Your definition of “building” a rifle

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  1. jds holler

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    My latest and mo-favoritest rifle is one that I cobbled together with parts that I already had, some purchased on EBay and Numerich, and some modified to work with what I was doing. Barrel came from PacNor, with a nut so that I could assemble and headspace myself.

    I'm very happy and proud with the way it came out and how it shoots, but absolutely don't want to blow my own horn or take undue credit. How about if I simply call it "a build" that I am currently shooting. I'll be careful to avoid saying that I built it. jd
     
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  2. jr600yd

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    I don’t worry about it. I tell my “Smith” what I want, give him whatever parts I have. He goes in the back room in the dark, sprinkles “Fairy Dust”, says some special encantation to the gun god and sooner or later “POOF” I have what I want. Yeah, he built it.
     
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    I regret that I can only give one like to this post!
    Frank
     
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  4. Mark W

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    I couldn’t agree more with this statement!! Unfortunately there are blowhards among us who make themselves feel better by constantly trying to prove that they are smarter and have better stuff than the rest of us peons. The true greats in this sport tend to be very humble folk for the most part.
     
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  5. rebel

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    I built my house.
    I did not whittle the 2x4s or forge the nails.
    Don't tell me I didn't build it because it sure felt like I did.
     
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    I'd give that 2 likes if I could!! Just goes to show even a lousy thread can provide some entertainment. Have to admit I was asking myself what exactly was the point of this thread to begin with. Sort of thinking it compared to Obummer's statement "you didn't build that".
     
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  8. damoncali

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    Stoner was a genius. He created a rifle that an idiot with a book and $100 worth of tools can put together in an hour. While you can screw it up, you really have to try.

    Call it what you want, but that is awesome in my book. A high end upper costs barely more than the parts it’s made out of. How much does a new barrel installed on a bolt gun cost? Quite a bit more than the barrel itself.

    I *wish* my competition rifles (that aren’t ARs) could be assembled so effortlessly. If they could be, I’d “build” those too. For now, this idiot will build my ARs happily and pay someone else to build my bolt guns. I hope to see that change one day.
     
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  9. simo hayha

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    Pushing two pins on a AR lower and mounting a red dot..... I'm a gunsmith.
     
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  12. Doug Beach

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    Can we just throw out the strange use of “build” as a noun? It’s a rifle, for Pete’s sake, not a build.
    “I was out there shooting the build Joe built for me, but was interrupted by some knucklehead with a trunk full of assembles.”
     
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    You sling a framing hammer all day,Oh Yea,you feel it.
     
  15. 300_whisper

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    I forge all the parts for my rifles from metals that I mine from the ground myself. I cut down trees to make stocks. I collect all the chemicals to make my own primers and powder.

    So yeah I guess you can say I build a rifle.
     
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  16. 300_whisper

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    ^^what actually happens is I pay a smith to build me one. :D:p
     
  17. Lucky Shooter

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    I suppose its a personal choice as to how folks describe what they do.

    I have my own vocabulary:

    When I replace a barrel----its rebarreling.

    When I fit a barreled action to a stock----its bedding or maybe rebedding.

    When I accumulate the component parts----action, barrel or barrel blank, stock---and fit
    and assemble them to make a complete rifle----its building a rifle.

    YMMV.

    A. Weldy
     
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  18. M14AMU

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    Well it's definitely NOT throwing a bunch of parts together and saying "I BUILT THIS!"
     
  19. Straightshooter1

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    Why not??? Isn't that how many bridges have been "built"? :confused:
     
  20. Richard Coody

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    So taking a bat action, kraiger barrel blank and having Speedy work his magic then having terry Leonard do the stock work is called what?

    Buying remington 700 action, a bugholes kraiger with bugnut, jewel trigger and a McMillan stock and putting them all together is called what?

    And taking a bunch of internet AR parts and putting them together into a working AR is called what?
     
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