The Workbench AR-15 Project

A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Own Legal AR-15 without Paperwork

by D.A. Hänks


78 pages, 8.5" x 11"

  • Description
  • Author Bio
  • Chapter List
The AR-15 rifle is one of the most versatile firearms ever made. The basic design of a barreled upper receiver separate from the lower receiver allows the shooter to have one lower receiver and several uppers to suit a variety of needs, essentially creating several rifles from one. Upper receivers are available in calibers ranging from .22 LR all the way to .50 BMG, meaning one AR-15 can be configured into a rifle that can plink tin cans off a fence or hit targets at a thousand yards out. Now home builders have a way to create their own multipurpose AR-15 with common tools at a fraction of the cost of buying each rifle separately. By purchasing a partially completed lower receiver (available commercially from a number of outlets) and following the step-by-step instructions in this book, anyone with a small workshop can make his own AR-15 for target shooting, hunting, collecting or home defense.

Because the resulting rifle is classified as a homebuilt firearm by the BATF, there is no legal requirement to register it with the government, making it the ultimate expression of a free, law-abiding citizen's right to keep and bear arms. The Workbench AR-15 Project contains the easiest, most straightforward method to complete the job as well as a number of improvised techniques, advice on substitute parts and simple ways to fix mistakes as you go. Author D.A. Hänks walks you through the entire process with clear text and detailed photos—staying legal, finishing the lower receiver, assembling all the parts and test-firing your completed rifle. For academic study only.
Warning: Actual construction of the firearms described in these books and videos may be illegal under federal law. The BATF actively pursues and prosecutes anybody who violates firearm statutes.
A part-time chief conservation officer on a redwood reforestation project in North Carolina, D.A. Hänks has had a life-long respect for the outdoors and all that accompanies it, including a love for firearms. Fueled by his interest in creating unique projects, he began experimenting with homebuilt firearms at the age of 14. Hänks is also a general contractor, ordained minister, professional driver and a strong believer in the U.S. Constitution, particularly the First and Second Amendments of the Bill of Rights.
1) Getting Started
2) Finishing Your Casting
3) Assembly
4) Testing and Firing
5) Finishes for Your Lower
6) Completed Rifles