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Best way to learn the AR platform?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by Teecher45, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Teecher45


    Jan 29, 2010
    Okay guys, I've owned my AR (Colt LE6920) for about a year now. I've actually shot it very little, but I keep it cleaned and lubed. I work for the department of corrections and am an armorer, but we use 870's and Mini 14's. I just don't know the AR platform as well as I want to. What is the best, most cost effective, way to learn it? Like I said I work for the state, and have 3 boys, money is always a concern. Running off to a class is out of the question, at least at this point. I want to learn this weapon and be a fan for life, that includes being able to replace parts if need be. Any suggestions?
  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    So, joining the Marine Corps is not an option? :dunno:

  3. djegators


    Mar 1, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    Buy an inexpensive stripped lower, and a lower parts kit. Building a lower would be a nice way to start. Other than that, I would put as many rounds down range as I could afford.
  4. surf


    Jul 7, 2010
    For shooting the weapon, nothing beats first hand instruction from a quality instructor.

    For how the weapon works a quality course is very good but much can be learned from reading and getting some hands on work. You don't need to do a complete build or anything but you can strip a weapon and reassemble if you really want to learn. There is good info on print and on video on how to DIY it.

    Nothing wrong with reading and learning. There is a lot of info available and much has been posted in the above links. Just avoid being an internet shooter. There are tons of people who read and become experts and attempt to pass on or basically regurgitate info that they read on the www. and try to pass it off as their own knowledge or pass it off as fact, when in reality they are often passing on less than factual stuff, or have no real basis for understanding the materials. Many of these types never fire a round or fire very few rounds.

    If you want to check the link in my signature you can find out a lot of information on how this weapon works and how to build one from the ground up. You might also find some good shooting tips or shooting drills to help you practice or hone some skills.
  5. Jack Black

    Jack Black

    Dec 19, 2000
    Vegas Baby!
    I'll second surf's YouTube vids. I was just referencing one today while doing some work on my AR.
  6. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
    Fort Worth Texas
    Just shoot the thing!:50cal:
  7. micdude


    Apr 5, 2006
    +2 make it go BANG! :2gun:
  8. Since your last sentance references that you would like to know how to service the AR, I will second the idea of building a rifle from a parts kit. You will know where each spring and pin are supposed to go and exactly how to replace.
  9. Reb 56

    Reb 56

    Mar 12, 2007
    South Texas
  10. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    Green Eyes, Black Rifles for the basics.

    M4/M16 handbook by Mike Pannone. Both these are written by ex special ops guys with a ton of time on them.

    Magpul series of videos helps on basic manipulations.

    For maintenance, other than basic field strip, ask some one else.
  11. fuzzy03cls


    Jan 28, 2010
    You need trigger time. Search out classes in your area. You can get a list of NRA instructors from the NRA website. You can take a basic 1 day(sometime only 6 hours)class for under $300.
    The advanced 2-3 day classes are not needed if your just interested basic stuff. They are great thing to take , but not mandatory.

    Magpul's videos are cool to watch. You can youtube most of them.
    If your internet savoy you can also find any full length DVD shooting videos free of charge.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2011

    $50 for both. I ordered both and they're exceptionally informative.
  13. ssfeldjager


    Jun 6, 2005
    :goodpost: As the man said.

    Buying a low-cost, yet functional lower and a parts kit and learning how to put it all together. An upper is somewhat simpler than a lower, but the lower assembly isn't rocket science, either.

    Once you see how easy it is to put together a lower parts kits into a lower receiver, not only will you understand how the AR mechanism works, but you'll have something that you know will work right.

    Of course, putting rounds 'down range' is also very fun, but that alone won't allow you to learn HOW the AR is put together. How it WORKS; yes.

    Regardless, have fun! :supergrin:
  14. Teecher45


    Jan 29, 2010
    Thanks for all of your help guys, I'm going to try all of the above.
  15. ancient_serpent


    Jun 6, 2008
    Just throwing another vote in for Green Eyes and Black Rifles. That'll get you started, follow it up with some practice and instruction from a qualified person.
  16. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    What part of the country are you in? There might be some excellent and cost effective training opportunities we can suggest in your area.
  17. GunHo198


    Oct 7, 2004
    Go hunting, carry it 24/7, shoot it, clean it, sleep with it, repeat. To know your weapon, you must be intimate with it, and make it a part of you. I know every bumb, nick and scratch of my rifle. Better than I know my wife.

    Life is Grand...
  18. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    I think this is terrible adviced. Who's to say that what you're practicing is good technique? Get training first, and then get repetitions.
  19. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Shooting it is the best way to learn it. Don't worry about paying somebody to show you how it works. It's a pretty simple platform. I suggest finding a local 3-gun club to put it through it's paces. Running it through long field courses will be much more educational than punching paper.