by NRABlog Staff - Friday, May 13, 2016
The spike in popularity of the AR-pattern rifle can likely be attributed to a variety of factors, but one undeniable reason these lightweight semi-autos are so celebrated is their incredible modularity. One visit to a gun shop or online outdoor retailer will show the endless array of aftermarket parts, with upgrades available down to the smallest detent spring or magazine release button.
This modularity allows owners to trick out their rifles however they please, turning conventional carbines into refined rifles. Moreso, those seeking a completely custom rifle from the ground up can build the AR of their dreams piece by piece, as opposed to buying a stock, out-of-the-box rifle.
We’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons of the (sometimes heated) built vs. bought discussion.
With so many parts options readily available, would-be AR owners can configure their AR from scratch, purchasing each component individually and assembling their rifle at home.
While building gives license to construct a custom creation to turn heads at the range, modern manufacturers offer more options than ever, and through their diverse product lines can often deliver a rifle that meets or far exceeds the demands of the customer, right off the bench.
Every AR buyer and owner is different, and has a variety of factors that will drive their decision to build or buy and AR, be it budget, time, experience, demands or other reasons. Regardless of whether you go for a reliable stock gun, or roll up your sleeves and start building a masterpiece, always keep safety first, and consult a professional gunsmith if you run into any issues or problems. As always, NRA Certified Instructors are available to provide world-class training and education to shooters of all disciplines.
Need more information about training with your AR? Interested in shooting in a match? The NRA America’s Rifle Challenge, presented by Daniel Defense, lets owners of America’s most popular new rifle platform develop and showcase their AR skills. Visit http://arc.nra.org for more information about training courses and matches.