In this video, we’ll put the final touches on the upper assembly by walking through the assembly of the Bolt Carrier Group (BCG), checking headspace, and finally installing the BCG and charging handle into the upper receiver. Note: Here, I show you how to check headspace with the extractor installed. You can also do this […]
In this video, we’ll walk through the process of installing a free-float hand guard. The handguard we’re using here is a Midwest Industries 12″ free float quad rail unit. In the next video, we’ll assemble the bolt carrier group, and check headspace.
We’re continuing here with the upper build process for the AR-MPR rifle. In this video, we’ll walk through the process of disassembling the barrel assembly, replacing the barrel nut with the custom aluminum unit that came with the Midwest Industries freefloat handguard, install the barrel, install the gas block and gas tube, and finally replace the muzzle brake. In the next […]
Gary Wood’s A2-style AR-15 (click for larger version) – Image Copyright 2010 Ultimate Reloader This weekend, we (some friends and myself) put together a lower from scratch, and mated this assembled lower to a pre-assembled 16″ barrel upper. This was both a fun project, and good practice for the upcoming videos on lower […]
Now that we covered planning, the parts lists, and the tools list, it’s time to get going with the AR-15 build process! We’ll start with the upper assmbly, and then move on to the lower assembly. In this video, we’ll start with the upper receiver casting, and install the ejection port cover and forward assist. […]
I’ll be the first to admit it- I’m totally a “tool guy”. I typically get as much satisfaction out of the tools as I get spending time on the project that I’m using the tools for. I like tools- I like machinery- I like to fix and restore tools and machinery. I like to think […]
In my last AR-MPR post, I gave an overview of the parts that will be used to assemble the AR-MPR upper assembly. In this post, we’ll take a look at the rest of the rifle- the lower assembly (OK, there’s also optics and accessories, we’ll but we’ll cover those later). I started this project with […]
The AR-MPR Upper Assembly shown here during test fitting of components – Click here for larger view – Images Copyright 2010 Ultimate Reloader Before we actually start with the build process for the AR-MPR rifle, I want to post some information about the parts and tools that are required for such a build. In this […]
Planning an AR-15 build can be more than a bit overwhelming! In this video I’ll walk you through some of the high-level decisions that you’ll need to make in order to get your AR-15 plans underway. Did I miss anything important here? Please leave a comment if you have something to add. Next, we’ll take […]
If you’re like me, you’re wondering- how exactly do the RCBS rifle bullet feeders work, and how do you setup one? Well, I’m going to bring you all plenty of info and videos regarding how these machines work. I just got the .22 cal and .30 cal versions, and am planning to show the .22 […]
One of the first things people ask when it comes to the AR-15 platform is: “What exactly is the difference between .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO (5.56mm x 45mm), and why should I care?”. Here, I’ll give you the essential facts related to the differences between these cartridges and the corresponding chamber dimensions. This understanding […]
When I started to prepare for this project, I decided to reach out to partners in industry that could help me put this project together, and who are leaders in their area of business. I contacted Larry Weeks at Brownells and had a quick discussion with him about what I was going to do, and […]
Hey guys- I’m really looking forward to AR-MPR! I can’t wait to get this build under way, and I’m looking forward to the experiences that we’ll share. I just wanted to give you all more details regarding what this project is about, why I’m doing it, and how long it’s going to take. The seed […]
It’s official guys- we’re going to get up close and personal with the AR-15 here on ultimatereloader.com! This video will give you an overview of a long-term project I’ll be working on here on ultimatereloader which will include a complete from-scratch precision AR-15 build, .223/5.56 precision handloading processes, and finally mass production of .223/5.56 ammo […]
In this video, you’ll see how to load .223 / 5.56 NATO ammunition for your AR-15 or other rifle with the Lee Loadmaster progressive reloading press. You’ll see die placement, press setup overview, and progressive reloading operation. Stay tuned! We’re going to be covering more Lee Loadmaster reloading here on Ultimate Reloader!