AR-15 Beginners Guide to building or buying your first AR-15

AR-15 Beginners Guide

The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America today. The reason for that is it is highly customizable and can do many jobs. The AR-15 is a great rifle for target practice, hunting smaller game and defense of your home and country. This guide will give you a few ideas of the type of AR-15 that might be right for you. 

 

Self Defense AR-15

Self Defense is one of the biggest reasons to own an AR-15. Whether you need to defend yourself from a common burglar, a home invasion of thugs or a zombie apocalypse the AR-15 is a good choice. Most self defense 5.56/.223 bullets are heavier and longer than the kinds of bullets that are used for hunting small game. A self defense rifle also doesn't have a need to reach out to 800 yards usually. A good all around self defense AR-15 would have these components:

  • Lower receiver with an adjustable stock
  • Flat top upper receiver
  • 16" 1:7 twist chrome lined barrel with either a carbine or mid length gas system
  • Red-dot or holographic sight for fast target acquisition
  • Backup flip-up rear "iron sight" (even if its not made of metal) and either a flip-up front sight or a standard A2 front sight

A Self Defense rifle would be a great all around rifle to use for self defense and target practice out to 200-300 yards. This rifle would be able to fire 55gr bullets if you need some cheap practice ammo but would be best firing 62gr-77gr ammo designed for self defense.

 

AR-15 16

AR-15 with 16" barrel and Eotech

 

Target Shooting AR-15

The AR-15 is capable of hitting targets out to 700-800 yards if needed but it isn't going to be as good as a rifle with a larger caliber bullet that isn't effected as much by wind. A good long range AR-15 setup would have these components:

  • Lower receiver with an adjustable stock (or a fixed stock if you prefer)
  • Flat top upper receiver
  • 18" 1:8 twist stainless steel barrel with a rifle length gas system
  • Variable power scope
  • Backup flip-up front and rear sights

 A Target Shooting rifle would be able to shoot the 65gr-77gr match type bullets which are made for accuracy very well and would have the ability to reach out to 700-800 yards if needed.

MK-12 SPR Rifle

MK-12 SPR (Special Purpose Rifle)

 

Hunting AR-15

The AR-15 is being used for hunting more now than it used to. It isn't the best choice for hunting medium to large size game but it is a good choice for smaller game. A good general small game rifle would be similar to the Target Shooting AR-15 but the barrel would be somewhat different because you would want to use smaller weight bullets in the 35gr-50gr range.

  • Lower receiver with an adjustable stock (or a fixed stock if you prefer)
  • Flat top upper receiver
  • 20"-24" 1:12 twist stainless steel barrel with a rifle length gas system
  • Variable power scope

 

The great thing about the AR-15 is it can easily be changed so you don't need to buy a whole new AR-15 to do different jobs. The same lower receiver can be used and a new upper receiver can be swapped out in less than a minute. If you have any questions about the right AR-15 for you feel free to ask! Our email address is customerservice@deserttacticalsolutions.com.