What Was the Longest You've Taken to Build/Assemble an AR Rifle?

What Was the Longest You've Taken to Build/Assemble an AR Rifle?

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    What Was the Longest You've Taken to Build/Assemble an AR Rifle?

    I am taking a very slow approach to assembling my first AR-15. Basically, saving some cash over several months, doing some research on the different brands and styles, then trying to purchase the components only when they are on sale, ie. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Memorial Day, etc..
    Obviously, this will take a much longer time than buying a bunch of kits at once but it much easier on my bank account, flies under the wife's radar, and allows me to save up to get exactly the components I want ( BCG, barrel, handguard, optics). Plus, I am not in any rush. As far as I know, my health is pretty good. I expect it to take me over a year, if not a year and a half.
    So I was wondering what was the longest others have taken?
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    I bought a stripped lower in Jan '16. It's now an almost complete lower, just needs a stock.

    Not sure what upper it's going to get, leaning to a .223 Wylde from PSA.
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    It took me about five minutes on the Alexander Arms website to select the options I wanted for my AR-15 in .50 Beowulf and then about two weeks for it to arrive at the LGS. All of the others were off the shelf at the LGS.
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    About an hour. I usually save up and buy the parts all at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdprof View Post
    I bought a stripped lower in Jan '16. It's now an almost complete lower, just needs a stock.

    Not sure what upper it's going to get, leaning to a .223 Wylde from PSA.
    Whoa! That is a long time.

    I am leaning towards a .223 Wylde barrel too, because...why not? Like I said I am not in a rush and would rather save until I can get what I want.

    So far I picked up Aero Precision M4E1 Enhanced Lower Receiver about a year ago, then their M4E1 Enhanced upper receiver and now their Enhanced 15" M-Lok handguard.

    I am thinking about a CMMG lower parts kit but I am still looking around.
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    I bought/ordered all the parts for a new lower for my Mongoose upper Saturday. UPS says the PSA parts kit should arrive today. If so, I expect the lower will be finished this evening.

    Procrastination never gets things done in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyC View Post
    Whoa! That is a long time.

    I am leaning towards a .223 Wylde barrel too, because...why not? Like I said I am not in a rush and would rather save until I can get what I want.

    So far I picked up Aero Precision M4E1 Enhanced Lower Receiver about a year ago, then their M4E1 Enhanced upper receiver and now their Enhanced 15" M-Lok handguard.

    I am thinking about a CMMG lower parts kit but I am still looking around.
    I used that LPK, without trigger. Got that separately. My build is an Anderson lower, Anderson buffer tube kit, the CMMG LPK, Magpul grip, unknown brand trigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyC View Post
    Whoa! That is a long time.

    I am leaning towards a .223 Wylde barrel too, because...why not? Like I said I am not in a rush and would rather save until I can get what I want.

    So far I picked up Aero Precision M4E1 Enhanced Lower Receiver about a year ago, then their M4E1 Enhanced upper receiver and now their Enhanced 15" M-Lok handguard.

    I am thinking about a CMMG lower parts kit but I am still looking around.
    Sans the trigger unit, AR lower parts are AR lower parts. Get the cheap parts, spend extra on a good trigger. Most parts-kit triggers are "Meh." I bought a LaRue MBT-25 trigger for about $85 and it's much nicer than the Mil-Spec that came in my Armalite.
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    It takes me a good long while just to disassemble one for cleaning
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    With all due respect brother, the question isn't the longest time it took you to put together an AR, but how many AR's can you build in any given length of time.
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    I started mine 15 months ago. I am also down to the stock and then it will be shootable. It was supposed to arrive today but is now rescheduled for Friday after spending four days in Kansas without moving.

    I now need a scope to complete it.
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    I bought a couple of stripped lowers in 07 just in case CA banned them! They are still on the bench. One has a stock and both have triggers and lower parts installed. DR

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerranger View Post
    I bought a couple of stripped lowers in 07 just in case CA banned them! They are still on the bench. One has a stock and both have triggers and lower parts installed. DR
    2007! I think we have a winner!
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    Hmmmmmm does thinking of building an AR count?? If so it's been a couple of years for me. I did buy a wheelers builders kit earlier this year so I would say I'm almost done.
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    A few years.

    I am not in a rush. When I am at PSA, I will buy a part or two and often wait for sales. These are not priority rifles and I am there buying other things. The PSA website does not have a lot of products, they mostly use that for high volume sale items, but their stores are jam packed with guns and parts. They buy closed grocery stores if that gives you an idea of the size.

    The current one will be a full length chambered in .224 Valkyrie.

    Last time, PSA had three pallets of their basic uppers sans BCG for something silly like $100. I do not need that at all but it was hard not to grab one. South Carolina must have a crazy number of AR15 rifles per capita as every gun friend I know seems to be always in the process of building one. Hard not to since you go there for something and then see various parts on sale and non PSA parts at very good prices.
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