January 7th, 2023

Saturday at the Movies: Do-It-Yourself AR-15 Rifle Assembly

Cheaper Than Dirt AR-15 AR AR15 building assembly video page

Cheaper Than Dirt (CTD), a Texas-based vendor of firearms, gun accessories, and ammo, has created a very complete web page on AR-15 assembly from start to finish. If you are thinking of building an AR, or upgrading your upper, trigger group, or buttstock, we recommend that you read CTD’s DIY ARs — Building Your Own AR-15 page. This illustrates all the components you will need for a complete AR build.

In addition, the page has a series of videos showing how to assemble each element of the AR-15. We’ve included five of those videos in today’s Saturday Movie Showcase. There a total of ten CTD AR-15 videos in the series. View them all on the CTD AR-15 Playlist on YouTube.

Then, as a closer, we offer another video — the Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Building an AR-15. Worth watching BEFORE you start an AR project, this useful video now has 2.1 million views!

Installing the Fire Control Group

Installing the Safety Selector and Pistol Grip

Installing the Take-Down Pin and Buffer Tube

Installing the Bolt Catch

Field-Stripping the Bolt-Carrier Group

Mistakes to Avoid When Assembling an AR-Platform Rifle
This popular Tactical Toolbox video (with 2.1 million views) is definitely worth watching BEFORE you start your own AR project. It explains the common mistakes that even careful builders can make when assembling an AR-type rifle.

The 27 Parts Needed for Do-It-Yourself ARs

Here’s a helpful CTD infographic that shows the parts needed to build an AR-15. These parts are available for purchase at Cheaper than Dirt. To learn more, click the photo to view the full CTD AR-15 Build article.

Cheaper Than Dirt AR-15 AR AR15 building assembly video page

Top photo with AR upper kit and stripped lower from Palmetto State Armory.

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