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A Beginners Guide to Building an AR15 Part 1

So, you want to build or assemble your own AR.  What tools do you need and how do you build it?  You can do it with the right tools, the right parts, and the right YouTube videos guiding you on your path to adult Lego assembly of an AR sporting rifle. 


Fair warning be known, if you are predisposed to addiction, DO NOT – I Repeat DO NOT build your first AR rifle as it will not be your last. 


Take your time at this location of your venture!  What is the intended use of the rifle you are about to build?  Until you answer this question, put the brakes on and ponder!  The beauty of building your own AR is that they are modular, adaptable, and you can personalize them to your body, fit, mission, personality, and needs. 


Start with some basic thoughts of build mission.  What distances will you be shooting the rifle?  Is this a home defense rifle?  Do I want to impress my buddies with shooting long range?  What do I consider long range?  Does my build need to consider anticipated volume levels, will I be getting a suppressor?  Do I want a Short-Barreled Rifle (SBR) and do I want to deal with getting a tax stamp(s)?  What is my budget for this build?  Does the style of build that I anticipate have parts available right now? Am I wanting a retro build or a faux look to my rifle from a movie or era?

Do not buy a single part until you figure out your intended purpose or you will end up with a mess or a bunch of wasted time, energy, and money. 

Find Part 2 of this story HERE.

About the Author /

Heath has been a law enforcement officer in the Great Pacific Northwest since 1993 and trains as a pistol and rifle instructor for both law enforcement and civilians. He also serves as an advanced armorer on pistols and rifles. If you're looking for training or would like to contact him, he can be reached at

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