The Competitive AR15: the ultimate technical guide





Parts & Systems

Project Rifles



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The Competitive AR15: the ultimate technical guide




Well, of course there are... Always are. I don't have the help I used to in getting things ready for print and sometimes have a few things conspire agin me to generally mess things up. Here's where I can unmess them.

Pages 229-230, the printer unlinked some text and it linked back up wrong, of course. These pages fix that.

Pages 426-429, minor but I no-brained a cut and paste and repeated two paragraphs back to back... It was late. These pages fix that.


This is an ALL NEW book that comes 10 years after the first.

The Competitive AR15: the ultimate technical guide takes an in-depth look at every system component and rifle configuration in a total of 30 segments.

To help answer the questions of what to get and what to do, this book features detailed segments on a dozen different project rifles. Six were full-custom NRA Match and Service Rifles, cost no object, best of the best versions that defined my ideas of the "ultimate" AR15. I also took a look at the other end of that spectrum and evaluated two factory-built target rifles. I built up carbines, tactical, varmint, and even .22s!

That's not all that's in here, of course, because each and every major system and component set gets its own separate segment: magazines, bolts and carriers, gas system, triggers, stocks, forends, sights (optics too), even firing pins!

There's a huge HANDLOADING segment, as you would expect... A lot has changed over the past few years, and here's the low-down on what's working and what's not. It can be easy. Also, there are several cartridge alternatives now, like the Grendel, and all are featured in this segment.

The "Big Gun" gets its own pair of segments, one for ammunition and one that addresses the construction of a custom-built competition rifle.

The scope is expanded, the information is complete, and the focus is detailed. It's way better than the first and that's partly because there is so much more now to talk about!

[the author]

Glen has worked professionally with some of the greatest shooters on the planet, as well as leading industry "insider" rifle builders, manufacturers, and proven authorities on gunsmithing, barrelmaking, parts design and manufacture, and handloading. And he does pretty well on his own: Glen is a card-carrying NRA High Master and earned that classification using an AR15 Service Rifle (and the information he puts into his books). He's also had dozens of articles published in magazines like American Rifleman, Guns & Ammo, The Rifle Shooter, and Precision Shooting. He currently has a department on AR15s for GUNS Magazine.

More about Glen Zediker.





A lot has come and gone over the past 10 years. This new book addresses what really matters, then and now. Some things never change! But there are always different takes on attaining maximum performance from the AR-family of firearms. With all the new stuff out there, and all the new ideas on making it work best, it's more important than ever to have a complete reference to answer questions and keep you on the right track. With more and more to choose from, choices become more critical. Don't get fooled! Read more...

470 pages (It's a honker)

475 photographs (large and clear, and all with a squint-free guarantee)

30 Separate Segments

470 pages

Recommended Sources guide, including some you may not know...

It’s way on better than the first book, I think. And that one set a new standard for firearms publications. I worked on this book for years! I am very proud of it. I think you will really like its format, structure, and presentation. It be da bomb diggity!

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