Thinking about Your First Custom Rifle Build? 5 Important Things to Consider.

Did you know that the firearms manufacturing industry is responsible for employing more than 170,000 workers annually? That’s a great way to keep folks working and out of the unemployment line. One of the industry’s jobs is to craft custom-built weapons. At Aegis Cerakote, we manufactured our first AR in 2007, and we’ve been making firearms for both civilians and law enforcement ever since. If you’re a civilian thinking about your first custom rifle build, it might feel a bit overwhelming. So let’s take a look at 5 important things to consider before your first custom build.

1. Know Your Purpose

Before you start selecting components or envisioning your rifle’s aesthetics, it’s essential to define the purpose of your custom build. Are you building a precision rifle for long-range shooting competitions? Or perhaps a lightweight hunting rifle for navigating rugged terrains? The intended use of your rifle will greatly influence your choices in components, caliber, barrel length, and overall design. Clarifying your purpose from the get-go will guide you in making informed decisions throughout the customization process.

2. Budget Wisely

Custom rifle builds offer endless possibilities, but they can also incur significant costs. Establishing a realistic budget is necessary to avoid overspending, and at the same time, it’s also a way to remind yourself not to compromise on quality. Consider allocating funds for essential components such as the action, barrel, trigger, and optics while leaving room for customization options like aftermarket stocks, muzzle devices, and coatings. Researching the price range of components and setting a budget beforehand will prevent financial surprises down the line and make sure that you get the most value for your investment.

3. Research Components

The heart of any custom rifle build lies in its components. Take the time to research and choose each part based on your requirements and preferences. From selecting the appropriate action type (bolt-action, semi-automatic, or other) to deciding on the ideal barrel contour and twist rate, every component plays a vital role in determining your rifle’s performance and characteristics. It’s always good to ask for recommendations from experienced builders, read reviews, and compare specifications to make informed decisions that align with your goals.

4. Consider Ergonomics and Fit

A well-built custom rifle should perform flawlessly and also feel comfortable and ergonomic in your hands. Pay attention to factors such as stock design, length of pull, grip shape, and overall balance when selecting components. Investing in a quality stock that suits your body type and shooting style can significantly enhance accuracy and shooting comfort. Additionally, don’t overlook the importance of proper eye relief and sight alignment when choosing optics.

5. Plan for Maintenance and Support

Proper maintenance and ongoing support are essential for your rifle’s longevity and performance. Consider the availability of spare parts and customer support from manufacturers or suppliers. Opting for reputable brands with a track record of reliability and responsive customer service can save you headaches in the long run.

Embarking on your first custom rifle build is exciting. A well-thought-out plan and attention to detail are keys to its success. If you are considering a custom rifle build, we’d be happy to help.