One of the best reasons to own an AR-15 is so that you can outfit it with all the parts you want to make it truly your own. There are thousands of accessories, creating millions of different possible weapon customizations. Some owners even buy all of their AR-15 parts separately, then construct the firearm at home. Whether you are building your weapon from scratch or upgrading a new or old model you own, here are some AR-15 parts to help you customize your rifle to be one hell of a weapon.
Perhaps the most recognizable part of your AR-15 rifle is its rail/upper. Here is where many of the accessories you attach to your weapon will be found. AR-15 uppers can be any range of items. Some of the big ones include:
- Sights and optics. What you intend to do with your rifle (hunting, sport shooting, home defense, etc.) will help dictate which of the many rifle scopes you want to put on your firearm. Typically, there are some base iron sights that can stock out most versions of the AR, but you can upgrade to some of the more advanced sighting options available, like red dot or optical scopes.
- Sound suppressors. These attach to the end of the barrel, so we are including them on the list here. They can be a great way to improve your hunting trips or just reduce some of the noise damage you inflict on your ears. Though there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding owning a silencer, they are not illegal to own in the United States. Reducing the noise emitted from your weapon makes you a better neighbor and a more conscientious weapon owner.
On the lower, you can find the trigger housing including the trigger guard and butt of the weapon. AR-15 lowers do not make as noticeable visual changes as the uppers do, but this is where the feel of the weapon in your grip can really be adjusted.
- AR Triggers. Another accessory that many people might not think to customize is the trigger; if you’ve spent any time shooting a firearm, though, you’ll know that triggers can vary greatly. The main way they differ is in the amount of pressure required to make the weapon fire. There are also several types of actions, such as single or double, that can impact the trigger. You can put the trigger you desire on your AR so you know exactly what is required to make your weapon fire.
- AR Stocks. Sometimes called the buttstock or shoulder stock, this is the part of the rifle that makes contact with your shoulder. Having a stock that rests firmly and comfortably on your shoulder is ideal for any sustained shooting. This can impact your ability to shoot accurately and effectively if you do not have the stock you need. Not only that, but this can also alter the appearance of your AR.
Extra ammunition is always a good idea. The ability to access it quickly is an even better idea. That’s part of the reason that AR-15 magazines make the list. Like pretty much everything else for the AR, there is a wealth of options to select from. You will want to think about the size and material that the magazine is made out of when determining which is right for you.
An AR sling might seem like an insignificant addition to your assault rifles, but carry your weapon in your hands for a couple hours while out on the hunt and you will reconsider choosing a sling. Not only will it make your firearm more comfortable to carry, but the right sling can allow you to access your weapon more efficiently when you need to have it in firing position quickly.
AR-15 accessories can distinctly change the form and function of your weapon. Once you have a good grasp on how you intend to use your rifle and what feels comfortable when you shoot, you can begin to outfit your AR with some of the many accessories you can find. Once you do, you will have a weapon that is completely customized to your needs and that is uniquely your own.
One of the most common rifles on the market needs no introduction. The AR – short for its original manufacturer ArmaLite – has been a staple of rifles around the world for decades. Though initially considered to be a flop, a lot has changed since its inception. It is now popular internationally, and for good reason.
Because of this popularity, the AR10 and AR15 have numerous myths and facts that surround them. Sometimes, it is hard to differentiate between what is true and what is not. So to help keep you focused on what is important (or interesting) and also true about an AR, here are seven things you need to know before buying an AR.
- 1. ARs are completely customizable.
One of the most exciting aspects of owning an AR is the ability to outfit your weapon to your precise specifications. The barrel, stock, grip, receiver, and handguard can all be replaced to make your rifle unique. To add another layer of customization, the receiver is often split into an upper and lower section to allow for even more ways to adjust your AR to your personal taste.
- 2. They make excellent hunting rifles.
Think about some aspects of a weapon you would like to have when hunting. Light so it does not slow you down. Rugged and durable so it can endure harsh conditions. Most importantly, accuracy, so you will go home with the prized kill more often than not. ARs are ideal for hunting small game like coyotes and other feral animals.
- 3. Law enforcement utilizes their defensive capabilities.
Police use some of the most advanced weaponry available to help keep our communities safe. The AR continually makes the list of arms that officers carry. Weapons that are used for that level of defense and security should be optimal for home defense weaponry as well.
- 4. They come in a range of calibers
The range of calibers for an AR are numerous. Because of the different sizes of barrels, the functions of the weapon are even more diverse. Sport shooting, home defense, and a wide variety of hunting can all be performed with an AR and its generous range of calibers. This also means that different types of bullets will be used, depending on the caliber of your weapon.
- 5. The AR is a semi-automatic version of the M16
The M16 has been one of the most common weapons used by U.S. armed forces since its inception. The M16 is a fully automatic weapon that keeps soldiers of the United States military safe. The AR is modelled off of the M16 as a rifle to help private citizens feel safe and protected.
- 6. Sport/target shooting is a common pastime with an AR
Sport shooting often requires your weapon to be accurate and lightweight, two characteristics that the AR offers. For rifle competitions, the AR is more often than not the weapon of choice and typically the rifle that wins the event. Most marksmen would agree that the AR is a vital weapon for anyone wanting to get involved with sport shooting.
- 7. There are multiple versions of the AR
The two most common ARs are the AR10 and the AR15. Each have variations in their capabilities, and both are useful and versatile rifles. Analyzing your needs will help determine which type of AR will best work for you. Consider how you want to use your next rifle, then gauge the pros and cons of the ARs that fit those needs.
With the extreme versatility of the AR, it is an ideal rifle to purchase for all types of gun owners. It still sits atop the list of modern sporting rifles due to its extreme flexibility as a weapon. This list gives you an introduction to why the AR is so popular. It also gives you an understanding of how the AR can be utilized in your arsenal. Continue to research your state’s laws and the different types of ARs available, and you will be able to find the rifle that works best for you.