In Gunsmithing the AR-15: The Bench Manual, author Patrick Sweeney covers every component that makes up the versatile firearm — from buttstock to muzzle brake. This is essential information, given that the sea of potential upgrades available today can swamp even veteran AR users. But more than just a look at what makes up the rifle, the certified master gunsmith also helps you understand the manufacturers, styles and specs of parts and which ones best suit your needs. Whether it’s a barrel for a National Match rifle build or a trigger upgrade for a self-defense gun, Sweeney makes certain you select the components that will get your rifles singing like a choir.
Gunsmithing the AR-15: The Bench Manual is more than a parts guide, however. Sweeney also covers the intricacies of building or upgrading the rifle, ensuring a safe, precise and functional firearm in the end. This is an often-overlooked aspect in most AR references, hastened by the misconception that the rifle being Mil-Spec means slap-on-and-shoot components. Sweeney provides users of every level easy-to-grasp lessons in all aspects of gunsmithing the AR through step-by-step instruction, supported by detailed graphics of each process. From staking a castle nut to fine-tuning the sights to measuring chamber headspace, you’ll come away from this reference with an inside-out understanding of how to build, improve and care for your AR-15.
Whether you are a tactical operator or a weekend plinker, you want to get the most out of your firearm. Gunsmithing the AR-15: The Bench Manual will take your rifle from plain vanilla to one ready for anything.
How this reference unlocks the potential of your AR-15:
- Complete overview of the rifle’s components, manufacturers and specs.
- Step-by-step instruction on building, upgrading and maintaining the AR.
- In-depth discussion on what components work best in what applications.
Chapter 1 — Background
Chapter 2 — Barrels
Chapter 3 — Iron Sights
Chapter 4 — Stocks
Chapter 5 — Bolt and Carrier
Chapter 6 — Optical Sights
Chapter 7 — Triggers
Chapter 8 — Leade
Chapter 9 — Handguards
Chapter 10 — Flash Hiders
Chapter 11 — Suppressors
Chapter 12 — Lower Internals
Chapter 13 — Piston Conversions
Chapter 14 — Competition Tuning
Chapter 15 — Magazines
Chapter 16 — Tools
Chapter 17 — Cleaning
Chapter 18 — 9mm and .22LR
Chapter 19 – Assembly Tips
About the Author:
Patrick Sweeney is the author of many of Gun Digest books’ best-selling titles, including Gun Digest Book of the 1911, Vols. I & II; Gun Digest Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP, Gun Digest Book of the AR-15, Gun Digest Book of the AK and SKS, Gun Digest Book of the Glock and Gunsmithing: Pistols and Revolvers, among other titles. A master gunsmith, Patrick is also Handguns Editor for Guns & Ammo magazine.