Installing the LPK: The Fire Control Group

Welcome back, Builders! Today we will examine the installation of the fire control group. For the purpose of this instructional, the Fire Control Group includes the trigger group and hammer group. You will assemble the following parts from your LPK on your work surface: Trigger, Hammer, Trigger Spring, Hammer Spring, Trigger/Hammer pins (2x), Disconnector and Disconnector spring.  I like to organize mine in sections, Hammer group, trigger group, and disconnector. Continue reading “Installing the LPK: The Fire Control Group”

Why Do I Need an “Assault Rifle”?

So, with all this media talk about the evil of ghost guns, it is inevitable that the question of need comes up. Why do I need an “Assault Rifle”? I decided to see if YouTube could put it in better words than I had. I was lucky to find a few great posts from the LAST time the media (and thus the leftist government) went after “assault rifles”. Here is one from Colion Noir:


And one from Chuck Woolery:


Both of these two men came to some of the same conclusions. The right to keep and bear arms, that shall not be infringed, or our second amendment right, was established not to protect hunting, sporting, collecting or personal protection, but to protect citizens from the tyranny of governments, foreign or domestic. Now, both of these men go on to talk about some of the key arguments with justifying the need for an “assault rifle”. Woolery mentions that the semiautomatic rifle isn’t truly a military weapon, and thus is not an assault rifle. Noir talks about the fact that handguns are not just as effective for home protection and self defense, as some gun control advocates try to argue. All of these are good points, but I feel like they are both missing the real issue.

Why do we need to establish a ‘need’ to exercise a right guaranteed by the highest law in our country? You don’t hear anyone clamoring for a need for Facebook, despite how many teen suicides are directly related to the exercise of free speech on Facebook. No one denies the deaths caused by death pact cults, yet limiting which religions can be practiced is thought of as absolutely abhorrent. Now, I’m not trying to down play any of the arguments put forth in the videos, both were excellent in their arguments. They just missed the point. We shouldn’t have to establish a need, especially when dealing with a Constitutional Right. Anyway, thanks for reading this rant, and keep up your rights!

“Man Defends Home With AR-15” What’s Wrong With This Headline?

Shared from (KOKI-TV)

Many of you may have already seen this headline, or some version of it:

Man armed with AR-15 fatally shoots three intruders –

Man kills 3 teens with AR-15 during home invasion attempt, police say – WSB-TV 12

Homeowner’s Son Opens Fire with AR-15, Kills Three Home Invasion Suspects –

The list goes on. Just hit Google up with a quick search, and I’m sure you will find countless others.

First, before anything else, here is the basic summary of the story: Afternoon, a 19 year-old wakes up to three guys breaking into his home, attempting to rob it. He grabs his rifle, makes the decision to use lethal force, and kills all three. Later, police recover several weapons, and Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez turns herself in as an accomplice to the crime. As of writing this, no charges were filed against the homeowner.

Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez
(Photo: Wagoner County Jail)

The accomplice is being charged with attempted burglary and three counts of felony murder, as is the procedure under Oklahoma statutes.

Before I lay into my rant, let me say this: I am totally in support of your right to defend your home. I also have no problem with lethal force. This is not a post advocating or admonishing the homeowner. I have no idea of the situation, and I tend to think that he did exactly what the situation called for. Kudos to him for not allowing himself to be victimized. And to hell with the criminals who think they can just take whatever they want.

So what about this bothers me, if not the story? It is the headline. It seems these days that, no matter what side of the gun rights issue you are on, we have to sensationalize the report. Why does it matter what type of rifle he used to defend himself? Because popular media is trying to accentuate the “assault rifle” issue. Since the anti-gun liberal media is beefing up their stories with the term “AR-15”, the only way for the right to combat them is to pump their own stories by sensationalizing headlines. It is sad that we have to resort to this. All this behavior does is further polarize the issue. If the homeowner would have used a Glock 19, a Colt 1911, or a Ruger Mark IV, it likely wouldn’t make it past “Handgun”. Likewise, if it were a KA-BAR Straight Edge, Gerber Gator, or a Camillus DAGR, all you would see is “Knife”. Well, maybe “Assault Knife”.  Yet somehow, it is a special event, in media, if we attach AR-15 to the title. We fight and fight to get our modern sporting rifle accepted as any other rifle, just to slap it right back into its own category every time we write about it. We try to make the post positive, using language to support the homeowner and demonize the criminals, but it is too late. All of our readers’ opinions about the homeowner are already in place. He used an assault rifle. Now, we have to justify his use of an assault rifle, before we can even get to the fact that he was within his legal rights. All because of two letters and two numbers in a title.

But what can be done? I don’t know. How about end with a shameless AR-15 picture that has no relation to the story? That way we can start the same way we end, with an irrelevant detail.

Photo: Rock River Arms

Building Your Ghost Gun, Step One: Tools Required, Part 3

Upper and Other Tools

Welcome back for the last section. For this week, we will not follow our guide. All of the tools in this section will be considered Nice to Have (NH). For the most part, most people start with an assembled upper for their first build. However, if you are the adventurous type, you may find assembling an upper to be rewarding as well. So, today, we will discuss tools for assembling uppers and tools that are generally helpful on the whole. Continue reading “Building Your Ghost Gun, Step One: Tools Required, Part 3”

Building Your Ghost Gun, Step One: Tools Required, Part 2

Lower Parts Installation tools

For this part, we will examine all of the tools you need (and may want) to assemble a lower receiver. Again, we will stick with the following guide: Absolutely Necessary (AN), Nice to Have (NH), and Irrelevant(I). Also, I will discuss some improvised options using common tools you may already have. Continue reading “Building Your Ghost Gun, Step One: Tools Required, Part 2”

Building Your Ghost Gun, Step One: Tools Required, Part 1

Building a ghost gun is quite a process. By now you have decided that you want to build an AR, you have read my post on things to keep in mind when Planning Your AR-15 Build and you have at least answered the burning Polymer vs Aluminum question. So, where to start? Well, the first step will be to acquire all of the tools necessary to mill the lower and assemble the rifle. As you read through this, I will identify each tool as one of three categories: Absolutely Necessary (AN), Nice to Have (NH), and Irrelevant (I). For now, I will skip over the irrelevant tools. Necessary tools do not have a replacement. You need them. Nice to have tools can save you frustration, but you can improvise or use a tool you already have in your tool box.

Continue reading “Building Your Ghost Gun, Step One: Tools Required, Part 1”

Metal Lower Comparisons

Let’s talk today about metal lowers. For sake of argument, we will be talking about metal lowers as it applies to the 80% world. For further clarity, we are going to focus on aluminum receivers. After a bit of research, I found that most of the companies that have offered the dream of other metals, namely bronze and titanium, have mostly just pushed out dreams with no product. In fact, the only titanium company I could find that still had a website was Continue reading “Metal Lower Comparisons”