30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 18: Beat the Heat: Stay Inside and Build an AR-15

By CTD Suzanne published on in Buyers Guide, Firearms, Gear, How To

Spring is awesome, so is the beginning of summer, but during the middle of summer and certainly the end, even just sitting outside is too hot. Here in Central Texas in August, sometimes even the pool is no relief. Going to the movies is expensive, and watching reruns of “Breaking Bad” is entertaining only for a while. Building an AR-15 yourself could help wile away the hours. And if you start shopping now, by July or August, you should have all the parts you need to build your own AR-15.

Picture shows a AR-15 stripped lower receiver.

The lower receiver is the part of the gun that makes it a gun and comes with a serial number.

Most of us started slowly—buying one piece at a time when we could catch specials or sales. Watch your local gun store; periodically check your favorite manufacturers’ websites for rebates and incentives, and sign up for our email specials to get the best deals.

Once you have all the necessary parts and instructions, an entire AR-15 will come together in about three hours. Cheaper Than Dirt! has detailed video tutorials to help you.



You will need:

Have you built your own AR-15? Which parts did you use? Share your build story with us in the comments section.


Suzanne Wiley started shooting at a young age when her older brother bought a Marlin 60 and taught her to shoot. She took to shooting and developed a love for it when she realized she was a natural with a .22 LR rifle at summer camp. As an outdoor adventurer, she enjoys camping, fishing, and horseback riding. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter and the modern-day prepper, and is a staff writer at Cheaper Than Dirt!

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