Build or Buy an AR 15, Which is Better?

The age old question, “should I build my own AR-15 or should I buy one fully assembled?” Well, if you’re a beginner, you’re definitely better off buying your own AR, figuring out how it works, how to assemble and disassemble the rifle, and how to clean it. Next, you should shoot as many different AR-15 rifles as you can, then you’ll know exactly what kind of AR-15 you want to build (will also give you time to save your money, because a custom rifle can get costly!).

amt OD green lower buildStart small, purchasing your own AR-15 rifle can give you the experience and knowledge you need to build your own, or have someone else build a custom rifle for you. It is far easier to simply purchase an AR of your choice as opposed to having one built for you. 

There is no doubt as you become a more experienced shooter and try more styles of AR’s, you’ll want customizations to your rifle that you might take from others you have shot. Talking to your local shop expert can provide you a wealth of knowledge in building your own AR.

Building your own AR-15 allows you to customize everything, from the lower (a complete or 80% lower receiver), to your sites, barrel, and everything in between. Again, it is best to try as many different styles of AR-15 as you can, this will let you know how you want to build your rifle. Of course, the internet, and YouTube in particular, can be tremendous resources for you to research. 

How Long Does It take to build an AR15?

So you’ve decided that building an AR-15 is the right path for you. Great! Now it’s time to get your hands dirty. Luckily for you! It’s never been easier to build your very own tactical AR-15. With the vast amount of tools, products, and guides available to you, this shouldn’t take any more time than purchasing a pre-built AR-15. In as little as 3 hours, you can successfully build your tactical AR-15. Start the foundation of your build off on the right track, and browse our stock of Ar-15 lower receivers. Get started on your custom AR 15 build today!

Is it hard to build an AR 15?

If you’re considering building an AR-15, you should be aware that having the proper tool, parts, jigs, and some mechanically inclined skills are necessary. Fortunately, it’s never been easier for the first-time AR-15 builders to get their first tactical AR-15 built in a matter of hours. With tons of free information and videos across the internet, even a complete amateur can assemble their very first rifle. If you’re looking for a custom build and are up for the challenge that requires milling/machining work, then an AR-15 raw forged 80% lower receiver is perfect for you.

Can you legally build an AR 15?

Yes, you can 100% legally build your own AR-15 in the United States. With one of our top products, the AR-15 anodized forged 80% lower receiver, it’s never been easier. The benefit of pursuing this route is that it is cheaper to build an AR-15 than to purchase a completed one. Please be aware that different states have varying laws and regulations regarding building or buying an AR-15.

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