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Old 11-18-2011, 12:18   #1
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What noob mistakes did you make with your AR15?

Me? I tried to go cheap and bought a DSA mid length upper and put UTG rails on it. Yeah, I learned.

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Old 11-18-2011, 12:21   #2
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Me? I tried to go cheap and bought a DSA mid length upper and put UTG rails on it. Yeah, I learned.
Oof. That's a rough one.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:37   #3
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When I got my Smith M&P15 a few years ago, I was doing my research before shooting and heard you had to oil the bolt. So for the first couple of range trips I just gave the bolt a light spray of Remoil. Didnt have a malfunction but I have since learned about what running it wet means.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:41   #4
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I mounted a scope to the carry handle.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:45   #5
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I painted mine....poorly.

While I like the FDE look, unless I sent my rifle away and had it professionally painted (cerakote or something like that), painting it with Krylon's gun paints didn't last very long. The final finish is just too soft.

Then I had to strip it back to black.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:51   #6
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I painted mine....poorly.

While I like the FDE look, unless I sent my rifle away and had it professionally painted (cerakote or something like that), painting it with Krylon's gun paints didn't last very long. The final finish is just too soft.

Then I had to strip it back to black.
Joint Force Enterprises is receiving my Stealth after I finish swapping out a few pieces to have it done in FDE. They do awesome work at a great price if anyone else is looking.

My first rifle was my first complete build and I was way under equipped in the tool department to do it. Took a lot longer and I scuffed the entire rifle pretty well but now I can do pretty much anything to a rifle outside of machining.

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Old 11-18-2011, 12:59   #7
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I bought a Bushmaster

Actually, I'm happy with my purchase. It's been a great rifle.
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Old 11-18-2011, 13:04   #8
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Bought an Olympic Arms XM-15 because it was cheap.
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Old 11-18-2011, 13:05   #9
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Bought a cheapie free float handguard with rails.
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Scarred up the handrails on the install
Painted the upper to hide the handrail scars - that looked like crap
Then broke the cheapie free-float handrails while tightening up the assembly.

Jez... Sometimes it is just best to take things away from me.

Well - at least the lower is untouched.
I've had my eye on a Spikes complete upper assembly that will erase the problem . . but not the memory..
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Old 11-18-2011, 13:43   #10
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made the mistake of thinking that $10 used GI mags were as good as new ones
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Old 11-18-2011, 13:45   #11
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None that I've found so far. Lots of research before buying and when buying, buy quality stuff. Only thing close to a mistake is I bought a Magpul BAD I didn't end up needing.(Thought the mag coupler wouldn't leave enough clearance but it did.) I bought it used and sold it to a coworker for the same I paid for it so it was a wash.
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Old 11-18-2011, 14:09   #12
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I didn't.
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Shot a rear takedown pin spring across the room when I was building one
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Old 11-18-2011, 16:07   #14
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some:

Pulled too hard on take down pins, past the stop (either/both)

Dis assembling the extractor and spring, before really needing to. PIA to put it back together.

Let a Wolf round sit inside a hot chamber, before firing. (casing polymer cokes and shell is stuck inside the bore - only happens in AR type guns, never happened inside a AK/SKS type weapon).

Using a auto spanner wrench on a castle nut-- poor purchase = bad scratch. That MFB was tight, even the with dedicated AR tool, I had to stand on the receiver to turn it. Use a good quality tool or you will break it.

Other mistakes pending.
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What's wrong with that?

I love my DSA mid with the UTG upper. I did put ladder covers, because the rubbers are too thick.

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Me? I tried to go cheap and bought a DSA mid length upper and put UTG rails on it. Yeah, I learned.

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Old 11-18-2011, 16:21   #16
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What's wrong with that?

I love my DSA mid with the UTG upper. I did put ladder covers, because the rubbers are too thick.
Nothing that a BCM upper and DD rails didnt fix.
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Old 11-18-2011, 16:39   #17
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Nothing that a BCM upper and DD rails didnt fix.
LOL, thats awesome.

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Old 11-18-2011, 16:41   #18
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The only real mistakes I have made with AR's is buying stock. I should have built my own from the beginning. After one complete build and another total overhaul of another one I could have saved money building them myself from the get go.
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Cheap optics that did not last long.
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Old 11-18-2011, 19:10   #20
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I did not purchase enough ammo, in 01 I took my new colt out with only 150rds a friend and my son came along we were out of ammo in just a couple of minutes.
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made the mistake of thinking that $10 used GI mags were as good as new ones
Done that.
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Old 11-18-2011, 23:22   #22
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years ago buying an Olympic AR15 that was junk...just didnt shoot well, and didnt shoot at all even more!!!!
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Old 11-18-2011, 23:26   #23
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During the election fiasco when Pmags where impossible to find I bought a Thermold mag which I don't like. Haven't had a misfeed it just doesn't seat as cleanly and takes an extra smack. I also sometimes wish I bought my Grip Pod and rail covers in black. Other times I'm fine with the FDE.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:39   #24
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Just before Obama won the election I bought a DPMS because it was the only rifle left on the shelf.

Btw...it shot fine and never fell apart or broke even though the internet said it would.

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Old 11-19-2011, 20:26   #25
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Took out buffer and spring and forget to put it back it in then ripped the CH back and got that bolt carrier stuck pretty bad.
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