You know what they say: opinions are like… AR-15s, everyone has one, and they are all different. Billions of them and all different. With so many AR-15 options out there, from the really inexpensive, to the customized and exorbitantly expensive, the choices are endless. There also is a way to get a great AR-15 and for a really good price: build it yourself. Building a gun around the Aero Precision AR-15 upper and lower receivers is one of the best ways to accomplish that mission.

It’s very easy to build and assemble an AR-15 by yourself, with the parts and components you have chosen. It can often be cheaper than what a comparable complete gun would be right off the shelf. With this approach, you can either get more of the gun for less or get the gun exactly the way you want it. And even then, sometimes for less. We call that more bang for your buck. Sorry. I could not resist.


Why a Custom AR Build?

Exhibit Alpha: my build based around Aero Precision AR-15 receivers is what I would consider the almost perfect build. Of course, this comes back to the part about opinions.

This might be a touchy subject for some people, but hear me out. Can one spend more money on parts and components of certain brands? Of course. Will that always end up creating a “better” gun? Mmmm, arguably not.

custom Aero Precision AR15 build
My custom Aero Precision AR-15 build. (Courtesy of author)

At a certain point, it all comes down to the shooter. I’d argue that my gun will punch above its weight, and I would confidently put it side-by-side against more expensive guns all day long. Nevertheless, you should remember that there is a point of diminishing returns regarding price and fancy gadgets. Plus, the gun won’t hit the target for you. That’s all on you, my friend.

Over the years, I have come across many shooters who only believe in custom builds. It’s kind of a “virtue signaling” within the firearms community. For them, if you didn’t build your rifle or carbine, then it’s somehow not “good enough” or you aren’t a “true believer.” Whatever. I’ll take my Daniel Defense rifle all day long, as well. There are other great brands out there, all ready to go.

With that said, for those of you who have never created a custom build, either because you thought you didn’t have the skill to do so, or couldn’t quite afford it, then Aero Precision AR-15 is for you. In addition to all the customization and pricing reasons, it’s also just kinda fun. And rewarding.