AR Buyer Guide
Starter list, if your just starting out

THESE ARE SOME OF THE PARTS WE CARRY AND RECOMMEND FOR THE NEW BUILDER. BUT CLICK HERE FOR OUR ARPARTS LIST, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BROWSE.

IN THIS ARTICLE WE WILL OUTLINE AND LINK PARTS FOR YOU TO SIMPLY ORDER AND BUILD YOUR CUSTOM AR, OR USE IT AS IT IS AN OUTLINE SO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED AND CAN FIND WHAT YOU LIKE.

LOWER BUILD

TO START: You need a base, a platform to build from, this is called the lower receiver. There are many different types of lowers, from the material it's made from, to how complete the lower is, but that is a whole other topic. For the purpose of ease, we will say you have a finished ready-to-build lower from a FFL holding firearms company, these can be ordered online and shipped to your local firearms dealer just as any firearms, recommended to contact the local store before purchase. We do not carry an FFL and do not sell complete lowers but there are many highly recommended companies that do, a simple google will show you. If you know an 80% lower is for you we carry
ANDERSON 80% LOWER RECEIVER – ANODIZE but it does require more than this article will explain so if you're unsure DO NOT get an 80% lower.

From here we will go on to completing the lower receiver: in my opinion the internal safety/firing controls are the most complicated part of this build so lets get right to it, you can go about this in two ways. The first and easiest way is to get a LOWER PARTS KIT (LPK) for this I recommend the
SPIKE'S LOWERPARTS KIT it is their standard kit and has everything you need to install the LPK into the lower with just a few HAND TOOLS . Now if you kinda know what your looking for and want to look for each piece so to give you a more custom feel, check out our LPK/Parts category it has all you need to put your look and feel together.

Next we will have the buffer tube assembly, I say assembly due to recommending another kit consisting of the buffer, the buffer spring, and buffer tube which are the three major components of the buffer assembly, along with the back plate and castle, the
BCMBUFFER TUBE ASSEMBLY is the perfect choice for the price and with its mil spec tube most mil spec stocks will fit. We have some other choices that include butt stocks like the LBE AR MIL SPECCOMPLETE STOCK KIT it includes a mil spec stock with the buffer tube assembly or the SPIKE'S COMPLETESTOCK KIT. Then again you always have the choice to pick and choose with our BUFFER/TUBES/SPRINGS category.

There are so many different styles of stocks out there it would be way to hard to try and say too much in this area. It is a part of your AR15 that you will most likely change more than once. With that being said, if your going to save that first change and go with a more aftermarket stock the
MAGPUL CTR CARBINE STOCK is the one to grab. Other then being one of the more well know companies, its comfort and the price is hard to beat. There are too many choices for you to just take someones word though, so here's a list of STOCKS, check out the styles get an idea of what you may or may not want and pick one, like I said this is something that you can change easily and set aside for your next build. Once you have the stock picked out, your lower is ready to put together with the above items; or the one you choose will set you up for success for your lower receiver AR build.

UPPER BUILD

Well now we are ready for uppers there are many ways to go about purchasing an upper, the easiest but sometimes more expensive way is to get a complete upper. Some come with charging handles and BCGs, others come without these items. The best and more interesting way of getting your upper is to build it yourself, now this does require other tools like a torque wrench.
To build your own you will need to pick out an upper, being I am a car guy I'm all about the lines so everything lining up correctly with the upper and lower is a must. Earlier in the blog I spoke up the
ANDERSON 80% LOWER RECEIVER – ANODIZE, in going with the lines I would recommend ANDERSON STRIPPED UPPER RECEIVER. Anderson manufacturing builds one of the best quality receivers for the price, but we have a bigger collection of uppers ranging form stripped to complete assemblies in our list of UPPERS. After getting your upper you have internal upper parts line the BCG and charging handles along with the forward assist and the dust cover all can be found in our AR UPPER PARTS and BOLT CARRIER GROUP lists.
Moving on to the barrel things get really interesting, so since everything we have been talking about as been directly pointing at the AR-15 .223 5.56 versions. Our selection of BARRELS as many different calibers and lengths, but the LBE AR BARREL 556NATO 16" M4 barrel is a good start to a first time build. It has a 1:7 Twist Salt Bath Nitride Black Finish. After installing your barrel your ready for the GAS BLOCK/TUBE this controls the release of gases to the BCG for cycling purposes, but we will get into that in another post. The DIAMONDHEAD USA LOW PROFILE GAS BLOCK .750" would be a good reliable choice but always pay attention to the size of the inside diameter of the gas block compared to the barrel you have a .750 gas block will not work with a .625 barrel.
Getting to the end of the build with a few last things the first of them being the
RAIL/HAND GAURDs and the big question here is do you want M-LOK, KEYMOD, or Picatinny, then you have the length. Also much a personal decision but keep in mind the type of accessories you may want and what style they are available in it may help you make a decision in this area. The last necessary part for your first AR15 build is the muzzle brake and the M4 bird cage is the most popular but we have a huge selection of muzzle brakes and flash hiders and deflectors in our MUZZLES area

After you have picked out and assembled all your AR15 parts from Tactical R&R you may want a carying case, cleaning kit or maybe even some ammunition we have everything you need under the
Accessories
tab in our home page.
Thanks for reading my blog I truly hope it was helpful to you in some way or form,
until next time.
Remember to have muzzle and trigger awareness and all around gun safety. Remember to teach your young, just for fun. A round a day keeps the rage away.

the DANIMAL
Tactical R&R