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    AR build for dummies....

    Yeah, that's me.... I'm looking at the Palmetto State Armory specials and being really tempted. I know there had to be more to our than buying the kit and putting it together.
    I know the 80% lists need a jig and machining... what about the stripped lower? Is that just add the parts? Do I need special tools?
    Can anyone recommend the easiest and cheapest way to start?
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    Buy a stripped lower, and a lower parts kit, watch a couple of assembly videos and TA TA! Now all you need is a complete upper and a brace or stock depending on the end product desired. I used tools on hand to build the lower, bought the upper assembled, I did however by an AR armorers wrench for tightening the buffer tube nut. (sorry forgot the torque spec.)


    I will ask this question, whats the deal with .154 pins for the Fire Control Group? Apparently there are different sizes, why?

    Thanks in advance
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    Thanks for the reply. I'm not short on tools but no special ones. I am concerned with buying stuff and then realizing I'm missing stuff... tools or parts. The kits look complete except for the lower. Looks like they have an assembled upper and lower parts.
    I'm looking seriously at this...but since I have never so much as field stripped an AR I don't want to make a bad choice.

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    Well of course that's a pistol if that's what you're looking to build. It's not an 80% which I would not recommend for you anyway. You will be fine with this kit. You will not need any special tools to build it. There are a few that are convenience tools but I built my first one without them. My first build was just like that from PSA but a rifle build. I studied a complete YouTube to prepare then followed it with the parts in hand. It took me like 40 minutes to build it. Good Luck!
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    Watch this video. Don't get caught up in all the tools, common tools can be used as substitutes, but like anything, they are the chosen tools because they make things easier. The punches I got are from harbor freight. As recommended by a professional AR builder.

    https://videos.midwayusa.com/index.p...?id=1_u7cgusv9

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    If I wanted an AR pistol in 5.56 I would go for it. In fact that deal caught my eye also, but the 300 BLK pistol is enough for now ... although I've played around with just getting the 5.56 upper while they are cheap. The thought of a drop in 3.5# trigger crossed my mind, but with the pistol it would probably be too light for a tactical application.
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    You darn bunch of enablers! I started looking at 7.5" uppers and found a completed Davidson for 154.00...then found this kit for a hundred...delivered. I may bite on this though I've not assembled an upper yet. Probably a good learning experience for my other ones. Possible with standard tools?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMorgan View Post
    now all you need is their $30 stripped lower receiver

    https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-ar-15-lower-safe-fire-1728.html

    I built one of their pistol and carbine kits

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    Carbine






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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    If I wanted an AR pistol in 5.56 I would go for it. In fact that deal caught my eye also, but the 300 BLK pistol is enough for now ... although I've played around with just getting the 5.56 upper while they are cheap. The thought of a drop in 3.5# trigger crossed my mind, but with the pistol it would probably be too light for a tactical application.
    Although I have yet to get a gauge on the RA240 I bought, I believe it is closer to 4+#. Very controllable and deliberate. I bottom dropped my AR9 from 18" (empty) 5 times and it did not fire. I think you will like it... If you decide to buy one, and don't like it, I'll buy it off you for my next AR... Promise....
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