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Detectorist
01-11-2012, 00:11
What kind of tools are needed for a PSA lower kit?

Does PSA include instructions?

Cole125
01-11-2012, 00:18
I built my lower with a small hammer, a 1/8th punch, and a roll of duct tape. It helps to have a full AR15 punch set, and a mag well vise block but I got'er done with what I had in like 30 minutes and it came out nicely.

Don't sweat it just make sure to support the ears of the trigger guard while your pounding on it.

freedom790
01-11-2012, 00:20
I built my lower with a small hammer, a 1/8th punch, and a roll of duct tape. It helps to have a full AR15 punch set, and a mag well vise block but I got'er done with what I had in like 30 minutes and it came out nicely.

Don't sweat it just make sure to support the ears of the trigger guard while your pounding on it.

^^ This

Plus I use masking tape around the magazine release on both sides to avoid scratching the lower while installing the magazine release, and also around the bolt release when taping in the roll pin to avoid any scratches as well.

MarkCO
01-11-2012, 08:35
A roll pin punch set is real handy: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/694883/schuster-ar-15-roll-pin-starter-punch-set-2-piece-steel

faawrenchbndr
01-11-2012, 09:29
What kind of tools are needed for a PSA lower kit?

Does PSA include instructions?


TONS of great info here,......

http://www.ar15.com/forums/f_3/4_Build_It_Yourself.html

JaPes
01-11-2012, 12:17
I'm an AR newbie. I decided to build a lower. Tools & supplies I used:


Masking Tape
Electrical Tape
5/32" Pin Punch
1/8" Pin Punch
Vise Grip Pliers
Non Marring Hammer
Little Block of Wood
A $9 Castle Nut Wrench

Just follow the instructions published on ar15.com.


Things I learned while building a lower:


Start the bolt catch pin from the magazine well side. It's easier to tap the roll pin to fully seat it from the magazine well side.
Roll pin holders & roll pin punches would make things a ton easier. I now have a set.
Brownells sells a Bolt Catch Pin Punch (http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=26484/avs%7CMake_3=AR-15zz1zzM4/Product/BOLT-CATCH-PIN-PUNCH)that has a flat side to make seating the bolt catch roll pin easier. I now have one.

faawrenchbndr
01-11-2012, 12:49
A common set of nail sets work very well for roll pins.
A 1/4" clevis pin works EXTREMELY well for installing the pivot pin
detent pin and spring!

Both can be bought at Lowes, Home Depot, Ace Hardware,........

22rtf2
01-11-2012, 12:56
A common set of nail sets work very well for roll pins.
A 1/4" clevis pin works EXTREMELY well for installing the pivot pin
detent pin and spring!

Both can be bought at Lowes, Home Depot, Ace Hardware,........

Yeah, I made one with a bolt I bought at Ace for .50. A lil dremmeling and it worked perfectly.

faawrenchbndr
01-11-2012, 13:00
Yeah, I made one with a bolt I bought at Ace for .50. A lil dremmeling and it worked perfectly.


I made one out of some polymer round stock I had, then I saw
a post about the clevis pin. Those are .29c at the hardware store.

IGotIt
01-11-2012, 13:04
WARNING: Building lowers can be addictive. Have fun.

alexanderg23
01-11-2012, 13:09
youtube it

nrabnf
01-11-2012, 13:24
Brownells has a very good video step by step on building the lower & AR in general. It's so good my friend had his 8 year old build a lower by watching it...in any case it's
very easy. Make sure the hammer spring isn't upside down.

FatBoy
01-12-2012, 03:28
http://www.lifelibertyetc.com/Home/RangeBag/AR15StrippedLower

Watch these

FB

22rtf2
01-12-2012, 03:57
http://www.lifelibertyetc.com/Home/RangeBag/AR15StrippedLower

Watch these

FB

I've watched those a few times. I find it funny that this is the video that ar15.com links to as an example of how to do a lower when he doesn't use the tools they recommend and mars the crap out of a couple of pins.

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txgunguy
01-12-2012, 07:41
I used a small rubber hammer, vice grips, painters tape, electrical tape, a razor blade (to hold the front take down detent in place), and castle nut wrench.

Just watch and read a couple how to videos. The right tools would have made it easier, but you can make it work. It wasn't even frustrating not having the right tools, if thats worth anything to you.

ETA: No lpk come with instructions.

22rtf2
01-12-2012, 07:41
A roll pin punch set is real handy: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/694883/schuster-ar-15-roll-pin-starter-punch-set-2-piece-steel

Thanks for the link brother, Brownells has been out of these for a while.

Crazy KD
01-12-2012, 19:53
I bought one of these and used the same tools most everyone else has mentioned. The lower from PSA just came in some bubble wrap. No instructions.

http://www.riflegear.com/p-806-riflegear-lower-receiver-builders-kit.aspx

I found these videos pretty good. A little long winded.
ssdsurf's Channel - YouTube

22rtf2
01-13-2012, 03:26
I bought one of these and used the same tools most everyone else has mentioned. The lower from PSA just came in some bubble wrap. No instructions.

http://www.riflegear.com/p-806-riflegear-lower-receiver-builders-kit.aspx

I found these videos pretty good. A little long winded.
ssdsurf's Channel - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ssdsurf?feature=mhum#p/u/67/kLm9t28gfS8)

That's good info kdw. Thanks for posting that link to the tools, that is cheaper than buying them separately.

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