AR-15 Pics Thread

Discussion in 'The Black Rifle' started by MechTech, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Beast Master Actual Member

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    I absolutely agree with you on the compatability. It has been fun looking for all the differences between armalite and dpms models in addition to the many other custom one-offs that smaller companies produce.

    As far as the price, I've been pricing my wish list for my AR-10 and I fear it's going to be one of those 2-3 year guns that I piece together over time. Makes you really look hard at the FAL's & PTR's that are out on the market for 1k and lower....
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  2. Jimmy2112 Active Member

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    When I spec'd out my build and created my buy list, I had a pretty good idea of cost before I started. And by the time I had the rifle built, with optic, I was a little over 2K. Double the cost of a high end AR15 build.

    Everyone has jumped into the large frame market. And there are some manufacturers producing low cost parts. With that though, there can be lots of problems because of poor quality. PSA is one of those that didn't do the homework needed, didn't do enough R&D and let the customer become their beta tester and then dropped the ball with customer service. Reading in the forums, it's sounding like things are better with PSA.

    For those that want to get into the large frame AR for the first time. And want to build it themselves. Do your homework before you jump in. Read all that you can. Ask questions as needed. Then spec out the build with costs. That way there is a good understanding of what it's going to take. And when your done, be prepared to do a little trouble shooting if it arises on your own. There is little to no support.

    The other option, buy a complete rifle. There are some really nice ones being offered under $1,000. Armalite is one of those companies too. And if by chance something goes goofy with it. You'll have a full warranty to help out.
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  3. Jimmy2112 Active Member

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    At my LGS, I was talking with the owner the other day. He builds custom AR's for his customers. He had just finished a complete Anderson large frame build for a customer. When I asked him about quality. He said that the Anderson stuff was GTG.
  4. Keith Moderator

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    When I look to get another one, I think I'm going to do a build and look at doing an 80% lower. Assuming I do ok with the AR15 lower (I have yet to do) now. I have the jig and everything, just not the time. Too many other time sensitive projects that need done first.
  5. Ryan Towry Member

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    yeah i wish they were more standardized myself. I have wanted to build a more long range oriented upper for my bushmaster ORC for a long time but the thing shoots so well i cant bring myself to drop the coin. maybe someday when the kiddo's are older.
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  6. Jimmy2112 Active Member

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    If it shoots well, no need to mess with a good thing.

    I had to wait until the youngest was out of the house. And when that happened, we had extra monies again! So I've been trying to make up over the last two years. Truth be told though, I'd rather have the kids back home, gets way too quiet.

  7. Jimmy2112 Active Member

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    This is the 1st AR15 I put together. My take on a SPR. I've changed gears with it a little since the pic was taken. It now has a Burris 1.5-6X for an optic. Went with Wilson Combat for the barrel, flash hider, gas block and tube, upper receiver, BCG, LPK and buffer assembly. My only mistake, is the Handguard. Way too heavy! Thinking of switching it out for a ALG V2 M-LOK 15".

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  8. Jimmy2112 Active Member

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    And technically, my 189 Series Mini Thirty qualifies as a black rifle. Black stock right? The Promag Archangel stock is a pig. With a full mag, it weighs a hair more then my AR 308. The stock has some cool features but, if I had to pack it all day long, ugh! I would though, like to install on of Primary Arm's 7.62x39 4X ACSS scope on it. Might even shed a few ounces.

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  9. Ryan Towry Member

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    yeah my youngest is a month old so i got a while until they are out of the house.....lol
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  10. Jimmy2112 Active Member

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    You have a ways to go. Enjoy the little one. They grow up quick.

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  11. BakonShoot Member

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    This is the story of my first AR, first build (sorta). Just a fairly basic build using a bare PTAC lower receiver (can't remember, it mighta been a blem, but there's no flaw I can see if it was) and a barreled upper and lower parts kit from Palmetto State Armory.

    Until a few months ago, I wasn't terribly interested in owning an AR15. I always liked the space-age look of the M16 from the constant clips from Vietnam on the news as a kid. Never thought to learn much about them over the years though. The 3 or 4 that I have fired always seemed extremely concussive compared to the Mini-14 that I owned back in the 80-90's (but sadly sold), and assumed it was just unavoidable part and parcel of the AR platform. Plus, after all the runaway pricing and general unavailability on guns and ammo about 2012, I just didn't have any interest in paying that kinda money. I always assumed, incorrectly as it turned out, that the AR platform's serialized parts that would require shipping through an FFL dealer were the barreled upper receiver. So when I realized my mistake a few months ago, and since the scarcity/astronomical prices on both AR's and 5.56/.223 ammo seemed to have subsided a good bit, I began to pay more attention to the email ads showing ~$40 lower receivers, and reasonably priced parts kits that included pretty much everything else. Effectively, all the parts for an AR15 minus one part could legally be shipped to my door-- who'd have thought?!? That realization gave me the push I needed to return to the 5.56/.223 caliber, build an AR, and coincidentally start lusting after the MVP LR.

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    It took about one Saturday morning to complete, and would have taken less than half the time, but I kept going over a couple good YouTube build videos showing the specific steps I was in the process of doing. So anyway, it's a basic mid-length upper w/ stainless barrel. In order to alleviate the less than pleasant muzzle blast, I have a Levang Linear compensator all set to be installed in place of the A2-style that came on it. Supposedly the Levang directs the majority of the concussion directly toward the target rather than out the sides/top/bottom. I personally don't care if the target dislikes the muzzle-blast headed its way, and as long as the target can't shoot back, it won't hurt my feelings that it can see the flash from each shot. Seriously, I'm hoping the linear compensator will perform as advertised.

    To add a little versatility in the lower, since eventually I'll build an upper with a 24" barrel for bench/bipod-supported longer range use, I installed a Mako stock w/ an adjustable comb so different sighting systems can be tried.

    All in all, a fun build (I always liked building model car kits as a kid, so the AR platform spoke to the kid in me :D ), though so far, just like my MVP LR, it hasn't been to the range just yet... :rolleyes: ... But I'm really looking forward to that opportunity when it comes.

    Bryan
  12. Keith Moderator

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    I still have a lower to auger out to build my first. I'm hoping things will pan out that I can do it as a winter project since I hate being out in the cold more than I have to.


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  13. S1Loki Active Member

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    Jimmy,
    The Archangel does add some heft to the mini. I like it though as my mini resides in one.

    Bryan,

    Nice work, congrats on taking the plunge into building your first AR. My first build was for my wife last Christmas. The second one(mine) started mid way through hers.
  14. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Basic M4 profile but with a 16" 1:9 barrel. It's wearing a Burris Fast-Fire 3 on a 5/8" riser. Upper is DPMS, pistol grip is a DPMS PSG-1. Lower is New Frontier Armory polymer. The brake that's on it now is different to the one that's on in the picture. Pictured is a Ebay special 20 dollar brake. It does not work at all, only makes the gun louder and started eroding severely after just a few rounds. I bought it along with a bunch of other brakes to do recoil force testing and decibel level testing. It's currently wearing a 3 port FH style brake to be legal for competition and I have to decide about which one to actually use long term. Right now I'm leaning toward the Lantac Dragon. It's wickedly light in this trim. In the assault case for it is also a scope rail with a Bushnell ET 3200 10x40 Mil/Mil. The mounts allow me to swap from scope to RDS in seconds without affecting my zero by more than 1MOA. I've taken this AR out to 750m. It's a minute of angle gun. Sometimes better. Yep, that's a 10rd mag and a California bullet button. It's not just neutered, it's completely emasculated. AR's a neat when they're all dressed up. This one looks lanky and plain. Like someone connected a series of David Bowie's together. Without optics there's about $500 into the rifle. The optics (both the RDS and the scope combine) doubled the cost of the rifle like it should for a budget build.

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  15. S1Loki Active Member

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    the next project is in work. Doing a pistol build to do an eventual SBR in 300AAC.

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    LOVE this gun. Specs go as this:

    Palmetto State Armory lower

    PSA upper with FN 16" 1:8 Medium Contour 416 Stainless BBL with thread protector
    Ultra Lightweight Keymod Handguard. Not sure of brand but I love it.
    PSA M4 Buttstock (mainly so I can attach my Boonie Packer sling the way I like, but I'm an M4 stock fan. Rattly but they always work)
    Anderson Defense LPK.
    ARgold Trigger. Miculek endorsed, and I FREAKING LOVE this trigger. 1.8lbs 2 stage. 1 pound take up, .8lb break and breaks like glass
    AIM Lightweight BCG in Nitride finish.
    Joeboboutfitters.com Adjustable gas block
    ERGO ambi grip
    ADM Recon-S 30mm mount
    Bushnell AR optics 30mm tube. BTR-1 Reticle. FFP 1-4x24 with a PCL throw lever. REALLY nice little scope with illuminated reticle. Got it for a screaming deal. Paid a whopping 79 bucks for this scope.
    KAC Micro 200-600m BUIS but not sure what front sight I'm going to run yet or if I'm going with offset sights and sell this one.

    Also, last but not least if you guys want to recommend me a good brake/comp let me know. I'm trying to decide but I'm looking a Miculek comp thus far.
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  17. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    The most effective brakes in the world are made in Oz by Dean Maisey. Check out the tresamax. For something more local, the JP Enterprises Bennie Coolie (sp?) is pretty amazing. Then there are the suppressor mount brakes which are another land.
  18. bombadillo Moderator

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    Bennie Cooley is what I ususlly use on my AR's when I can fork it out. Probably the most effective brake I've used to date. I am finally in a free state that will allow suppressors so I was actually thinking about a surefire brake now as well.
  19. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    If you can do a suppressor, do it. There is no better brake in the world than a can.
  20. jwb47 Active Member

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    yes what spam said get a can , but do as I say not as I do , I bought a stainless steel yhm phantom 7.62 and it is built like a tank . the up side is it will function as a very impressive club if you run out of ammo and can handle full auto fire out of an m16 plus will work on a 300 win mag . the down side is your left bi-cep will be larger than your right . Get a light weight can.

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