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    ok, so i might be selling a airsoft gun to generate money for a stripped lower and kit to begin my own ar, i wanted to know can you build a ar with just simple hand tools?
    or are there specialized tools, and how expensive to the cheaper yet still simple to figure out tools?

    where are some instructions on building an ar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akinhand View Post
    ok, so i might be selling a airsoft gun to generate money for a stripped lower and kit to begin my own ar, i wanted to know can you build a ar with just simple hand tools?
    or are there specialized tools, and how expensive to the cheaper yet still simple to figure out tools?

    where are some instructions on building an ar?
    Do yourself a favor... buy a complete upper... learn the gun before you try to "build" one. Building the lower is easy, get a 100% lower and lower parts kit, no special tools needed.


    Here is a really cheap upper to get started with:

    Custom 16 Inch 1x9 Chrome Moly M4 Flat Top Upper 4 Rail FF Handguard - Special! <- you can't really build this upper cheaper.

    Lowers are everywhere I have been using Tactical Machining lowers lately but they are all pretty much the same (TM has them to my door [80% receivers] or FFL [100% receivers] in 2 days.) and LPK's were $59 at midway.

    Mark

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    The ar15 is like a leggo gun. You most likely will only need: a hammer; assorted punches; and a flathead screw driver to assemble a kit. Most of the kits you get these days have the upper already barreled so you won't need the $15-$20 barrel nut wrench. A roll of electrial tape is nice to mask off any areas where you're driving a roll pin in case your punch slips. Toten Kopf was working on a build cd a while back, but I haven't seen it in the classifieds yet. His how to videos come highly recommended. Any questions you have on your build I'm sure can be answered by the members here though.

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    Like they said, if you get an assembled upper, you only need basic hand tools to put the lower together.
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    if you have some decent tools at home you likely have about everything you will need to assemble a ar-15 kit.

    i have used the channel-lock/ vice grip method where you tape the jaws up to protect the lower from scratches to install the roll pins in where you were supposed to use a special punch. works like a charm. just take your time and you can do it easy with no special tools.

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    With all due modesty, I did write a book on just this subject...

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    heck if you get one of the complete otis cleaning kits youll have everything youll need
    just short of rebarreling and head spacing!

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    I built mine from a stripped lower receiver with a dpms parts kit and a complete upper in less than 2hrs with a few hand tools. if you built an ak then this is piece of cake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markp View Post
    Do yourself a favor... buy a complete upper... learn the gun before you try to "build" one. Building the lower is easy, get a 100% lower and lower parts kit, no special tools needed.


    Here is a really cheap upper to get started with:

    Custom 16 Inch 1x9 Chrome Moly M4 Flat Top Upper 4 Rail FF Handguard - Special! <- you can't really build this upper cheaper.

    Lowers are everywhere I have been using Tactical Machining lowers lately but they are all pretty much the same (TM has them to my door [80% receivers] or FFL [100% receivers] in 2 days.) and LPK's were $59 at midway.

    Mark
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    Above mentioned wrench, torque wrench, punch, hammer, and I like...

    1/4 inch drill bit or long 1/4 inch punch to install the pesky front pivot retainer. Roll Pin punch set, it has a tiny ball on the end, to take out and finish installing gas block pins. If you buy the right AR wrench, it will come with a stock wrench. I also use a old heavy duty center punch to stake the gas port screws.

    However... Buy is assembled and test fired. Once in a while, these barrels come out of spec. If you don't have a set of go, no-go gage, you're in for some pain, even if it's only one in many thousand barrels are out of specs.

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