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AnthonyC.
March 10, 2008, 05:19 PM
I was thinking about .223 rifles, I was going to go cheap and get a low-end bolt action for my next gun. Then I started thinking about politics and decided that I better get a semi, because these may be the last few years to buy them:banghead:

I wanted to build an AR-15 but I have a few questions,

I have seen complete uppers and lowers for sale, what does a lower or upper consist of? Do I have to buy the pistol grip and stock? Will I have to buy a seperate barrel? Should I build it in 5.56 or .223?

As you can tell I am very new to the AR type stuff but I would love to get started with my first build.


Thanks,

Anthony

(please don't turn this thread into a political argument about what will and will not get banned:o)

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shdwfx
March 10, 2008, 05:49 PM
I wanted to build an AR-15 but I have a few questions....As you can tell I am very new to the AR type stuff but I would love to get started with my first build.

Nothing wrong with building, but if you are starting out it may be best to buy one pre-built from a known manufacturer. Debates over which one are more religious in nature, but choosing any of Colt Bushmaster Armalite LMT etc. is safe.

I have seen complete uppers and lowers for sale, what does a lower or upper consist of?
A complete lower receiver already has the trigger mechanism stock and grip installed. This section is legally considered "the gun" with the serial number on the receiver and must be shipped to an FFL dealer if you buy online.

A complete upper receiver has the sight system, barrel, bolt and carrier assembled and all ready to go. This can be shipped to your door. You attach the two complete receivers and you have your AR.

If you do order the upper and lower from the same company, do not order the two together. Have the lower shipped to your FFL dealer and the upper sent to you. This will save you an 11% tax.

Should I build it in 5.56 or .223?
Most new AR complete uppers are 5.56, which is what you want. Build for 5.56 and you can fire both 5.56 ammo and .223. The reverse is not true.

ftierson
March 10, 2008, 06:12 PM
A complete lower is ready to be 'plugged into' the upper and be ready to go...

Be careful when you buy the upper...

The term 'complete' is used somewhat differently by different sellers...

To my way of thinking, a 'complete' upper should, as shdwfx says, be complete (including the bolt, bolt carrier and charging handle). However, I have seen 'complete' uppers advertised without these three items. It's also sometimes easy to confuse 'upper' and 'complete upper,' since some sellers don't use the term 'complete.'

In addition, depending on the upper receiver you select, you may not have any sights on your 'complete' upper. Often, 'complete' flattop uppers are sold with no sights, while others are sold with the standard front sight tower but no rear sight, while others come 'complete' with a detachable A2 type handle/sight.

My point is only that you should make clear to whoever you're buying the 'parts' from what you need and make sure that you're getting everything that you need...

I bought one complete AR-15, a Colt SP-1 in 1974. All my others have been 'pieced' together...

Forrest

AnthonyC.
March 10, 2008, 06:22 PM
So how much could I build an AR-15 for? I am just wanting a range toy, nothing special.

And would anyone like to share some links of where to buy some AR-15 parts, (uppers and lowers)

vzenmn
March 10, 2008, 07:00 PM
Del-ton, www.sherluk.com , and Model one sales.

Here is a good link.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/board.html?b=2

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