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Congratulations! You have finally decided to follow your enthusiasm for weaponry and build your AR-15 rather than purchase one. You have come to the right place as we are just as enthusiastic about rifles as you do.

How well do you know your rifle? The question may sound trivial but the Rifleman's Creed suggests otherwise. The best riflemen have an unbreakable bond with their rifle – by having a thorough knowledge of its parts and how they work. And knowing which accessories are on the market and the options available to you for tinkering with your AR-15. A number of interchangeable and after parts available today make the AR-15 the go-to platform for infinite customizations according to budget and specifications of the buyer.

As you already know, the AR-15 is the most customizable rifle on the market. Although building an AR-15 may sound quite intimidating, it is actually relatively simple to assembly – there are countless resources to help you with this. However, Prebuilt AR-15s are very much upgradeable, tinkering with individual components as time and needs warrants.

Those with a keen eye can attest to how even the slightest detail can really place one rifle above the rest. As a result, to aid the average AR-15 enthusiast to add style and function at a reasonable price, we detail the best AR-15 accessories on offer that make up your formidable AR-15.


  1. Bipods: Because the AR-15 is used from sporting targets to serious tactical shooting, one of the most useful accessories you would need is a bipod. Bipods help for stability. Providing a pair of legs which extend out from under the rifle to provide a ready to-go stable shooting position. There are a plethora of options available for us to choose from. The best AR-15 bipods will be one that mounts to a Picatinny rail, and it's both foldable and height adjustable. There are also bipods built into the fore grip, which serves as a compromise between a full blown bipods and none at all.


  1. Iron sights: iron sights are not the most sophisticated parts you'll find on an AR-15. And they are definitely not the most advanced sights accessories you can have on the AR-15. Newer owners are more likely to attach high-end optics to their AR-15 – and never learn the basics of aiming with open sights. Iron sights are your best bet for holding zero. Coupled that with the resilience of steel and aircraft-grade aluminum, iron sights certainly has one or two over the polymer construction of some of the recent optics technology out there.



  1. Grips: no matter how comfortable and sleek your new AR15 may look, all that goes out of the window as soon as it spots a standard A2 pistol grip. You can only imagine how uncomfortable it will be when your middle finger keeps coming in contact with its hard plastic knob, and that's only if your hand is small enough to fit into a standard pistol grip profile.

This all changes once you upgrade your pistol grip with some of the more comfortable and common options which include offerings from Bravo Company, Ergo grips, Magpul or TangoDown.


  1. Slings and sling attachments: all AR-15 are the same, it is the little things that make the difference. Don't overlook the importance of a sling! If you're comfortable carrying your AR-15 like you would your briefcase heading for the office, by all means, you may not need one. But if you intend to conserve your energy when possible and deploy your weapon as fast as possible tactically, then you'll definitely want to get a sling – one that's right for you, considering your height and reach.


Consequently, you'll need a sling mount to attach the sling securely to your weapon. Keeping it simple here is key – you would want something that's easy to attach and detach, and not hinder your access to crucial parts of your weapon whatsoever.


  1. Scope mounts: the AR-15 has gained widespread acceptance for a long time now. In that time, different configurations have been introduced. And one of those components which have gone through different stages of development is the scope mount. With hundreds of different scope mounts available for the AR-15 unusually suited for optics.



The best scope mount?

The options available are many and the logical question is to ask which is the best for AR-15. The top scope mounts spot either a 30mm or one-inch tubes. But this difference in accuracy is negligible to most shooters and they wouldn’t mind one that could take both a 30mm tube and one-inch tube. Affording us a flexible option to change optics without investing in multiple scope mounts and saving some cash at the same time.


  1. Handguards: these are some of those things you simply can't do without. After firing your rifle for some time, it can become very hot very quickly. One of the primary use of the rail systems and Handguards is to protect your hand from this unbearable heat so you can be as comfortable as possible as you continue your shooting. There are several options to go with as long as Handguards are concerned, one popular choice is the free-floating Handguards. It is both aesthetic and offers greater accuracy over traditional two-piece, non-free-floating Handguards.


A forward grip position usually transfers tension to the barrel, resulting in inconsistency in the point of impact. A free-floating Handguard corrects this problem with a single, solid mounting point where the barrel meets the upper receiver. This prevents stress and tension from being transferred to the barrel when using a forward grip position.


  1. Scopes: choosing an AR-15 optics depends on many Some of them are tailored toward competitive, tactical or hunting purposes – there is basically an optics to suit any need. Optics vary in prices and style and are usually quite expensive, so be prepared to spend a considerable amount on a quality sighting system. Investing in a variable power scope is a good way to minimize cost, but also having something that is flexible enough for different purposes. A scope like the Leupold M6C1 offers the rifleman great flexibility for long and short distance targets.


  1. The gas block: the AR-15 was designed to work with gas pressure in its operation. After firing your rifle, gas pressure forced the bolt carrier into the buffer tube. This is responsible for the ejection of a used round and mounting of a new one. Gas length is classed into four groups: rifle-length, mid-length, carbine-length and pistol-length. The names are coined after the location of the gas port on your barrel. For most cases, your specific barrel length can be ascertained by reading the packaging that came with it. The gas block is installed on the barrel inside the Handguard. While the gas tube is connected to the block and the upper receiver.



  1. Magazines: obviously one of the more popular terms associated with rifles and weapons in general. You'll need to hold the bullets in place somehow, that's basically what the magazine is used for. There are different sizes one can get, although laws vary from state to state as to the size of magazines one can possibly carry.


There you have it. There are tons and tons of other moving parts that you can possibly replace. While most cannot be termed as accessories in the real sense, as with machines with moving parts, wear and tear are expected with time and they are going to need replacement soon enough. It doesn't sound like a bad idea to have replacement kits laying around somewhere for when you'll need them. You never know when the weakest parts of your rifle decide to give in!

The ultimate rifleman should incorporate ample amount of shooting, cleaning, and tinkering in equal measure. Knowing your AR-15 inside-out like the back of your hand ultimately translates to operating it more efficiently and effectively.

What is the best Underwater Fishing Light?

What is the best Underwater Fishing Light?

The Green Blob submersible fishing light is the best of the best when it comes to night time fishing. And why is that you may ask? Well, our product is highly durable, highly energy efficient, and super bright!

So, how does the Green Blob underwater green fishing light compare to the competition?

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  1. We use high-quality Green (or blue) LED lights. Most of our competitors use halogen which is not only dangerous (they can cause serious burns) but are very inefficient when it comes to energy. LEDs draw MUCH less power than their halogen counterparts. Anglers can now worry less about overloading circuits and draining batteries. Also, you cannot use a halogen powered underwater boat light outside of the water. If used outside of the water, the halogen light will burn out. However, our LEDs last way longer than all the other lights out there with an astounding 50,000 hours worth of light!


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Should you buy or build your own AR-15?

Should you buy or build your own AR-15?

Build! No, just kidding. The AR-15, like many others, didn't have the smoothest introduction into the US military in the late 60s. But how time flies? Through consistent improvement over the years, it has become one of the most efficient and accurate weapons – trusted by the men and women of the force. And that confidence has been transmitted to sportsmen, firearm enthusiasts, home defenders, firearm collectors as the AR-15 becomes the most popular sporting rifle in the US – and for good reasons too. I mean, it is easy to shoot, highly customizable and quite affordable too.

Although the AR-15 name is a trademark of Colt, many variants of the firearm and the various parts to customize them are made by a plethora of manufacturers. And because the AR-15 has been here for a long time, many companies make parts for it. That brings us to the biggest advantage of the AR-15: modularity. On that note, it is easy to see why building your own allow sportsmen take full advantage of the AR-15 platform – and no kidding this time. 

Whether you decide to take full advantage of what the AR-15 world has to offer, we'll see. What's important is that you have decided to get your own AR-15. Congratulations! Now the question is: should you build it yourself or purchase it off the shelves? Well, simply saying buy or build would be a disservice on both fronts.

                                             Buy or Build: which?

This argument could sometimes be heated, but we’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons of both sides.

The case for buying:

The bottom line is when you purchase an AR-15, you get a fantastic rifle no matter what. Even a not so advance AR-15 is still a high-quality firearm. So, what else do you get?



                                                        The Pros:


  • Easiest and fastest way to own an AR-15: it doesn't get any faster than this. Walk in, lay down your bucks on the table and walk out – with a fully assembled and functional AR-15. In a matter of hours, you should be gunning down targets. This may appeal to you, most especially if you are not a tinker man. There are several options available and you should be able to find one that suits your specifications as closely as possible – even though you obviously won't have the same freedom that building will offer you.
  • Warranty: if this is a big deal with you, then buying an AR-15 of the rack might be your calling. The manufacturers of sporting rifles will stand by their products and repair them if something goes wrong. You get peace of mind, even without the sense of pride that goes with assembling the whole thing yourself.
  • Fit and compatibility: for someone building their own AR-15, the flexibility that it offers bring with it added consideration. Some components have a varying degree of tolerances and dimensions. Hence, poor selection might result in parts which are not completely compatible. If you buy a rifle off the rack, you lose no sleep over the distinctions. Buying a complete rifle ensures the components fit together properly and would work as it should.



                                                          The cons:

When you purchase a complete AR-15, you get peace of mind. And maybe that is all you need.  However, many AR-15 owners soon realize that there is more to justify owning one. After a few months using your new Barbie, you'd realize that you probably want something as simple as handguards upgrade to feel more comfortable. But you aren't getting that upgrade without an extra cost, that's if compatibility is not a problem – And you would be losing out on even more fronts, as we'll see.


  • It’s complete – with what you like and what you don't: for sure you get a functional AR-15 alright. But depending on what you choose, you may feel let down by what you get actually. You might decide to upgrade parts to give you that custom feel, but you won't get the whole package. In addition, it will cost you more energy and more time, and most definitely, you would end up spending more money compared to if you had built from scratch in the first place.
  • Comfort ability and satisfaction: how do you expect to come out on top in the local shooting competition if you can't get a good grip on the trigger without burning your fingers? You're a better shooter when you are comfortable – something buying an AR-15 off the shelves can't guaranty you. And unless you're comfortable with the basics, you may want and need to make upgrades as you become familiar with your firearm.
  • Upgrades not always possible: while you get endless options from manufacturers: from low end to high-end systems complete with advanced stocks systems to create a high-end You can find yourself in a one-way traffic where you'd have to make do with what you have, with little tolerance for upgrades or downgrades. Some manufacturers use proprietary components like barrel nuts, handguards, gas block parts which render using another piece impossible. So if you think you would need changing parts in the future, you might want to do your research before opting for a complete rifle.



                                          The case for building your own

Perhaps, the major reason why we have so many variants of AR-15s in the market is to give buyers as close a rifle to their needs as possible. But how close can the manufacturers come with one that suits you perfectly? The answer is not so close. Satisfaction is the primary benefit of building your own rifle for the majority of Americans. The thoughts of assembling an AR-15 down to the last detail: the last scope mounts, iron sights, slings attachments, bipods – gives sportsmen goosebumps! 


                                                            The Pros:

  • You get everything you want. Nothing you don't: Underestimate these at your own peril. You get the rifle as you want it, with nothing you don't need. No compromise here, you're your own boss! Why buy ready-made rifles and swap out parts later that makes you uncomfortable? While already paying for them? Unless you have so much cash to burn, building your rifle from scratch guarantees you get it right the first time. And getting it right the first time is all that’s needed.
  • Comfort ability and satisfaction: for emphasis, I have to lay this one out alone so people don't neglect its importance. On a normal ground, you only need to purchase one rifle or build one, as the case may be. It’s not the sort of thing you do every day. If it’s uncomfortable, you won't like it, and your shooting won't be as great as when you use something you're fully comfortable and satisfied with.

For instance, young shooters and shorter people need a shorter length of pull. Likewise, people with smaller hands and fingers tend to use smaller, thinner pistol grips. And conversely for taller folks. There are other components of the AR-15 which is better suited depending on the physical stature of the shooter. Seeing things from that perspective, you can handpick each and every component to suit your requirements and wants.

  • Better deal for your money: while it’s cheaper buying a ready-made AR-15 compared to building one, for the same money, you will most likely end up with a better overall rifle. Made with higher grade components. Just learn to pick the right components at the right time.


  • Knowledge of your AR-15: what better way to know the nitty-gritty of your AR-15 than assembling and dissembling? You will know exactly where each part goes, what it does and how it works. The education you get from building your own rifle is power – and is practical. Imagine something happens to your rifle or one of your buddies at the range, who's going to fix the problem? You! Upgrade time? You. After all, you’re going to be the expert. Just think of one thing you know your way around expertly – it’s the same feeling you get with the knowledge of building your own rifles.


  • It's mine! I built it: everybody gets to show off once in a while. That wow factor when the guys spot your new AR-15 cannot be bought off the rack at the LGS, it can only be built! Like everything else, the pride and satisfaction knowing that you're the only one who owns exactly what you’re using is And that's cool.


                                       The challenge of building your own

Really, the only downside to building your own AR-15 comes down to money and the time, patience and will to learn something new.  The extra expense comes from the fact that to properly assemble your rifle together, you would need some other tools to help you do the work. Basically, an armorer's wrench, Screwdrivers, roll pin punches, a level, a vice, torque wrench, and some other tools. For a first timer, you incur extra cost. But hey, these tools are no one trick ponies. Making the investment in those tools, you will benefit regardless whether you buy or build the AR-15. The knowledge required to build anything can easily be gotten from countless videos and resources from the internet. Yes it will take time and effort, and it’s not particularly easy – but nothing worthwhile ever is!

Whether you buy or build, always remember to keep everyone and yourself safe.

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