Post Doomsday – Armageddon – Zombies AR15 Build

If you were expecting a factory fresh Daniel Defense or Knights Armament ultra-reliable AR15 that would survive ‘end of days’ style scenarios, you’d be mistaken. This is a rifle built from scraps using unorthodox techniques and designs as far from milspec as physically possible. Even so, this doomsday build is completely awesome.

I have frequented for 12 years and in that time I have come across some amazing guns, gear and people. Sure, the general discussion (GD) area is full of tall tales and rants, but for the most part, the largest gun forum on the web gets a bad rap. There’s a lot of knowledge and genuinely good people tucked away in the technical sections ARFCOM.

Which brings us to this beauty – user Raider14 set out to build a functional AR out of reclaimed materials. Obviously some of the more precise parts are pulled from factory guns – the barrel, bolt, upper, etc, but the lower, receiver extension and the majority of other parts are all masterfully cut and welded in Raider’s shop. The lower is actually a weldable kit from The Flat Spot.

I absolutely love projects like this. Anyone can push pins together and master torque settings. But welding together a functional AR15 lower? That’s next-level gangsters skills right there. Click the link below to read through the whole thread.

Read the entire Doomsday build thread on ARFCOM here:














Although he’s dealing with a few FTF/FTE issues, the rifle does shoot 90% of the time while Raider14 works out the kinks.

He asked that I acknowledge the following individuals for their help and support. After all, surviving a post-apocalyptic scenario will require preparation, skills, tools and most of all, friends.




LE – Science – OSINT.
On a mission to make all of my guns as quiet as possible.
Twitter: @gunboxready
Instagram: @tfb_pete


  • Anonymoose

    (leaked pictures of the new Taurus T4)

    • oldman

      It looks to well built to be a Taurus.

    • supergun

      Thats funny.

  • Tassiebush

    This reminds me of that shovel AK build.

  • SGT Fish

    i think I have one of those AR15 lower flat kits laying around the garage somewhere. always thought itd be useful to use the FCG part to make a tube gun


  • iksnilol


  • Martin Grønsdal

    Still looks better than a Kalashnikov

    • Harp

      Bet it won’t run like a Kalashnikov.

  • Dougscamo

    This guy attended the Dara Adam Khel School of Gunsmithing….and failed….

    • Devil_Doc

      You’ve got to say it like Miles. Dara Adam Hhhhkkkkel.

      • Dougscamo

        I couldn’t begin to…..

  • Edeco

    Cute! I’m craving a seatbelt strap now.

    • Shankbone

      I’m partial to the rubber grips on many of the Klein drivers.

  • GPSrulz

    Fallout 4 build?

  • Petto

    Fallout style M16 , nice

    • JW

      Ad Victoriam!

    • Southpaw Jim

      General, another settlement needs our help!

  • -V-

    I once killed a deathclaw with a gun like that.

  • Get over it fanbois

    A non piston or non bolt action is not something good for a Doomsday scenario. You won’t be getting fancy expensive ammo that shooters these days are able to find in the nearest gun store. AR’s would make fine magazine holders though.

    • Major Tom

      Not only that but in the long run anything that doesn’t have very durable and reliable parts will find itself quickly expended. In the classic post-apocalypse caused by zombies resulting in a sudden termination of production, most assault rifles and civilian sporting arms would be expended within a few years owing to lack of parts and heavy use. (AK’s would last longer than AR’s in that instance but within 5 years even they’d be gone for the most part, consumed by attrition and use.)

      Meaning the best firearms you would have in the long run are single shot and manual actions with few parts and what parts you have are simple to make.

      • Brett baker

        So, the1871 mauser live again?

        • Major Tom

          Among other things.

      • Captain Obvious

        Naw, with most people being dead (or undead as the case may be) there will be an unlimited supply of ARs and parts available. Pretty sure you could stockpile them by the pallet load since Zs aren’t going to be using them.

        • Major Tom

          I wouldn’t count on that. If there are more undead than living in this scenario anyone who dies at the hands of the zombies is in a no go zone.

          A lot of territory becomes denied then and a lot of supply becomes lost or unusable.

          Besides how do we know the zombies will not be like the Flood from Halo and use the weapons themselves when reanimated?

          • Ryfyle

            Now that’s something worth fighting.

      • oldman

        A double rifle either SxS or OU with extractors not ejectors and a really good pump shotgun.

        • iksnilol

          Ejectors are better, when worn down they become extractors.

          • oldman

            But ejectors makes it harder to find your brass to reload.

          • iksnilol

            Pfft, I’m a pro.

            I practiced so that I open the gun and catch the shells in my mouth.

          • Dougscamo

            Gives new meaning to the phrase “shooting his mouth off”….

          • iksnilol

            I got that shotgun smile, hun 😉

          • Major Tom

            So that’s why you’re missing teeth. >:3

            I kid, I kid!

          • Tassiebush

            There’s definitely a smutty way that could have been written. Glad you worded that carefully.

          • iksnilol

            You mean I could have caught the empty load in my mouth ?

            I don’t see how that’s smutty.

          • Tassiebush

            Being a pro and all too, who shows off by firing shots followed by catching the spent ones.

      • Get over it Fanbois

        So if you wanted a higher rate of fire. Leaver actions would be easier to build or rather something like the Basterd rifle from Metro 2033. It seems that long stroke piston would be hard to repair as well.

        Until science says differently, zombies are impossible. So not too worried about them. However the pepper morons are not doing themselves or anyone else favors by buying rifles that requires heavy maintenance and cleaning after firing off a few magazines.

        • MichaelZWilliamson

          It is apparent your knowledge of ARs comes from reading AK fanboi pages. I bet you’re all “revolvers never jam,” too.

        • Palmier

          You do realize that when preppers talk about zombies they are really just talking about people who have gone without food and power for three weeks don’t you? I would say they are a scientific certainty.

          Luckily, after three months most will be dead so there won’t be many left to shoot.

    • Sean Townsend

      People are really still declaring the DI system unreliable in 2017?

      • Ryfyle

        Yes. Despite you can make a new bolt on a cheap lathe.

      • Get over it fanbois

        It never was. Just propaganda from nostalgia ninjas and those who benefit from military corporate welfare say its good.
        If DI was reliable than the Army and USMC wouldn’t be trying to replace them.

    • Ryfyle

      Sounds like you never ran into a machinist.

      • Get over it fanbois

        The only machinists that say its as good as a real piston rifle are over fifty or those who live in high rises.

        • Ryfyle

          Not knocking Short Stroke pistons on an AR, I just appreciate the ability to use break line as a gas tube, could use beefier bolt lugs though.

          • Norm Glitz

            Maybe try brake line instead?

        • MichaelZWilliamson

          The AR is a real rifle that is superior to outdated piston-driven pseudo-rifle designs from a century ago.

    • Jonathan Ferguson

      All ARs have a piston.

      • Get over it fanbois

        Not the correct kind of piston.

        • MichaelZWilliamson

          It is the correct kind of piston. The wrong kind of piston eventually locks up and turns your gun into an unergonomic club. IF the AR piston fails, you still have a straight pull bolt action.

          That myth about “burying AKs in the dirt uncleaned” is just that–a myth. Google “kickstart AK” and count the hits. Even in clean conditions, that piston is a failure waiting to happen.

          Now, the FAL piston is a much better choice. It has some drawbacks and some benefits.

  • Eric Frey

    looks like a weapon mod for Fallout 4

    • Billy Vegas

      I looked at the pictures and heard the fallout theme in my head with Ron Pearlman saying “War never changes.”

  • MrBrassporkchop

    At this point I think there’s more plastic aftermarket furniture than actual rifles.

    If anything you’ll have pristine magpul gear on a receiver made out metal from an old shovel.

  • Noishkel

    Hah! Will wonders never cease.

    That said thought, they could have tried building something more simple than an AR for a ‘post apoc’ build. Something doesn’t need such constant maintenance. :p

  • Ryfyle

    Many of these welds upset me greatly.

    • GaryOlson

      Just replicating zombie condition welds: inconsistent heat depth from a variable heat source, inconsistent weld rod quality, and a touch of madness

      • Ryfyle

        Society has a necro-hiccup and they steal a Harbor Freight Stick welder. smh

        • Andrea Goldstein

          And a (in this case, simulated) lack of any welding skills.

          • Ryfyle

            My skills will be high demand.

  • UCSPanther

    This looks like something that could be thrown together in the Stygian darkness of the Metro 2033 or Underrail universe…

  • Sianmink

    Nice loudener.

  • Kelly Jackson

    I really hated starting off with pipe guns, can we agree that didn’t make the game any more interesting?

  • .45

    “That’s some next-level gangster skills…”

    I cannot understand why so many people in our society today idolize low grade morons who specialize in petty theft, rape and assault, with their sole marketable skill being the ability to rhyme to a beat. I cannot think of any wannabe “gangsta” I have met that could even sharpen a knife properly, but somehow making an AR out of scrap is “gangster”?

    And get off my lawn…

    • Nergyl

      People have always romanticized the thug life…ain’t anything new. Happened with Blackbeard, Jesse James, Al Capone, and many, many others.

      Doesn’t make it any less stupid, though.

    • JoelM

      Head to the Philippines or Mexico. The gangs there are crafting stuff that looks very much like this.

  • Steven Stone

    i guess thats what you call a frankin 15..its ugly but it will kill you.

  • gunsandrockets

    That’s so Road Warrior!

    Talk about a ‘pipe gun’


    • Tassiebush

      I’m not sure if buffer tubes get bent but that one wouldn’t bend.

  • Uniform223

    I would pay money to use that at a carbine course 😀

  • Kurt Akemann

    It’s very clever, but not something I’d want to stake my life on in battle with the Saviors. Bringing that to a fight with Negan’s crew just sounds like a way to meet Lucille up close. X(

  • Anomanom

    How’d you get the barrel from a Type 99 to work with 5.56 (presumably) ammo? And for that matter, where did you even get a Type 99 barrel?

  • Rogertc1


    • Andrea Goldstein

      Yea, just keep telling yourself that…

  • supergun

    Mel Gibson inspired.

  • Whitechapel Charlie

    Bethesda sues for copyright infringement.

    • Whitechapel Charlie

      Oh, and nice blunderbuss muzzle device.

  • JJ

    Nice to see someone hack something together and it mostly works. At the same time, this is a serious abomination. I get the theme. The welds and fitting are horrid though. No safety or bolt catch. Handguard is wonky. Even a simple tube would have been better. Eye of the beholder, I guess. Yuck!

  • Ron Walsh

    Just goes to show that with some scrap metal, hammer, welder and vice grips you can build most anything. It is a thing of beauty to me, although a bit heavy looking. Semper Fi.

  • Andrea Goldstein

    Problem is, guns will NEVER be in short supply, but ammo sure as hell will. (As we discovered in our PRE-Doomsday times over the last many years…)

  • James M. Lemon

    Looks like something out of Star Wars.
    Maybe Road Warrior 13.
    New in gun stores, starting this Fall.

    • UCSPanther

      The distributor exclusive at Oskar’s Guns in Core City (See also: Underrail) comes with black enamel-coated furniture and a hand-forged TiChrome serrated bayonet.

      Yours’ for 1000 Stygian coins!

  • L. Roger Rich

    Looks like poo to me…stupid

  • jcitizen

    What is that a ZGB-33 barrel? HA! Kind of like the beloved rat rods, except a shoot’n iron.

  • Clefugly

    Looks like it came from Metro 2033

  • Dave Buck

    When I was doing land mine clearance in Cambodia in the mid-90s, we built a working AK47 out of parts we found in the minefields with our metal detectors. Looked about as good as this AR15 build in places – some of the parts had been in the ground a long time.

  • 1inidaho

    Never underestimate the ingenuity of the human being.