How to Choose an AR-15 that’s Right for You
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The AR-15 rifle is a heavily sought after semi-automatic rife that has many applications and add-ons for anyone wanting to survive.
In the U.S. it is perfectly legal to own AR-15 rifles although some states regulate the possession of the guns or their features. The purchaser of the AR-15 will be subject to specific regulations on a per state basis and should consult with their gun provider for these laws before they purchase any additional features that may be suspect to regulation.
The AR-15 is Used By:
- U.S. Navy
- Air Force
- Marine Corps
- Law-enforcement agencies
- Survivalists who want to survive!
The original AR-15 was less than six pounds although heavy-barrel versions are now available and weigh upwards of 8.5 lbs. Because of the various add-ons and variety of companies that manufacture the gun have skyrocketed the popularity of the gun has attracted the attention of sport shooters and law enforcement around the world.
The AR-15 is known for is accuracy and personalization abilities particular to each enthusiast or application. It will also be one of the most important survival tools you could ever own.
How to Choose an AR-15: AR-15 Uppers
An AR-15 upper is the upper part of the AR-15 that supports the barrel assembly and to house and guide the bolt carrier group. Here are the parts that are located on the AR-15 upper receiver:
- Ejection port cover
- Forward assist
- Rear sight assembly
- Charging hammer
A1/A2 – AR-15 Upper Receivers
- Windage-only adjustable rear sight mounted on a fixed carrying handle
- Sight is a peep-hole type sight
- Has larger close-range appeture and smaller longer range appeture
- The adjustment for elevation is made with the front sight post
- The A1 type sight may be difficult to come by and you may have limited options
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A3 – AR-15 Upper Receivers (Flat Top Receivers)
- Usually more desirable than the A1 or A2 AR-15 upper receivers
- The major benefit of the A3 AR-15 upper is the Picatinny rail system
- This provides a solid attachment point for all types of optics and accessories
- Bottom line: you have way more options to roll with when customizing your AR-15
AR-15 Lower Receivers
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The lower receivers contain the fire control system, the magazine well, and serves as the attachment device of the buttstock and pistol grip.
The lower receiver is pretty much common for all upper receiver and buttstock types.
There are 9 subassemblies attached to the lower receiver:
- Pistol grip
- Fire control selector (fire, safe, off)
- Trigger group
- Magazine group
- Bolt catch
- Trigger guard
- Rear takedown pin
- Pivot pin
AR-15 Customization Tips
Keep these tips in mind when customizing your AR-15:
- There are different sizes of trigger/hammer pins. Make sure you know what size yours is before ordering custom parts. The most common are 154 thousandths for military and after market specs, and 171 thousandths. You’ll need to know what size yours is, and make sure your fire control pin, trigger pin, and hammer pin match. If you’re not completely sure, use a set of calipers to measure.
- AR-15 pivot pin sizes are super important – make sure your pivot pins match the upper and lower receivers. You can also get adapters to get the pins to match up.
What Will You Use Your AR-15 For?
The application of your AR-15 should be taken into account when selecting a gun that is appropriate for you.
- Will you use it for survival/personal protection situations? Maybe a red dot sight or rail sight would work best for you.
- Do you want to make it into a long range (sniper rifle?) You will want a heavier barrel and a great sight.
Shooting an AR-15
You should shoot as many AR-15’s as possible to see which one feels right to you. Because there are so many variations of the gun including barrel lengths and caliber sizes each gun may feel different in your hands.
Handling the gun at a shooting range will give you the best idea of which options or manufacturer you feel most comfortable with.
Cost of AR-15
Your budget for your new AR-15 should be taken into consideration because the price points of the gun can vary significantly. The average price of the AR-15 ranges from $850.00 to $2,000.00 for new guns.
The cheaper alternative would be to purchase a used gun which can picked up for around $600.00 and up.
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