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Book giveaway: Gunsmithing the AR-15

***Giveaway ended August 14, 2011, but check the blog often for more chances to win!***

Whether you’re a professional gunsmith or an interested amateur, you’ll find everything you need to know about keeping your AR perking in Gunsmithing: The AR-15. Written by master gunsmith and AR-15 expert Patrick Sweeney, this book is your one-volume guide to repairing, maintaining and modifying America’s favorite rifle.

The question this week is, do you maintain/repair/accessorize your AR-15, or pay someone to do it for you?

Respond in the comments below to enter the random drawing for a copy of Patrick Sweeney’s Gunsmithing: The AR-15. As always, you can also just say you’d like to win the book.

And, this week, let’s try something new: Bonus entries for sending your friends! For each person who says in their comment “(Your name here) sent me,” you’ll get an extra entry in the drawing.

Good luck! Well announce the winner on Monday (Aug. 15). Until then, check out the great selection of tactical and AR-15 books available at the Gun Digest book store, including:

THE RULES
One entry per person, please.
Entries accepted until 11:59 pm Central Time Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011.
Winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, Aug. 15, 2011.

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76 thoughts on “Book giveaway: Gunsmithing the AR-15

    1. Corrina PetersonCorrina Peterson Post author

      Thanks for the feedback AR, we’re glad everyone is enjoying the book giveaways. Patrick Sweeney and AR rifles sure do seem to be sparking some interest!

  1. Mastiff54

    Do not read Patrick Sweeney’s books – it will cost you a fortune. My problems began after reading the first book of the AR-15. No one had the configuration I wanted for my MSR, so I decided to build one. After a nominal investment in tools from Brownells, Midway and ADCO; I began to gather parts. In less than one week I had a beautiful heavy barrelled 223 varmint rifle that consistently shot much better than 1 MOA with Black Hills red box ammo. Then cam the second book of the AR-15 and Patrick continued to poison my mind. Soon another Stag lower, DPMS upper, Krieger barrel, JP trigger and low profile gas block and a very nice JP long handguard. Krieger machined the barrel to accept the OpsInc suppressor to keep me from scaring the wife half to death as I pop coyotes at dawn. Then came the third book of the AR-15, well that moved me to build a very nice long range 308 using DPMS, Krieger and JP components with another OpsInc suppressor. Now I can enjoy shooting near and far with minimal or no ear protection. Now I also have the opportunity for follow-up shots I no longer need since the bullets go where they are pointed as long as I do my job. Good tools from Brownells, Midway and ADCO supported with knowledge from Patrick Sweeney make Stoner’s creation the peoples rifle. For those whose skills are different than mine the design keeps gunsmithing costs manageable and the plethora of quality parts and accessories make sure you are shooting what you want.

    1. JMass_M14

      I don’t think I’ll take your advice, Mastiff54. I did put my own AR together using a DPMS lower and the rest of the parts from Blackthorne Products… Works Great… but I wish I had one of Sweeney’s books to go by. Instead I used the AR15 website’s recommended videos and step-by-steps that are really awesome… but they Don’t provide the Why’s and Wherefore’s that I love to research. anyhoo, certainly can’t hurt to try and WIN some!

  2. odiesbsc

    I’ve got several AR 15s. I just bought an AR 10 lower reciever and the parts to put it together. These books would probably make life a little easier to build an AR 10 also.

    1. sledgehammer

      It’s been some time since I last took apart an AR. With the many different manufactures in todays marketplace, this book would be helpful. The main inner componants I’m sure are the same, but things do change.

    1. unclegrr

      I have been around the AR platform since 1979. I have built four so far without any problems. I enjoy Mr. Sweeney’s writing, even if I don’t win, this book will be on my shelf soon.

  3. btlbcc

    I would do it myself, up to the point where I needed special tools or knowledge, at which point I would go to a gunsmith. The AR rifles can be modified and accurized to quite an extent without the aid of a gunsmith’s shop.

  4. buck

    I am going to buy me one for deer season. I dont have any books on them. Would love to learn how to work on them myself. I do all of my on gunsmithing my self.

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