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How to build an AR-15 rifle

I love building AR-15 rifles. I’ve been doing it for a little over a year now and have 4 builds under my belt. This doesn’t make me an expert by any stretch, but after a year of reading the various AR-15 related forums (one in particular – more on that in a bit…) I’ve noticed there is a lot of BS floating around. I don’t like BS, so this is my attempt shovel and flush away some of the shit. Here is a list of some of the BS you’ll read on the forums:

  • You only need a few tools to build an AR-15
  • Cheap parts are just as good as expensive parts
  • If you don’t use expensive parts your gun will be junk
  • An AR-15 without a silencer is a waste of time
  • A non-SBR (short barrel) AR-15 is a waste of time
  • An AR-15 without a light is almost useless
  • The ULTIMATE AR-15 is…

Blah blah blah… and yes I realize that 2 and 3 on the list are contradictory. I’m just reporting what I read.

SO… How to build an AR-15 and get it right the first time? My best advice is avoid the forums until you know enough to ask the right questions. You get to know enough by reading my blog. Just kidding. You get it by reading The Competitive AR-15 Builders Guide by Glen Zediker. It’s a little dated but there’s no hype, no BS, and most important no “tacticool” crap. If you want to build your own AR-15, buy, beg, borrow, or steal a copy of this book. Read it, digest it, go to a gun store and handle as many AR-15’s as you can. Then, and only then, start spending your money on parts. A little knowledge will save a lot of money. I found this out the hard way – you don’t have to.

Updated: October 13, 2017 — 8:59 pm

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