The iconic AR-15 is an American-made rifle. Extremely lightweight, it uses 5.56×45mm rounds, is magazine-fed, and gas-operated. The AR-15 is semi-automatic, but can be customized in countless ways. Designed for the US military, the AR-15 is now a household name and favorite gun for many civilian shooters.
Here at GND, we also love to shoot the AR-15. As a tribute to the AR rifle we love so much, we’ve written a bunch of in-depth guides. These cover everything from building an AR-15 from scratch, buying one outright, cleaning and maintaining the rifle, and customizing it with any number of parts and accessories. Have a look around and we’re sure you’ll find whatever information you’re looking for!
Best AR-15 For the Money – Almost every major gun manufacturer in the US today produces their own version of the AR-15. Some of these stay pretty true to the original design, and some incorporate some major additions and adaptations. With so many available, it can be difficult to find the right AR-15 for your needs. Fear not – in this review we will take you through all of the best AR-15s available at the moment, let you know the advantages and disadvantages of both, and choose our favorite.
HOW TO BUILD A FEATURELESS AR-15 (USING ONLY LEGAL PARTS) -In the following article, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the featureless rifle and discuss where you can get your hands on a featureless AR-15 in California and New York State.
HOW TO CLEAN AN AR-15: COMPLETE MAINTENANCE GUIDE (+ PICTURES) – So you just bought your very first AR-15 and took it out for some practice shooting. Now you’ve blasted your way through a couple boxes of ammunition and it’s time to take your new firearm home. But what comes next?
HOW TO BUILD AN AR-15 AT HOME (WITHOUT GOING BROKE) – As I’ve said before, there are a lot of great AR-15s out there at a variety of price points, but maybe you’re like me and you want to get your hands dirty and try your luck at making one of your own.
WHAT IS THE BEST RANGE & HOME DEFENSE AMMO FOR AR-15? – When we say the “best” ammunition, what sets the standard exactly? Generally, the right ammo will, obviously, be accurate. It will also penetrate the recommended 12-18″ of a perpetrator, and will not over-penetrate if you miss.
Best AR-15 Optics and Red Dot Scopes – Adding an optical system to your AR-15 can really help you get the best from your rifle. Whether you are into long-range sniping, or simply need a bit of help hitting fast-moving critters, a good scope can add a lot of enjoyment to your AR-15 experience. In this review, we’ll look at a number of different optical systems, and take your through the advantages and disadvantages of each, before presenting our favorite AR-15 scopes.
TAKE THE SHOT! 4 BEST AR-15 SCOPES FOR THE MONEY – This is due to two reasons. First, the AR is an extremely versatile weapon that can easily be fitted with a number of scopes. Second, the marketplace is well developed with hundreds of manufacturers competing to produce AR specific products. The result is 10 million different options.
5 BEST AR15 FLASHLIGHTS FOR TACTICAL SHOOTERS – In this article, we’ll cover important features to look for in a tactical flashlight, as well as review our best choices for AR15s.
Best AR-15 Furniture and Accessories – The AR-15 is one of the most customizable guns around, and we’ve seen some pretty extreme examples of modified weapons over the years. Some people use accessories and furniture to adapt their gun for their specific needs, and modify their weapon just for fun. Whatever your approach, this guide will show you some of the best equipment available for your AR-15 right now.
LIGHTEST AR-15 HANDGUARDS ROUNDUP – Let’s face it, poundage can be a real pain. Literally. If you’re a regular hunter or a soldier on patrol, you don’t want to be lugging around some monstrous AR-15 with a bulky handguard. If you’re a competitive shooter, you’ll want something that’s easy to handle and one that cuts down on the time it takes you to transition from targets.
MATERIALS ANALYSIS IN AR-15 LOWER RECEIVERS: STRENGTH VS. CORROSION – Most lower receivers are made from aluminum. While there are other options such as steel, polymer and titanium, this article will focus on the three different ways aluminum is made into the receiver for an AR-15.
AR-15 Upgrade Guide: Barrels, Stocks, and Handguards – If you really want to go to town on modifying your AR-15, you can get into changing some major components of the gun. Though changing the barrel, stock, or handguard of your weapon requires a little more skill than regular modifications, it can really add value to it. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make your AR-15 into a unique weapon suited to your needs.
5 BEST AR-15 CALIBERS AND CARTRIDGES – There are three basic categories to think about when choosing a cartridge for your AR and these three usually involve some compromises between power, cost, and usefulness.
ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUILDING AN AR-15 UPPER RECEIVER – Our ultimate guide will explain the process step-by-step in easy-to-understand language. We’ll share tips and tricks learned over the years and tell you why we picked the individual parts. The ultimate guide will discuss two builds and cover the differences in gas blocks, barrels, and handguard installations.
COMPLETE LIST OF ESSENTIAL AR-15 FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES – Upgrading an AR-15 is one of the fun parts about owning this awesome rifle. You can customize your AR so it fits you personally and suits your specific needs. Whether those needs are for hunting, target or competition shooting, or home defense, you’re sure to find some furniture that will make your AR rock and roll!
How To Clean and Maintain Your AR-15 – An AR-15, just like other guns, requires regular cleaning and maintenance, especially if you are using inexpensive ammunition. Luckily, the gun was designed to be serviced in the field with minimal equipment, and cleaning your AR-15 is easy if you know how. This guide will take you through everything you need to know to keep your AR-15 in pristine condition for years to come.
AR15 Gun Cases (Soft and Hard Shell) – At the end of the day, it all comes down to a careful blend of practicality, comfort, and quality. Is it practical for your needs, is it comfortable to carry around, and has it been built with quality in mind?