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Picture shows a black, stripped lower receiver (the firing part) of an AR-15.

Firearms

DIY ARs — Building Your Own AR-15

Curious about black rifles? I don’t blame you. The AR-15 is after all, the most popular rifle in America. The AR-15’s versatility, adaptability, reliability and ease of operation make the gun the nearly perfect all-rounder—from plinking to home defense, from competition to hunting—you can build it in any configuration you need. Further, building your own AR-15 means you get the parts you want at a price you can afford. Building an AR-15 from the ground up might seem overwhelming and confusing, however with this guide, “DIY ARs — Building Your Own AR-15,” Cheaper Than Dirt! breaks down part by part everything you need to build an AR-15 rifle.

Black, offset 45-degree angle folding sights for H&K or AR-15 rifles

Consumer Information

FN Makes Its High Quality Barrels Available to the Public

FN has been producing top quality rifle and handgun barrels for over 100 years and current production is over 20,000 a month. For the first time, FN is making its AR-15 barrels available for sale to the public. This week’s hottest new gun accessory is the FN AR-15 barrel. Troy Industries folding offset BattleSights for the AR-15 come a close second. Followed by Nosler BT ammo for hog, antelope and deer hunting and Thompson/Center’s Venture Compact bolt-action rifle in .223 Remington for young hunters.

bolt-action rifle from Weatherby finished in a brown camo

Gear, Parts and Accessories

New Guns and Accessories From Cheaper Than Dirt!

Slide Fire has released the coolest customized rifle I have seen in a long time. The BFR-556 originates as the very popular Colt 6920, but ends up a belt-fed, bump fire AR-15 that you cannot get anywhere else. You have to check it out. This week’s new guns also include Kahr Arms CW9, CW40 and CW45 in Cerakote burnt bronze, seriously long-range hunting bolt-action rifle, the Weatherby Mark V Terramark RC. Plus a few accessories for your revolvers and GLOCK 42.

Picture shows an OD green military surplus German M65 gas mask with filter.

Military

The 5 Best Military Surplus Items Under $20

Summer is the perfect time to browse through our newest military surplus gear—especially if you are looking for durable, high quality and cheap camping gear. We have been adding a ton more military surplus items to the Cheaper Than Dirt website and more are on the way. In the following post, I highlight five of our newest, in-stock military surplus gear for under $20.

Picture shows a trigger guard laser sight on a GLOCK 42 pistol.

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Five New Gun Products

You got the guns, now you need accessories. If you are focusing on self-defense, LaserLyte just released a new laser for the GLOCK 42, the best tactical flashlight company gives us the ultra compact E1D Defender, while PMC has packed 9mm, .380 ACP and .45 ACP ammo in convenient vinyl battle packs for easy transport or long-term storage. This week’s new product spotlight includes a lit bit of something for every shooter.

Picture shows a compact silver flashlight with solar panels on one side.

Gear, Parts and Accessories

The Five Most Useful Solar-Powered Gizmos and Gadgets

There are roughly eight or so hours of natural power a day. On a clear day, why not turn to solar power? (Alaska, you get plenty more during the summer.) The sun transforms four million tons of hydrogen into energy every second. Just one hour of sun provides enough energy to meet the world’s needs for a year. That’s a lot of free, renewable energy. Why not harness it? I found five of the most useful solar-powered devices for survivalists, preppers, hikers and campers.