I Need An Inexpensive (Not Cheap) Upper For An AR


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Phydeaux642
October 11, 2008, 02:50 PM
I know, I know, "Use the search function!". I would, but there are just too many posts to wade through.

I put together a lower recently using a CMMG lower, a DPMS parts kit, and a RRA stock. Now, I need an upper. I don't want to spend a lot of money as the gun will not be used very often (too many other guns to shoot). I want a chrome lined 16" barrel. Other than that I am open to suggestions.

Also, what vendor would you use? Thanks.

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maroast
October 11, 2008, 02:59 PM
I picked up one of the Stag 2HT uppers and I'm pleased with the quality/ accuracy of it so far. You can save yourself $160 if you go for the Stag H2 with the standard CAR handguard.

http://ar15sa.fatcow.com/store/page2.html


I've also read a lot of good things about del-ton uppers....but have no experience with them personally
http://www.del-ton.com/AR_15_Barrel_Assemblies_16_Barrel_Assemblies_s/23.htm

texfed
October 11, 2008, 03:01 PM
That's a tough question! Lately there isn't any cheap, and the old saying about getting what you pay for is very true in this category.
I've seen a few companies advertise in Shotgun News...that the best use for their uppers would be planting stakes!
Personally, I'd stick with Bushmaster.....but here again, there are a LOT of good quality upper assemblies out there.
You can't go too wrong with some of the govt. contractors such as Bushmaster!

MMcfpd
October 11, 2008, 03:02 PM
You can get a chrome lined 16" upper from Model 1 Sales (http://www.model1sales.com/item-detail.cfm?ID=UCE160CL&storeid=1&image=u16carpre.gif) for $350 and add in a Bravo Company bolt carrier group (http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/AR-15-Upper-Receiver-Bolt-Carrier-Parts-s/2.htm) for $130 and a charging handle for ~$20 and you'll be good to go, for a long time, for $500.

Another alternative to the M1S upper would be a Stag Arms 16" M4 Upper Receiver Group (http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/Stag-Arms-16-M4-Upper-Receiver-Group-p/stag%20m4%2016%20urg.htm) for $385, which would put you at $535 for the whole thing.

ETA - While I'm not a fan of their LPKs, I have used Model 1's ER Shaw barrels and they are an excellent buy.

Phydeaux642
October 11, 2008, 03:34 PM
One more thing, I want a flat top.

.308 garand
October 11, 2008, 04:05 PM
I have had good luck with my Del-ton upper.

They have a Pre-ban 16" flat top. With bolt and carrier and chrome lined barrel it is on sale for $440 +shipping. You might want to check it out

http://www.del-ton.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=DT1007

.308

gvnwst
October 11, 2008, 10:03 PM
look at a GG&G upper. Good quality, good price. Or a del-ton. Or RRA, Model 1 Sales, the list is very, very long. look at the sites of the various makers, and decide which price to features "combo" you like best. it is really personal preferance.

Soke
October 11, 2008, 10:36 PM
While we're on the topic, would you guys recommend assembling a AR15 from parts if you've never even owned a firearm before?

possum
October 12, 2008, 09:53 AM
i also suggest using stag parts.

While we're on the topic, would you guys recommend assembling a AR15 from parts if you've never even owned a firearm before?
i wouldn't suggest that you do a full blown build, but i would see no issue with you getting an assembled lower, and buy all the upper parts and putting it all together, the lower is the hardest part for me anyway.

Marktaylor99
October 12, 2008, 11:41 AM
Look for a used one. I just picked up a used (<200 rds) Rock River Arms complete upper with bolt and charging handle for $400 shipped to me. It looks new.

3pairs12
October 12, 2008, 11:43 AM
check out the equipment exchange at AR15 . com

Ethereal
October 12, 2008, 11:51 AM
I'd use a CMMG upper. It'll match your lower, which IIRC are both teflon coated, plus with the CMMG upper you get all the features of the upper end brands but with less the cost. For instance you get a CL 1 in 7 twist barrel, M4 feedramps, MP tested BCG, and their W.A.S.P. finish on the barrel. CMMG is one of the best AR companies out there that never gets enough credit.

ceetee
October 13, 2008, 02:50 PM
Give Pete a call over at ar15 sales dot com (www.ar15sales.com). He's a dealer for Stag and Rock River, and usually has pretty low prices. If you tell him what you're looking for, he'll tell you what he can sell you that fits your budget, and your needs.

bmitchell
October 13, 2008, 03:37 PM
Another vote for Del-Ton.

Tarvis
October 13, 2008, 04:02 PM
You can go cheap on the upper, but don't skimp on the BCG. I recommend BCM, but they have been out of stock for however long. I bought a CMT that I haven't had a chance to use yet but it is MPI'ed. I hear LMT makes a really good BCG as well.

AR-15 Rep
October 13, 2008, 05:25 PM
www.ar15-kits.com has that flat top chrome lined for 484.99 shipped. ready to mount to your lower no assembly required and quality parts.

onebigelf
October 13, 2008, 06:42 PM
I've got a DPMS from Midway that's been good to me. IIRC it was very reasonable w/BCG.

John

ArmedBear
October 13, 2008, 06:44 PM
I've had good experience with http://www.jtdistributing.com

That doesn't demean the others in any way; I haven't bought a lot of uppers or anything.

Looks like you have lots to choose from!

easy
October 13, 2008, 10:16 PM
Bushmaster Fall Sale - this weeks special


http://www.bushmaster.com/fall/Default.asp

Bushmaster's 16" chrome lined, heavy carbine barrels - headspaced, test fired, and ready for use - include short carbine handguards.

Options: A2, or A3 with no Carry Handle
Retail Price: $585
Special Price: $440
Part No: BURA3B 16

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