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.
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Purchasing a factory AR-15/MSR certainly satisfies your need for instant gratification. Perhaps you are new to the black rifle world and intimidated by the seemingly never-ending array of choices on lowers, uppers and parts that buying stock just seems easier. However, building your own AR-15 rifle satisfies in the long term. To start, you will need a lower receiver. The lower receiver is the part of the gun that makes it a gun and comes with a serial number. For your first entry-lever AR-15 build, the Del-Ton stripped lower will handle hundreds of thousands of rounds.
You get a special connection with something you make yourself. This statement holds especially true with firearms.
Last year, we did a series of videos on how to put together a complete lower receiver of an AR-15. As most of you know, the lower receiver houses the magazine catch, bolt catch, pivot pin, fire control group, trigger guard, selector, grips, pins, and the buffer tube.