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Old March 4th, 2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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Completed my first lower build (w/pics)

I completed my first build this weekend. It was definitely fun, and my parts seemed to be within spec, because I didn't have any problems.

I went with a Palmetto State Armory stripped lower:


and a CMMG parts kit:




Based on the instructions given at AR-15.com, I began the build.
1. Magazine catch and button:



2. Magpul trigger guard:


3. Bolt catch:


4. Takedown pin (blurry):
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Old March 4th, 2012, 01:02 AM   #2
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Pics continued!

5. Trigger assembly (blurry):



6. Hammer assembly:


7. Buffer tube, buffer, stock, grip (finished product):
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Old March 4th, 2012, 02:21 AM   #3
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looks good. So whats the upper going to be?
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Old March 4th, 2012, 02:24 AM   #4
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I picked up my PSA stripped lower today. I'm excited to get the rest of my parts.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 02:29 AM   #5
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How do you like the CMMG LPK?
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Old March 4th, 2012, 03:52 AM   #6
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Off to a good start.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 04:44 AM   #7
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Looks good..i just want to say however that ars are like the only gun that you can have a whole thread about half a gun...lol
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Old March 4th, 2012, 04:55 AM   #8
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Old March 4th, 2012, 05:10 AM   #9
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Looks good..i just want to say however that ars are like the only gun that you can have a whole thread about half a gun...lol
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You could do a whole thread about half an AK, but I think you'd need more martini's Nem.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 05:30 AM   #10
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The CMMG parts kit is pretty neat. Color coded parts bags and a box cover showing where everything goes. Do they all come like that?

Looks like a good set up to recommend for all first time builders.


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Old March 4th, 2012, 05:44 AM   #11
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VERY NICE!!! I agree that LPK looks great!


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Old March 4th, 2012, 12:14 PM   #12
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Steve do you plan on a PSA upper also?
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Old March 4th, 2012, 01:19 PM   #13
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Thanks for all of the replies. I'll answer the questions in order:

The upper is going to be this one:
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index...upperpper.html
The options that I selected are a black Magpul handguard, charging handle with tactical release latch, and I bought a MBUS gen 2 separately.I am going to use a nickel boron BCG from WMD: https://www.primaryarms.com/WMD_Guns...bxbcg-0002.htm

I really liked the CMMG parts kit, and I bought it because of the recommendation from the build thread here in the rifle forum. I like the look of the Magpul trigger guard, though, so I substituted that one, and I used the plated hammer from the BCG package that I bought. I have to say that I really love the trigger, too. I don't have much experience at all with rifles, but I love how the trigger has nearly zero takeup and breaks very cleanly.

I wish I could have made this into a full build thread, but I don't have the upper from PSA yet. When I get it, I'll update this thread with pictures and I'll also show the nickel boron BCG installation.

Experience won't let me say how this build would be for beginners vs any of the others, but it really was great. I am super excited to shoot my first AR!
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Old March 4th, 2012, 01:46 PM   #14
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The enhanced LPk from spikes it all thrown in a tiny bag everything everywhere.
It doesn't come packed nice like that at all.
You'd think for an almost $200 LPK you'd get decent packaging...


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Old March 4th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #15
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The CMMG lower parts kit is only $65 including shipping when it's in stock: http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/ItemD...sku=2CMMG10208

They also have a two-stage trigger version of the kit for close to $200:
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/76320-1.html
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Old March 5th, 2012, 08:23 AM   #16
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I bought the "Classic LPK" from PSA when I bought my upper.....its all in 2 bags, nothing labeled like that.

Next LPK I buy will probably be CMMG, based on your photos.


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Old March 5th, 2012, 12:36 PM   #17
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I have been very fortunate to have several great resources to guide me through my first build. My friend pointed me to PSA and I think they are great. Apone's thread in this forum pointed me to the CMMG kit, and he also pointed me to mid-length gas systems. I think my first AR is going to be great as a result of all of this help.

Hopefully a bunch of us can meet up at Marriottsville when I finally get to shoot this thing!
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Old March 5th, 2012, 01:13 PM   #18
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I am using a cmmg kit for my new build. Picked it up at the york show. Ps looks good cant wait to see it finished.


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Old March 5th, 2012, 02:22 PM   #19
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I received notification that PSA shipped my upper today! It won't be long now.
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Old March 5th, 2012, 09:34 PM   #20
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Definitely a nice touch by CMMG with their parts kit. It should be pretty obvious what every part is, but some of them can get a little confusing if one is unfamiliar with the platform.

I might have to start recommending these to friends looking to build their first.


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