Building your own AR 15 is a tough but rewarding job. You need lots of parts, and most importantly, the know-how to ensure that you don’t make any costly mistakes. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you begin building.
Make Sure You Have the Right Parts
This may sound obvious, but building a gun requires many specific parts and using the incorrect ones can be catastrophic. You’ll need an 80% lowers receiver to start. You will also need items such as an upper receiver, a lower parts kit, at least one magazine and some sights (if shooting accurately is important to you). If you plan on shooting in the dark, night sights are also a must.
Precision and Patience Are Key
It is important that you measure everything multiple times and take the time to ensure your accuracy. The process is a long one, but since you are manufacturing a firearm, you cannot be too precise or careful. Work in phases and take breaks so you do not become exhausted and lose focus.
Familiarize Yourself With Firearm Laws
Before you begin procuring what you will need for the project, familiarize yourself with gun laws to ensure that you are building your gun legally. If you have to answer to law enforcement, it is important that you know your rights and can explain the legality of the gun that you have built. It is completely legal to build your own AR 15, but you do also need to realize that it will be untraceable if lost or stolen because of the lack of serial number.
Being new to the world of DIY gun building can be daunting and you may feel like there’s lots to learn, but once you have a finished product that you are proud of, it will all be worth it.