In our part of the world the price and availability of a certain caliber of ammo dictates the popularity of a weapon. Not that rare weapons or ammo isn’t available, but it comes at a price. If you talk about pistols, 9 mm and 7.62 x 25 is the way to go. A .40 ACP pistol for instance would not sell at a good price because the ammo wouldn’t be cheap and easily available. So when we talk of rifles, it was mostly 7.62 x 51 (.308 Win), 7 mm, .243, 7.62 x 54R and 7.62 x 39 (though 7.62 x 39 and 7.62 54R are banned by law in Pakistan). But then came war in Afghanistan and we found cheap 5.56 x 45 (aka .223) available in loads and obviously with it came weapons meant for that caliber, the M4, old M16 and the semi auto version AR15. The problem with American weapons was their price, about 7 years ago you could buy a Colt M4 for Rs 400k, to 600k. But then some wise dealers decided to import the Chinese CQA semi autos is the same caliber en masse. The prices were really attractive, Rs 110k for a Chinese CQA chambered in .223, semi auto off course. What more could anyone want. But then the Government changed and a ban was placed on import of weapons under the guise of security situation, a ban which practically to this day exists, though relaxed on paper. Prices of weapons and ammo sky rocketed, CQA started selling for over Rs 350k, Colt M4 was over a million, FN M16 is now around Rs 650k and the price of .223 ammo has swelled from Rs 20 to Rs 100 plus depending on where you are located in Pakistan. So then what was a man (who wanted an AR15 badly) supposed to do? Build one off course, and that’s exactly what started happening. And the best thing about an AR15 is you build it piece by piece and customize it to your liking. As the say, the possibilities are endless.
So basically you need the following parts to make an AR15;
- Barrel (various options available from 14.5″ to 20.5″ plus minus a few), I would suggest going for original American
- A Bolt or BCG as they say (Again American preferred)
- An AR15 upper (now they are making them in Pakistan, good quality stuff)
- An AR15 Upper (Pakistani stuff isn’t bad quality but if you’ve got the monies go for American)
- Internals/trigger mechanism (Various options available in imported)
- Gas block
- Front and rear sights
- Buffer tube
- Flash hider
- Red dot sights (optional)
- Bipod etc
The good thing is all these are available in the market. You get them piece by piece because getting all of them in one location might not be possible. That done, you start making or assembling your rifle. There’s plenty of videos available on YouTube telling how to make one. Do you research, but if you feel you can’t do it, well then you can always go to Peshawar or a little ahead and get one made 🙂
All these parts included you rifle should cost something like Rs 300K plus minus a few, depending on so many factors. I think this is a good bang for the buck, right now, or maybe the best option as of now. Since .223 is not prohibited bore in Pakistan so you can get the semi-auto on you NPB license. See photos of some of the local made AR15 rifles in Pakistan to get an idea of the design and build. Cheers
An original barrel and Bolt should cost like Rs 190k plus, as of now. Though prices will vary, depending on demand and supply.
The locally made upper/lower quality isn’t bad. Get them cerakoted 🙂
An after market AR15 flash hider.
Ain’t she beautiful!