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Discussion Starter #1
Ok, so I see everyone else doing it and I want to give it a try. I have snooped around ar15.com and they have really good build instructions. I was wondering if I could get a list of some recommended parts, and some that people would not recommend. I want to build something similar to the shortest bushmaster that I have seen at their website (I would link but their site seems to be down).

So, which upper, Lower, Left, Right, do I need? :)
 
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Discussion Starter #3
I don't think the Carbon15 stuff really offers enough benefit for its gimmickiness...

Stick to metal. :)

I'm building an AR varminter, much like Bushmaster's... You just missed out on an incredible scope deal though. Group buys are king.

Buy a stripped lower (brand unimportant) one month... buy a parts kit the next... Then save up for a complete upper (Easiest way to go...).
 
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Discussion Starter #4
my buddy just bought a new carbon 15 that i got to handle the other day. super light weight and expensive, however i did not get to shoot it yet When i build mine i am going all metal. :D
 
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Discussion Starter #5
The carbon 15 is pretty much the same price as the standard steel... But the weight savings are fairly minimal when you consider the possible problems from disassembling/reassembling and how carbon fiber might (does) handle wear on threaded parts...
 
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Discussion Starter #7
i bought a stripped stag arms lower, del-ton parts kit, 6-pos stock from a guy on ar15.com, and a 16" flat stag arms upper that came with a ARMS #40L buis. I also bought two or three punches (you don't need all of those wacky tools listed in the ar15.com instructions, ajames schooled me on that) and a hammer, and that's it. Stag arms lowers are made by CMT, who also makes them for Rock River Arms. About the only difference is you get a stag on the receiver and not RRA's little target.

Check out www.eaglefirearms.net for your parts. Best prices I found on the net, and its where I bought the upper. I'd buy from them again.
 
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Discussion Starter #9
What is the quality on Stag Arms btw? I started looking into building an AR since I'm a southpaw and saw Stag Arms made left handed recievers. I'm looking into getting one of their uppers.
 
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Discussion Starter #10
i started out with a Carbon15 theres nothing wrong with them but no forward assist and that is something that comes in handy and theres not to much of a weight diff .go for a normal one with a A3 upper (Flat-Top) heres my Bushmaster With A3 upper and Carbon15 lower . build isnt done but close
 
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Discussion Starter #11
So Flo said:
I bought a stripped Eagle Arms lower from Quantico Arms. The Eagle lower is made by Armalite (and says so on the lower). I bought my M4 kit from J&T Distributing. They are great folks (both companies) and very helpful.

I highly recommend building your own...it it very fun and educational.

http://www.quanticoarms.com/asp/ite...=Eagle Arms&CMNum=22&CMSNum=68&CMSN=Receivers

http://www.jtdistributing.com/index.shtml
I like that jtdistributing site, the catalog has a lot of choices. The packages are basically just a bag of parts right? And then you have to provide your own lower kit?

There is a gunshow coming up down here and I remember seeing a few guys selling different types of lowers.

Why the hate for the carbon overkill? Lighter weight, stronger,...so whats the downside?
 
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Discussion Starter #12
There are different kinds of strong. :)

At least early on, there were plenty of reports of the barrel nut doodad... basically the part of the upper that the barrel screws down on to, stripping out.

(Shrug) For me at least, the SLIGHT weight savings aren't enough to offset the untestedness of it...
 
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Discussion Starter #13
Which part stripped, the delta ring and barrell nut or the threads on the upper reciever?
 
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Discussion Starter #14
nightraider said:
What is the quality on Stag Arms btw? I started looking into building an AR since I'm a southpaw and saw Stag Arms made left handed recievers. I'm looking into getting one of their uppers.
It's made by the same company, Continental Machine & Tooling, that does parts for Rock River Arms.
 
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Discussion Starter #15
packing_in_la said:
So Flo said:
I bought a stripped Eagle Arms lower from Quantico Arms. The Eagle lower is made by Armalite (and says so on the lower). I bought my M4 kit from J&T Distributing. They are great folks (both companies) and very helpful.

I highly recommend building your own...it it very fun and educational.

http://www.quanticoarms.com/asp/ite...=Eagle Arms&CMNum=22&CMSNum=68&CMSN=Receivers

http://www.jtdistributing.com/index.shtml
I like that jtdistributing site, the catalog has a lot of choices. The packages are basically just a bag of parts right? And then you have to provide your own lower kit?

There is a gunshow coming up down here and I remember seeing a few guys selling different types of lowers.

Why the hate for the carbon overkill? Lighter weight, stronger,...so whats the downside?
Actually, the J&T site used to be more interactive, but their catalog is a good one...a lot of options for sure. The parts is exactly that...a bag-o-parts!
You will need some brass punches and patience to complete the build, but it truly is satisfying.
Let us know what you end up doing.
 
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Discussion Starter #16
nightraider said:
Which part stripped, the delta ring and barrell nut or the threads on the upper reciever?
It was the upper. Not mine though... Just "tales"... I saw a photo of it when considering a Carbon build myself... Bleh.

It seems to work just fine for most people, so... Do eeeeeeet.
 
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