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    I am debating on picking up AR 15 Parts, And piecing it together. I wish I had the money, I would buy a AR off of someone on the group, But the $$$$ is stopping me from doing it.

    But is there any Good or Bad things that people could advise me of. I am looking at a DPMS Upper, Havent decided on the Barrel, Or the Lower I want yet. But is there anything wrong with certain Manufactures of the AR 15 Parts? Is there a Manufacture that you would recommend?

    I am very unexperienced on the AR Platform, And would like to hear what AR lovers have to say about various pieces of Equipment for the AR.

    Also wondering if the .223 can fire the 5.56, Or the 5.56 can fire the .223. I know that they aren`t both interchangable, But I know one of them are. It is like the 357 can shoot the 38 SPL, But cant` shoot the 357`s out of the 38 SPL. I just can`t remember what way it works for the 5.56 and the .223

    Got to looking at the Parts forthe AR, How many parts do I needto buy to be ableto build the AR up? If someone could tell me the pieces oft he AR that I need that would be great, As far as I knew it was only a Lower Reciever, Upper Reciever, Barrel, Stock, And Possibly the Sights. But is there anything else that I will needto be able to build the AR?

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    also look at the rockriver stuff :-)

    over last winter we changed my ar over to a rockriver floatingbarrel. VERY nice :-) and shoots great too. though i think the rockriver stuff costs more then dpms.

    with this setup, i could "almost" (it wouldn't get me expert scores or anything with ball though)shoot 200 and 300yd high power competitions with ball ammo...

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    If I had a Upper for a .223, Would I be able to use that Upper for a 7.62x39? I know I would have to switch the Barrel, But could I use the same Upper, Lower as I would for the .223, For the 7.62?

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    dont waste your money just get an AK, unless you have a girlish figure then ya might wanna stick with the girly round. the ak has far better knock down power.
    and yes you can use the saame upper and lower reciever for 762x39, just a different barrel and mag.

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    What do you think about this Kit, Would it be any good?

    http://rockriverarms.com/index.cfm?f...ategory_ID=199

    Also what does it mean when it says Less the Stripped Lower Reciever, How much more is that, I thought that was all part of a Package?

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    If you were to buy one, get the 5.56. They can shoot the .223 but not other way around. That is due to pressure differences in the NATO and SAAMI standards.

    To answer your question about the lower, here is the link to their website, so you can see what the kit actually would come with. The stripped lower...http://rockriverarms.com/index.cfm?f...ategory_id=286


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    joe_robi wrote:
    dont waste your money just get an AK, unless you have a girlish figure then ya might wanna stick with the girly round. the ak has far better knock down power.
    and yes you can use the saame upper and lower reciever for 762x39, just a different barrel and mag.
    I was looking at the Barrel`s for the AR, And I was seeing .223 REM, 7.62x39 , And my Favorite the .308 Win. And I want something I could change out when I want to. I also saw something about a 50 Beowolf for the AR, But that will be a little bit later down the road. And I am thinking I will need a different Upper for that round.

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    Before I get into this really heavy, Do I have to buy the Charging Handle, And all ofthat other little BS for the Upper and Install it myself, Or is there a optin I can already buy it Assembled when I buy the Upper?

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    My buddy bought an AR-15 kit through a magazine some years ago. The only part he had to go out and buy at a gun show was the lower reciever (I believe, might have been the upper. I forget) and he went with a Rockriver reciever. It is a nice setup, but it cost him like $1200-1300 when it was all said and done.

    I agree with Joe about the AK. I'd like to have an AR too, but the price difference can be significant. Not too mention, AK's can eat up any kinds of ammo(they don't care if its cheap)where an AR can have some problems after shooting certain types of ammo. So you end up spending more on ammo for an AR just to shoot it.

    AK's can take a beating too and keep on shooting. I've heard that AR's can get a little dirt in them and jam up.

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    If you do decide to get an AR type rifle one day, you should look into a Bushmaster ACR (formally known as the Magpul Masada). You can switch out the barrels and recievers in a matter of seconds. One minute you can be shooting 5.56 rounds, then 7.62x39 the next.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJhPMIVgF6c

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    I already have a SKS, I may just get another one of them. But I was going to look at the Option of the AR Platform, ButI might just end up with another SKS. I dont think i like the AK`s that much, I couldn`t shoot the one you have that great T. But the SKS I have, Man that thing can rip a nice hole in a Bowling Pin with a few rounds at it.

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    wally1120 wrote:
    Also wondering if the .223 can fire the 5.56, Or the 5.56 can fire the .223.

    Got to looking at the Parts forthe AR, How many parts do I needto buy to be ableto build the AR up? If someone could tell me the pieces oft he AR that I need that would be great, As far as I knew it was only a Lower Reciever, Upper Reciever, Barrel, Stock, And Possibly the Sights. But is there anything else that I will needto be able to build the AR?
    You can fire .223 out of a 5.56 chamber, but NOT 5.56 out of a .223 chamber.

    I like this company's uppers:
    http://www.dsarms.com/DSA-ZM4-Forged...info/DSZM4CBU/

    You need the following parts:
    Lower Receiver
    Parts Kit
    Buffer Tube
    Buffer Spring w/ Buffer Assembly
    Stock
    Upper receiver w/ all parts
    Bolt Carrier Group
    Barrel
    Barrel Nut
    Handguard
    Front sight block

    DO NOT CHEAP OUT ON THE FOLLOWING PARTS:
    Bolt Carrier Group
    Barrel

    They ARE the lifeblood of your rifle. Invest in a QUALITY bolt carrier group.

    My advice : Get the DS Arms upper. Get a complete lower. Get a QUALITY BCG. Then buy a BUIS that you like. DSG (http://dsgarms.com/index.cfm) has a bunch of Magpul stuff on sale right now.

    DO NOT BUY THE FOLLOWING YET:
    Free floater
    Lights / Lasers
    Foregrips
    Optics

    Use your rifle with back up iron sights for a little while, and do some research and decide which direction you want to go with this rifle.

    THEN buy your parts.

    Join ar15.com too.

    joe_robi wrote:
    dont waste your money just get an AK, unless you have a girlish figure then ya might wanna stick with the girly round. the ak has far better knock down power.
    and yes you can use the saame upper and lower reciever for 762x39, just a different barrel and mag.
    7.62x39 overpenetrates at close range, and leaves a tiny exit/entry hole. 5.56/223 explodes at close range, turning into a shitstorm of metal fragments inside your body. Most reports of hits in Vietnam at close range are one-shot stops.

    My AR15:

    Full SHTF gear:


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    wally1120 wrote:
    . I dont think i like the AK`s that much, I couldn`t shoot the one you have that great T.
    The fact thatwe were shooting it from 100 yards at a bowling pin after I took the stock off probably didn't help.

    Well, start saving up if you want an AR-15. I want to get one one day, but I think I'm going for the Bushmaster ACR. They are a little pricer, but having the option of shooting different types of ammo is a nice added feature.

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    T Vance wrote:
    I agree with Joe about the AK. I'd like to have an AR too, but the price difference can be significant. Not too mention, AK's can eat up any kinds of ammo(they don't care if its cheap)where an AR can have some problems after shooting certain types of ammo. So you end up spending more on ammo for an AR just to shoot it.

    AK's can take a beating too and keep on shooting. I've heard that AR's can get a little dirt in them and jam up.
    My Franken-AR15 eats Wolf Steel-Case with no problems.

    Actually, the AR doesn't do too bad in the dirt. It main problems, are when they're ran "dry". The entire BCG needs to be "wet" with lubricant. 1000 rds without cleaning isn't a problem, as long as you wet the bolt down every 500 rds or so.

    Mind you, the AK with the safety off, has a HUUUGGEE opening into the receiver. If you got some sand or tiny rocks in there, your trigger WILL stop working. The AR15 however, does not. There are VERY few openings.

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    That's a nice AR setup Richard!

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    T Vance wrote:
    That's a nice AR setup Richard!
    Thanks!

    It's a lot of work-in-progress stuff. Still finding out what works, and what doesn't.

    I'm ordering my optics (Eotech 511.A65) next week, so stay tuned for that.

    Also switching to a YHM Smooth Carbine Forearm w/ Bottom rail (no top rail).

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    I just took a look at a price range for the AR I want configured, It is going to be atleast 900 Bucks. I am going to ditch the idea ofthe AR now, I will go with something a little bit cheaper. If I am going to spend almost a grand for a Gun, I am going to in fact get a Grand M1 out of it:celebrate.

    Also looked at that SMG, That is pretty slick. I would have to consider one of them, If they weren`t to expensive. But I am a little disappointed it is only a 9x19, They need to make one in the bigger brother 45 AUTO.


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    wally1120 wrote:
    I just took a look at a price range for the AR I want configured, It is going to be atleast 900 Bucks. I am going to ditch the idea ofthe AR now, I will go with something a little bit cheaper. If I am going to spend almost a grand for a Gun, I am going to in fact get a Grand M1 out of it:celebrate.
    http://cmmginc.secure-mall.com/shop/...p;cat=161&

    $599.95 fully assembled AR15.

    It'll get you started at least. All you need is a BUIS of your choice. My Matech BUIS was $40 on ebay.

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    First let's start with The Chart:

    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...mp;output=html

    I've got a lot of spare parts. It'll take me a little while to get out the camera. I'll send you some pics and specs.

    Remember this...

    If it not a Colt... It's a copy.

    Quality is what makes it a Colt.

    Only ponies in this stable...







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    CV67PAT wrote:
    Quality is what makes it a Colt.
    Moral of this picture:



    There's always room for improvement.

    -Richard-

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    What do you guys think of this weird piece?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YfJY79vIRQ

    OOHH, I have ditch the idea to get a AR. They are a bit more then I expected they would be, And not being much into Rifles I dont want to spend a lot of money on a Descent AR set up. But I have always wanted a M1 Garand, And a M1 Carbine. But after that I think that will be my last Rifle purchases that I make.

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    wally1120 wrote:
    What do you guys think of this weird piece?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YfJY79vIRQ

    OOHH, I have ditch the idea to get a AR. They are a bit more then I expected they would be, And not being much into Rifles I dont want to spend a lot of money on a Descent AR set up. But I have always wanted a M1 Garand, And a M1 Carbine. But after that I think that will be my last Rifle purchases that I make.
    Buy an AR15 now.

    Garands / Carbines will be CHEAP by the end of this year.

    86,000 Garands / 21,000 M1 Carbines will be imported from South Korea

    -Richard-

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    That is what I am planning on, Hopefully it is true that all of them Guns will be coming in. I am going to spend enough on the M1 Garand and the Carbine, So I am just goingto save up for them two. I may consider a M48 Mauser, And possibly some kind of .308.

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    office888 wrote:
    T Vance wrote:
    your trigger WILL stop working.
    not always true
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QbZW...mp;feature=fvw

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