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AR n00b here

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by Phantom465, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Phantom465


    Jul 19, 2010
    Columbus, OH

    I have been doing quite of bit of reading. I am considering building an AR. I was able to swap out the trigger spring and connector on my Glock 30. An AR has about the same number of parts as a Glock, right? :whistling:

    But seriously, I have been watching lots of great how-to videos on YouTube. I am confident I can put one together. It's just a matter of researching the best parts. I plan to purchase a few parts each month. Right now it seems like everything is on back-order.
  2. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    Now is a really bad time to buy an AR. Availability is in the crapper, and prices are sky high.

    Depending on how much of your rifle you want to actually build yourself, you may need some extra tools. The castle nut on a carbine stock and the barrel nut on the upper both need to be installed and torqued correctly, or problems can result. To do that requires an AR-15 armorer wrench, a proper bench and vice, a torque wrench, and receiver blocks. If you don't already have most of those items, that can result in a significant investment.

    If you buy a mostly or completely pre-assembled upper and lower, swapping some smaller parts (trigger, stock, grip, etc) are quite easy, and require only basic hand tools. That kind of work is pretty much in line with swapping Glock frame parts around.

  3. GAFinch


    Feb 23, 2009
    Yes, assembling the lower is about as easy as messing with a Glock. Buy a complete upper.
  4. K. Foster

    K. Foster

    Feb 19, 2002
    I concur. Assuming you can get all the parts, buy a stripped lower and install a stock and lower parts kit. Then buy a complete upper and bolt carrier group.
    Good luck.
  5. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    Right a complete rifle will probably be easier to find and more cost effective, but as Plank said its NOT a good time to buy.

    In a few months there will be LOTs of never fired AR15s on the used market.
  6. MAXG


    Apr 22, 2012

    Or, none.

    From your mouth to God's ear, brother.

  7. Phantom465


    Jul 19, 2010
    Columbus, OH
    I have watched lots of YouTube videos, so I have seen the tools required. I already have a vice to hold the receiver block. I would need to buy a torque wrench and a few other tools. It's always nice to add something to my toolbox. Assembling the lower looks fairly easy with the right tools. I may look into the complete upper as suggested. I plan to buy a few parts each month.
  8. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida

    So long as you take your time, lowers are pretty easy. Take your time tapping in the roll pins, make sure the ears for the trigger guard are supported when you tap the roll pin in, and use the proper wrench to torque the castle nut, then stake it.

    Everything else is relatively easy, just take your time. The upper is easy, as well, you just have to make sure you install and torque your barrel nut correctly, and use the right anti-seize on the barrel nut when you install it. Getting the proper torque value on that barrel nut is VERY important, and that's where the torque wrench comes in.