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Hey guys, Sheepdog and I are both interested in building ARs. We don't really know too much about where to start. I have been over to AR15.com and haven't been too impressed. It just seems that there aren't any really good, clear cut how-to guides. We would like to do this on the cheap (at least from the perspective of not buying unneeded parts), but want quality. If any of you have built your own, or know how, please post links to guides or information below.

I am looking to build something like this: The Ultimate AR. :ROFL:
 

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Where is the kitchen sink?

www.ar15.com is a great place for info. You may need to dig a bit deeper though. That forum makes ucc.com look like childs play. Things can get brutal there. It takes some time to dig through the trash to find the gold at ar15.com but the gold is there. There are some really good howto threads. You may need to just go back dig deeper.

Building an AR15 is quite simple. Just buy a lower and a lower parts kit and it is pretty easy to figure out really. Then find an upper and you are in business. There really aren't that many parts. Most of the manufacturers have online schematics of every part and AR15's are basically the same regardless of manufacturer. Go to Bushmaster, DPMS, Armalite, or others and download parts drawings and go for it.
 

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The only thing I know about buiilding an AR-15 is after you build it, take it out and shoot ALOT of rounds through it as fast as you can, get it good and hot. The imperfections, if there is any, will really start to show after it's dirty and hot.
 
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Funny, I had just finished building....


This about an hour ago.

I have built quite a few. I don't know how to mount a swiss army knife on one though.

Question is what do you gents want to built. There are so many things to consider. Well I guess only three things.

Are the zombies fast or slow? Do you need to get them right tween the eyes or will any ol' head shot do?

Do you plan on engaging them in the country or city, or a bit of both?

Do you anticipate a shortage of fuel when the zombie attack breaks down society?

There are legit reasons for all those questions..

Do you want a long range heavy tack driver with big glass or a short range pop can slayer or something in between?

Now I would be happy to make recommendations on what you should buy if you provide what sort of firearm you wish to have when you are finished.

Of course bear in mind I have definite ideas and opinions and you may not like the hardware I prefer but I will be happy to make recommendations.

I will also help you build it once you get parts. I will even let you use my tools! My fee is 2 beers per hour or food, your choice.

I will give you a list of all the parts so you have a base of reference:

Lower receiver: You can save money here as they are all about the same and are less critical for function, accuracy, and reliability than the upper receiver.

Lower receiver parts kit: I like RRA but any will do.

They come with all lower parts and a standard AR pistol grip and trigger. You may want to consider a better trigger and pistol grip. We can do a trigger job on the standard trigger without to much extra trouble.

Buffer tube: there are carbine, rifle, entry, and pistol (don't get pistol!!!!) Carbine are the most common and they come in two flavors commercial and milspec. I recommend a mil spec carbine for just about any rifle unless you want an A2 stock or some fancy target stock.

Buffer: there are rifle buffers, H, H2, H3, H4 or XH, 9mm buffers (4 or so different weights) (not just for 9mm) and some super light weight buffers.... Going to have to decide on the rest of the gun and what you want to do with it before correct buffer choice can be made.

buffer spring:Unless you want to dig up a Tubbs or Wolff spring they are all about the same.

Butt stock: so many available. It would be best if you could try them all before picking but... standard carbine collapsible or A2 are going to be cheapest.

Barrel and barrel extension: good place to spend a little extra.

FSB or gas block: Usually the barrel you choose will come with a FSB or gas block and gas tube. The best barrels have pinned gas blocks, set screws suck.

Flash hider or muzzle break (muzzle device): name says it all.

Upper receiver: another good place to spend a little.

Fore stock: A2 plastic is cheapest, carbon lightest, rails versatile, monolithic rails really versatile and nice heat sinks.

Charging handle: unless you get a gas buster they are all the same.

Bolt: depends a bit on what barrel you buy, the best barrels have matched bolts so they come with one.

Bolt carrier: Semi, Full auto, match, match full auto, light weight, ohh getting tired of writing this list!

Sights: if you want iron sights... I usually don't bother.

Glass: woo perty....

Anyway if you have one of everything above it will go bang. I didn't bother with the really small stuff, it either comes in a lower parts kit or as part of a BCG so you don't need to buy them individually.
 

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Wow, I am in awe! Thanks so much for your post. I am still trying to digest it, but will get back to you - awesome...
 

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Eukatae said:
Funny, I had just finished building....


This about an hour ago.
:drool: :love: :drool:

That's one dead sexy black rifle...
 

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Cool. I just received the last of my parts yesterday to build an AR.

I can't remember where I found it, but I have a really cool video on my home computer that shows step by step for assembling a lower receiver. I never looked for anything for the upper because I bought my upper already assembled.

I don't get on here much, so if you want it, e-mail me at [email protected].
 

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Does anyone know of a local shop that carries MAGPUL mags? I am looking for the 30 round Maglevel PMAG as seen below:

 
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Does anyone know of a local shop that carries MAGPUL mags? I am looking for the 30 round Maglevel PMAG as seen below:
I think get some had some last time I was in, at least some Mag Pull mags.

I hate impact with a passion but they are in ogden after you check it out I'll use my discount and pay the balance of S&H if you dont support impact. Impact guns is evil....Evil..... I hate them!!!!!!!!!
 
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http://www.getsomeguns.com/Education/ta ... fault.aspx

AR15 COURSE

This is a 3 hour class dealing with nothing but the AR15. Each student will build their own AR15 that is theirs to keep.*** Students must supply 100 rounds of 5.56/.223 ammo for test fire. This class is limited to 6 students per class. Cost is $1100.00 per student for basic M4A3 AR15. This course is not eligible for membership discounts.

***Students MUST pass a background check.

I am only game if I dont have to bring an AR ewwww!

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Strategic Tactical said:
I think we need to do an AR-15 fun shoot...anyone game for it? PM me.... Maybe even as a "rabbit Safari"
That would be great! Where do you get ammo? I bought the cheap stuff over at Wal-Mart and it still cost me $10 for 20 rounds! Sheesh! 50 cents per shot... kaching, kaching, kaching... I might have to invest in a .22 LR conversion!
 
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Strategic Tactical said:
I think we need to do an AR-15 fun shoot...anyone game for it? PM me.... Maybe even as a "rabbit Safari"
I go looking for rabbits about 2-3 times a month. I haven't done well last two trips. If anyone reconnoiters an area and finds a good population I would appreciate the information.

That being said I usually go solo but I wouldn't be adverse to gathering; it sounds like a nice change of pace.

Eukatae I'll let you fondle my SMG an suppressor if you let me see and play with some of your toys?
Done! Just tell me where :nilly:

I have been waiting for MGI to build their 45 ACP mag well for their modular lower receiver to build my own SMG (I am not going to drop 16k for an HK auto sear). I want 45ACP because I load a ton of it and I don't own a single 9MM.
 
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Strategic Tactical said:
I think we need to do an AR-15 fun shoot...anyone game for it? PM me.... Maybe even as a "rabbit Safari"
That would be great! Where do you get ammo? I bought the cheap stuff over at Wal-Mart and it still cost me $10 for 20 rounds! Sheesh! 50 cents per shot... kaching, kaching, kaching... I might have to invest in a .22 LR conversion!
There is a company that has a dedicated 22LR upper in development. I may buy one; it sounds fun. I read somewhere there is a guy selling 2k round packages of xm193 for 720$ which is a nice price these days.
 
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