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[–] charliemcdanger 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I've never done it but 95% of people will say: Start with the AR platform, which is widely documented and supported. The lower receiver is the only piece that requires background check.

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[–] Erling2017 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I'd say check out v/DIYGUNS.

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[–] M4DM4X 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

It depends on the gun. For an AR-15 pattern firearm the only part that the ATF considers as the gun is the lower receiver. The rest are just accessories. You can google '80% receiver'. This is an AR-15 lower receiver that is 4/5ths finished. The ATF does not consider it a gun since it is not complete. You have to finish it yourself. It takes some work and machining knowhow, but it isn't hard. The nice thing about the AR-15 is that parts that are MIL-spec will more or less all work together. You can buy a complete upper receiver that was finished by a gunsmith and then just make the lower yourself. You'll need a lower parts kit to add the trigger and hammer and other pieces.

Making your own firearm is legal in the US as long as you can legally own a firearm. You don't need to get a serial number put on it. You can technically sell it, but you are not allowed to manufacture it with the intent to sell. I wouldn't advise selling it. Also your local laws may vary. Try to find locals who know your specific ordinances.

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[–] ReallyObvious 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

  1. Grab an EZ Jig Gen 2 and compatible router.

  2. Buy an 80% lower (no background check or FFL required, because legally it is not a gun... yet)

  3. Follow the instructions and/or video. Basically you are repeatedly milling away aluminum in small steps until the fire control packet is complete. You also have to drill a few pin holes, so a drill press is recommended. Takes a few hours.

  4. Buy a rifle kit (again no background check) and install it onto your completed lower.

  5. Boom, you have a homemade "ghost" gun. You never need to lose it in a boating accident, because it never had to get registered on the nics database

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[–] Plavonica 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Would the gen 1 work as well? The Gen 2 is a bit more expensive.

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[–] ReallyObvious 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

yes but its not recommended

if you want to save money then 80% isnt for you

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[–] mech_tech_engineer 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I have had the EZ Jig Gen 1 since it first came out and it works just fine

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[–] ShaftEEE 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Rifle or pistol?

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[–] chmod [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Rifle. AR type but the questions apply to both.

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[–] Bearlyit 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

AR is easy enough. The "adult legos" description is accurate due to most parts working well together.

Go ahead and download 2-3 well rated youtube videos on AR15 assembly and 80% builds (if you want to make your own receiver) before they disappear. While you are at it, download a video on how to make an AK with a shovel.

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[–] Mimar 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If you go AR-15 then you need to realize you are getting into something that'll cost you money. I like Spikes tactical. But you could go crazy and pay Noveske prices for guns and parts. Check out Noveske, before John died they were the best of the best. Haven't checked them out since.

Me personally, I would tell you to buy a lower receiver and then buy a better trigger (cmc trigger) , grip, and stock ( magpul ). Then buy a complete upper. Lower and upper .223 for your first. Use it, learn it, then modify to your liking. Go with something short for home defense. Nothing over 12.5". Now thats just what my next build well be or close, trigger might change.

Once you get use to that then look into a .308

Pew Pew Tactical has a nice write up.

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[–] Pixelologist 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

That's one of the advantages of the AR platform, everything is modular, easy to assemble, and (mostly) built to the same specifications. Anything mil spec should fit with other mil-spec parts, if you aren't sure about a part you want, just Google it or search on YouTube (or here). There's a ton of good information out there to help you, it can be a little confusing at first, if you can try to get an AR and disassemble and reassemble it following along with a video. That's going to help a lot to understand how the rifle works and which parts are which when you're new to it. Also, since the AR is so popular in the US and a lot of people build and modify theirs, chances are any question you could have had already been asked and answered a ton of times, so try googling it.

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[–] thelma 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Get a part list together and seek out a retailer.

What's a background check? Never had one done on me, I have lots of guns.

You do not provide the information needed to make a determination in your case.

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[–] Rellik88 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

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[–] gunnerMD 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If you google "AR15 build guide" you'll find tons of guides on the subject.

If you google "AR15 parts list" you'll find tons of parts lists.

Potss on reddit has created tons of good parts lists at many different budgets that I highly recommend.

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