American Patriots Unsung Magazine Issue 6 - Page 76

An AR is much like a Harley Davidson Motorcycle and I owned several of both . When you buy a Harley , no matter what it looks like , it won ’ t be long before you start adding chrome , louder pipes , heated seats , and an endless host of other things to make it your own . The best advice I can give to anyone buying a Harley is to start with the best motor and drive train you can afford and worry about the decorations , bling , and accessories that are sure to follow .

It ’ s the same advice I ’ d give folks wanting to buy an AR . Start with a really great barrel attached to a quality upper / lower . If you start there , you ’ ll never regret a purchase ; you can worry about tricking it out with triggers , furniture , lights , optics , and other accessories later . I recently built an AR from the ground up with Jay Bergstrom , a local gunsmith , and a contributing writer to this publication . I went to Carl Caudle at Columbia River Arms and asked him to help me create a tack driver . I knew a great rifle begins with a great barrel . Caudle built me a 16 ” barrel from