Build Or Buy AR 15?

Building your own gun can be a rewarding experience and the AR15 platform provides users tons of learning opportunities compared to other firearm platforms. The main benefit is the level of customization it allows when building one from scratch.

With the growing popularity of AR-15s, many people have discovered the joy of building their own gun and customizing it to their liking. You can select each part, including handguard, receiver, chamber, bolt carrier group, stock, grips and more, ensuring it meets your specific needs and preferences without leaving spare parts around.

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In addition to giving you a gun that's uniquely yours, building your own gun also gives you a more intimate understanding of the firearm's system. It's a great way to gain practical knowledge about how guns work, which can be invaluable if you're serious about your firearms.

Challenges of Building Your Own AR15

While building a gun can be an exciting and rewarding process, it also comes with its annoying challenges. One of the main challenges is safety and cost. You need to ensure that you are doing everything correctly, adhering to the right specs, and using the right tools.

If you are just building one rifle, it may not make sense to buy all the tools to just make one rifle. While some people don't have access to a sturdy work bench, it will be difficult to torque down the barrel nut to secure the barrel.

Another challenge is the time and patience it requires. Building a gun is not a quick process. You need to take your time to do the research, select the right parts, assemble them correctly, and test them. This is especially important when it comes to crucial parts of the gun like the barrel, bolt carrier group, and trigger.

Benefits of Buying a Ready-Made AR15

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Buying a ready-made gun can be a more straightforward and simpler process. You don't have to worry about selecting each part or assembling them correctly. This makes it a great option for those who are new to firearms or those who prefer a hassle-free experience.

  • No tool required
  • No work bench needed

Please check out our Best AR15 Rifle Guides where we have listed the top options with all good accessories on a factory gun.

Drawbacks of Buying a Ready-Made Gun

One of the main challenges of buying a ready-made gun is the lack of customization. You get what you pay for, and while it may be a quality firearm, it may not meet your specific needs or preferences.

Sometimes you may over pay just for the brand and other accessories you may not truly want, which can lead to many spare parts laying around when you do upgrade later. 

Other times a user can completely upgrade the rifle to the point where there is probably only a few parts left of the original rifle, which can cost way more than just building one at the start.

Another challenge is that you may not get the same level of understanding and knowledge about the firearm's system compared to building it yourself.

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