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Many tactical elitists in the gun community will disparage the so-called “hobby AR-15.” I myself was confused by this early in my AR-15 experience, thinking that best ARs were pre-assembled, single manufacturer produced. This is not the only path to the “ultimate AR.” The components of AR-15s are now excellent and unlike when found in pre-assembled gun, all must stand on their own individual quality level. With a bit of research and planning, you can assemble an amazingly accurate, totally reliable, lightweight, cool, and tailored-just-for-you AR-15. It will most likely deliver life long service to you.
And yet in some quarters these builds are still discouraged. This may be because of those advocating this or that brand or “special edition” of AR-15 are getting kickbacks. They will promote an elitist mindset of you buying their “exclusive” AR build to enhance their “tactical” reputation and make money off of you. They will cite horror stories of range break downs and state “I’d never trust MY life” to a “parts gun” in order to scare you and elevate themselves as the wise sages of the gun community.
Tactical elitists routinely insult the practice of AR-15 creation as “hobby builds” not ready for real war fighting. Instead they steer you to their own kickback brands, usually a “prestige” brand costing $2,000 or more. This is mostly BS. Our own self- built ARs have been flawless in all operations and heavy shooting and all shoot easily into 1 MOA. In fact all AR-15s now reviewed in TNP are compared against our builds; none have surpassed their performance. Contrast that against highly touted single manufacturer guns like KAC that shoot into 3 MOA. That’s not to say they aren’t MANY awesome single mfr. ARs you can get; many are excellent now. Getting them is still a rec’d option.
It’s simply to say that a user-built AR can easily meet and even exceed these pre-built options. Plan, build, and enjoy your own AR with confidence.
See my video Best AR build in the World for my own build preferences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbN5hmQYTIk
Also “The Perfect AR-15” by Nutnfancy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJASJhcFQSc