Building first AR15

Discussion in 'Michigan Predator Hunting' started by Stache17, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. Stache17

    Stache17

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    Hey everyone. I’ve been thinking about building my first AR. I’m sure I might open the flood gates but I was curious what everyone’s opinions were. Caliber? Brand? Etc? Much appreciated.
     
  2. jiggerjarvi

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    Budget?
    Then you can decide on what’s available.

    Don’t buy cheap, and then spend on upgrades, waste of time and money.


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    Guess which one
     

  3. Stache17

    Stache17

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    I don’t really have a budget. Just going to slowly build it up with quality parts. Right now I’m kind of torn between the .204 and the 5.56.
     
  4. straightShot

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    Lot's of good build information at AR15.com. Have fun!
     
  5. San V. Sasse

    San V. Sasse

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    What caliber you thinking?
     
  6. Beers47

    Beers47

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    This is mine
    Psa lower
    Cmc 3.5 lbs single stage trigger
    Psa upper
    Psa hand guard
    Psa barrel
    Silencer co break
    Fail zero nickel bouron bolt carrier
    Nikon Black force 1000 1-4 optic
    Chambered in 223 wydle, will be going to 6.5 Grendel or Valkyrie when money
    allows
    Rifle shoots really nice I love it super convenient carrying around. ImageUploadedByOhub Campfire1524019239.569136.jpg
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  7. marble eye master

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    Check out this book, expensive for a book but very detailed. Whatever you decide to build this book covers it all from components to tools.
     
  8. BigW

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    I did one with the kids within the last month. We enjoyed the process. No need to be intimidated by it. I am no gunsmith by any stretch so purists please don't hate me. Here's the must have tools I think one needs:
    AR-15 armorer’s tool
    Torque wrench
    Vice blocks for upper and lower
    Pin starter and punch kit (cheap on Amazon)
    Thread lock - blue
    Little container of Milspec grease
    Medium to large vice grips
    Electrical tape
    Hammer
    Allen wrench set
    Laptop to watch, re-watch and pause you tube videos

    I bought a full kit (upper and lower, parts, wrench, blocks, etc). I agree with the comment: start with a budget and work from there. After starting I had to pause a few days for my punches, grease and extra pins to arrive. We ruined a pin and an extra that came with my kit. With pin starter and punches I got it right the first time.

    It was a rewarding process to build it with the kids and then have them break it in at the range. Go for it and enjoy!

    There are lots of options, but here is what I ordered:

    Pin starter and punch set:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0771J848B?psc=1&ref=yo_pop_mb_yo_pop_mb_pd_t2

    Grease:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01GGQMF54?psc=1&ref=yo_pop_mb_yo_pop_mb_pd_t2
     
  9. chickenfried

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    Get a good barrel and a good trigger... rest is just for show. Check out dead shot or shilen if going 204. That would be my choice