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”

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.

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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”

Real Talk About BCG Coatings

Your Bolt Carrier Group comes in about as many different coatings as you could think of, but the question I had was: What does it really mean? So, I started digging, and let me tell you, I found a wealth of knowledge and a fountain of opinions. I will start this post with the technical facts of the coatings and then throw down the practical, real people talk of what all of it means. Continue reading “Real Talk About BCG Coatings”

Planning Your AR-15 Build

AR-10 vs AR-15Planning your AR Build

AR-15 or AR-10?

The first question you have to ask is: Do I want an AR-15 or AR-10? What it comes down to, is what do you want? The biggest difference is the AR-15 was developed based on the 5.56mm NATO round, and the AR-10 was made for the .308 (7.62mm NATO). So, with the larger round, you get more power, but also more weight and less capacity. Check these links out for more discussion on the topic: Continue reading “Planning Your AR-15 Build”