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    Anybody in NOVA know anything about building ARs from parts. Moreso have tools available?

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    Is there a reason this is in the Virginia section and not in General Discussion?
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    So I can personally borrow some tools and expertise.:P

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    I've built several lowers. No special tools required unless putting on a collapsible stock. I'd be happy to help.

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    longwatch wrote:
    Anybody in NOVA know anything about building ARs from parts?
    LW...you can find answers to any questions you may have at http://www.ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=3&f=4
    ....as far as "special" tools, about all you need is an AR multi-tool and a torque wrench.
    They are fairly easy to build.....

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    Probably will be putting a collapsable one on, was lookin for roll pin punches and I keep reading a special tool is useful for the take down pins.

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    longwatch wrote:
    Probably will be putting a collapsable one on, was lookin for roll pin punches and I keep reading a special tool is useful for the take down pins.
    Though I've never used one, I imagine a special tool would be useful for installing the front take-down pin over the detent & spring. I use the flat of a knife blade to push the detent & spring in, and thenslide the take-down pin over the area where the blade is, pushing it out of the way and capturing the detent & spring.

    Incidentally, I'm just wrapping up a new build.Monday night I spent about 4 hours installing and adjusting a Geissele Hi-Speed DMR trigger... 4 solid pages of very fine print instructions! http://www.geissele.com/detail.aspx?ID=4



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    Thanks for the tips especially the knife one, I got it mostly together minus driving the roll pins.
    Used these directions.
    http://www.ar15.com/content/guides/assembly/lower/

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    Here is an awesome video, even though the guy screws the installation of the bolt catch: http://www.lifelibertyetc.com/RangeB...ippedLower.wmv

    These instructions are nicer since they have actual pics: ttp://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=4&t=226782

    My friend and I just recently built our lowers together using the two sources above. I upgraded to the RRA 2-stage trigger and it's straight butter smooth. I imagine it's not as nice as that Gissele, but it's also MUCH cheaper. I'm currently waiting for my assembled upper from CMMG.

    You don't "need" roll pin punches, regular punches will do, but roll pin punches are better IMO. What brand lower, LPK and stockdid you go with?

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    I don't use roll pin punches, I use a pair of vice grips with duct tape around the jaws to insert the pins. I've had pretty good success with those.

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    Taking the plunge I see!

    I just got my upper in Tuesday night and put it on my lower.



    I'll be done with the tools for a bit once I get the barrel on it which I am ordering today as a birthday present to myself

    I have the punch set, armors wrench, and a "claw" block to hold the upper in place while securing the barrel.

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    Happy B-day hsmith! That looks like it's going to be quite a fine firearm once you're done with it. Looking at the stock, I'm assuming you're going for a long range tack driver?

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    Happy B-day hsmith! That looks like it's going to be quite a fine firearm once you're done with it. Looking at the stock, I'm assuming you're going for a long range tack driver?
    haha thanks

    yeah, i am going to get a 18'' barrel. i ordered iron sights last night. i want to shoot with those for awhile before I get some optics. I plan to put a can on it too

    Such a fun project. I haven't built anything in such a long time.

    And I know I have an awesome g/f when she sees it and says "that is f'ing awesome"

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    Built a bunch of them and my son finished his first, day before yesterday.

    You can get by with no special tools except ones you make even if you puut a collapsible stock.

    There is a secret tool for putting the detentes in. A clevis pin! (ror just a rod with a hole drilled in the side)

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    VAopencarry wrote:
    Is there a reason this is in the Virginia section and not in General Discussion?
    Why the hell not? If we can sell them to LEO's and CWP's only. why not build them?

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    Ok moved up to General.

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    I would be happy to answer any questions you have. Last year I completed a fine AR optimized for 200-600 yard shooting. Much time was spent researching parts, combination of parts, etc. Assembly is pretty much snap together - some guys really focus on the relationship between the barrel/bolt, upper receiver, and handguard.

    Tools are cheap considering how much easier they make things but are really not necessary. Here is a shot of my tool...


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    Well I got inspired by Buy a Gun Day this week and an article I read in SWAT magazine about building ARs as an inexpensive hedge against future gun control. Do it for the children, as they were saying.

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    longwatch wrote:
    Well I got inspired by Buy a Gun Day this week and an article I read in SWAT magazine about building ARs as an inexpensive hedge against future gun control. Do it for the children, as they were saying.
    Be a good dad and make sure you buy one for your future child as well

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    Hence doing it for the children.

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    When's this Buy A Gun day? I may have to go buy another AK...

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    I actually just started on my build.

    Upper: DPMS A4 Flattop reciever with 14.5" BBL and 4 Picitinny Rail Free-Float Handguard.

    Lower: LMT Defender lower with 2 stage trigger, ambi-safety selector, crane SOPMOD stock, hogue ergo grip

    Flash suppressor/comp: FSC556 Flash Supressor/Compensator by primary weapons systems

    BCA: LMT enhanced F/A BCG

    Sights: GG&GA2 spring activated BUIS with Tritium Aperature and EoTech 551

    Laser: Military surplus green dot laser

    Light: Surefire Millennium M910A Vertical Foregrip WeaponLight



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    imperialism2024 wrote:
    When's this Buy A Gun day? I may have to go buy another AK...
    April 15.

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    longwatch wrote:
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    When's this Buy A Gun day? I may have to go buy another AK...
    April 15.
    Why do we need a "Buy A Gun" day? Is it Gun Lover's version of Valentines day, a "holiday" created by retailers? If I want to buy a gun, it doesn't matter what day of the year it is.:?

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    I haven't seen anything advocating Buy-a-Gun day coming from the manufacturers. It seems to be originating from grassroots.

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