Since the man in the Oval office has sold more of them in 7 years than all years combined before, this is the post where I list my books about the AR platform and what I think of them all.
Only the books I personally have will be here so please if you have others you want up , write and let me know.
First and I believe the very best assembly manual is
I bought this one on a whim for a one stop reference for what tools, torque settings, how to set gas tubes, install barrels etc and it is great. If you buy just 1 assembly manual this is it. And its wire bound so it lays flat on the bench like a shop manual is supposed too.
Second by the same author is
I bought this book first before the assembly guide above. This is the book to figure out the parts you will use to build your new rifle. Im not in agreement with some of his recommendations but the reasoning is solid for the time frame it was written. Its centered around CMP/NRA Service Rifle competition rifles but a great resource for your bookshelf in the shop or gun room. Some dont like this book because the author is a competitive shooter, but he builds rifles to last a maximum of 5000 accurate rounds, then swapping upper receivers and barrel/ bolt assemblies
This is a smaller guide, good pictures, good advice on assembly but definitely not in the same league as the first assembly guide by Zediker
I really liked this book. Ive been using the AR platform since 1985 and I still am amazed what having an open mind will let me learn. I positively learned something from this book, its section on stoppages and maintenance is worth the price alone. Weapon handling and manipulation is a rarely seen section, as well as alternative position shooting and ammunition types
Want to learn to shoot better than “good enough to qualify”? This is a great place to start. Covers both M4/M16 rifles and service pistol qualification with all the tricks of the trade to multiply your abilities to truly be effective with your weapon, issued or privately owned this is the book of marksmanship to change your game