Saturday, May 2, 2009
2nd Ammendment Bonanza, build your own AR-15 (Part 1)
Well, with no power of filibuster and a known anti-gun President, we are probably looking at a few years of legislation against our Second Amendment Rights.
So, its time for some fun. This is the first part in a series that will teach you how to build your own AR-15 from pieces/parts. This is courtesy of an acquaintence, who is a avid 2nd Ammendment rights advocate, and also builds his own AR-15's.
Why from parts? Well, it can be done cheaper, or even incrementally--you know, if you're like me and don't have 1500 clams lying around. Anyhow, as Mr. T would say, "Enough Jibba-Jabba!", here is the article:
“AR-15” is the generic term used to describe the semi-automatic only version of the M-16.
The base of any AR-15 is the lower receiver. They can be bought “stripped,” without any internals, or complete and ready to attach to the upper receiver. The lower receiver is the part that is considered the firearm, even buying one without any internals requires filling out the same paperwork you would if buying any other complete shotgun or rifle. If you’re buying an AR-15 in parts to build yourself, this is the ONLY part of the gun that requires any paperwork at all.
Combined with a lower parts kit:
And a complete stock kit:
Make a complete lower, ready to combine with complete upper:
The actual model number/name could vary with manufacturer, but the lower receivers are, for all intents and purposes, interchangeable.
Uppers can be bought in parts and put together just like lowers, but for simplicity, we’ll just look at complete uppers. Complete uppers are available in many combinations. Barrel lengths, gas systems( the location of the gas port in the barrel that routes gas back to the bolt carrier group to cycle the rifle), upper style (fixed carry handle or flattop), or sights can all vary.
Accessories make it possible to customize your AR-15 to perform a specific tasks, or to design a general all purpose firearm that can handle many situations. Rail systems make it easy to mount lights, laser, vertical foregrips, or bipods.
Optics and sights are also available in many different flavors. In addition to the original aperture sights, and the traditional magnifying scopes, many variations of non-magnifying and variable power optics are now available.
More to follow in part 2. Enjoy!