AR-15 15 lower assembly instructions :: Assembly

AR-15 15 lower assembly instructions

AR-15 lower receiver vice block - thearmsguide.comRecently, I introduced “How to Build an AR-15.” The continuation in this “how to” will be a series of articles focusing on how to build an AR-15 lower. Building an AR-15 lower receiver is like putting together a 3D puzzle. Personally, I think that building an AR-15 lower is the most enjoyable and most rewarding part of the AR-15 building process. But, before we get to putting everything together, let’s cover the tools and components we’ll need.


I have compiled a list of tools that I recommend picking up or borrowing that will help make building your lower receiver easier. The following are the tools that I use for my builds:

  • – This provides you with the ability to keep your hands free.
  • – This goes into your lower receiver’s magwell and will hold the lower receiver securely in place when in the bench vise.
  • – These are different than other punches because they are made specifically for roll pins. They have a small raised bump on the tip of the punch that fits directly into the roll pin to avoid flattening of the roll pin when driving it into place.
  • Roll pin holders – These hold the roll pin when you start tapping the roll pin into place. It’s almost like having an extra hand to help with the build; I highly recommend them.
  • – It is not always best to have a large hammer or mallet.Building an AR-15 Lower Receiver - You will want to be accurate when pounding roll pins into place, and the brass is non-marring to the aluminum lower receiver, should you accidentally miss.
  • – These come in handy for helping to hold detents.
  • – This will be used specifically when installing the pivot pin detent. That reminds me, try and pick up some extra detents because you will more than likely rocket a few into oblivion to never be found again.
  • I discovered this tool by visiting a local gunsmith. It is used for installing the roll pin that holds the trigger guard in place. There are two “dog ear” tabs on the lower receiver where the trigger guard goes. Those can, and will, break if you are not supporting the ears correctly when pounding the roll pin into place. Instead of pounding that roll pin into place, this tool pushes it. For me, this tool alleviated a lot of anxiety of possibly breaking my expensive lower receiver. You can see me using the RPP in .
  • Block of wood – If you choose not to use the R.P.P, you will need a block of wood to help support the “dog ear” tabs when pounding the trigger guard roll pin into place. This is the method I use and demonstrate in the video above.
  • – This is used to tighten the castle nut on the lower receiver extension.
  • – This comes in handy for using the eraser end of the pencil, since it is rubber. It can be used for installing the magazine catch and buffer retainer.
  • or – This will be wrapped around your lower receiver during installation of the bolt catch assembly to protect the lower receiver from unnecessary scratches.
  • – This will be used to lubricate difficult roll pins, and various other parts that you will be installing into your AR-15 lower receiver.

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