Building an AR-15 is a great way to get to know the platform. What’s fun is that you have an infinite number of combinations of the components and accessories that can be used to put together a finished rifle. But the fun doesn’t stop when you’re done. Swapping out uppers and lowers and also changing accessories is both easy to do, and can be practical as well.
Following the AR-MPR build on Ultimate Reloader, I helped some friends build AR-15 rifles. One of those friends was my neighbor, Dale Miller who runs Dale Miller Construction. His goals were similar to mine: an accurate AR-15 that would wear a scope, and be suitable for long-distance target shooting and varminting. I did a brief post on Ultimate Reloader on this rifle, and have had a lot of requests for more information, so here you go!
The build was a lot of fun, and the rifle shoots GREAT! Here is some information about the components that Dale selected:
Yankee Hill Machine lower receiver
YHM proudly introduces our YHM-15 lower receivers. These lowers are machined 100% in house from forged 7075-T6 aluminum. They are machined and plated to military specifications for superior fit and finish and feature over sized magazine well chamfers for easier magazine changes.
Stag Arms LPK
A2 Pistol Grip, Trigger, Hammer, Disconnector, Selector, Bolt Catch Spring, Detent Spring, Bolt Catch Button, Take Down Detent, Bolt Catch, Magazine Catch Spring, Bolt Catch Roll Pin, Magazine Catch Button, Magazine Catch, Front Pivot Pin, Hammer Spring, Trigger Spring, Pistol Grip Screw, Pistol Grip Lock Washer, Selector Spring, Detent Selector, Hammer Pin, Trigger Pin, Take Down Pin, Buffer Retainer Pin, Buffer Retainer Spring, Disconnector Spring, Trigger Guard, Trigger Guard Roll Pin.
Magpul PRS Stock
The Magpul® PRS™ (Precision Rifle / Sniper – AR15/M16 Model) is a drop-in, precision-adjustable butt stock for rifles with A1 / A2 fixed stocks. Designed to offer the fine-tuned, customized feel of a precision target stock, the PRS™ is adjustable for both cheek riser height and length-of-pull without sacrificing the durability necessary to withstand the operational environment. Compared to the A2 stock, the PRS™ can shorten the LOP by 0.25” or extend it by 0.75”. Machined aluminum adjustment knobs feature positive-locking click detents to maintain position under recoil and allows easy, tool-less adjustments by simply rotating the knobs. Machined aluminum butt-plate and alloy steel adjustment shaft provide stability and strength to withstand severe impact conditions. Rubber butt-pad offers positive shoulder purchase to prevent slippage for optimal accuracy even with body armor or modular gear. Bottom Picatinny-type rail allows for monopod use, additional sling mounts or storage. Stock includes all mounting hardware for A1 / A2 type rifles with fixed stock.
Hogue OverMolded Pistol Grip AR-15 Rubber
Yankee Hill Machine YHM-100 A3 Upper Receiver
YHM flat top upper reciever
Made from forged 7075-T6 aluminum to Mil Spec, features extended M4 feed ramps, forward assist, quot;Tquot; Markings, and dust cover assembly. Plated per MIL-A-8625.
Noveske SPR Match Barrel and Headspaced Bolt
AR-15 5.56x45mm NATO Medium Contour 1 in 7″ Twist 18″ Stainless Steel with Low Profile Gas Block
Smith Enterprise Bolt Carrier Group # SEI 3A5E1
YHM Charge Handle 8448517
These forearms were designed in conjunction with acclaimed shooter Todd Jarrett and are adorned with his signature. They feature a grip area without rails for a more comfortable grip, unique diamond shaped heat vents, an extended top rail for gap-free installation, “T” marked rails to mark accessory locations, and they utilize our anti-rotation screws for secure installation. The carbine version mounts so that the front sight is surrounded by the forearm on 3 sides. The forearms and barrel nuts are made of 6061-T6 aluminum and hardcoated to military specifications. The jam nut and anti-rotation screws are steel and plated a matte black finish to match. Assemblies include: one jam nut, one barrel nut, two anti-rotation screws, and one forearm tube.
Smith Enterprise 5.56mm/6.5mm/6.8mm/.30cal Muzzle Brake – 1002
Yankee Hill Machine EZ Pull Takedown Pin Set YHM-7284
Takedown pins have over sized heads to make separating the upper and lower receiver faster and easier. Patent pending design is ideal for shooters running multiple upper receivers off of a single lower. Takedown pins are heat treated to the proper hardness and plated to Mil Specs.
Millett Tactical Rifle Scope TRS-1 4-16x50mm
Designed with law enforcement, target shooters, and serious hunters in mind, the Millett Tactical Series scope features options not found on most scopes today. Side focus range knob is clearly marked and can easily be read from the shooting position, along with the 1/4 MOA windage and elevation adjustment marks. Ill. Mil-Dot model features adjustable green crosshairs for low light situations and also has a night vision setting. Heavy-duty 30mm aluminum tube is nitrogen filled to be guaranteed fogproof, waterproof and shockproof. Includes caps, sunshade and Millett’s Lifetime Guarantee.
There you go- yet another unique combination of AR-15 components. Looking forward to taking some Coyote with Dale, and this would be a great instrument for that adventure!