This AR-15 is a high end build that has some of the best parts available which work well together.  It also has a carbon fiber barrel that prints roughly a half inch at 100m with Hornady 8126n (Law Enforcement TAP) ammo.  Complete with BUIS, sling, aux butt stock pad, and all other bits and pieces weighs in at 7lb's 1oz which is a bit better than average for a fully equipped AR-15.

This AR-15 is a high end build that has some of the best parts available which work well together.  It also has a carbon fiber barrel that prints roughly a half inch at 100m with Hornady 8126n (Law Enforcement TAP) ammo.  Complete with BUIS, sling, aux butt stock pad, and all other bits and pieces weighs in at 7lb's 1oz which is a bit better than average for a fully equipped AR-15.

The carbon fiber barrel shoots all ammo I've put through it nearly twice as tight as it does with 4-5 other high end barrels I have on other AR's. It also has the advantage of not becoming hot enough to prevent holding it with bare hands.  I saw them do this after emptying a very fast 30 round mag on their website and tried it myself and was surprised it really stayed only warm.  The barrel is made by BSF The introductory price is about 2/3’s of other carbon fiber barrels.

The carbon fiber barrel shoots all ammo I've put through it nearly twice as tight as it does with 4-5 other high end barrels I have on other AR's. It also has the advantage of not becoming hot enough to prevent holding it with bare hands.  I saw them do this after emptying a very fast 30 round mag on their website and tried it myself and was surprised it really stayed only warm.  The barrel is made by BSF The introductory price is about 2/3’s of other carbon fiber barrels.

Why buy a CF barrel if it weighs the same as other lightweight steel barrels?  Because it's incredibly stiff, no amount of pressure on barricades or other lateral forces will deflect it.  It dissipates heat like its water cooled, and my sample was uncommonly accurate.  It does take some care to match the right gas block and hand guard since it's .936 OD is bigger than the standard .625 lightweight barrel or .750 standard barrels.  And perhaps the best reason is because of the stiffness and ability to dissipate heat the POI doesn't shift significantly from the first shot to several mags of fast fire.

Why buy a CF barrel if it weighs the same as other lightweight steel barrels?  Because it's incredibly stiff, no amount of pressure on barricades or other lateral forces will deflect it.  It dissipates heat like its water cooled, and my sample was uncommonly accurate.  It does take some care to match the right gas block and hand guard since it's .936 OD is bigger than the standard .625 lightweight barrel or .750 standard barrels.  And perhaps the best reason is because of the stiffness and ability to dissipate heat the POI doesn't shift significantly from the first shot to several mags of fast fire.

The upper and lower are from Aero.  Their Gen II series.  These are the best forgings I've ever built with.

The LPK is from Brownells and is very high quality and combined with the Geiselle SSA dual stage trigger, Seekins enhanced bolt release, and Battle Arms BADD-ASS ambi selector combine to make an exceptional combination.

The charging handle is the Bravo Company Ambi model and through slick engineering won't suffer the same failures mil-spec charging handles often do.

The upper and lower are from Aero.  Their Gen II series.  These are the best forgings I've ever built with.

The bolt carrier group is critical so we selected the MPI/HPT tested Fail Zero M16 NiB (Nickel Boron) bolt carrier group. I always strip out the stock extractor springs and install the Bravo Company Extractor Spring Upgrade kit.

The bolt carrier group is critical

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The hand guard is a 15" MidWest Industries M-lok Gen III which is very light at 10.1oz and very stout.  These are my favorite hand guards for those reasons. Why 15" on a 16" barrel and not 13"?  This rifle will double duty as a WROL piece and you need the extra length to mount an IR laser and white light and still have room for a proper shooting position/grip.

The hand guard is a 15" MidWest Industries M-lok Gen III which is very light at 10.1oz and very stout.  These are my favorite hand guards for those reasons. Why 15" on a 16" barrel and not 13"?  This rifle will double duty as a WROL piece and you need the extra length to mount an IR laser and white light and still have room for a proper shooting position/grip.

The buffer system is the VLTOR A5 system  which is 3/4" longer than normal and uses a rifle spring (by Sprinco , best springs period) and a A5 length buffer (longer than normal) weighing 6.2oz resulting in a very smooth recoil impulse.  Combined with the Superlative  adjustable bleed off gas block this is a very smooth, easy, and fast carbine no matter how hot the ammo you feed it.

The buffer system is the VLTOR A5 system  which is 3/4" longer than normal and uses a rifle spring (by Sprinco , best springs period) and a A5 length buffer (longer than normal) weighing 6.2oz resulting in a very smooth recoil impulse.  Combined with the Superlative  adjustable bleed off gas block this is a very smooth, easy, and fast carbine no matter how hot the ammo you feed it.

The stock is a Magpul CTR Mil-spec which is probably the perfect balance of weight, ergonomics, build quality, and price available.  The sling is a Blue Force 2 point which is my personal favorite.

The BCM Mod 0 Compensator is a great combination of flash hider and compensator and is one of the quietest compensators I've used.

So far I've shown the parts and given the links, but its much more than a bunch of parts. A carbine or rifle must first have it's purpose defined, and from there each part selected to work well together with the other parts while remaining within the budget.

So far I've shown the parts and given the links, but its much more than a bunch of parts. A carbine or rifle must first have it's purpose defined, and from there each part selected to work well together with the other parts while remaining within the budget.

Once the pile of parts s sitting in front of you, then you have to build the carbine.  AR's are perhaps the most user friendly carbine/rifle for self-builds, but that doesn't mean that an experienced smith can't make a significant difference in the carbines performance from the assembly methods, tools, and adjustment.  It might be better to learn to assemble an AR with $400 worth of parts vs. $2000 worth of parts.  Your choice.

Once the pile of parts s sitting in front of you, then you have to build the carbine.  AR's are perhaps the most user friendly carbine/rifle for self-builds, but that doesn't mean that an experienced smith can't make a significant difference in the carbines performance from the assembly methods, tools, and adjustment.  It might be better to learn to assemble an AR with $400 worth of parts vs. $2000 worth of parts.  Your choice.

This carbine from the very first shot has performed flawlessly and produces 1-hole groups with match grade ammo.  With it's optimized gas system it has an exceptional reduced recoil impulse even with hot ammo.  Its a great WROL carbine which can also be used for hunting where .223/5.56mm is permitted or even 3-gun.  Mounted with an appropriate optic this makes a very capable general purpose carbine.

The pictures show a Steiner P4xi 1-4x-24mm optic mounted in a Larue LT104 SPR QD mount that you have to use to believe.  Never before have such high quality optics been offered at this price point.  I know of nothing comparable.

Some might think this is a great 3-gun combo but personally I'd rather have a quality 1x red dot reflex like an Aimpoint T-2 Micro.

Configuring an AR is very much personal preference.  The more experience you have, the better you'll be able to choose your configuration.  Many depend on factory pre-built rifles which is okay, though I often find them lacking in different ways, and others go to high end production rifles like the Larue Costa Edition and these aren't bad choices, though my experience shows that even these higher end rifles are more products of economy than perfection.  I prefer perfection when possible so I continue to build my own carbines/rifles in hope that someday I'll find it.