pushing in the pins for a completed rifle... if you space apart the days of ordering the lower (since it has to go through to an FFL) then the upper to your house, you do save on some tax.

Tell us what you intend to use the weapon for, and we can pontificate on what might be a good option for a build.

Cheers,
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
ya i think i am going to order a kit soon within the next few weeks. but i am going to a gun show on the 31st also so i will see what is there.
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Mr. Wolf said:
Tell us what you intend to use the weapon for, and we can pontificate on what might be a good option for a build.

Cheers,
i intend to use it on targets at the range
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
but do you want it just for plinking? or competitions? do you envision in your SHTF arsenal? etc...
 
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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Colts are nice sure. But Id take an RRA or Stag without a second thought.

I also think its more fun to build one. You get to learn a lot about how the weapon works, and can be a bit cheaper that way. Heres one I built.




  1. Lauer custom weaponry lower
  2. RRA parts kit
  3. complete upper bought from local dealer/gun show.
  4. RRA telestock
  5. Hougue rubber pistol grip.
 
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
I have been wanting one for awhile i like the looks of them, I just want one to have one not for comps or anything like that just for a sunday afternoon at the range to have fun.

and very nice build nikon.
 
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Baddog said:
No you sure can't.....But ya can get one as good for less ...
You might and you might not. The lemon rate for tier 2 and 3 companies is greater than I prefer. I will tell you from personal experience to stay away from Oly and DPMS they are about the worst. If you want to go cheaper try Bushmaster or RRA. But these two still have their problems.
Pat
 
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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Alaskapopo said:
You might and you might not. The lemon rate for tier 2 and 3 companies is greater than I prefer. I will tell you from personal experience to stay away from Oly and DPMS they are about the worst. If you want to go cheaper try Bushmaster or RRA. But these two still have their problems.
Pat


How are the JP rifles?
www.jprifles.com
 
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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Judging from the quality of their triggers I'd definately give one a try, but judging from the cost of their triggers I'd bring the wallet and mastercard. I installed one of their match triggers in my frankengun coyote killer and it works superbly 3.5 lbs on the dot, every time.
 
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