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Old September 1st, 2011, 06:00 PM #1
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This build was a long time in the making, but I'm happy with the finished product. I relied on forum posts to see how different parts looked on a finished rifle, and for parts ideas, so it's only appropriate that I do one of my finished rifle. A lot of you have more gun experience than I do, how'd I do for my first AR build? What should I do for my next one?

Here's what's on my rifle:
  • Arizona Armory billet upper and lower reciever - I chose Arizona Armory because I'm from Arizona, and I believe strongly in supporting local manufacturing. Rumor has it that these are rebranded Sun Devil parts, but that's local too. Jeff at AA gave me a great price on everything, and was fantastic to deal with.
  • Magpul MOE stock and pistol grip - Magpul has great value for the money. These parts are solid, and were relatively cheap.
  • Troy TRX Extreme VTAC 11" Rail - I wanted this to be a lightweight rifle, and don't plan on hanging too much stuff off it. I picked the VTAC because I think it feels better than the standard TRX.
  • Daniel Defense 14.5" Barrel with AAC Brakeout permanently attached - I think I paid too much for both of these parts, at the time I figured there probably was a reason nobody can keep them in stock. There is a suppressor in this rifle's future, probably a AAC Mini4. I'm happy with these two parts, probably going with better value next time.
  • Palmetto State Armory Bolt Carrier Group and lower parts kit - Everything was in spec, bolt is MP and HP tested, PSA makes good parts for great prices.
  • Troy HK style front and folding rear sights - Nothing special, these were 25% off. I prefer the HK front sight for faster sight alignment, and it looks good. I put a .34 KNS front sight post in for better accuracy.
  • I Kick Hippies sling mount plate - Innovative product, and supporting small boutique suppliers is good for our hobby.
  • IWC front sling mount - Attaches a sling without having to add a rail section.
  • JP yellow trigger springs - Testing these out, trigger feels great after I added these and some moly grease.
  • KNS anti-rotation pins - Pointless, but they look cool. Not sure why I bought these...
  • VTAC sling - The only thing on this rifle I regret buying. I would much rather have a completely plain $12 sling. There's nothing wrong with the VTAC sling, but it doesn't feel quite right.
  • Receiver and rail cerakoted foliage green by Arizona Armory - I wanted a unique rifle, coating it makes it uniquely mine. I went with foliage green because Flat Dark Earth is played out and the sure sign of a tacticool mall ninja. Foliage green also matches military uniforms and equipment.

Comments? Suggestions? I'm still sorting this gun out, it's a little picky about ammo. Hopefully after I get more rounds through it it'll smooth out.
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Old September 1st, 2011, 06:03 PM #2
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it's beautiful. how much $$ did you invest when it was all said and done?
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Old September 1st, 2011, 06:05 PM #3
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Old September 1st, 2011, 06:13 PM #4
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it's beautiful. how much $$ did you invest when it was all said and done?
I don't want to add everything up, but I think around $1300-$1500. I tried to buy most of the parts on sale.
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I have nothing bad to say about it. Seems well thought out.

Im personally not a fan of the Troy Rails because I have seen them shoot loose but they are nice rails.

What kind of issues are you having? Feed, Extraction, Ejection, Fail to Fire? If its failing to cycle or lock the bolt back im beting its the buffer spring. Many Stock or Rifle PArts Kits have a 10%+ Buffer Spring. Its wrong. A COlt Carbine Buffer Spring fixes many ARs I see for issues.
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IIRC, JP doesnt suggest running the yellow springs in a gun that may be for duty or relied on for more than competition work.
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Looks great!!! In the end, it's something you wanted and built yourself. That alone should make you happy.
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IIRC, JP doesnt suggest running the yellow springs in a gun that may be for duty or relied on for more than competition work.
I have never read this but I know it to be good advice.

I do run them in my AR's BUT, and I say BUT I lighten the hammers by cutting the tails off (Lightenens Mass).

Or you can buy one of these instead:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=7...5_SPEED_HAMMER

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I have never read this but I know it to be good advice.

I do run them in my AR's BUT, and I say BUT I lighten the hammers by cutting the tails off (Lightenens Mass).

Or you can buy one of these instead:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=7...5_SPEED_HAMMER

One of the reasons they are yellow is to instantly tell if you get an AR thats having light strikes, From JP website:

3-3.5 pound trigger pull for competition/recreational use. Kit includes yellow color coded trigger and hammer spring..
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What are the potential issues with running the JP yellow springs?
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