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Offline gnumadic

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #30 on: July 21, 2017, 08:17:40 AM »
Oh, and the build video that I like is done by Larry P. himself from Midway USA. It is on their website and on youtube.
So, after watching Larry's videos I decided to bite the bullet and picked up an Anderson stripped lower. I plan to order a lower build kit from PSA later today. As for the upper, I haven't decided if I want to go with a complete pre-built upper or do it all from scratch. The latter will cost me more, but I'll get exactly what I want without having to waste parts via later upgrades.

With all that said, one thing I don't like about the Midway USA videos is that they're also trying to sell tools. I know the right tool makes the job a lot easier, but my question is this: What build tools are "really" required versus "nice to have?" I would think that roll pin and roll pin starter punches are a must. And a torque wrench, too (which I have). And I have lots of other tools, too. But as for the specialty tools what's really important?
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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #31 on: July 21, 2017, 09:02:22 AM »
AR (armorers) wrench if you're assembling from scratch.

Also, a vise block.

hammer, punch set.

Torque wrench usually is not even needed.  The specs are pretty broad, and you just have to line up the gas tube hole with the one in the upper receiver.
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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #32 on: July 21, 2017, 09:55:14 AM »
I've assembled many lowers either at my kitchen table or my office desk with no special tools besides a set punches.

One thing that does make installing takedown/pivot pin detents easier is a clevis pin. Which can easily be picked up at HD or Lowes for under $2


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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #33 on: July 21, 2017, 11:03:58 AM »
Good call on the Aero lower, I have the Aero Precision AC15M rifle.  If you're shooting less than 300m stick with a 16", you won't need the extra length. 4150 QPQ treated mid length gas barrel, smooth recoil, and ya' really only need chrome lined if you're going full auto or run corrosive ammo in the jungle. Check out the Ruger AR556 trigger, you can find them for less than $100, damn nice trigger. You won't find a better muzzle device for barrel control than the Epsilon VG6 or the Strike Industries J comp V2 but they can't beat the standard bird cage for flash suppression.
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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #34 on: July 21, 2017, 11:32:06 AM »
Just got an email - sale on Faxon 16" gunner and pencil barrels. 25% off through Sunday.

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #35 on: July 21, 2017, 02:27:15 PM »
9mm...

Not an AR fanatic but I cant pass up a cheap stripped lower. Have several lowers ATM but not really wanting one in 223.
Leaning on 300 BO or 7.62X39
possibly another 9mm in pistol length with a "Brace".
45ACP pistol would be COOL too.

Last batch I bought I had transferred as "other" so you are free to do as you please. Also I always get the "Multi Caliber". Never know what the future may do to certain items like this.
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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #36 on: July 21, 2017, 02:58:56 PM »
Just got an email - sale on Faxon 16" gunner and pencil barrels. 25% off through Sunday.

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Is there a coupon code? I was looking at an American Defense barrel in .223 Wylde via Primary Arms, but it's $239.99 and the Faxon barrel is $225 before the sale price. But when I'm at their website I don't see the discount. It's a Gunner barrel.

http://faxonfirearms.com/match-series-16-gunner-223-wylde-mid-length-416r-qpq-5r-np3-extension/
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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #37 on: July 21, 2017, 03:12:08 PM »
No coupon code - it just says "25% off 16" 4150 Pencil & Gunner Barrels, 35% off for LE/Mil/First Responders". Looking at the site now, I don't see the sale listed, either.

The barrel you linked is their match barrel, so I don't think that qualifies anyway.

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #38 on: July 21, 2017, 03:26:12 PM »
I found some on sale under their clearance section that look to be about 25% off. So I think you're right that the match barrel isn't discounted. But it's still cheaper than what I was looking at (although slightly), but seems to be a great barrel. Will have to consider it!
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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #39 on: July 21, 2017, 03:33:43 PM »
I found some on sale under their clearance section that look to be about 25% off. So I think you're right that the match barrel isn't discounted. But it's still cheaper than what I was looking at (although slightly), but seems to be a great barrel. Will have to consider it!
The clearance items don't match what's in my email. I think I'm going to email them - they either didn't update their website, or they sent the email blast out too soon.

ETA: Just got a reply - you need to put it in your cart to see the sale price. I just confirmed it works - the standard gunner barrel is $131.25 in my cart.

Fortunately for me, they're sold out on the 16" legal barrel, so I won't be blowing $200 today.

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #40 on: July 22, 2017, 11:34:23 AM »
I found some on sale under their clearance section that look to be about 25% off. So I think you're right that the match barrel isn't discounted. But it's still cheaper than what I was looking at (although slightly), but seems to be a great barrel. Will have to consider it!
The clearance items don't match what's in my email. I think I'm going to email them - they either didn't update their website, or they sent the email blast out too soon.

ETA: Just got a reply - you need to put it in your cart to see the sale price. I just confirmed it works - the standard gunner barrel is $131.25 in my cart.

Fortunately for me, they're sold out on the 16" legal barrel, so I won't be blowing $200 today.

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Hmm. I don't see any discounts.. I put it in my cart, and it's stil 185 for the 18".

I've started putting together my parts list, and I think I'm set on everything except for the buffer tube and gas block. I'm not sure whether to go adjustable or not. I think I do eventaully want to try out a low mass BCG. I saw there was an adjustable gas key as well, but I am hearing mixed reviwes.
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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #41 on: July 22, 2017, 11:48:15 AM »
If you plan on a low mass carrier, you'll need an adjustable gas block. If the intended purpose is 3 gun, then adjustable for sure. I have a Seekins and an SLR. SLR was bought for a new build so haven't installed yet, but it looks super nice compared to the Seekins. Sounds like the snowball has left the top of the hill. 😁

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #42 on: July 22, 2017, 12:01:55 PM »
I have a !@##pot full of AR15's.  Only one AR10.

Anybody who has AR15's knows how quickly they get DIRTY inside.  Is it the design?  Is it the .223 round/powder?

I put a Superlative Arms adjustable gas block (the model that can be adjusted to vent excess gas out the front) on the AR10 (.308).  At this point all I can say is it runs so much cleaner than the AR15's it's unreal.

I don't think all of them can be adjusted to vent excess gas.  Some just restrict the flow of gas.  They may work well, too.  The one from Superlative Arms is the only one I've bought.

Different barrel diameters and a choice of clamp on the barrel or set screws to lock them in place.

https://suparms.com/collections/adjustable-gas-blocks-direct-impingement
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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #43 on: July 22, 2017, 12:08:57 PM »
If you plan on a low mass carrier, you'll need an adjustable gas block. If the intended purpose is 3 gun, then adjustable for sure. I have a Seekins and an SLR. SLR was bought for a new build so haven't installed yet, but it looks super nice compared to the Seekins. Sounds like the snowball has left the top of the hill. 😁

Dang :( SLR Gas blocks are so expensive! That's one thing I'm hesitant with the 0.625" gunner block since there seems to be a smaller selection of gas blocks as well.

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Re: Just bought my first AR... lower.
« Reply #44 on: July 22, 2017, 12:12:31 PM »


Hmm. I don't see any discounts.. I put it in my cart, and it's stil 185 for the 18".

The sale is on the 16" barrels only.

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