You Don't Have to be an Expert
to Build Your Own AR

Successful builds
start with a plan.

Expert-level coaching for your custom build. 




Your Rifle. Your Way.

Whether you’re a gunsmith or first-time builder, everything you need to build your next AR is right here at your fingertips and you don’t have to break the bank to do it.

Find It

For people who know what they want when they see it, check out the BYOAR gallery of builds.

Plan It

Parts. Tools. Coaching.


Build It

ARchitect  /ˈärkəˌtekt/ noun:  A person who designs, builds, and maintains their own rifle. 

BYOAR Brings You:

Distilled Information

They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. Well, we did that and don’t worry. We took notes.

From Manufacturing Experts

Yeah, we’re humble. 

Judgement Free

You can go lots of places to get made fun of. This ain’t one of them.

BYOAR Gallery

Want to BYO (build your own) but not sure where to start? Our gallery is a great first step. Get inspired with starting concepts you can modify for your own custom build.

Quality AR Parts Made in the USA

If the pandemic has given us anything, it’s a new understanding of the holes in our global supply chain for gun parts. But, you don’t have to be at the mercy of international shipping. We still have companies right here in the USA who build things, and Bowden Tactical is one of them. Get your quality AR parts from our manufacturers in Ohio and keep your shelves stocked for a reasonable price.

Have a rifle you're not happy with? A build you're stuck on?

We can help you get from where you are to where you want to be. Yeah, we wish we had met sooner, too. 

Becoming an ARchitect is easier than you think. 

Become the Expert of Your Next AR, Inside and Out with BYOAR

Let our team at BYOAR help you invest your time and not all your money to build and maintain a rifle that's yours and yours alone.

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If you are a FFL licensed dealer or distributor who is looking to recreate your own signature look we have a program on our sister site, Bowden Tactical, that could be what you are looking for.