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View Poll Results: How well do you know your AR15?
I dont know much about it but would like to learn 15 18.07%
I shoot and clean it but thats about it 24 28.92%
I am skilled and can share my skills 41 49.40%
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Old 03-26-2013, 5:21 PM
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Default How familiar are you with your AR15

Please answer honestly,

Just to get an idea how familiar are you with your AR15?

Can you break it down in under a minute?
Do you know how to make your bolt hold back without firing your last round?
What do you know about basic marksmanship?
Can you name all the parts on your AR?
Any tips and tricks can you share in person?


Reason I ask is that ive seen many people at the range with various experience. Some dont know much to people who can tell you all the history and handle it blindfolded.

Also maybe in the future, I would like to get a small group to teach and learn from others. I would like to share what I learned in the Marines and learn so others can help other shooters gain skills on how to operate, learn about safety and improve their marksmanship.

This is what we used to break down the rifle in a minute or less


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Old 03-26-2013, 6:02 PM
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Break it down how? Separate upper and lower and remove bolt?
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Not as familiar as I'd like to be. I would definitely be interested in attending a "class" to learn more.
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I can separate upper from lower. Yeah I can lock back the bolt manually. I installed the LPK, buffer and stock. Attached the fully assembled upper. Mine is featureless, so no BB. I would be interested in learning more though.
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I think the best way to learn about ho a gun works is to build one. I can't tell you how much I learned from building my first AK. You really get to learn to function of every part you are putting on there. With the AR it's great to watch in depth youtube videos on how the gun is totally stripped and put together and how the gun functions etc. I know when I first bought my AR as soon as I turned 18 I didn't know how the gun functioned I didn't even know what the buffer and buffer spring were and I couldn't confidently field strip the gun. Now field stripping, cleaning, replacing parts and explaining the function of each part to new shooters I take to the range is like second nature.
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I saw a guy at the range once, the buzzer went off, I told him he needed to lock his bolt back, he said his bolt doesnt lock back. I quickly showed him how as the RO was waiting on him.

Also its great that many people are building their own rifles, not everyone has though. Id like to also help teach and learn how to clear jams you dont see every day.

thanks for the replies so far good to get an idea.
Its true you can learn stuff on youtube too, its even better to do it physically too.
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I make it a point to become intimately familiar with my guns. My AR is no exception, especially since I sourced all the parts and assembled them myself.
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I can separate upper from lower. Yeah I can lock back the bolt manually. I installed the LPK, buffer and stock. Attached the fully assembled upper. Mine is featureless, so no BB. I would be interested in learning more though.
Same here, except I have a BB.
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I assembled the lower. I know every part of that. I know how to clear a jam, lock the bolt, take apart the BCG, know what a M4 feedramp is...removed stock MB and installed a PWS FSC556

I purchased a complete upper in the past but now I'm going to assemble a upper myself. (I know what to do and how to do it but parts, tools and the 'final product' thoughts are missing or under research)

I'm at least 6-9 months out before I get the upper done though... slowly putting together parts, tools, ideas. Going to be a 16" or 18" 1-8 twist mid-lenght, freefloat. Getting parts now is a b--ch so I can wait....
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The one thing I need to remind myself to do is put the gun on safe after firing it. I started with an XD so I never had a safety on that to engage. I'll get it.

Other than that, I fully assembled my first AR, upper and lower. Already got my second lower assembled. Now to try and find a built upper, since it's cheaper than assembling it myself.
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I'm definitely interested in learning more. I have a basic Stag 1H and had a brief sitdown with my FFL and he instructed me on the basic break down from upper and lower and showed me basic operation. I've only put 100 rounds with my FFL after I picked it up back in Oct and cleaned once since then. Unfortunately time for me to go out and shoot has been limited. Honestly, I don't want to be "that guy" at the range until I get more familiar with my rifle.
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I would also be interested in learning more about my AR. I am almost done building mine, and don't wanna be a complete idiot when it comes to shooting it
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Hello all, just saw this on the Reed's FB page:

http://reedsindoorrange.com/training.html

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All students will need to provide their own AR rifle/pistol for the course. At the conclusion of the course, all students should be able to assemble a fully functional weapon from parts. In addition they should be able to recognize common malfunctions, and be able to troubleshoot issues that are frequently encountered. This is course is not company or brand specific, and is applicable to almost all direct impingement system AR rifles and pistols. $400.00 View course description and application form »
$400 is kinda pricey for my taste and not in my budget at of now. Just wondering if OP has seen this, and what are this thoughts? Is there any headway based on responses from the Bay Area sub-forum to proceed? Just curious.
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Hello all, just saw this on the Reed's FB page:

http://reedsindoorrange.com/training.html



$400 is kinda pricey for my taste and not in my budget at of now. Just wondering if OP has seen this, and what are this thoughts? Is there any headway based on responses from the Bay Area sub-forum to proceed? Just curious.
That's ridiculous.... I'll help anyone who needs it build their lower, provided that they have a lower parts kit and stock kit.
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Not an armorer by any stretch of the imagination but I have built and assembled 10 -15 + AR platform rifles from scratch and am happy to share any of my experiences and knowledge
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Im an Armorer and NO I will not work on peeps rifles after some asshat was a douchecanoe....But I would be willing to show teach those that want to know as much as I want them to know but not all that I know... haha
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Back when I was a private, and long before I had to wear glasses to read this, I could break it down & assemble it blindfolded. 20 years passed before I got another AR, and funny, it all came back to me pretty quick. Point is, learn it, practice it until it is second nature and you will always have that skill for the rest of your years. Kind of like riding a bike.
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Its good to see we have a mix of experiences.
I think we can probably start planning a date on a weekend at the range.

By no means am I "specops" or anything of that nature, just basic marine rifle knowledge. People in the service now and those have have served longer than me can probably help out with new things being taught in the service these days or no longer taught.

We can do some basic "school circle" stuff for the new guys and basic marksmanship stuff. What do you guys think?
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Haven't even seen it. Shipping to me soon. Never handled one before.
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Always interested in learning something new. Bought my AR a month ago, but have yet to shoot it. I have however broken it down to clean. I have also viewed several videos...so i'm definitely a noob!
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I have only shot 1 once, and waiting for mine to be released from jail on Saturday. So I need some training, for sure. I grew up around hunting rifles, so I have a basic knowledge of firearms. I shoot handguns fairly regularly so I'm not a complete noob.

I can take down upper and lower, can most likely take down bcg, just from watching videos.
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how does one lock the bolt back?
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how does one lock the bolt back?
Easiest way I can think of is insert an empty mag and pull it back. Alternatively you can pull it back and maneuver the bolt catch out.
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I learned a lot when I assembled my 2nd AR compared when I just bought a complete AR for my first. I am a little more confident now and knows a more on how the rifle functions.
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The way I learned was breaking it down, reassembling and doing functions checks with a mat similar to the one that Darklyte has in the OP. Eventually got rid of the mat and started timing myself. Then before I built my second AR from parts I practiced taking down the one I had, completely stripping the lower and making sure I could do that repeatedly. I still get a little surprised for a second when I cant do the burst check though, and then I remember lol...

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Good video for those curious about how the AR trigger group works too:
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Sloppy, but so easy a girl can do it!
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I just picked up my first AR, but already learning fast. My only regret is not getting into this hobby of mine sooner. My next "phase" is to learn how to break it down completely and eventually build one myself.

Thanks for posting this thread.
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Would the fact that I have 8+ years of using one in the military make me a ringer?
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Now that this thread has been out for a while, we should get some volunteers together first and discuss what we can share. maybe we can meet up one of these days and go over how we want to give this mini class?

Also any other members of the 5 clubs at USI? Is it possible to use the clubhouse or hunter edu building before heading down to the range? Can we break down a rifle for education?
If were not able to use the clubhouse, were limited on how we can operate our rifle at the shooting benches.
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Just built my first upper group. (for my 3rd AR). Did headspace checks and it's gtg... I will do a test fire on Tuesday night at Sunnyvale. (my 80% lower build parts is on hold thanks to PSA slow a-- shipping so I'll have to use one of my existing lowers)

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If this works out I will never buy another complete upper again..


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