One thing that riflemen have in common is that no matter the rifle, there are components you love and others you wish you could change. The AR-15 is no different. Enthusiasts will often look to make changes with AR15 builds to achieve more comfort and efficiency. For example, some owners like smooth grips while others prefer more texture or a different contour. You can achieve a high level of customization through AR15 builds and enhance your shooting experience by giving yourself a rifle that fits your style and increases your accuracy on the range.
In this article, we'll discover what AR15 builds are, what makes them unique, and give you everything you need to know about AR15 builds to help improve your shooting experience with this rifle.
What Are AR15 Builds?
We define AR15 builds as any modification performed on a standard AR-15 that changes the appearance or performance of the rifle. One thing we need to mention, you need to always make sure you know the laws in your state before moving ahead with any AR-15 build that customizes your rifle. Assuming you've done that, then you're good to go. You'll soon see there are many ways you can customize your rifle with AR-15 build techniques that will give you an edge in comfort and accuracy.
What Makes Each Build Unique?
We can customize most rifles to reduce their length by changing the stock. However, AR-15s present a unique challenge because of the gas system and buffer tube inherent in the rifle's design. That doesn't mean that you can't customize an AR-15 many ways; far from it. For example, today you have the option to change the structure of the rifle so you can fold it into a smaller configuration than before. The bottom line is that while the AR-15 has some unique workarounds you need to know about, it is very customizable if you know the right AR15 builds.
What Do You Need to Know about Them?
As mentioned earlier, before changing an AR-15 with an AR-15 build, make sure you know your state laws regulating these rifles. Understanding the laws and the design features of a standard AR-15 will have you ready to start your AR-15 build. With some simple upgrades to the standard components of your rifle, you can build an AR-15 tailor-made to your shooting style without having to go to a gunsmith. Let's have a look at how you can pull this off and some unique AR15 builds for inspiration.
Many rifles can produce powerful recoils. One of the first things AR15 builds address is the stock configuration of the rifle. Along with making your AR-15 more comfortable, changing the stock helps to absorb recoil. There are many options available if you want to modify your AR-15 stock, as this is a common upgrade. When beginning AR15 builds by altering the stock, consider the intended use of your rifle before you choose which stock you want to add. Here are some tips:
A stock that is lightweight, comfortable, and adapted to your specific purpose will only improve your performance on the range or if you must defend yourself or others. Cool gimmicks aren't the focus when choosing a stock (or any other component) for your AR15 builds. You want functionality and dependability first and foremost.
How an AR-15 or any rifle feels when you hold it plays a role in your comfort level on the range. If your rifle doesn't feel right when you grip it, you'll end up thinking too much about your hands instead of concentrating on the target. Distractions impact accuracy, so you'll want to eliminate as many of them as possible. One of the most common AR15 builds first involves changing the grips to suit your individual preference. Smooth or textured, even the color matters to some riflemen. Here's what to consider when starting AR15 builds by customizing your rifle's grips:
Choosing the right grip reduces wrist stress and gives you a more relaxed shooting position which will increase your rate of fire and accuracy. Proper forehand grips can also protect your hand against barrel heat during extended firing. The grip is how you first experience an AR-1; experiment with the different style and configurations to achieve a more enjoyable and accurate shooting.
Triggers are the next component we'll look at in evaluating different AR15 builds. Squeezing the trigger is the final step in sending a bullet towards the target and triggers are one of the most often customized components enthusiasts seek to modify with their AR15 builds. Just like with grips the perfect trigger will make your finger more comfortable and you must go through a similar process in finding a trigger that's right for you.
Drop-in trigger kits are popular for AR15 builds, as they are easy DIY installations. The kits give you the option of having several trigger styles readily available for either hunting, home defense or competition shooting on the range. If you want to increase the versatility of your AR15 builds, trigger kits are a great way to go.
Take into account your shooting style when considering AR15 builds that will reconfigure the barrel of your rifle. You may want to customize with a barrel that's shorter or longer or one that's heavier or lighter. Longer barrels are preferred by shooters because they may improve long-range accuracy; others prefer a shorter barrel for ease of use or transport. A middle ground is a barrel of average length and balance that will cover most situations well. At any rate, if you're considering upgrading your rifle, AR15 builds with different style barrels are something you should consider.
AR-15 barrels are available chrome-lined, which makes cleaning and maintenance quick and easy. Chrome linings also increase the lifespan of the rifle by protecting against corrosion and general wear and tear-especially if you're firing lots of rounds in rapid succession. However, stainless steel linings produce more accurate shots, making them an ideal choice for competitive shooters. Keep these factors in mind when choosing AR-15 builds that will change the configuration of your barrel.
Folding The AR-15
Another popular trend in rifle modification is to simply fold the weapon by changing the buttstock. We touched on this earlier, because of the buffer tube and gas system design of the AR-15 that makes folding like this impossible. Setting the stock aside there are other areas where the AR-15 can bend, making it a foldable rifle. The point on the rifle where barrel and receiver join has produced some interesting folding designs for the AR-15.
Companies such as FoldAR can produce custom, foldable AR-15 rifles made to order. Other smaller companies also offer customizations for a folding AR-15 that will fit into a small carry case and assemble in seconds and be ready for shooting. Again, check with the laws in your specific state regarding customizing a folding AR-15 or transporting one. The trend in folding rifle design is going towards smaller is better. Owners want a rifle that has a carry and storage profile as low as possible while keeping functionality and reliability. This presented significant design challenges, but companies like FoldAR seem to be up to the task.
Customizing your AR-15 to suit your particular needs has never been more popular or easier than it is today. With so many aftermarket options to choose from, a well-informed rifleman can build a custom AR-15 without the help of a gunsmith. Whether you need a versatile home defense rifle, an accurate hunting rifle that's easy to transport or a competition rifle for the range, AR15 builds are readily available. You should be able to try out many configurations of the AR-15 to test different stocks, grips, barrel lengths, and other components. Check with your local professional gun shop or shooting range, as they are always happy to help.