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removal of an AR-15 barrel?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by NRA_guy, Jan 3, 2010.


  1. NRA_guy

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    Can anybody point me to a video on removal of an AR-15 barrel?

    I find plenty of videos on disassembly of the lower and bolt, and removal of the handguard.

    Thanks.
     

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    Look on Brownells site. They've got a bunch of videos on there.
     

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    AR15.com has a whole forum for build it yourself activities that should have what you are looking for.
     
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    Thanks guys.

    I had already been all over AR15.COM. (I post there occasionally.) I should have mentioned that. If they have it, I can't find it.

    And the Brownell's site has some "how to assemble" videos---but not how to disassemble. I will watch them again. It may help some. Of course Brownell's wants me to buy a bunch of their special tools---something I prefer to avoid if possible.

    I know, "disassembly is the reverse"...

    Thanks again.
     
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    You won't get many AR's apart without a proper receiver clamp and barrel wrench. Just won't happen. Matter of fact, the only one I can take apart without them is my teaching mule that has a hand-tightened barrel nut. Invest in the tools.

    ETA: There are some excellent DVD's available. You should get one and study it if you are a first-timer. On AR15.com look in the stickys in the Build It Yourself forum.
     
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    Thanks. I think I will just pay a local professional gunsmith to do it.

    He said he would thread the barrel for about $75---but charge me less if I just brought him the bare barrel.

    I had bought this useless book:

    "Gun Digest Book of the AR-15" by Patrick Sweeney
     
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    I was just going to point him there.

    The key is to buy all of the right tools first - even though this gunsmith will thread for you.

    1. AR-15 action blocks - upper and lower

    2. Barrel wrench - if YHM then theirs otherwise DPMS or other multi-tool is fine.

    3. Shop vise - 4" minimum attached to a solid bench

    4. Handguard removal tool is nice for stubborn handguards too.
     
  9. duncan

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    He's right. Nowadays it is getting harder to find gunsmiths and when you do - too many of them are slow to do the work, expensive, and sometimes with attitude when you question something.

    Like the Glock, the AR-15 is really basic and some time over on the Build forum at AR15.com would really enlighten.

    For the price of two AR-15 gunsmith jobs - you can buy the same tools they use AND do most jobs yourself and save $$$ for more gear, accessories or ammo.

    Threading a barrel really requires investment and experience with a lathe. But most other jobs can be DIY - why does Brownells make so much $$$$ selling gunsmithing tools?

    Something to think about because after a while, AR-15 collections grow. And it becomes cost-prohibitive if you want to move free float tubes or triggers around.
     
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    Thanks!

    That's exactly what I was searching for.

    AR15.com is hard for me to navigate.

    Thanks again, faawrenchbndr.

    Looks like I'll be buying some more tools.