When it comes to building your own AR-15, there’s no shortage of options and configurations. The possibilities seem endless, and while that can be exciting, it can also lead to confusion and frustration, especially for those new to the world of firearms. One common mistake is selecting the wrong components or building the firearm incorrectly for the desired purpose or result they are striving for. At Rubber City Armory, we understand the importance of matching the right components to your firearm’s intended purpose. To simplify this process, we can categorize AR-15 builds into three distinct categories: “Fighting,” “Hunting,” and “Competing.”
1. The Fighting Rifle Build:
The “Fighting” category encompasses AR-15 builds designed for self-defense and home protection. These rifles are optimized for close-quarters combat and should be reliable, durable, and easy to maneuver. When choosing components for a fighting rifle, consider the following:
- Barrel Length: A shorter barrel, typically around 16 inches, allows for better maneuverability in confined spaces without sacrificing too much velocity. A shorter barrel also makes the rifle less cumbersome to handle in close-quarters situations.
- Handguard: A free-floating handguard with accessory attachment points can accommodate accessories like lights, lasers, and vertical grips. These enhancements can be critical for low-light engagements.
- Optics: Red dot sights or holographic sights are excellent choices for quick target acquisition in high-stress situations. They provide a clear sight picture and are suitable for rapid engagement at close ranges.
- Stock: Consider a collapsible or adjustable stock for versatility. It allows the shooter to tailor the rifle’s length of pull to their preference or body armor.
BCG (Bolt Carrier Group): Opt for a reliable and durable BCG, as this component is crucial for the rifle’s function. Blacknitride+ enhances the BCG’s longevity and ease of cleaning.
2. The Hunting Rifle Build:
Hunting with an AR-15 has gained popularity due to its versatility and adaptability. However, selecting the right components for a hunting rifle build is essential for a successful hunt. Here are some key considerations:
- Barrel Length: Longer barrels, typically 18 to 20 inches or more, provide improved accuracy and velocity, making them suitable for long-range shots.
- Handguard: Lightweight and minimalistic handguards are ideal for reducing weight and improving maneuverability in the field. Consider M-Lok or KeyMod handguards for attaching accessories like bipods or slings.
- Optics: A quality scope is essential for precise shot placement. Variable magnification scopes with clear glass and appropriate reticles are excellent choices for hunting rifles.
- Stock: A fixed stock is often preferred for hunting rifles because it provides stability and consistent cheek weld. Choose a stock that complements your shooting style.
BCG (Bolt Carrier Group): Ensure your BCG is reliable and easy to clean, as a malfunction during a hunt can be a deal-breaker. Having a surface treatment like Blacknitride+ of the BCG aids in lubricity and reliability.
3. The Competition Rifle Build:
Competitive shooting sports have their own specific requirements, and the “Competing” category focuses on optimizing your AR-15 for accuracy, speed, and consistency. Here’s what to consider:
- Barrel Length: Barrel length can vary depending on the specific competition rules and distance. Long barrels may be favored for precision shooting, while shorter ones are common in 3-Gun competitions for faster transitions between targets.
- Handguard: A lightweight, free-floating handguard with a comfortable grip is crucial for competition rifles. KeyMod or M-Lok systems allow for accessory attachment without adding unnecessary weight.
- Optics: Competition shooters often use high-quality optics like magnified scopes or red dot sights, depending on the discipline. The choice should align with the competition’s requirements and your shooting style.
- Stock: Consider an adjustable stock that allows you to find the perfect fit and cheek weld for your body and shooting stance. This enhances consistency in your shots.
- BCG (Bolt Carrier Group): A lightweight BCG can help reduce recoil and improves follow-up shot speed. Blacknitride+ ensures an easy to clean BCG to maintain peak performance throughout a competition.
Selecting the right components and configuration for your AR-15 should align with your firearm’s intended purpose. Whether it’s for self-defense, hunting, or competition, understanding the unique requirements of each category will help you build a firearm that excels in its designated role. At Rubber City Armory, we offer a wide range of high-quality components to help you create the perfect AR-15 for your needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts for guidance and recommendations tailored to your specific goals and preferences.