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 Posted: Mon Mar 13th, 2017 08:32 PM
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I'm attending SDI... for those who don't know, that's an online gunsmithing school.

At the end of the course you choose a weapon to build as a final project type of thing. You choose what you want, and the school sends you the parts, materials, tools, jig's, etc to build a complete firearm that you get to keep when it's all over.

I have about a month left to choose which one I want, and I'd be happy with any of the choices, but I'm still debating which to choose.

What would you pick?

Last edited on Mon Mar 13th, 2017 08:33 PM by chief915



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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 01:12 AM
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I chose the AR 10 simply because, of the 4 you listed, that's the only one I don't have. If I had none of the above, it would be the 1911 hands down.



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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 01:19 AM
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I picked the 1911. I've already built an AR15. AR10 would be fairly similar and I've always wanted a 1911. RD



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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 01:44 AM
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I picked AR10, simply because you cover both AR10 and AR15 build with one and if you had choice of gas piston or DI, I'd choose piston, because knowledge gained, would transfer over to sporting type rifles and shotguns. Plus there's currently more demand for AR smiths.



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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 03:04 AM
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Let me clarify a little more while we're still toward the beginning of the post...

1) The AR-10 would have to be chambered in .308, that's the only option.

2) I don't own any of the 4 choices already.

3) The "build" will include fitting, cutting, drilling, etc.... it's not just putting together a field stripped firearm lol. (This question has already been raised elsewhere)

4) The school will provide the all of the tools, materials, parts, books/manuals, etc that is needed to end up with a complete and fully functional firearm. I get to keep the firearm and tools.

5) I'm also looking at it from the "future return on investment" angle too.... This is an opportunity to learn how, and get the tools necessary to, build a certain platform firearm. Would it be safe to say there's more money in building one platform over the others?

It's kinda like getting to learn a trade and getting the tools to start off with.... I can be a space shuttle builder or a carpenter..... Space shuttles would be cool and the tools would be expensive, but I will probably get more work in the long run knowing how to build a house.

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Had a friend go through two year course in CO, his final project was Howa bare action, he drilled and threaded for scope mounts, welded bolt handle on bolt, turned barrel down, drilled, rifled, trued, threaded, chambered, blued, bedded in stock, that he inletted, checkered, and finished, tuned and installed trigger, basically building rifle, except bare receiver.



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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 05:15 AM
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I think building a 1911 from the ground up and fine tuning it would would give you the most training and experience and job skills than the other choice's.



 Posted: Fri Mar 17th, 2017 07:31 PM
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The real question is what specialty do you want to pursue. Do you see AR-10 as close to your vision for future or some other type Smithing? Go for your dream



 Posted: Fri Mar 17th, 2017 10:51 PM
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I see where you're coming from Jim, and it is good advice. The problem is, I could be just as happy with any one of the 4 projects.... In other words, if the school said, you're getting X, I'd be fine with it. Interest wise, one doesn't particularly stand out from the rest to me

There are pros and cons to choosing each platform in my mind. I don't own any one of the 4... I do have 45 pistols, but not a 1911. That is both a pro and con for the 1911 choice, I already have and reload ammunition for it, but on the other hand, I already have 45 caliber semi-auto pistols too.

The AR-10 and AR-15, they're neat....all the rage right now. On the other hand, everyone builds them. Also, from what I understand, are pretty easy to build... so there's not much of a challenge there.

I'm leaning toward the 1911 honestly.... I'm more of a pistol guy than a rifle guy. 1911's are always going to be desirable and, from what I'm told, they're more challenging to build and tune. I haven't totally made up my mind yet, but that's the way I'm leaning.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 31st, 2017 01:36 AM
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I ended up choosing the AR-10. It was actually a tough decision and I went back and forth with myself quite a bit. As I said earlier, I would have been perfectly happy with any one of the four choices, but logic (I suppose that's the word) finally worked it out.

I already own two 45 Auto pistols, neither are 1911's, but one is a full size.... So I really don't need another one.

I only own 1 rifle, a WW2 era Italian Carcano. I am very familiar with the AR-15/M4 from my time in the military, so it's not really that "new and exciting" for me personally.

I settled on the AR-10 because I felt like it was the most interesting to me personally.... You can get .308 bullets in a super wide variety of weights and profiles.... It can be used for hunting or competition (long distance) type events, etc.

Also, I figure that no matter what I chose, I'm going to regret...or second guess maybe... the choice sooner or later. When the AR-10 is collecting dust, I'll think "Gee I wish I would have chose the 1911". Likewise, if I chose the 1911, I would eventually say.... You already had something similar to that, why didn't you pick a rifle....



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I'd be interested in knowing what all would need to be "smithed" when building an AR-10 if you don't mind keeping us posted.

And when it comes to choice it's about what you want and sounds like you picked a good one. Personally, looking at all the options, I'd have chosen the one I felt would pose the most challenge, cause that's how I learn. Keep us posted on this progress, it would be appreciated.



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SavageShooter wrote:
I'd be interested in knowing what all would need to be "smithed" when building an AR-10 if you don't mind keeping us posted.

And when it comes to choice it's about what you want and sounds like you picked a good one. Personally, looking at all the options, I'd have chosen the one I felt would pose the most challenge, cause that's how I learn. Keep us posted on this progress, it would be appreciated.


I'll keep you posted.... The build doesn't start until mid-June, so it will be a while yet.



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Be different build a 357 Sig on the 1911 or maybe a 38 Super both super rounds and both 9MM's.



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