Fallout Video Game inspired AR-15

Like many children of the 80’s, I enjoy playing video games. No, they aren’t remotely “combat simulators” or any of that sort of nonsense. They’re just fun entertainment. One of my all time favorites has been the Fallout series of post apocalyptic, alternate history sci-fi. If you haven’t played it, Fallout takes place in a world that is very much like we thought the future might look like in the 1950’s. Well, that future after a thermonuclear war. There are plenty of futuristic lasers and plasma rifles, but there are also more traditional guns and cobbled together homebrew guns. This is where Raider14 of AR15.com took his inspiration for his post apocalyptic AR build.

Raider14’s skill with machine tools is belied by the intentionally rough appearance of the build. Even a knuckle dragging Neanderthal like me can assemble a bucket of parts into a slick looking AR-15. They’re like grownup legos. Even fairly “advanced” tasks like changing a barrel aren’t really all that tough with Mr. Stoner’s brainchild. But Raider14 built most of the rifle from scratch. For safety, the barrel (and extension), bolt carrier group, and upper receiver are factory. The remaining parts are hand built, including the flat receiver that he welded and machined from sheet steel and the buffer tube made from a section of 1″ steel pipe.

Raider14’s choice in materials is, in my not so humble opinion, perfectly representative of the sort of junk that the Lone Wanderer might use to build or repair a rifle. The screwdriver pistol grip may not be as comfortable as a MIAD and the seat belt sling may not be as go-fast as a Vicker’s, but the total effect is genuinely Wasteland.


Right about now, a few of you may be wondering “Wait, did he just say that dude built a firearm receiver from scratch?” The rest of you are probably already aware that it is perfectly legal for anyone who isn’t a prohibited possessor to build a firearm so long as they don’t do it with the intention of selling it. It takes a great deal of skill and artistry to build one like this, but considerably less of both to finish out an 80% receiver and assemble factory parts. If you’d like to try your own hand at building a themed rifle like this one, that might be a good way to start. Raider14 gives lots of gory details about his build in the thread on Arfcom right here.


Andrew is a combat veteran of OEF and has performed hundreds of ballistic tests for his YouTube channel, The Chopping Block (https://www.youtube.com/user/chopinbloc). He is an avid firearm collector and competitor and lives with his family in Arizona. If you have any questions, you may email him at choppingblocktests@gmail.com


  • uncle bobedy

    Yeah, it’s a cool project. Once CA decides to fully ban firearms in the next 5 years, this will be the only way we will retain the ability to be armed. (this is not entirely tongue in cheek)

    Look up theflatspot, it offers a weldable lower in pieces and is hilariously cool, think of it as a 2% lower. Pretty cool to see these sort of unique products available!

    Great read, Andrew!

    • PK

      I end up using those FlatSpot AR-10 receivers for oddball/custom stuff where I want to use an AR FCG and the AR-15 isn’t quite long enough. That, and honestly the steel can be made to look amazing with a little bit of care.

      Or, you can hastily tack it together and get a working gun in an afternoon, or use it for a project like this! Building is so much more fun than assembling.

      His drum adapters are also fantastic for home builds.

      • noob

        If an AR-10 in full auto vibrates your eyeballs as you hold it on target, would an AR-10 with a binary trigger be a sweet little shooter that performs like a burst fire group?

        • PK

          The pull-fire/release-fire triggers are a bit wild in anything bigger than the usual cartridges. In .308, I don’t think I’d really want to mess with one for fun. It would very much perform like a burst fire group, the triggers really are that fast.

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  • Bart Jabroni

    This article reminds me of the first time Pete posted it.

    • PK

      Exactly. Different photos, though.

    • Swarf

      Pete and… Pete again.

      • hikerguy

        Pete and Repeat?

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  • Ryfyle

    Thats’ the Magic of AR’s these days. the principle and theory of how they work allows them to built out of anything.

  • Vitsaus

    The Fallout games have AR15 variants in them. None look like this, in fact, they pretty much look like a real world variant we would spot.

    • iksnilol

      Look at the survivalists rifle in NV. Or the pipe guns in FO4.

      Also, if you look at the title better. It was inspired by fallout. Not copied directly from fallout,

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  • Swarf

    Hahaha, the spark plug forward assist.

  • SP mclaughlin

    I usually think of the New Vegas wood stocked AR10 like rifles when people say “Fallout AR”.

  • Samuel Millwright

    Or you can just go to jack squats flat spot online and buy a sheet metal weld together ar15 or ar10 lower for lolcheap download the handy pdf instructions and weld that little bastard up in an afternoon!

    Just saying…

  • Phillip Cooper


    Just like the first time it was posted.

  • Noishkel

    NCR Service Rifle much?

    • Nick

      Pretty sure they’re 5mm, like the mini gun.

      • Cameron Bissell

        223/5.56 in new vegas. Mini gun is still 5mm

  • noob

    That rifle looks like it’s worth about 540 bottlecaps.

  • hikerguy

    Very steampunk……. Quite good I would say.

  • Blake

    Random trivia:
    In Fallout 2, pretty much the best “small gun” you can get is the FN-FAL HPFA.
    Good times.

  • Mazryonh

    That double-screwdriver pistol grip looks like it would be pretty painful to hold onto for a long time. But at least the seatbelt sling looks workable and adjustable.

    The conical flash suppressor looks like it came from a scrap heap, but it is characterful and would be effective despite appearances. The first flash suppressors were simple metal cones attached to the muzzles of rifles and machine guns. You can easily see those old-school flash hiders if you look for photos of WWII Bren Guns. Not quite as tacticool as Vortex Flash Hiders, but still effective and won’t snag on anything. Good luck fitting a sound suppressor to one of those flash hider cones, though.

    • Mikial

      I think everything you just described was exactly what he was shooting for (pun intended).

      • Mazryonh

        The large muzzle cone probably isn’t the most practical choice for the Wasteland though, because you can’t attach a bayonet or sound suppressor to that kind of flash hider. Every radroach getting in your way that you manage to kill with a fixed bayonet is one less bullet you have to use and then have to replace. And out in the Wasteland, suppressors would be pretty useful for getting the drop on enemies. Neither seems an option when that muzzle cone is mounted.

        • Mikial

          Good point. I suppose the guy who built it in real life recognized that he could legally build a rifle with a flash suppressor, but could not legally build one with a sound suppressor and would have to just leave the barrel unmodified, so he went for the apocalyptic look of the flash suppressor.

          • Mazryonh

            The Fallout universe has always included a lot of opposition that isn’t two-legged, so a bayonet is a practical tool in that regard. Not the thing you can likely take down a Super Mutant with, but suitable for most anything that isn’t the size of a full-grown bear or wearing power armour.

            Another solution would be for the creator to use the common M16A2 barrel setup that has a bayonet lug, so you have a good flash suppressor already and have the bayonet made out of something from a scrap heap, like a repurposed lawnmower blade. Now that’s Wasteland!

          • Mikial

            I like that! Good thinking. A rifle with a bayonet is essentially a stabbing spear, something very useful in an entirely hostile environment. I think in the end, each of us would build a weapon that gave us every possible advantage. And while some people may think it’s just goofy video game thinking, but it is the imagination that gives rise to the truly innovative weapons of any age.

  • Mikial

    That’s just plain awesome! I’ve played Fallout and Love the Mad Max movies, and he nailed it. Leave it to some guy on a farm to know how to do anything with nothing. My hat’ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/628b795160912315dfc201cbf567113893f3ac78f3a3c2a3e6e977d4ac865fd7.jpg s off to him.

    PS, I have an old Cobray 5 shot pepper pot .410 pistol I used to carry when backpacking in rattlesnake country, and it would be the perfect base for a post-apocalypse shotgun/pistol.

  • CavScout

    SICK OF SEEING THIS POS ALREADY. Screw this cosplay junk and screw Fallout games.

    • Mikial

      Dude, you need some professional help for your anger. Did your mommy and daddy not hug you enough as a child or what?