The Big Scary AR-15 Part Three-Why I love the AR-15

This is my third and final installment of this series. In cased you missed it part one and part two.

There’s a saying about the AR-15 that it’s the equivalent of the men’s Barbie. I’m not sure that’s true but the concept is this; there’s a thousand ways to accessorize and customize your AR-15. If you own one and you haven’t modified it yet, you’re missing out. It’s one of the beautiful qualities about it and one of the reasons why I love the AR-15.

I’ve owned an AR-15 for a while. It wasn’t until recently I fell in love with it. I had a ho-hum run of the mill version. I was in my favorite gun shop one day and I saw it. I had to have it. It was a stripped lower for an AR-15 engraved with the Second Amendment. I had never built one before but I’ve heard that it wasn’t that hard. I mean, I used to fix airplanes. I could handle building a rifle right? So I bought it, didn’t know what I was doing but that’s where this journey started.

My first AR-15 build
My first AR-15 build

I started researching parts. I immediately felt like I was in over my head. The options were endless. The manufacturers were endless. There was also no shortage of opinions either. Just try going to or I began to get overwhelmed with the information. Then Sandy Hook happened. The drums of the citizen gun control industrial complex began. Parts began to get scarce. I was no longer worried about what kind of rifle I was going to build but whether or not I was going to be able to build it at all.

Recently I branched out into other calibers with this .300 AAC Blackout
Recently I branched out into other calibers with this .300 AAC Blackout

It was over the course of a couple of weeks I was able to resource the necessary parts in order to build. I had no idea what I was doing as you can see by the fact that I put a plastic MBUS sight on the gas block. Luckily it never melted and it worked great. Since I’m never satisfied with my first attempt, I later added some parts like a free floating handguard. I have since sold that rifle and it pained me to do it.

My most recent build. Decided to get into colors
My most recent build. Decided to get into colors

Selling that rifle has since let me move into other custom builds. Quite frankly, since the possibilities are truly endless, it has become almost an addiction. I am experimenting with other calibers and I have developed a definite bias as to what I like and what I don’t. What’s the point? It’s fun. When I go to the range, no one has the same rifle as me.

Besides being really fun to build and having an endless amounts of possible customizations, there are other reasons why I love the SR-15.  This is my list in no particular order:

  1. It’s fun to shoot
  2. It’s cheap to shoot
  3. It’s easy to shoot
  4. It’s easy to build and maintain
  5. If I don’t like something it’s easy (and probably cheap) to change
  6. It’s my plinking/hunting/competition rifle
  7. Parts are cheap and readily available
  8. I can have only one AR-15 but have multiple upper receivers in different calibers. I would have to purchase multiple rifles to do this otherwise
  9. I can customize the hell out of it
  10. No one else has the same rifle as me

So get out there and customize your rifle. Did I leave anything off the list? If you need any advice or ideas please don’t hesitate to send me an email or leave a comment.


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