In the public forum, you'll find a gun "expert" who recommends just about every varying product known to man. That is partially because everyone likes to sound like an expert without actually being one and because how one likes to pew is a deeply personal decision.
That being said, we can offer a few tips on how beginners can jump into the AR-15 build game. Just remember our most welcome newbs, in the end you will have to make this personal decision as to what gear best suits you.
So take in the advice from all the "experts", but remember no one is a better expert of you than yourself. So let's jump in and see if together we can't welcome more shooters into the beloved AR-15 build club.
Always Start with an 80 Lower
Now, that might seem like a self-serving recommendation given that we do indeed sell all things 80 lower here. However, give us a second to redeem ourselves and we'll explain. The beauty of the 80% lower is that it offers liberty and education all in one package.
If you are unaware, the 80 percent lower is simply the lower receiver of an AR that is only 80% complete. As a result of that fact, the ATF has no choice but to consider an 80% lower a big useless hunk of metal. Or specifically, not a firearm.
This means you can buy as many of them as you want and have them shipped right to your front door with an FFL. It is only when you take one of our top notch quality American made 80 lower jigs and complete the milling process that this hunk of aluminum is now considered a firearm.
In most states, you don't even have to register it once complete. So long as you, the owner/builder, retain possession it is no one's business. Unless you live in California, in which case look up what the latest gun law of the week they have passed to comply. Moving on.
AR-15/AR-10/AR-9 80 Lower
All three platforms are absolutely fantastic, but you do have to make a decision. Or perhaps, just buy one of each and we won't complain. The good thing if you should so choose to purchase all three is that jigs like the Easy Jig Gen 2 Multi Platform with Tooling can complete all three seamlessly. So that's multiple platforms and one jig. If want your standard and most versatile platform, that would easily be the AR-15. You'll find no short supply of options and we've got plenty of 80 lowers for the AR-15.
If you are looking for a little more hitting power to perhaps drop a deer or survive the zombie apocalypse, consider the AR-10 that fires the .308. If you want something smaller that does the job in closer quarters then think the AR-9 which fires the 9mm. As you can see, the choices are many but so long as you know the mission you want to accomplish you really can't go wrong.
Pick the Build that Appeals to You
Finally, we just recommend that you again listen to the pew sound of your own heart. Things like barrel length will determine the effectiveness of the round at long distances. So does your heart to tell you to prepare for and up and close fight or do you want to reach out and touch someone with a little violence from afar? Things like optics, scopes and handrails are all a matter of preference.
So if this is your first AR build, then stick to these guidelines and you'll be just fine. First, start with an 80 lower. Once you know how to build a weapon from scratch then you will secure own 2A rights in perpetuity. No gun law can ever take the knowledge out of your head.
Then, ask yourself what mission it is you want to accomplish. After all, a gun is just a tool and for every job there exists its proper tool. That's about it and don't forget to check out the rest of our offerings to the pew universe here at AR-15LowerReceivers.com.