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Took me about 2 hours to assemble it. Took it out Sunday and fired 250 rounds through it. Everything went flawless, need to BZO it to get tighter groups but I had an absolute blast shooting it. My wife loves it also

Looking at buying another kit down the road for my wife, will probably go with a carbine this time. But that will be a few months as I just bought my wife a Sprinfield XDM 9mm Compact this past weekend at a local gun show. Hopefully I can get out this coming weekend if weather permits and get some more rounds through the AR an sight it in a little tighter. So far i'm very happy with it! I'll post some pics later.

Oh and the kit was a breeze, MUCH easier then I thought it would be, just took a little patience with those tiny springs and roll pins but everything went togethe rperfectly first time, no hang ups at all.
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So I have decided to go with a PSA Build because the price seems great and it says they are MIL SPEC. I have never built a weapon ever, but I keep hearing forum members say it's not difficult. SO really is it easy for someone who has never done a build.

I'd like something as close to my old Marine Corps M4 but it does not have to be exact, I do like the MOE look also but not required either.

What do you think about this kit:
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index...rifle-kit.html

If you have better ideas on what AR to build, please feel free to post a link and or correct me if what I picked isn't what I said I wanted.

Do I need to buy any specialty punches to build a kit or and specific tools?
how long did it take you to assemble everything? a couple friends of mine said it took them forever but others said it took no time.
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Takes about 20 minutes, maybe less, depending on the person and what tools they have.
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I can't decide on the 16'' or the 14.7''.....

Yah I did notice I need a stripped lower. I'm HOPING PSA gets some in stock soon, $79.99.

I want to eventually add an EOTech, W/back up flip up iron sight. Might go the cheaper route and get a different optic to begin with before I get an EOTech..but thats the plan.
what did you end up going with?
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So I have decided to go with a PSA Build because the price seems great and it says they are MIL SPEC. I have never built a weapon ever, but I keep hearing forum members say it's not difficult. SO really is it easy for someone who has never done a build.

I'd like something as close to my old Marine Corps M4 but it does not have to be exact, I do like the MOE look also but not required either.

What do you think about this kit:
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index...rifle-kit.html

If you have better ideas on what AR to build, please feel free to post a link and or correct me if what I picked isn't what I said I wanted.

Do I need to buy any specialty punches to build a kit or and specific tools?
how long would you say it took you to assemble?
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how long would you say it took you to assemble?
Are you wondering how long it takes to assemble a lower, upper, or both? The first lower I assembled I slowly followed step by step from one of NSZ85's youtube videos which has since been taken down, luckily for me back in early 2017 when YT started taking down pretty much anything with a gun in it, I downloaded a TON of videos, but now you can also go to places like UGEtube or gunstreamer & they have a lot of those type of videos. The first lower I built, even going slow only took about 30 minutes. I would say not hurrying I could put one together in 20, maybe a bit less, depends on if you have a spring fly or a pin that wants to be difficult. The upper is a bit different, you can complete the upper, not counting the barrel in just a few minutes, but if you are putting on the barrel & doing it the right way, it can take anywhere from 20 minutes or more, it really depends on what kind of barrel/handguard combo your using. Getting the gas tube lined up while staying in torque specs can be a PITA sometimes. Either way, none of it requires a lot of mechanical aptitude & it's more about being patient to get all the parts installed right, not how fast you can slap it together.
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It's not about time. It's about doing it CORRECTLY.

-Correct torque values on the barrel nut and receiver extension and muzzle device (if not using a crush-washer)
-Correctly stake the castle-nut (if not using a non-staking model, such as the PWS)

Then some people take it even further:

-Roll pins all inserted in the same orientation
-Extra time spent aligning the rail to the receiver

Then you have other considerations:

-Aeroshell 33MS on the barrel nut
-Rocksett on the muzzle device
-Loctite 243 on things you wish to loctite for semi-permanent placement

You will need punches, you will need a torque wrench, you will need a vice, you will need a "reaction rod" type setup (Midwest Industries sent me one to T&E, and it is by far the best of its kind I have used, including KAC and Geissele)
https://www.midwestindustriesinc.com...d-p/mi-urr.htm
You will need a spring-loaded punch. You will need various wrench attachments, etc.

In short, if you buy a used vice/table off of Facebook marketplace or something, and then buy the other stuff new, you can get what you need to professionally assemble an upper for $3-800 (variability due to torque wrench prices).

This is the setup I have, and the rifle my girlfriend and I built from the roll-pins, up (BCG was factory assembled...that's a whole 'nother can of worms!)

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Pretty simple. you will need a castle nut wrench and a punch set for roll pins. other than that the upper is already assembled. all you have to do is assemble the lower.

that being said there are tons of videos on youtube to guide you through the process.
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thank you so much for your feedback!
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Prices have dropped since 2012. Though mag prices are going up a bit.
Better to get receiver locally, online you have to pay ffl fee. And online no longer has no sales tax advantage.
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Very easy, my wife built one with minimal assistance.

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When you're installing the detent spring for the front takedown pin, drape a sheet or mosquito net over you, your work, and maybe a small lamp... It'll save you a lot of trouble from when that loaded spring launches out of its place and goes flying through the air while trying to install.
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A tip for installing the front takedown pin:


1. Angle the receiver slightly upward in the front to use gravity to keep the spring in. I use a plastic vise magazine for this.
2. Insert an Allen wrench of similar size (of the takedown pin holes) from the left. It must be long enough to cross over the detent hole.
3. Use a small flat head screw driver and a pair of needle nose pliers to get the detent in under spring tension. Push the Allen wrench over to hold it.
4. With the grove facing away, carefully push the front takedown pin in replacing the Allen wrench. Once it is in, spin it and you will hear an audible click confirming the detent is locked in place.

This may sound complicated, but it takes a frustrating 15-minute job and takes it down to less than a minute.

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Midway USA has some great how-to videos.

My first AR build took a couple of hours. After a little experience, it takes less than a hour.
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thank you everyone very helpful
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I didn't use a PSA kit but I put a stripped lower together with just a pair of pliers and it took 10 minutes after following instructions.
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