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By B. Gil Horman
October 31, 2014

What does it really take to build an AR-15 from scratch—and is it worth it? Here is what the author learned as he tackled the job for the very first time.

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Latest Comments

BigD in NC wrote:
November 07, 2014

I have built over 20 Rs as a hobby. Easy to do, just a small investment in punches, blocks and wrenches. <3 hours from start of assembly to test fire. Parts are now ~$400.

Matt wrote:
November 07, 2014

The $1300 is for 'parts and tools'. He stated that as I directly quoted it.

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