Building an AR: best books/guides on the subject

Building an AR: best books/guides on the subject

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    Question Building an AR: best books/guides on the subject

    For a first-timer who isn't a gunsmith but is looking to do an AR rifle build, what are your most-recommended guides, books and sources of clear and detailed info on doing it right?

    * Consider "winging it" not an option, for the average first-timer.
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    I built my AR15, but opted for an assembled upper. All parts bought from Palmetto State Armory.

    Their deals are a hit and miss, but this one is still available on there website:
    $100 - Palmetto State Armory Blemished Lower Receiver
    $700 - PSA 16'' Hammer-Forged Mid CTR Rifle Kit - AR-15 Parts Sale - AR-15

    And stock up on some magazines too: $90 - PSA D&H 5.56mm 30rd Aluminum Magazine - Black Teflon, Foliage Green Follower 10 Pack

    As far as instructions, I used a couple of Youtube videos. There are ton of them available, but I found these two most helpful:
    How to Assemble an AR-15 Lower Receiver. Video from Ares Armor, home of the 80 percent lower. - YouTube
    AR15 Lower Build - YouTube

    And I used the brass hammer to start the roll pins, but finished using vice grips wrapped with tape.

    AR15 - Install Roll Pin1.jpgAR15 - Install Roll Pin2.jpg

    AR-15 Lower Receiver Parts Kit.jpg

    Good luck!

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    The only thing I'd add to the above post is AR15.com (I am not a fan but they do have solid threads stickied) has some great how-to videos on everything. M4carbine has some as well.

    Rainier Arms has some good deals occasionally on Centurion and Noveske barrels. G&R Tactical and Specialized Armament will have Colt components and of course BCM for BCM components and PSA for PSA and a few other components.

    It's pretty easy, just use high quality parts.
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    Go to m4carbine.net and forget about ar15.com

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    I hear they have an app in the play store called IjonARguru...Look it up it might help...
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    Someone bought me this book as a gift a while back. It seems pretty good: The AR-15 Complete Assembly Guide (AR-15 Guide Vol 2): Walt Kuleck: 9781888722123: Amazon.com: Books

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