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richie3888
11-01-2010, 9:34 PM
Update: 11-11-10
My parts list:

Stag stripping lower- check
Stag lpk- check
Buttstock- check
Bullet button- check
Handguard with rails- check
Bcm upper w/bcg and charging handle- hopefully ordering it this weekend


Almost there!!!


I been watching how to build AR-15 on YouTube all today. I just wanting to make a thread showing all you guys my progress on my first ever build. At first it looked very intimidating to build an AR but after watching video, it seem like I could complete it. (hopefully)

So I guess this is going to be another budget build. I really just want this to be a really good learning experience because I know I will be building a lot of AR's in the future.

Does anyone have good tips?
What's a good AR lower to start with?
Where do they sell AR lower?

I am also located in San Pablo Ca.
The gun shops I usually go to is
Target masters
Bullseye
Triple A's sporting.

Thanks,
Richard

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v254/richard3888/98982c32.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v254/richard3888/513b8e51.jpg

Rra upper
Midwest freefloat rail
Eugo grip
Magpul stock
Stag lower
Stag lpk
Bullet button

Sgt Seahorse
11-01-2010, 9:46 PM
there's going to be a Gun show at the cow palace Nov 13, 14 ...you should go to check out all the stuff they have there. Plus you can ask around and see what everyone says about your build

Cyc Wid It
11-01-2010, 9:50 PM
Targetmasters does not carry any AR related stuff.

You can buy lowers from many other Bay Area shops.

Here is a starting point for reference/basic info:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pwswheghNQsEuEhjFwPrgTA&single=true&gid=5&output=html

BANG BANG
11-01-2010, 10:53 PM
Bit of a drive from San Pablo but Valkyrie arms is awesome. They are only a few miles further from Target Masters. My recent AR build was a used upper minus a BCG. new lower from Valkyrie, a few used parts to complete it and some misc parts. I'm almost done and will post some pics !!

richie3888
11-02-2010, 6:14 AM
Thanks everybody

Does anybody know where's a good website to order parts from?

Echidin
11-02-2010, 6:32 AM
Scroll up and see banner.

gatdammit
11-02-2010, 6:42 AM
I'm in your area... I bought mine from City Arms, in Pacifica.. a bit of a drive. You can also try 'dachan' but he's in Sunnyvale... I think Diablo Valley Gunworks may have a few lowers but I forget. I built my first one a few years ago... good luck, it's a great experience, especially when it works! lol

oh I haven't bought anything from them, but Irvington Arms sells lowers I'm pretty sure, they're in Fremont. And one more place, Dublin Knives and Guns, I think they USED to sell some AR lowers, but I forgot if they still do or not, the owner is a little eccentric.

Don29palms
11-02-2010, 7:19 AM
JD Machine Stripped Lower
Rock River Arms Lower Parts Kit w/ Hogue grip
Your choice of buttstock
JD Machine Complete Upper w/ Charging Handle
Bravo Company Complete Bolt Carrier Group (auto)
Black Hole Weaponry Barrel of your choice and configuration.
Hand guard of your choice
Flash suppressor of your choice

If you search the internet you can find some great deals on parts. Everything except the stripped lower can be delivered right to your doorstep. MidwayUSA is a great place for parts. Usually fast delivery and always good customer service.

Good luck and have fun with your build!

Flintlock Tom
11-02-2010, 8:41 AM
I was waiting until finances were aligned properly to do a build, but once I got the lower everything else was downhill from there. I just started buying parts because I kept thinking "these are not going to get any cheaper."
Somebody linked to NoDak Spud. They have a stripped lower for $65. The shipping is $15, but if you buy two the shipping only goes up $1. So, of course I bought two.
Then I searched around for all the other stuff just Googling for each thing I was looking for. A complete Del-Ton 20" upper, with BCG and charging handle, on AuctionArms for $395. Bushmaster LPK for $49.95 from "Bear on a Rock". M16 stock set on Gunbroker for $125. 10 round magazines from MidwayUSA for $11.
All done for about $600. Fun & "easy." What are you waiting for?

Don29palms
11-02-2010, 10:12 AM
I guess it depends if you want something cheap or something nice.

richie3888
11-04-2010, 10:03 PM
if anyone has a extra stripped upper, ill trade you for a soda machine
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=359982

richie3888
11-06-2010, 3:11 PM
My parts list:

Stag stripping lower- check
Rock river lpk-
Buttstock-
Bullet button-
Handguard with rails- check
Bcm upper w/bcg and charging handle-

kengentry
11-06-2010, 3:24 PM
Here is how I built mine...

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=286656

subijitsu
11-06-2010, 9:11 PM
For me, when building a lower, I like to have a good assembly manual next to me on the bench to refer to. I havent done it enough to be confident that my memory will do me right. Getting it together almost right may be dangerous and will be embarrassing when someone else has to fix it for you.

The videos are nice and give you a "living" view of the process but a good manual is valuable. Being able to read the instructions step by step, being able to double check your work after each step, and reading it though a couple times while doing it helps me be more confident in my work. I have caught a couple "oops" moments while referring back to my book after assembling a lower from memory.

richie3888
11-09-2010, 12:40 AM
Can someone send me a link of a good Manual to assemble the lpk

I just dros my stag lower today.

Greg-Dawg
11-09-2010, 12:58 AM
Rock River Arms lower and Bravo Co. upper:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/Gregdog/Pin%20Ups/DSCN0057.jpg

jak77
11-09-2010, 1:03 AM
ARs are like legos, just follow the directions and the pieces fall in place. I was in your position once, but after I put one together it really does become real easy. It also gives you a much better understanding of the mechanics of your rifle. Go for it! :thumbsup:

subijitsu
11-09-2010, 7:11 AM
Can someone send me a link of a good Manual to assemble the lpk

I just dros my stag lower today.

http://www.amazon.com/AR-15-Complete-Assembly-Guide/dp/1888722126

This is the one I have. It is pretty good, but I wouldnt call it perfect. I do like the "tips" and "pitfalls" that are inserted throughout the book. They help you not screw up the things that are easy to overlook.

richie3888
11-09-2010, 3:22 PM
http://www.amazon.com/AR-15-Complete-Assembly-Guide/dp/1888722126

This is the one I have. It is pretty good, but I wouldnt call it perfect. I do like the "tips" and "pitfalls" that are inserted throughout the book. They help you not screw up the things that are easy to overlook.

I mean a free manual that's online. I need a link that shows really good picture and step by step on how to build an ar lower

bearj
11-09-2010, 3:25 PM
Follow this step by step and you'll be fine. When I built my first AR I followed this step by step on my laptop as I was building it and it turned out perfect. Have fun and you will for sure want to do another one soon!

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-build-stripped-ar-15-rifle-lower-assembly-255593/

richie3888
11-11-2010, 3:07 PM
Updated

drewg13
11-11-2010, 3:32 PM
Follow this step by step and you'll be fine. When I built my first AR I followed this step by step on my laptop as I was building it and it turned out perfect. Have fun and you will for sure want to do another one soon!

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-build-stripped-ar-15-rifle-lower-assembly-255593/

+1 That's the vid I used when I built my first Ar. Follow it and just take your time and you'll be fine. If you go to their actual website you can download the vid. I did this and it makes it easier to do the pause, rewind as you assemble your lower.

http://www.lifelibertyetc.com/Home/RangeBag/AR15StrippedLower

barbasol
11-11-2010, 4:07 PM
In addition to the video, I printed out a diagram of the LPK and layed out all the parts on top of it. That made it easy to grab the right piece as I needed it. You can print one from ar15.com in the build it yourself section

richie3888
11-18-2010, 7:12 PM
Just finish

Flintlock Tom
11-19-2010, 10:11 AM
I guess it depends if you want something cheap or something nice.
Well since the OP was talking about a "budget build" I thought sharing a low budget build would be appropriate.
And for those of us who are not going into combat or expecting the Zombie Apocalypse this week-end, if it works then "Cheap" = "Nice."

And if you're going to go down that road then your $1500, 500 yard tack-driver is going to look "cheap" to the guy with the $3000, 1000 yard tack-driver.

Don29palms
11-19-2010, 1:13 PM
Well since the OP was talking about a "budget build" I thought sharing a low budget build would be appropriate.
And for those of us who are not going into combat or expecting the Zombie Apocalypse this week-end, if it works then "Cheap" = "Nice."

And if you're going to go down that road then your $1500, 500 yard tack-driver is going to look "cheap" to the guy with the $3000, 1000 yard tack-driver.

If I insulted or offended you in any way that was not my intention and I do apologize.