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The old AR parts gag

I (and many others) have always joked that we could probably build an AR-15 from the parts we have laying around the house. I just did exactly that except that I was missing a bolt carrier group and a charging handle. Unfortunately, I realized about the BCG right as the post Newtown gun boom hit and just got the BCG the other day.

16 Responses to “The old AR parts gag”

  1. pdb Says:

    If you haven’t found a charging handle yet, the BCM Gunfighter one is pretty great.

  2. oddball Says:

    I’m almost in the same position. I lack a lower, the bolt/bolt carrier, and one spring from the lower parts kit. Problem is that I’m not sure which spring. I just remember being glad that I had a second lower parts kit as I watched a tiny spring sail through the air never to be seen again when I built my AR a couple years ago.

  3. MAJMike Says:


    I’ve got about 50% of the necessary parts after updating a vintage SP1 and assembling an AR15 from scratch.

  4. Patrick H Says:

    I just received a BCG I ordered back in September. Crazy.

  5. Turd Furgeson Says:

    I need a BCG. Any advice on where to score one? I would prefer a known brand and can afford to drop about $250.

  6. ExurbanKevin Says:

    I have enough parts to do one heck of a trigger job on a 1911.

    If I owned a 1911.

  7. McThag Says:

    I’ve built three guns from my parts bin now.

  8. Jim Says:

    If you are looking for a BCG, Bravo Company does a good job of sending emails if you sign up for “back in stock” notifications on their website. I’ve done it 4 or 5 times already (didn’t buy any, just contemplating a build, but they were always available when I received the notice).

  9. TomcatTCH Says:

    I’m missing an upper receiver, BCG and charging handle, and could use a whole other BCG to replace the one in the rifle running only a .22 conversion.

  10. ben Says:

    There are no carriers out there. I can’t find carriers to save my life. Everything else I can get, or at least get lead times from the manufacturers, but not carriers.

  11. Bill Says:

    There are carriers. Midway had some last week, even.

    You just have to search and get on notification lists.

  12. Sid Says:


    The Navy has 11. 5 issued out, 1 under repair, and 5 in stock.

  13. wizardpc Says:

    There are carriers. Midway had some last week, even.

    You just have to search and get on notification lists.

    okay. Where?

  14. Scott Says:

    if you are looking for upper parts and BCGs:

    But you have to act quickly!

  15. Bryan S. Says:

    But can you find ammo to shoot out of it?

    There is the question!

  16. mariner Says:

    I have enough AR parts to …. ummm … do a $.25 trigger job on a Glock.

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