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  1. #91
    Ok guys. I got my refund from the great extortionist sam.

    I'm getting ready to do the same. The question is... should I go with an AR? Is there other model rifles I should consider constructing?
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  3. #92
    Quote Originally Posted by Athan View Post
    Ok guys. I got my refund from the great extortionist sam.

    I'm getting ready to do the same. The question is... should I go with an AR? Is there other model rifles I should consider constructing?
    If you plan on just buying the rifle outright, you could do a lot worse than an AR.
    Last edited by devil21; 07-26-2013 at 10:27 PM.
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  4. #93
    Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post

    Quick update on my AR build for anyone interested. My barrel arrived today. I went with a 14.5" Sabre 1/7 mid-length. An extended flash hider will be welded to make it the legal 16". The rest of the barrel parts are on the way to me so I should have a completed rifle in the next week or so.
    Can't wait to see pics.

    You live in a no-sbr state I take it?

    I think with that barrel length you'll be happy with the 1:7 twist rate. Are you going to free float the barrel?

  5. #94
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    Last edited by devil21; 07-26-2013 at 10:27 PM.
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing."-Ron Paul

    "We have set them on the hobby-horse of an idea about the absorption of individuality by the symbolic unit of COLLECTIVISM. They have never yet and they never will have the sense to reflect that this hobby-horse is a manifest violation of the most important law of nature, which has established from the very creation of the world one unit unlike another and precisely for the purpose of instituting individuality."- A Quote From Some Old Book

  6. #95
    Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post
    The flash hider will be pinned and welded to make it 16.1" so no SBR stamp from the ATF is needed. That's federal law (NFA), not state law. A friend of mine is storing my lower while I have the short barrel in the house, just to be safe. In order to have a rifle with a barrel less than 16" (Short Barrel Rifle) one must pay the ATF fee and get the paperwork for it to be legal. Im not messing with that $#@!, plus it would violate my earlier vow of a completely "Fed-free" build. I went with a Yankee Hill Machine free float modular midlength handguard, low profile gas block and a Vortex flash hider. Im cheating a little though. Im sending the barrel and flashhider to a gunsmith for the pin and weld, plus the upper so they can install the barrel and handguard. I don't have a vice, receiver block and barrel wrench so I can't install the barrel. And Im not paying for tools Ill probably use only once. I already have enough invested in this gun as it is.
    Yeah, believe me I know about the SBR laws all too well. Here in Washington you cannot have an SBR at all, tax stamp or not.

    I like the YHM free float handguards. I think its a good idea because sometimes with the shorter weapons that utilize vertical grips especially, the gas tube can get torqued. Never happened to me, but I have heard of this.

    Flash hiders can be annoying to install if they require an exact end position, like a standard a2.

  7. #96
    well, i finally got the rest of my parts today, save for a flash hider/brake; not set on what i want yet. I'll probably just go with a standard A2; i think i'll go through the hassel to get a suppresor for this gun. Anyway, you can see I have the upper, bolt, gas buster charging handle, d-ring, spring, snap ring, barrel, gas tube and quad rail (its just a cheap two piece, non-free float for now):


    since i'm putting this together from scratch, i don't need to take off the front sight base. simply put the d-ring on the barrel nut, followed by the spring and lastly, the c-clip/snap ring. i didn't have a c-clip/snap ring spreader tool, so i just anchored the one end in the grove on the barrel nut and used a small flat head screw driver to pry each side over (keeping my thumb over it). turned out fine:


    I got this great amorer's wrench and vise block from brownell's:

    Last edited by ghengis86; 02-28-2009 at 03:43 PM.



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  9. #97
    insert the barrel into the upper; there's a locator pin to help line it up.


    after that last pic, i took the upper out and inserted a nail through the gas tube port so i would be able to keep the spring and c-clip/snap ring in place while i tightened the barrel nut. also, i put a little grease on the upper's threads. i got it at advanced auto parts and it said wheel grease with moly (molybdenum disulfide).


    i held the d-ring with one hand while i tightened the barrel nut with the other. i just went slow and easy. as i started to screw it on, i had to make sure the nail was recessd enough so it wouldn't catch on the way around. take your time and its a breeze


    make sure it's snugged up good and that the gas tube cut-out is lined up to allow the gas tube to pass through
    Last edited by ghengis86; 02-28-2009 at 03:45 PM.

  10. #98
    i inserted the tube and lined up the roll pin in the hole. make sure you have the gas port facing down. this is kind of hard to do, since the bend would be down. actually, i used pliers to slightly compress one end of the roll pin, held it in place with some needle nose pliers and tapped it in with a hammer. I only have a framing hammer, so after i got it most of the way in, i use a t-allen wrench as a 'punch' and tapped it the rest of the way in so that it was flush with the sight base.

    after that, you're ready to rock and roll. i slipped on the quad rail with ease and tightened it up with the supplied allen head screws. took 2 minutes


    and here's the final product!



    i need a BUIS and a flash hider for it to be really functional. it would shoot right now, but i doubt i would hit anything! i'll post a breakdown of the cost shortly.

    i'm not a pro, so if i screwed something up or did it wrong, let me know. if you have hints or tips, please share. this was seriously easy.
    Last edited by ghengis86; 02-28-2009 at 03:48 PM.

  11. #99
    cost breakdown.

    lower receiver: $180
    lower parts kit: $55
    stock: $65
    upper: $105
    bolt and carrier group: $190
    gas buster charging handle: $75
    barrel: $175
    gast tube: $15
    d-ring: $8
    quad rail: $85

    so about $953 plus another $100 for flash hider and Back up iron sight. not bad, but that's not really what i;m out of pocket. when i bought my lower parts kit, i acutally bought 3 and sold two on gun broker for $110 and $90; so that paid for my lower parts kit. Next, I ended up buying six barrels (a local shop had some in stock), and sold five on gunbroker for $300 each or $125 profit each (free barrel plus $625!). so really, after the money i made on the gunbroker sales, the cost of this rifle was about $325! add the flash hider and iron sight and this rifle cost less than $450!

    can you find an AR-15 anywhere for under $500? didn't think so. i expect prices to rise on everything as Holder announced another AWB.

  12. #100
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  13. #101
    Quote Originally Posted by Cowlesy View Post
    Cool vid. Looks like a forum member is in it too

    Btw, nice job on the build ghengis. Looks good.
    Last edited by devil21; 02-28-2009 at 11:49 PM.
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing."-Ron Paul

    "We have set them on the hobby-horse of an idea about the absorption of individuality by the symbolic unit of COLLECTIVISM. They have never yet and they never will have the sense to reflect that this hobby-horse is a manifest violation of the most important law of nature, which has established from the very creation of the world one unit unlike another and precisely for the purpose of instituting individuality."- A Quote From Some Old Book

  14. #102
    i just realized i never added the final pics after i put on the muzzle brake and BUIS. I went with a yankee hill phantom flash hider and Matech BUIS.



  15. #103

    This is an excellent thread!

    Thread-worthy bump!

    A great spring project (especially if you are like me and lose a couple springs each time you build a lower.
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  16. #104
    Quote Originally Posted by Cowlesy View Post
    How did I miss that video! Great video...now where is doctor jeep around to tease.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gideon View Post
    Thread-worthy bump!

    A great spring project (especially if you are like me and lose a couple springs each time you build a lower.
    Yeah, I've got an upper to buy once my tax return comes in!



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  18. #105
    If I ever need an AR, I'll have no trouble getting one with burst fire capability. By the time I run out of 30.06 ammo, there will be plenty of M-4's available with 7 mags of ammo each.
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  19. #106
    Quote Originally Posted by Icymudpuppy View Post
    If I ever need an AR, I'll have no trouble getting one with burst fire capability. By the time I run out of 30.06 ammo, there will be plenty of M-4's available with 7 mags of ammo each.

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  20. #107
    Quote Originally Posted by Pericles View Post

    The A1s have a 1:12 twist for the M193 ball. In any case I am an advocate of the 20" barrel for greater velocity and therefore, more "punch" at range. The Army's ballistic theory is based on that higher velocity to achieve lethality, the M4 carbine with the 16" barrel is for anticipated defensive engagements of less than 200m - not for hunting land pirates at range.
    For range you want a bolt gun in any event. Semis are generally not sufficiently consistent in their lockup for long range touch on human-sized targets. If they were, sniper units would use them.
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  21. #108

    good work

    good worck meN

  22. #109
    Bump this awesomeness
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  23. #110
    Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
    For range you want a bolt gun in any event. Semis are generally not sufficiently consistent in their lockup for long range touch on human-sized targets. If they were, sniper units would use them.
    Not entirely true.
    FN FNAR
    http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubb...30#Post1787330

    and these
    http://www.suite101.com/content/new-...marines-a87093

    I know, it's an AR 15 thread. ARs are good for firefights and carry. I just like the .308.
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  25. #112
    Quote Originally Posted by ghengis86 View Post
    sunday morning bump to go along with this one by pericles:
    http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...uilding-a-1911
    Your thread inspired me to document the 1911 process. The saying is true - ARs are assembled, 1911s are built.
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  27. #113
    I build in bulk and I've turned barrel pinning into a science. These are barrels I pinned today with WarBlocks.
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  28. #114
    Why build just one?
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  29. #115
    Nutn' too fancy:
    Has Gun Will Revolt

  30. #116
    Of course sometimes there's the whole quality vs quantity argument:


    And of course what is better than a badass upgraded upper? A sharp and pointy one:
    Has Gun Will Revolt

  31. #117
    Quote Originally Posted by JoshLowry View Post
    Bumps tend to get more views and this is an active topic. I'll sticky it when ghengis finishes this awesome thread!
    Why no sticky yet, Josh? Josh...???

  32. #118
    Okay, so you guys are probably on another list now.

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  34. #120
    You can't build just one

    Out of every one hundred men they send us, ten should not even be here. Eighty will do nothing but serve as targets for the enemy. Nine are real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, upon them depends our success in battle. But one, ah the one, he is a real warrior, and he will bring the others back from battle alive.

    Duty is the most sublime word in the English language. Do your duty in all things. You can not do more than your duty. You should never wish to do less than your duty.



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