SO, YOU WANT TO BUILD AN AR? You’ve come to the right place. This 7 part series will walk you through everything from installing your first handguard, to how Cerakoting and laser etching can turn a rifle into a work of art.
On the first build—a minimalist race gun-inspired .223 Wylde— we lay out every step in assembling an upper and lower receiver from parts in a series of videos.
The second build—a precision AR-10 chambered in 6mm Creedmoor —we get into the differences between the AR-10 and AR-15 platform, and lay out each build step for this rifle in detailed photos.
Our hunting build—a hard-hitting .450 Bushmaster —gets into special considerations for big bore AR-15s. The build steps are nearly identical to our .223, but the obstacles we had to overcome were quite different.
Then, we profile Nick Kesserling, of FSG Customs in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Nick is a premier firearm artists who does laser engraving and cerakote work for some of the biggest rifle and handgun manufacturers in the country. But his first love is tricked-out custom guns, and he brought his A-game to this project.
Finally, first thing’s last: tools. Yes, you can build an AR with a 5.56 cartridge and a wrench, but don’t torture yourself. These few essential items make the build process straightforward and fairly stress free—and if this is going to become a new hobby, and it often does, you’ll be grateful for the expanded gunsmithing tool box.