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    Default Wondering how long it takes you to build one

    I have not built an AR yet, but I wonder. Once you get the hang of it, how long does it take you to assemble an AR lower? And an AR upper?

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    I put two lowers together it took about thirty minutes each takeing my time.
    I think it depends how familiuar your are with the Ar-15/M16 assemblys.
    Not hard and they have assemblie instructions on site and others.
    Never did an Upper yet but had a friend who did he said took him about an hour with the right tools and tourqe specifications..Good Luck
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    You don't 'build' a lower. The manufacturer has already 'built' it for you.

    It's like lego bricks in that you insert Part A into Slot 1.

    As previously posted, 30 minutes to an hour, providing you don't shoot any of your pins across the room and have to take time to find them

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    Quote Originally Posted by nalioth View Post

    As previously posted, 30 minutes to an hour, providing you don't shoot any of your pins across the room and have to take time to find them


    yea done that a time a 2, it's a bitch looking for that lil detent and spring, especially on carpet
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    Its a very good design for ease of assembly (except for the front pivot pin detent having a tendency to fly across the room). Take your time and have a reference book with you. A little tool you can make that will save you a lot of time is a roll pin driver. Just take a section of 3/8" rod about 4-5" long and drill a hole in one end a little bit bigger than the roll pin you intend to drive. Then smooth out both ends and round them off slightly. drive the pin in most of the way with the hole end, then flip it over and drive it the rest of the way with the solid end. For the bolt hold open latch roll pin, make a pin driver with the hole slightly to one side to give you more clearance. Also you can put electrical tape over any area that might be struck by the hammer or pin driver to protect the guns finish. Most of the kits will have the upper already put together, so just check to make sure the gas key is staked on, then you're good to go.

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    With a built upper, stripped lower, and all the lower parts.
    Tools: Hammer
    Small punches
    Pliers with electrical tape on the jaws to protect the receiver finish.
    Needle nose pliers
    Took maybe 20 minutes to figure out where everything went and install it?

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    Put one together once with arrogance and you'll be proficient..... 25-45 minutes given aptitude!
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    Using a 1/4" clevis pin from a hardware store when installing the pivot pin detent & spring will keep you from launching it across the room. It works exactly the same way that the $15 Brownell's tool, but only costs about .25.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7.62x39 View Post
    Using a 1/4" clevis pin from a hardware store when installing the pivot pin detent & spring will keep you from launching it across the room. It works exactly the same way that the $15 Brownell's tool, but only costs about .25.
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    Using a 1/4" clevis pin from a hardware store when installing the pivot pin detent & spring
    Good idea, if I remember right I used a really small screw driver to push the pin in and an allen wrench to hold it while I pushed the pivot pin through.

    I only did one lower and it took me about 35 minutes, and I was reading the directions going step by step, I bet someone who does it often can put one togeteher in about 15 to 20 minutes.

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