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    I've decided to build an AR15. I've done a lot of research on lower receivers and decided on and purchased a Tactical Innovations forged receiver. I've done little research on anything else as I reasoned that the lower receiver was the first part I needed. Now it is time to look at the rest.

    Does anybody have any suggestions on manufacturers and/or suppliers for the parts kit to fill the lower receiver? I want quality, but I don't want to give up any body parts for anything I buy for it.
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    1st tip: You won't save money doing it yourself

    Most parts are pretty quality it seems, at least IMO. I used a Rock River lower pack for my lower. You might want to checkout AR15.com's building forums, they are pretty good and have a lot of info.

    Good luck! Building an AR is fun, get to learn the gun pretty well!

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    hsmith wrote:
    1st tip: You won't save money doing it yourself

    Most parts are pretty quality it seems, at least IMO. I used a Rock River lower pack for my lower. You might want to checkout AR15.com's building forums, they are pretty good and have a lot of info.

    Good luck! Building an AR is fun, get to learn the gun pretty well!
    +1 I didn't save money 'cause I spent more building a quality AR with everything I wanted and nothing I didn't. Well I did want an SBR and a CAN but that wasn't in the budget I did save money on buying a bare bones model and then later upgrading it and then left with a bunch of extra parts.

    Check out this link for how to asseble your lower. There is a link to a good video in there too: http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.htm...4&t=226782

    Here is a pretty good read on different manufacturers: http://forums.officer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81462

    I too went with an RRA LPK and couldn't be happier. I also splurged for the 2 stage trigger upgrade and I'm very pleased with it. Check out Pete @ legaltransfers (http://www.ar15sales.com/) for good prices on the LPK and other parts.

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    I'm not doing it this way to save money. I figure I'll probably spend a little more. I will, however, know it inside and out when I'm through. I think it will be cheap lessons.
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    Not only are the above poster correct but your not building your assembling, if you are using a ffl receiver and a parts kit then you are assembling not building

    building is taking a 0% to 80% receiver and carving out one youself, slapping pre-made parts together is assembling

    example

    car manufactures build cars, the guys on the assmebly line assemble

    sprat (been there and done that)

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    sprat wrote:
    Not only are the above poster correct but your not building your assembling,
    Well, excuuuuuse me
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    I plan to "assemble" mine as well, mainly for the same reasons: education, and to get the AR I want with all the features I want, and none of the ones I don't.

    I used to build my own computers for much the same reason.

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    Slayer of Paper wrote:
    I used to build my own computers for much the same reason.
    Excuse me, you used to "assemble" your own computers for the same reason.
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    rodbender wrote:
    Slayer of Paper wrote:
    I used to build my own computers for much the same reason.
    Excuse me, you used to "assemble" your own computers for the same reason.
    too funny

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    Actually, I think "build" is a correct term, though assemble may be a little more correct.

    To create parts from raw materials isn't "building", it's "manufacturing". When a contractor puts a house together, they aren't creating parts from raw materials, they are using pre-manufactured parts, such as 2X4s, rolls of cable, and lengths of copper pipe, and putting them altogether to create a finished product. That process is ALWAYS referred to as "building".

    So there.

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    sprat wrote:
    Not only are the above poster correct but your not building your assembling, if you are using a ffl receiver and a parts kit then you are assembling not building
    It's you're not your.

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    Tangent's guys!

    Back to the OP, what all are you putting together? Parts? Length?

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    hsmith wrote:
    Tangent's guys!

    Back to the OP, what all are you putting together? Parts? Length?
    I am building (excuse me) assembling it from the ground up. The way I'm buying it is; no two pieces will be together. I will assemble each piece. I will learn the process of head spacing and all. 16" light weight chrome lined threadedbarrel, flat top, no front sight base, 6 position collapsible carbinestock.Barrel and stockI have selected since OP.
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