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AR-15 - Build; Need some upper advice
3/22/2011 | Me

Posted on 03/22/2011 3:04:37 PM PDT by Chasaway

I've got the lower. Now I want to really work up an AR that presents as I want it. Some pics that are close to what I'm thinking are included.

Where do I go to get the stuff I need to finish this rifle as I like....but spending as little as I can? Not so much the barrels as the furniture...

Some links/resources would be terrific!



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KEYWORDS: ar; ar15; bang; banglist; guns; secondamendment; shooting
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I KNOW how you folks are! Gun talk and advice maybe one of the coolest part of FreeRepublic.

What I'm trying to do is build a custom AR with configurations similar to the pics attached. Primarily the forends and front part of the furniture. Including a bipod.

1 posted on 03/22/2011 3:04:43 PM PDT by Chasaway
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To: Chasaway

AR 15.com is a good place to start.


2 posted on 03/22/2011 3:06:47 PM PDT by devistate one four (USC 10.311 Militia Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
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To: Chasaway

Porn ping!


3 posted on 03/22/2011 3:12:00 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama & try him for treason / Homosexuals reject diversity / Unions finally caught for theft)
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To: Chasaway

I go to CombatHunting.com. Here is their AR-15 M16 M4 page.

http://www.combathunting.com/cart.cgi?group=0&child=65

Good prices. Out the door the day you order.


4 posted on 03/22/2011 3:12:59 PM PDT by Beckwith (A "natural born citizen" -- two American citizen parents and born in the USA.)
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To: Chasaway

The most major feature you want (the 1-8 twist barrel) is invisible. The one in 8 twist lets you shoot the 80 grain bullets and that opens the door to a wider world. A 223 with 80 grain bullets can kill game animals and hit targets 1000 meters away; the standard 55-gr bullets can’t.


5 posted on 03/22/2011 3:13:11 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: Chasaway

Blackthorne Products has some remarkably priced AR kits in the bull barrel, free floated config you are looking for.

http://blackthorneproducts.com/


6 posted on 03/22/2011 3:20:22 PM PDT by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: Chasaway

I don’t like ‘big’ scopes on the AR type rifles.

I prefer something like the ACOG, but I guess it’s all about what you are using the rifle for. For anything out far enough to need a scope that big, I’d be using a rifle that begins with a ‘7.62x’.(preferably a .308)


7 posted on 03/22/2011 3:26:51 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Chasaway

Thanks for what is bound to be a very cool thread.


8 posted on 03/22/2011 3:27:56 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: Chasaway

Ask here...

http://www.ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=3&f=4

The AR15 build it yourself forum on Arfcom...


9 posted on 03/22/2011 3:30:02 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Chasaway

Oh, and I forgot to mention the Ar15.com Equipment Exchange.
http://www.ar15.com/forums/board.html?b=7

Anything can be shipped EXCEPT a lower receiver or full rifle.


10 posted on 03/22/2011 3:31:42 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Chasaway

AIM surplus via AR-15.com

Built several AR’s with stuff I bought from them.

Highly recommended source.


11 posted on 03/22/2011 3:35:33 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Chasaway
Dont forget the tricked out over-sized trigger guard for when wearing gloves. . ▲
12 posted on 03/22/2011 3:36:14 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: Chasaway
Check out: Top Gun Firearms and Tactical Supply
13 posted on 03/22/2011 3:38:02 PM PDT by willyd (Take comfort in this site as the fence is built around you my piggies.)
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To: Chasaway

Got to tell you, BE CAREFUL ABOUT BARRELS AND BOLTS !!!

Make sure that you headspace it properly. Get the headspacing tool, It’s worth every cent.

Bolts and berrels vary and you need to be sure the headspacing is correct. If you’re not comfortable doing this take it to a gunsmith, or buy a matched set bolt/barrel


14 posted on 03/22/2011 3:39:34 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: wendy1946; Chasaway
This fellow starting the thread wants to spend as little as possible, then posts pictures of match-style ARs. Oy. (*rubbing my temples*).

If that's what you want, I'd get an assembled AR upper from one of the better shops that offer them after shopping around. I'm not sure if by 'spending as little as I can' means 'I want it cheap' or 'I want to save some money even though I'm about to pay thousands'. Looks to me like at least two of those rifles have NightForce scopes on them, and you're aware that the price on these starts around $2,000 or more?

The stocks in the pictures include a standard M4 4-position, an A2 stock, and in the first and last pics what appears to be a CAA and an older MagPul PRS. They're all using some sort of free floating match tube forearm, a couple of them being CMMG.

The solution that Wendy mentions would mean you're going to need a specially throated match barrel with a lot of freebore for 80gr, and then a you're pretty much limited to shooting that specific manufacturer's 80gr cartridge exclusively. An 80gr 5.56mm round may or may not fit a standard AR magazine due to length, and as a result some match and varmint shooters using loads like these manually insert one round at a time through the ejection port and snap the bolt closed with the bolt release. Personally, I think anyone wanting to go down this path should stop screwing around with 5.56mm and just step up to an AR-10 in 7.62 which would make their lives and personal economy easier.

15 posted on 03/22/2011 3:44:22 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Chasaway

Jams are your biggest issue once built.

First , try to get only Magpul magazines and nothing over 30 round capacity.Buy lots of them but just not over 30 unless you get the 100 shot barrel drums.

Second I found that depending on cheap or expensive ammo, I have two configurations.
One has a special heavier spring and a DPMS stock bolt
and the other is a lighter spring and an M16 bolt which has a slight bit more metal on it to make it heavier.

Switching between these for tournament and or just shooting cheapo ammo has completely eliminated jams.


16 posted on 03/22/2011 3:44:55 PM PDT by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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Have it at, folks. $:-)

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17 posted on 03/22/2011 3:50:43 PM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: backwoods-engineer

Agree...bookmarked for later read. Always something new to learn here.

Or not......:o)


18 posted on 03/22/2011 3:51:52 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

LOL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evr_tP9cJWY


19 posted on 03/22/2011 3:58:10 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Chasaway

Dude!! You need to decide what you want. You could just buy a Bushmaster upper from www.bushmaster.com or www.impact.com. or www.classicarms.com and look at Rockpoint Guns.

Also you have to decide what you want to use the weapon for; as in M-4 shorty adjustable stock for house entry and clearing. A target 16-20 inch barrel open combat or a bull barrel varmint style for mid range sniping. Once you know what you want it will be easier to build an upper.


20 posted on 03/22/2011 4:07:09 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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