Time to buy a stripped lower?


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Hoplophile
October 12, 2008, 04:33 PM
Basically, as a student, I'm too cheap to buy a whole AR-15, but I like them. In a fight, I'd reach for the AK, but ARs just look like so much fun to screw with and customize. I'm going to take crap for saying this, but I want a "nerdy gun".

However, as previously mentioned, I'm currently too poor to buy a full AR-15...so...I want to keep my options wide, wide open. What sort of lower would I buy to ensure that I could use the maximum range of accessories with? Something I can put just about any upper I can find on. What do I need to know about stripped lowers?

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PAC 762
October 12, 2008, 04:53 PM
They are all pretty much the same. The most trusted brands seam to be colt, bushmaster, armalite, rock river, and stag. There are probably a number of other good brands, too. Stags are good, cheap and available, so they are a no-brainer.

esq_stu
October 12, 2008, 05:00 PM
Just bought one. It will sit in the safe 'til I need it and as long as the threat of an Obama-Pelosi ban is hanging over us.

HorseSoldier
October 12, 2008, 05:12 PM
+1 on the pretty much the same angle.

Most of the stuff that makes a good AR good is in the upper. Some stuff that can matter in the lower doesn't really apply to a stripped lower (better triggers, etc.). As long as the stripped lower is in spec it's all pretty much the same.

All that said -- if you are buying one to be "election proof" keep in mind that there is no guarantee that pre-ban sort of loopholes will be left open in any potential new assault weapons ban or whatever. In point of fact, going by recent legislative attempts, they're likely to go after the pre-ban loophole.

NetJunkie
October 12, 2008, 05:15 PM
I just ordered two Mega lowers for $109/each. I think that's the best deal going for a top shelf lower.

Ash
October 12, 2008, 05:28 PM
Well, if they do go after an outright ban, then getting a stripped lower is the cheapest risk as those of us with VZ-58's, AK's, FAL's, CETME's, M14's, etc, are screwed out of a larger chunck of change.

Ash

TexasRifleman
October 12, 2008, 05:31 PM
You all do understand that the last AWB introduced, HR1022, made stripped lowers useless since the parts needed to finish it out were restricted as well?

Stripped lowers may not work as well if they try this again.

Something to keep in mind.

Aka Zero
October 12, 2008, 07:17 PM
if you are wanting to build up and AR, buy the upper first. Most of the bannable things are on that.

Get an adjustable stock if you want one. Those might get banned.

And lots of high cap mags.

spuscg
October 12, 2008, 07:46 PM
the lowers what you want in a ban. the ban is on high cap mags and lowers that can take them. get a lower and a ton of mags, and buy an upper assembly late. im thinking of an ar 10 lower if osama wins

MMcfpd
October 12, 2008, 07:55 PM
...the ban is on high cap mags and lowers that can take them...

"The ban" isn't right now, and should there be another there's nobody on this planet who knows what it will entail. Even those who might like to institute such probably don't know what they might try as of now.

mgregg85
October 12, 2008, 08:02 PM
Might as well buy one or two just to be safe.

Urbana John
October 12, 2008, 08:05 PM
Best advice for now?????? get "ALL YOU CAN AFFORD" from FTF buys.
We could all lose what we have due to the paper trail from dealers.

Acera
October 12, 2008, 08:08 PM
I got a dozen or so tucked away, may try to sell a couple of lowers later to afford the parts kits to complete the rest.

If I remember correctly from the last time, the complete rifles jumped almost $1K in price, while the parts did not move that much. If this happens again, a $100 lower becomes a $900 part, that I could sell. I can then purchase two parts kits for the other lowers for each one I sell., and build complete rifles.

MRIman
October 12, 2008, 08:12 PM
I got a dozen or so tucked away, may try to sell a couple of lowers later to afford the parts kits to complete the rest

Words to live by!!! ;)

Heck
October 12, 2008, 08:27 PM
I have an middy sitting on top of a DPMS Lower. Was very pleased with it. Picked up another DPMS yesterday locally for $119. From what I have read pretty much all the lowers are made by about 4 manufacturers and are marked for who a batch is being built for.

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