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Posted: 8/17/2004 7:20:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/17/2004 7:23:03 PM EST by DesertDoc]
OK I’ve just completed my FAL G-1 build and it’s screaming….my next project is to build an AR….but where to start? Who produces the best and most reliable components? There seems to be an overwhelming number of possibilities to choose from….but which ones. Are 80% receivers a worthy consideration? I have a drill press and a moderate amount of tools and skills. Are 80% really feasible for a first time builder? What is really required to finish such a receiver? Is it worth the time and effort?

I’m a retired vet that has carried both the A1 and the A2 variants of the M-16 over twenty years of service. I joined right after Vietnam ended so have carried both the triangular fore stock and during Desert Storm carried the round version. I like the tubular stocks I’ve seen out there. Not much of a fan for collapsible stocks. I want to keep this simple and economical. Not sure which barrel arrangements to consider, what are the advantages or disadvantages and not sure I like the newer high speed low drag M-4 design.

This will be my play toy but in an emergency….the wife’s carry so I need to keep it light and uncomplicated. Suggestions? Advice? Ideas? Any thoughts would be helpful. Please think economical, efficient, reliable and simple…..sort of the K.I.S.S principle.

Link Posted: 8/17/2004 8:55:34 PM EST
I think you may need a mill to complete an 80%, but don't qoute me on that.  I went the easy route and just bought a factory stripped rec. for $100. You can buy individual partys to make exactly what you want, otherwise you can pick up a kit from several sources for about $400-$500, then just add what you desire.  As far as barrels, if looks are no matter to you, go with the 20", longer sight radius and better ballistics.  If your not going to pound the rounds out of it, you can consider a lightweight barrel.  I'm also sure many other people can add, or detract, from this ramble.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 11:14:00 AM EST
Here's a lot of information about 80% receivers for the AR, it should give you the information you need.

80% Receivers

The jig and tooling

Link Posted: 8/18/2004 12:11:08 PM EST
Lots of info on completing 80% AR-15 at...


80% are great fun "if" you have the skill and access to a good drill press... IMO.. go with a FORGED vs CAST frame...some 80% receiver requires less machining than others...also you will need a drilling fixture.

being able to build up your own AR-15 from scratch will give you a whole new sense of personal satisfaction and pride!!!...=)


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