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AR Build Diary

By Gabby

I didn't set out to build myself an AR-15. I fell into it, accidentally... (That's my story & I'm sticking to it!)

So as I began to collect parts, I had no idea what I was doing. Here are my realizations and lessons learned, as they occurred:
• Ordered upper and lower stripped receivers along with floating hand guard
• I am having all three parts (made from anodized aluminum) colored at once so that they match.
• I have been told that a billet lower is better than forged/cast because billet is a solid piece of aluminum, so it will have no accidental air pockets. Billet may cost a bit more.
• The manufacturer I am ordering from, is very small and new to creating lower receivers using a CNC machine. They tell me I'll have to wait a few months for them to get up and running. That's ok I'm in no rush.

• A lower parts kit is hard to find, especially when you're as picky as I am! Not only is everyone sold out, but so many kits come with parts that I don't want! Woah is me!
• I wanted as good a trigger as I could afford but what's the difference between a single stage trigger and a two stage?
• I didn't want the cheap pistol grip that comes in most kits, and didn't want to pay for parts I didn't need...then again, I didn't want to buy each part individually, since I have no idea what I'm doing...
• I decided I didn't like the look of the traditional trigger guard that comes in most lower parts kits. It looks like it might not feel nice
• Placed the order on the only website that didn't say "back ordered" next to their lower parts kit, and the next day received an email saying that they were out of stock and I might have to wait a couple months.
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