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    We are going to be building a NY AWB compliant AR15 rifle during this tutorial. An Essential Arms lower receiver will be the base of this rifle. To begin we will start with the Essential Arms lower receiver and a DPMS lower parts kit.


    First open your lower parts kit package and be sure that that all of the parts are there, next locate the magazine catch, magazine release, and magazine catch spring.

    Insert the magazine catch into the left side of the receiver and then lay the receiver on its left side. Now insert the magazine catch spring into the receiver and then depress the spring with the magazine release button.



    I like to use a wood dowel to depress the magazine release button while I spin the magazine catch to screw in the magazine release button.
    Once the magazine release assembly has been installed use a magazine to ensure that it functions properly.

    Now locate the trigger guard and roll pin.

    Insert the front part of the magazine guard into the hole at the front of the trigger guard.

    Now, line up the rear part of the trigger guard with the holes in the receiver and gently tap the roll pin into place. MAKE SURE YOU SUPPORT THE EARS OF THE RECEIVER WHEN INSTALLING THIS PART, FAILURE TO DO SO COULD RESULT IN YOU BREAKING AN EAR OFF OF YOUR RECEIVER. You can also you vice grips to squeeze this pin in.
    Next, locate the bolt catch assembly. This consists of the bolt catch, a roll pin, a spring, and a detent.

    Insert the spring and detent into the receiver and tape off part of the receiver to prevent dings and scratches when tapping the roll pin into place.

    Now align the bolt catch with the roll pin and gently tap it into place.
    Next we will be installing the front pivot pin into the AR15 receiver. This is probably the most difficult part of the build. Locate the pivot pin, spring, and detent.

    Insert the spring and detent and then use something thin, something like a credit card, to hold the spring and detent in place while you slide in the pivot pin. Be on the lookout for the spring and detent to go flying across the room, some people put the receiver into a plastic bag while they install this part.

    Locate the trigger and trigger spring for the next step.

    Install as seen below.

    Insert the disconnector onto the top of the trigger mechanism and insert the roll pin into the receiver while aligning all of the parts.



    Now assemble the hammer and hammer spring into the lower receiver.

    I like to use a punch to align the hammer and hammer spring while I slide the pin into the receiver.

    Now we are going to install the safety so we need to locate the safety, pistol grip, spring, and detent.


    Insert the safety into the receiver from the left side. Now insert the detent and spring into the bottom of the receiver. The hole for these parts will be where the pistol grip slides onto the receiver. Align the spring into the hole in your pistol grip and screw the pistol grip into your receiver.
    Next we will install the buffer tube on the receiver. Locate and install the detent and spring that goes into the back of your AR15 receiver. You will have to install the rear takedown pin into your receiver before doing so.

    Once those parts are installed begin to screw in your buffer tube while making sure that the spring in the rear of the receiver does not twist or pop out.
    Before you give the buffer tube its last turn or two install the buffer detent and spring.

    The buffer tube should hold down the buffer detent.
    At this point your entire lower receiver should be completely assembled and look something like this.

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    I'll get the pictures for the upper receiver assembly up in the next day or two. I just have to find them on my computer. If you need anything clarified or have any questions just let me know. Thanks.

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    Any pics of the upper???

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    I had problems with my laptop and the pics of my upper build were on that. I cannot find the upper pics on that computer. I might be ordering another barrel to finish another AR in the next two weeks or so and will finish the tutorial when I get those parts.

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    Ambidextrous safeties are nice to add on as well.
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    I actually have ambi safeties on that build. They are definitely worth the extra $30.

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    Something I just put on my rifle that others might enjoy: a Daniel Defense A2 single point sling adapter. As soon as I get the sling for it I'll post pics of it. Collapsible carbine stock single point slings are more common, but I like having the A2 stock so at a distance it's easier to see that it's compliant and it was cheaper at the time to buy than the telescoping type.
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    Are the "bullet buttons" that are being used in California acceptable for New York?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple K View Post
    Are the "bullet buttons" that are being used in California acceptable for New York?
    It's a gray area of the law. I personally wouldn't try it. What feature would you prefer over a detachable magazine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    It's a gray area of the law. I personally wouldn't try it. What feature would you prefer over a detachable magazine?
    All of them. If you have a bullet button it makes it not a detachable magazine, so it's a fixed magazine so NO features are banned. Meaning you don't have to do all the screwing around with chopping off the bayo lug, pinning the stock or using an A2, and all the idiotic tomfoolery with the muzzle device which you pretty much write that barrel off as permanently lost to all else. Just switch out ONE part, the bullet button in place of the mag release, and you can slap whatever stock and upper combination you want on there with no fuss and no time lost and extra cost having to buy a compensator much less picking the ONE that barrel is ever going to have at the exclusion of all other possibilities.

    As I'm building my rifle right now and my wife's, one of the biggest gripes is having to pick ahead of time which type of compensator to put on it. It ties it to what type of can I'll want to be able to put on it in the future when in PA, VT, VA, or TX whenever we visit and/or move. I will NOT own a barrel that is not useful for the purposes I want it capable. I've got relatives in PA, AL, and TX. We've lots of friends in VA and OH and elsewhere, plus events we'll probably go to, so the opportunity is definitely there. So how do I know ahead of time what everyone has and/or what I or she will want in the future? YHM, AAC (and which one of theirs--they have 3 or 4 different mounts, for Pete's sake!), SWR, Knights, Surefire? A compensator MUST go on my rifle's barrel, so say the jackasses that wrote the law, so it had darn well better be good for at least one of them. All of them have compensator mounts so I'm good on that, but the catch is all of them are different brand to brand. So even if I could wrench barrels on and off upper receivers at will (which takes a tool or two that's at least another $50), that's still each barrel pinned with each compensator---$200-500 just for the barrel then another $75-150 or even $300 for the comp/brake mount JUST BECAUSE OF NYS' F****ED UP LAW...

    ...unless you have a bullet button. Then the thingy on the end of your barrel plus the threads you have freed up to mount it on don't matter a hill of beans. Then when you want your regular detachable mag capability you can swap your bullet button back out for a regular mag catch after switching your no lug and pinned or plain barrel back, and you don't have to spend as much money as a small car being able to put whatever on your barrel you want. See?


    Of course this is all out of state matters, until we get the situation straightened out here to where we can do this in state. Which we will. Oh yes we will. Might take a couple of years from now, five to ten MAYBE, but we will get that straightened out too. WE WILL HAVE SUPPRESSORS IN NEW YORK STATE, whether those Manhattan slimeballs wet their little overly expensive panties over it or not.
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