POTD: Scottie's First AR-15 Build

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Scottie writes …

My very first build! It took me nearly 5 months to collect all of the parts because of life and .308s aren’t cheap. But in less than two weeks I assembled everything with only minor issues, dialed it in and took the nicest buck of my life from nearly 350 yards.

Lower receiver:
Aero Precision M5
Mission First Tactical BMS stock
Seekins Precision 60 degree ambi selector
Seekins precision billet mag release button
CMC 3.5# curved single stage trigger
MFT Engage pistol grip
CMMG spring and pin kit
Troy ambi mag release
Fortis QD end plate

Upper receiver:
Aero precision M5
Rhino Arms 18″ heavy contour fluted chromoly vandium barrel
Mega maten slide lock charging handle
Lantac Dragon 7.62 muzzle device
Fortis 14.5″ switch rail
Syrac Ordanance adjustable gas block
JP low mass bolt group
Vortex Viper PST 4-16×50

Shout out and big thanks to Rainer Arms and West Coast Armory for all their help.

Scottie, that is a great looking gun!

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • ARHunters ARHunters on Nov 03, 2015

    My Niece just took this Bull Elk in CO with an AR-15 Chambered in 6.5 Grendel at 398yds. Hunt details and more photos at ARHunters.com Really there isn't a Big Game Animal in North America that couldn't be taken with an AR platform because of the WIDE variety of chambering possibilities on the same receiver.

  • CavScout CavScout on Nov 04, 2015

    Cool guy toy. Weapon assembled by a garage tinkerer. Followed all the arfcom fads. You'll get lots of high-fives there.