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Building an AR from a Kit

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by sooner07, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Sep 11, 2011 at 7:44 AM
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    sooner07

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    I have been looking at AR's for a while now. I am fairly handy and competent with tools and feel confident with online resources and friends that I'd be able to put together an AR from a kit.

    My concern is if there are any special tools that I may not currently have that would be needed to put a kit together. I figure a set of brass punches will be needed for some of the pins. Are the required tools a function of how exploded the kit is, or is it fairly standard?

    The kit that I am eyeing right now is: http://model1sales.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=208
     
  2. Sep 11, 2011 at 7:53 AM
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    Looks like a good deal.If you are in need of the stripped lower check out a Spikes Tactical..
     
  3. Sep 11, 2011 at 5:49 PM
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    Palmetto State Armory has pretty good prices for stripped lowers too

    When building, if the upper is assembled...the only specialized tool you may need is a stock wrench which can be had for under $15

    Other than that, a razor blade and some painters or masking tape to make sure you dont mar the finish on the lower
     
  4. Sep 11, 2011 at 9:42 PM
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    check out aimsurplus for cosmetically blemished lowers
     
  5. Sep 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM
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    Half the fun is researching the various parts that are available. A stock wrench will come in handy, so will an automatic punch to stake the castle nut ($2.00 at HF works fine). A tool to help with the pivot pin detent will save you from launching detents all over your workshop too. Roll pin punches help. Other than that, just the parts and a set of instructions will do for the lower. I've only built one and bought the upper complete, so I can't comment on what you might need for that.
     
  6. Sep 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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    http://palmettostatearmory.com/AR-rifle-kits.php

    then get your lower from your local FFL or have them order you one.

    all you should need are some punches. you can even do the castle nut with the punches but having the wrench for it is nice too.
     
  7. Sep 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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    I've had good luck with a M1S upper. I'm looking forward to a complete review of a complete rifle (from kit).
     
  8. Sep 16, 2011 at 6:50 AM
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    i used 5 household tools to assemble the lower from an LPK: vice grips, flat-head screw driver, hammer, small allen wrenches, and a butter knife
    you'll also need painter's tape and electrical tape
     
  9. Sep 16, 2011 at 6:59 AM
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    x2, I didn't use any specialty tools but that was/is mainly because I'm cheap...
     
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    I've built an MI kit for a friend before - no surprises to the build. Not premium parts but not pure crap either. Perfectly adequate as a ranch rifle or plinker.
     
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    Thanks for all of the information so far. When I finally pull the trigger, pun intended, I'll take pics and let everyone know how it went.
     
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    This looks like a GREAT deal! I'd jump on this if I was looking to build a carbine.
     
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