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PastorPhil
05-23-2012, 10:47 PM
Yup. Another AR build thread! I've been collecting pieces here and there for the past month and finally received the final parts needed for my lower today! So wish me luck as I start on my first AR build tonight!

http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower1.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower2.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower4.jpg

Parts:

-Riflegear Aggressor Lower (Mega Arms, Milspec)
-CMMG Lower parts kit
-Magpul MIAD grip
-Magpul Enhanced Trigger Guard
-Magpul ACS Stock
-LMT Coated Buffer Tube
-JP Enterprises Tuned Buffer Spring
-Spike Tactical ST-2 Heavy Buffer
-Colt Receiver Extension "Castle" Nut
-Noveske Swivel Mount Receiver End Plate
-Yankee Hill Extended Take down Pin Kit
-Raddlock Bulletbutton

:D

scglock
05-23-2012, 11:07 PM
Looks good! What upper are you going to get?

1forall
05-23-2012, 11:13 PM
It's a piece of cake...nice start. Congrats!

AfghanVetOrcutt
05-23-2012, 11:16 PM
I just ordered the Magpul ACS-L stock, let me know how you like yours. I'm currently in the middle of an assembly as well.

PastorPhil
05-23-2012, 11:19 PM
Looks good! What upper are you going to get?

Looking at the Adams Arms Gas Piston Upper (http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=42522/Product/AR-15-M16-COMPLETE-GAS-PISTON-UPPER-RECEIVER) (Mfr Part #:UA16CB556). I decided to go with a complete upper for my first build. Next build will be DI and I'll build the upper myself.

SwPx4
05-23-2012, 11:43 PM
Nice. I just assembled my first lower today too! Fun times!

jdmacl
05-23-2012, 11:49 PM
I put my second AR together using an Adam Arms basic mid-length upper. I've been very happy with it so far (just a little over 1,000 rds.), although it did not like steel cased ammo initially; lots of FTE.

PastorPhil
05-24-2012, 1:18 PM
Just as expected, very simple install and lots of fun too! Worst part was the trigger guard and having the buffer detent fly out into the living room (luckily it only took 5 mins of searching to find it). :D Had a handful of nicks here and there, but that's how I learn, haha.

http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower5.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower6.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower7.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower8.jpg


Now it's time to save up some $$$ for that upper, iron sights, sling, etc.;)

ch3ck5ix
05-24-2012, 3:00 PM
PastorPhil,

Looks good, great choice on the RifleGear lower -- nice color fill, too! Bring your lower when we meet tomorrow to go to the range. You can mount it to my uppers and check it for function. Since you're getting Adams Arms upper, you can check out both my midlength and carbine piston uppers.

PastorPhil
05-24-2012, 3:50 PM
PastorPhil,

Looks good, great choice on the RifleGear lower -- nice color fill, too! Bring your lower when we meet tomorrow to go to the range. You can mount it to my uppers and check it for function. Since you're getting Adams Arms upper, you can check out both my midlength and carbine piston uppers.

Sweet! :gunsmilie:

PastorPhil
05-31-2012, 3:04 PM
Thanks ch3ck5ix - Had a great time @ the range. Stag 8 was nice...but that addax mid-length was something else! Now I'm really considering looking for a mid-length upper.

http://www.hizos.com/pics/angeles1.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/angeles2.jpg

BRD has set in big time.....:63:

scglock
05-31-2012, 6:12 PM
what buis are those?

PastorPhil
05-31-2012, 9:26 PM
what buis are those?

I think they are the "midwest industries" that come with the Stag 8H complete upper. I was borrowing the upper from a friend so can't say for certain...but I'm pretty sure that's what they are. ;)

ch3ck5ix
06-01-2012, 7:43 AM
Thanks ch3ck5ix - Had a great time @ the range. Stag 8 was nice...but that addax mid-length was something else! Now I'm really considering looking for a mid-length upper.

BRD has set in big time.....:63:

Hey PastorPhil!

It certainly was fun and I'm glad you were able to check out the difference between the carbine and mid-length piston uppers. I'm thinking of getting a heavier buffer to smooth out the recoil on that Stag 8.

BRD indeed! Yup, saw that look in your face and could tell you were already making a mental shopping list... :D


what buis are those?
Those BUIS are Midwest Industries sights that came with the Stag 8 -- they're okay, I'd prefer something else but it was free...

Zartan
06-01-2012, 8:56 AM
Magpul ACS-L stock
WIN

Have one on mine, putting the MOE on my .22 build

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x342/MikesCG/IMAG0645.jpg

PastorPhil
10-12-2012, 6:03 PM
**Back from the dead. Finally was able to complete this rifle yesterday. This was my first AR "build" and can't be happier with the way it turned out. Went with Adams Arms Carbine upper w/ MOE handguard, BCM charging handle, and looking to order a trigger soon. So of course I went to Angeles today to do a function test and try to zero in the optic. I was able to eyeball it and hit steel, but need to go back with a spotting scope (or rent one) to really get things setup. :D
http://www.hizos.com/pics/ar01.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/ar02.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/ar03.jpg

tacticalcity
10-12-2012, 6:08 PM
Nice. I dig it.

wash
10-12-2012, 6:28 PM
Instead of a trigger, I suggest you try a "15 minute trigger job" and buy BUIS first.

They don't have to be expensive, the rear MAtech BUIS can be bought for around $40, then just find a decent rail height front (your gas piston gas block is rail height) but don't get an MBUS front, the heat will melt the plastic.

A 15 minute trigger job can give you a noticeable improvement without spending a lot of money. I generally skip the spring mod and some times put one of the spring legs under the trigger pin (use a twisting motion to install), but the accelerated wear of the hammer/trigger engagement really seems to smooth things up, I even add a little JB bore paste to help things along, then clean that all out and re-lube.

AeroEngi
10-12-2012, 6:30 PM
Just as expected, very simple install and lots of fun too! Worst part was the trigger guard and having the buffer detent fly out into the living room (luckily it only took 5 mins of searching to find it). :D Had a handful of nicks here and there, but that's how I learn, haha.

http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower5.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower6.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower7.jpg
http://www.hizos.com/pics/lower8.jpg


Now it's time to save up some $$$ for that upper, iron sights, sling, etc.;)

Looks good man. What did you use to do the color fill?

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GlennG31
10-12-2012, 7:25 PM
PastorPhil,

That's a great looking rifle you got there! How do you like the Adams Arms gas piston upper?

ch3ck5ix
10-12-2012, 7:52 PM
Hey PastorPhil,

Congrats -- looks great! You should've let me know you were going to Angeles today, I would've gone with you and helped you zero your rifle. PM me -- let's go next week 'cause I changed the furniture on my 9mm AR and got a new red dot for it that also needs zeroing...

emptybottle151
10-12-2012, 8:31 PM
I liked the baggies

PastorPhil
10-12-2012, 9:19 PM
Nice. I dig it.

- Thanks!

Instead of a trigger, I suggest you try a "15 minute trigger job" and buy BUIS first.

They don't have to be expensive, the rear MAtech BUIS can be bought for around $40, then just find a decent rail height front (your gas piston gas block is rail height) but don't get an MBUS front, the heat will melt the plastic.

A 15 minute trigger job can give you a noticeable improvement without spending a lot of money. I generally skip the spring mod and some times put one of the spring legs under the trigger pin (use a twisting motion to install), but the accelerated wear of the hammer/trigger engagement really seems to smooth things up, I even add a little JB bore paste to help things along, then clean that all out and re-lube.

- Thanks! I'll look this up later tonight.

Looks good man. What did you use to do the color fill?

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-I used nail polish. I sent my wife out to the drug store with a "color list". I just told her to find "cheapest good quality" polish. lol. figured she would know more than me about polish. I can look up the colors & brand if you really want, just let me know. I'm sure any polish will do...just test out color before applying. And nail polish remover w/ a shop towel for taking off the excess.

PastorPhil,

That's a great looking rifle you got there! How do you like the Adams Arms gas piston upper?

-I'm loving the Adams Arms upper! I shot PMC .223, Federal 5.56 and some HPR .223 with NO ftf or fte. Everything functions great right out the box.

Hey PastorPhil,

Congrats -- looks great! You should've let me know you were going to Angeles today, I would've gone with you and helped you zero your rifle. PM me -- let's go next week 'cause I changed the furniture on my 9mm AR and got a new red dot for it that also needs zeroing...

-Haha. Yeah I know...I definitely thought about giving you a call. I made a last minute run yesterday to riflegear, but had a night mtg and didn't get home till late. Was sitting in my living room and decided that I HAD to go shoot asap. lol. Totally last minute. But YES! Let's go next week. Need to zero this in. Also need to find some BUIS...

I liked the baggies

-It's definitely fun to sit in front of a table full of parts. :jump:

Arkangel
10-12-2012, 9:44 PM
Congrats on the AR, I'm waiting for my box o goodies to arrive.... I wish PSA would process orders a little faster (the price we pay for good deals I suppose).

ch3ck5ix
10-12-2012, 9:57 PM
-I used nail polish. I sent my wife out to the drug store with a "color list". I just told her to find "cheapest good quality" polish. lol. figured she would know more than me about polish. I can look up the colors & brand if you really want, just let me know. I'm sure any polish will do...just test out color before applying. And nail polish remover w/ a shop towel for taking off the excess.
Just so you guys know, PastorPhil has nicely manicured nails, too...;) I bet if you ask nicely he'll schedule you in to color fill your lower and a pedicure...:p


-Haha. Yeah I know...I definitely thought about giving you a call. I made a last minute run yesterday to riflegear, but had a night mtg and didn't get home till late. Was sitting in my living room and decided that I HAD to go shoot asap. lol. Totally last minute. But YES! Let's go next week. Need to zero this in. Also need to find some BUIS...
You should've called, my work appointment cancelled due to the rain and couldn't fly in. So I wound up "organizing" (read: moved piles of boxes around) the garage.


-It's definitely fun to sit in front of a table full of parts. :jump:
Unless you lose or find extra parts...:o

PastorPhil
10-12-2012, 11:37 PM
You should've called, my work appointment cancelled due to the rain and couldn't fly in. So I wound up "organizing" (read: moved piles of boxes around) the garage.


Aww man. I knew I should've called! I just thought you might be busy and it was super last minute. I'll remember next time....haha. Really could've used your help man. Was able to eyeball it in and hit steel at 100, but it's far from zeroed.:rolleyes: