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Building Your AR-15 From Scratch

Jim VanMiddlesworth , Lenny Magill  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim VanMiddlesworth
  • Directors: Lenny Magill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Time Zone
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Learn how to build an AR-15 from scratch! Yes, this program shows you the complete, step-by-step procedures on how to put together an AR-15 from parts to an actual functioning and firing weapon. Starting with a bare lower receiver and then adding all the parts, you ll follow master AR-15 armorer Jim VanMiddlesworth as he details all the parts and tools necessary to build this rifle with particular emphasis on nomenclature and reliability. He shows common mistakes and how to avoid them along with master secrets and techniques to help minimize frustration and maximize your time and efficiency. Produced by Lenny Magill.....the world leader in firearm video programming.....this is a professional, informative production from start to finish. If you own an AR-15 or want to build an AR-15....this program is invaluable. 3 hours in length, shot in HD, Professionally Produced

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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The How and Why of Building Your AR-15 October 14, 2011
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If you're looking to build your first AR-15 or even if you've already built one, this video will provide you valuable tips, tricks and insight into the How and Why of building and maintaining your AR-15. I scoured the web - forums, YouTube and major retailers for info, and there is tons of it out there. The only problem is that you'll spend lots of time trying to figure out what is good or bad practice, especially if you're new at all this AR-15 building business. Well, look no further, because this DVD puts it all together for you using a Master AR-15 Armorer as your instructor. Unlike a major web retailer that offers free videos and trying to sell you tools and gadgets, this instructional DVD spends more time on the How and Why you need to do the things you do when building your AR-15. I highly recommend you give this DVD a chance - you'll be glad you did. You may also want to pick up a copy of the "M4 Carbine-M16A2 W/E Armorer's Guide" by Desert Publications as a reference resource after your build. Read more ›
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! January 13, 2012
By Mamaw
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Finally a video that has included ALL the tips necessary to work on and add accessories without damaging the finish of the rifles. It is NOT a "DRY" boring video, it is a two person conversation with explanations and questions being asked. He shares the tools that are necessary to complete the task at hand but will not cost you a fortune to acquire. I have seen MANY Ar 15s come in that have scratches because of improper tools being added.
This video is hosted by a master armorer and it is quickly obvious he knows what he is doing! You will not be disappointed with this product. Don't let the 3 hr lenght detour your purchase. It is set up in "chapters" allowing the opportunity to stop and start over without loosing your place. VERY satisfied.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the good reviews December 9, 2012
By jimdvan
I shot this video when I was working for J.D. Machine Tech in San Diego back about late 2009 or early 2010. When I say I shot it I mean I was the instructor and my boss said I was doing a video that day. The video was not scripted, the director, Lenny Magill, prompted me with questions and I ran with it from there.
At the time I was J.D.'s chief armorer having recently retired from the San Diego Sheriff's Office where I'd worked for 25 years as a deputy in various capacities; mainly patrol and as a firearms instructor and armorer for 10 years. I'm very gratified at the good reviews of both videos. It was important to me to make the subject as clear and interesting as possible and not try to pull over any BS on anyone. They were fun projects and I'd love to do more but I now live in South Carolina and I don't think Lenny will fly me back to shoot more videos. I'd go if he asked.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Video May 20, 2012
By howard
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This video is well made on the content side. It is, however, poorly made on the video quality side. The work area seems to be a room in a factory. During the video one can hear the banging of machinery running. At times one can hear workers talking in the background. The backdrop of the movie is a piece of cloth that seems as though it could fall at any time.

Now for the gun content. The video is very informative. I enjoyed the person that continously asked questions off the screen. Many were the exact questions that I had. The knowledge if the person actually doing the work was exceptional. He took the time to point out the parts that were being discussed, usually with a punch as a pointer.

Overall, I would buy it again, and would recomend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Very Good - Highly Recommended December 11, 2012
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"Building Your AR-15 From Scratch" is a well produced and informative instructional video on building an AR-15. We have built eight AR lower assemblies and bought fully assembled uppers to complete the builds but wanted to move to being able to build a complete rifle.

This video does provide all of the required information to fully build a rifle using parts kits and there are a lot of good tips and tricks to help you avoid common mistakes. I particularly like the active camera work that captures the detail of the finer build steps.

We also use this book, The AR-15 Complete Assembly Guide (AR-15 Guide Vol 2), which makes a good companion to this video.

Highly Recommended!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome September 25, 2012
By Mark
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Very very detailed. Enjoyed every bit of it. This is a great DVD for a beginner on building a ar-15. It's very detailed and takes you step by step.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Your AR015 from Scratch August 13, 2012
By Kerry
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Excellent video! I have low mechanical aptitude so when I recently built my AR-15 I did it with the help of an AR-15 armorer. However, I bought this video and watched it 3 times before I did my build. I am really glad I did. I understood everything we did during the build and I was about to talk with the armorer intelligently thoughout the process.

All aspects of this video were excellent. The armorer in the video describes the parts, the tools, the why's and the wherefore's. The format is conversational, with an invisible host asking useful questions along the way. The videography is excellent. Close-up shots are in focus and well lit. Every step is shown in order and fully explained.

A couple of years ago I bought and read the book on building an AR-15 and came away frustrated that I was no better off after reading it than before. Not so with this video. It is three hours long with virtually no wasted time. It is laid out in order so that you can play a section of the video, do that part of the build, play the next section, build the next part, and so on. It gave me the confidence I needed to do my own build.

I plan on doing another build on my own in a couple of months using this video as my guide.

It is important to remember that an AR-15 generates very high pressures and has little tolerance for error. When I built mine the armorer had bought an upper which had already been properly gauged and headspaced and took it apart for me to put back together. When I build my next one I will buy a completed upper which has already been professionally gauged and headspaced. I want the zombie to die, not me. I will assemble the lower and the stock, but only modify the upper. I will leave the 60,000 psi stuff to the pros.

Great video. I highly recommend it. It will remain a part of my permanent library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
When you try to teach yourself how to build an AR, this is a must have.
Published 14 hours ago by Victor T. Hindery
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great all you need to now in one
Published 22 hours ago by jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars great video to help build ar 15's
great video to help build ar 15's. Easy to follow and great description of the step by step process. Read more
Published 6 days ago by bigH
5.0 out of 5 stars All Questions Answered Here
This is an excellent video that I have watch twice already while taking notes. Great for the DIY at home type.
Published 8 days ago by Bruce Fizell
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad
It gives you the proper information, not a bad DVD
Published 10 days ago by l browser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This DVD is an excellent one on how to build one of Americas great weapons.
Published 15 days ago by scorpio
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job
Great purchase
Published 23 days ago by Bob m.
5.0 out of 5 stars for people who have never built an AR this is hands down the best out...
Wow...for people who have never built an AR this is hands down the best out there. Forms a VERY solid base for building your weapon.
Published 26 days ago by DeeGX2
5.0 out of 5 stars great
One of the best videos out there on building an AR15, friend watched it and the same thing, and the price was good to!
Published 1 month ago by steve young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video
Great Video with detailed instruction, you will not be disappointed. Highly recommend to anyone who is looking to build their own AR.
Published 1 month ago by Stimpy
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