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    Default Tooling up

    What do I need to build a complete AR? Iím thinking of actually building one complete. More so for the experience and gained knowledge of doing it.

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    Default Re: Tooling up

    The reality? Not much. There's a video out there showing a guy put one together on his living room floor with his young child helping. Or, if you like tools, you can go hog wild and outfit an entire shop.

    Watch some Youtube videos and decide what you need vs. what you already have.

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    Default Re: Tooling up

    Plastic mallet, pin punch, screw driver/ hex bit, small piece of wood, channel lock pliers, thick book, castle nut wrench if you're doing an m4 style stock.

    Assuming you're going the standard pre-built upper kit route
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    Default Re: Tooling up

    Raxar pretty much covered it. In reality you can do it with what you probably already have in a basic tool box. There are a whole lot of specialty tools, jigs, vise inserts, etc that make the job easier but they aren't requirements.

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    I bought my kit from walmart online. One word of adVICE,
    dont buy a vice from walmart. Spend the money.

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    Default Re: Tooling up

    Quote Originally Posted by raxar View Post
    Plastic mallet, pin punch, screw driver/ hex bit, small piece of wood, channel lock pliers, thick book, castle nut wrench if you're doing an m4 style stock.

    Assuming you're going the standard pre-built upper kit route
    Channel locks? To build a lower.
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    Default Re: Tooling up

    Quote Originally Posted by Jkinpa1 View Post
    What do I need to build a complete AR? I’m thinking of actually building one complete. More so for the experience and gained knowledge of doing it.
    This doesn't sound to me like, "how can I slap an AR together as cheap as possible? ", which is how read the answers. If I'm wrong tell me to FO.

    Start with a good assembly book that talks about torque wrenches and torque values. It should go into detail about all the tools you would want. Get a completely disassembled kit or just buy parts. You will have a quality experience by learning the right way. You will learn about some little tools that remove frustration and lost or broken parts.

    If getting a rifle cheap is the ultimate goal than buying one right now is the way to go. You can't build them cheaper than you can buy them now. Upside down times.
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    Default Re: Tooling up

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunsnwater View Post
    Channel locks? To build a lower.
    Punches are overrated.


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    Default Re: Tooling up

    I used channel Locks to put the roll pin into my gas block/gas tube too.

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