The process of creating a custom rifle is rather involved but fun and rewarding. When you finally finish your custom AR-15, it will be an experience you can never forget. It's easy to get overwhelmed when you're building a custom rifle from scratch, though. While the scope of this guide is to help you with your custom rifle build for your AR-15, there is a lot more to learn about both the business and hobby of building firearms.
Getting Started Building a Custom AR-15
Building a custom AR-15 is a great project for anyone with little time and patience. You can build a rifle that will suit your field needs. Although, there are some considerations you should keep in mind when you're getting started building a custom rifle.
What Fits Your Needs? Building a custom AR-15 is a great way to get exactly what you want in a rifle. You can add parts to the gun so that it is easier to use in situations where it is likely to get dirty. Also, you can add extra features to make it easier to use or more comfortable to handle. However, there are also some additional things you should know when you're getting started building a custom rifle.
Barrel Assembly: The barrel assembly is one of the most important parts of any gun as that it is what fires the bullet. A good barrel assembly will help improve accuracy and help control muzzle rise during rapid fire. It also makes sense for you to make sure that the barrel assembly will be compatible with the rest of your gun.
Gun Building Materials
You have various choices when building a custom AR-15. Some of the most popular materials include:
- Aluminum—Aluminum is lightweight and relatively inexpensive, making it a solid choice for an AR-15 rifle. However, aluminum doesn't provide much in the way of resistance, so this material isn't recommended for use in the receiver or barrel extension.
- Steel—Steel is still a popular choice for AR-15 rifles, thanks to its strength and durability. All of the major components of the rifle can be built from steel. The tradeoff with this material is weight—steel is heavier than aluminum. Also, high-end steel rifles tend to be quite expensive due to stricter manufacturing requirements and higher material costs.
- Carbon fiber—Carbon fiber has become a very popular material in the AR-15 world due to its rigidity and since it is lightweight. It's commonly used in handguards and stocks because it's stiffer than aluminum yet lighter than steel. This makes it ideal for reducing both felt recoil and muzzle rise during firing.
- Wood—There's also the option to add more comfortable and detailed custom features. Some people like the classic look of polished wood finishes. If that applies to you, then consider building your AR-15 with wood accents and features.
The materials for handguards, stocks, and other features are the custom features that will set your rifle apart and make it unique.
Be sure to understand the process of building an AR-15 before making one. It might be illegal, depending on the state. Contact a custom rifle maker to get the professional help you need making a custom, legal AR-15 for your collection. Likewise, contact a custom AR-15 gun manufacturer for further information.