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Posted: 12/28/2005 3:02:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/8/2006 12:37:06 PM EST by JZHeyde]
One thing I did notice was the tendency for the bolt to not want to "snap" closed with either the bolt close button (extremely untechnical term) or by using the charging handle to charge the first round. It felt sluggish and a few times needed a second pull and faster release of the handle. Possible user error?

I had a great time at the range. I brough some of my other guns and didnt even fire them since I was having such a great time. The Phantom worked wonderfully. I couldnt believe there was no flash from the barrel. Even in the dim light of this range I couldnt see anything. Well I could see the sparks coming off the back wall from the bullets but thats about it!!! Brought my buddy to the range with me and he shot off some winchest 2 3/4 slugs and had a great time as well. He shot the AR and I believe I have infected someone else with BRD. Thank you to everyone for the kind words about my build and thanks to this sight for the amazing amount of knowldege.


Well guys...I have been a lurker and occasional question asker. I found the search feature to be very useful and did not want to bother the board with questions commonly asked. But the real reason to this post is I DID IT!!! I built the whole gun on my own and it was the first time I have ever done something like this. This is also my first AR, I have never even fired one before. I will give a few details and post some pictures....everyone likes pictures dont they!!!

RRA Lower (built from a stripped with a RRA LPK)
RRA upper (fitted with an RRA BCG)
CMMG 18" 1/8 chrome lined barrel with a Phantom
YHM rifle length hand guards with a midlength gas system
YHM flip up front and rear BUIS
ARMS mount with a Bushnell Banner 3-9x40
Hogue grip
6 pos stock

Let me know what you think. One thing I would like to know is what should I do to test it before I start firing with live rounds? I want to make sure everything works before I take it to the range and hurt myself.

Anything I can do to make it better? I really just want to get out there and shoot the ever loving crap out of it! I already have my sights set on building another one. I have the bug and I have it bad.




Link Posted: 12/28/2005 3:06:40 PM EST
Looks good, make sure you do a basic military function check before you go shoot. Actually, I do one everytime after I clean a weapon.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 3:17:23 PM EST
Nothing wrong with that!!!! Good Job
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 3:19:26 PM EST
wow! that's a really nice AR! have fun with it
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 3:26:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 3:39:14 PM EST
Thanks for the kinda replies everyone. I will look up the function check now. Any other tips you have for me before I head out to the range? Thanks again,

Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:19:09 PM EST
That looks really awesome!! I was actually going to ask the forum if a Build it Yourself was recommended for someone who has not built one before. But seeing yours done so nicely, gives me more confidence to build one for my first time.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:23:57 PM EST
Very nice, looks like a great build .. the only suggestion I could possibly make is ...take the scope off and learn to shoot with the irons .. then go to the optic That's how it should be IMHO ....
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:27:39 PM EST
Your build is sweet. I used "loc-tite" on my YHM handguard before using. Now its rock solid....It stands up to the "twist-test".
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:34:25 PM EST
That's a very good looking rifle! Congrats!

Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:41:48 PM EST
Neat. Me likey!

Link Posted: 12/29/2005 1:56:52 AM EST
Thats a very nice looking setup. Job well done congrats
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 2:38:19 AM EST
Great job, JZHeyde!

There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of sending the first round downrange from a rifle you built yourself - especially the first one.

Turned out well. It pays to use quality components.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:29:41 AM EST
Thanks a lot guys, im glad you all approve! I really do mean that, this is a great site filled with many people who have probably forgotten more than I know about AR's. I was planning on taking the scope off and learning with the irons first. It makes no sense to have them and not know how to shoot with them. I need to go back over it and make sure everything is tight. Possibly put some locktite in a few places and then ill be ready for the range.

If anyone has any doubts if they can do this or not you should not worry. I used all of the information gathered on this sight to do the build. I would have done a few things differently next time...basically took a little more time to research the parts. Then again, this is so addicting I see another AR in the semi near future. If you are on the fence to build or buy, definitely build. You get the parts YOU want and the experience of working on the rifle. I cant wait to get out and shoot mine!!!!

Link Posted: 12/29/2005 11:34:13 AM EST
Sweet. Does she have a sister?

BTW, don't store her too long in the aliuminum case as they tend to hold moisture. You want to keep her complexion nice and smooth.

Link Posted: 12/29/2005 4:38:56 PM EST
Looks good but next time you post "pics" make sure you black out the serial number. People can cause lots of trouble if the have those.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 4:48:04 PM EST
Looks good, give us a range report on how it shoots. Maybe some pics from the range if ya can :D
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:08:03 PM EST
Great job on the build and congrats on catching BRD.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:34:05 PM EST
Nice build!
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 6:16:19 AM EST
Great looking first build.....nice choice of platform and accessories.

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:17:54 PM EST
Like everyone else said, Nice Build
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:25:20 PM EST
Pretty cool, congrats on the build.......
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:32:09 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:32:23 PM EST
Nice Job!!!! I like it.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 2:08:15 PM EST
great build!! i used almost the exact same parts on my build!!!
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 2:15:16 PM EST
Nice build, now how about a range report.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 2:34:14 PM EST
Sorry for taking so long to respond. I cannot check this website from work and ive been working alot this week. I am going to take it out to the range on Friday. Its only a 25 yard range, but I will use the iron sights and just make sure everything works. I cant wait to get out and shoot it. Im going to go over everything tonight and make sure its tight. Wish me luck!!!

Link Posted: 1/8/2006 12:37:41 PM EST
Bump for the update.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 12:38:57 PM EST
Bump for the update.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 12:39:59 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/8/2006 12:41:59 PM EST by JZHeyde]
Oh my,

Sorry for all of the dublicate posts. Please accept my sincerest appologies.

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