AR-15 Podcast 128 – Building an AR-15 From Scratch Part 6

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DeKalb, Illinois –-(  This week’s installment of the AR-15 Podcast is the sixth installment of the revisited and revised series of the built-from-scratch AR-15 rifle! Episodes 1-5 covered the assembly from the smallest details to the completion of a fully functioning rifle. But before we can take the new rifle out, there are a few critical final steps–function testing and zeroing.

The guys first go through the function tests. These are perhaps more crucial as they go to whether the rifle actually works or not. The upside is that all the tests are mechanical and therefore observable. The main components that are checked are the magazine release, the bolt functioning, and of course the trigger.

Next, the hosts go through zeroing your rifle. What good is a brand new, custom rifle if you can’t hit anything with it? The first question is, what would you like your zero to be? Deciding that is necessary before you can accurize your rifle. Next, is bore sighting the rifle. And finally, once you begin the firing process to get zero, it’s important to remember to zero using small increments. Minor adjustments can be quite noticeable downrange.

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Check out the show notes for links on all products and information in the show. Listen to the entire episode at for the tip of the week and as always listener feedback. The hosts at the AR-15 Podcast, want to hear what you, the listener, think so be sure to tune in and let us know what you’d like to hear, what we’re doing right, and how we can improve!

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The AR-15 Podcast is the show about your favorite black rifle. Whether you’re building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level. The episodes range from AR construction and reloading, to interviews and accessories. The AR-15 Podcast is found on the Firearms Radio Network and releases every Saturday at 4:00 am central time. Subscribe to the show via AR-15 Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or


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