AR-15 Rifles [The Definitive Resource]
The AR-15 is America’s most popular sporting rifle. And because of that, there’s dozens of reputable manufacturers, tons of options, and thousands of accessories.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect AR-15 as a first-time buyer, or just the perfect upgrades and optics…you’re in the right place.
The Modern AR-15
It used to be really easy…head down to your local gun shop and choose from the 2 or 3 AR’s they had on the shelf. But those days are long gone.
Now you’re bombarded with TOO many choices…
But if you do your homework (with us), you’ll be rewarded with the perfect AR-15 to fit your budget, purpose, and look.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 AR-15 Fundamentals
- Chapter 2 How to Shoot the AR-15
- Chapter 3 AR-15 Ammo Choices
- Chapter 4 AR-15 Optics & Scopes
- Chapter 5 AR-15 Upgrades & Accessories
- Chapter 6 AR-15 Rifles & Parts Reviews
- Chapter 7 Building Your Own AR-15
- Chapter 8 AR-15 Alternative Cartridges
- Chapter 9 Everything AR-10
- Chapter 10 Miscellaneous Topics
If you’re new to AR-15’s…or looking to brush up on your knowledge…these resources will help you get a great baseline.
How to Shoot the AR-15
Once you’ve gotten your AR-15…learn how to properly shoot it. This section focuses mainly on video since that’s the best way to learn this kind of stuff. Stay safe!!
AR-15 Ammo Choices
Your AR-15 is hungry…you gotta feed it some good ammo! These articles will cover the best ammo for self-defense and range shooting. Plus some popular alternative calibers.
- Best AR-15 Ammo for Range & Home Defense: 2018
- Best Alternative AR-15 Cartridges & Calibers
AR-15 Optics & Scopes
Your AR-15 probably came with iron sights or even bare-nekkid…time to upgrade for a much better shooting experience! We’ll cover non-magnified sights such as red dots and holographic sights, all the way to magnified scopes.
AR-15 Upgrades & Accessories
Unless you spec-ed out your AR-15 completely…chances are it can improve to meet your needs. We’ll cover all the essential upgrades from triggers to handguards. Plus a roundup of accessories to make your AR-15 really perform.
- Best Handguards: Drop-In & Free-Floating
- Lightest AR-15 Handguards
- Best Lightweight BCG’s
- Best Compensators for Competition
- Best Drop-In Triggers
- Best Piston Conversion Kits
- Best Barrels
- Best BCG's
- Best Carbon Fiber Barrels
- The Cheapest and Easiest Custom AR Build: Buying a Nearly-Complete Rifle
- 10 Best AR-15 Charging Handles
- Faxon 16" Pencil Barrel
- Faxon 16" Gunner Barrel
AR-15 Rifles & Parts Reviews
See what we think about the most popular AR-15 complete rifles, uppers, upgrade parts, and more. We run them through some intensive range sessions, competitions, and torture testing to see if they are up to snuff.
Uppers & Complete Rifles
- 7 Best Stripped AR-15 Upper Receivers
- Aero Precision M4E1 16” Mid-Length (Fav Upper)
- Aero Precision M5E1 16" .308
- Springfield Saint
- Best 3-Gun AR-15s
- Best Precision Long Range AR-15s
- Best Piston Uppers
- Best RECCE (Recon) Rifles
- Best Glock AR-15's
- Stag Arms 9mm Review
- Radical Firearms Complete Upper
- Palmetto State Armory
- Best AR-15s in .22 LR
- Best AR-15 Pistols
- Palmetto State Armory (PSA) 9mm PX-9
- Palmetto State Armory .224 Valkyrie
- Palmetto State Armory AR-15 Pistols
- LWRC International - DI Rifle Complete Review
- PWS MK116 Mod 2-M Complete Upper
- Optics & Scopes
Building Your Own AR-15
It’s like adult Legos! Learn how to choose the best parts for your budget and purpose, essential tools, and proper building techniques. And for the even more adventurous…how to build your own 80% lower receiver.
- Best Parts - Overview
- Best Parts - Individual
- How to Assemble an AR-15
- 80% AR-15 Build
AR-15 Alternative Cartridges