AR-15 budget build - receivers?


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Blade&Bullet94
April 25, 2012, 05:52 AM
alright guys, as the title suggests im going to start building my own AR-15. this is for a couple reasons, mainly pricing and the fact that i just like to put things together. for right now, im focusing on finding a well built, good priced stripped lower. iv heard some that the receivers dont really vary in design or quality save a few, so it mostly become how much your willing to spend and what you want on it for roll marks. i saw the spikes tactical zombie lowers and thought they were cool and well priced ($125) but all of spikes lowers are on back order. there is also a listing going on on gunbroker right now, a long one, some guy is selling 30+ LAR grizzly lowers for $105 a pop. the sale ends may 11th, but at $105 id definatly be able to get it befor the end of the sale. any thoughts?

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Dr.Rob
April 25, 2012, 06:03 AM
Keep shopping, you can usually find stripped lowers for a lot cheaper, including transfer fees.

Blade&Bullet94
April 25, 2012, 07:22 AM
jeez, how much cheaper can you go from $105 for a stripped lower receiver? i mean, it is the gun itself

Babarsac
April 25, 2012, 09:18 AM
I picked up an Aero Precision stripped lower for $85 from a local shop. The deals are out there. Is there a decent sized gun show around ?

acmax95
April 25, 2012, 09:33 AM
I picked up an Anderson Mfg lower for $75 from a local shop. I have also seen American Tacticals for $75, and CMMG and others for $100.

mgregg85
April 25, 2012, 09:37 AM
I grabbed a stripped Anderson lower for $85 at a local gun store. I'd never heard of them but the lower looks nice and has worked out great so far.

Just watch out for Anderson shills on forums, their marketing director was busted on arfcom when he tried to pose as a curious customer asking about Anderson's proprietary finish.

Husker_Fan
April 25, 2012, 09:45 AM
PSA has sales from time to time for about $50 I think.

Zach S
April 25, 2012, 09:54 AM
jeez, how much cheaper can you go from $105 for a stripped lower receiver? i mean, it is the gun itself$105, from Gunbroker... Plus shipping, and a transfer fee, which you can expect to pay $25 to $50 for...

I can generally find stripped lowers locally for $125 out the door without looking for deals. And everyone here in TN tacks on $10 for a background check. I bet its a government thing since every box of ammo has a ten cent tax on it as well... I dont care, I'm fixin to go back to NC anyway.

Frankl03
April 25, 2012, 09:57 AM
Aim Surplus has Spikes stripped lowers for $79 when they have them in stock. I like building on Spikes lowers.

I have a PSA kit I built on a Spikes lower and its very reliable!

taliv
April 25, 2012, 10:28 AM
i build on essential arms lowers. usually around $80

Taurus44
April 25, 2012, 11:15 AM
As mentioned, PSA has sales from time-to-time for $50 lowers.

AimSurplus offers SA&A lowers for $60, in addition to the Aero Precision for $85 (in stock now) and the Spike's for $80 (w/free shipping). Aim also offers the Spike's Calico Jack, Punisher and Zombie lowers for $90 (also w/free shipping) when they have them.

I can order a Spike's lower from Aim for $80, pay sales tax (Aim is in my state), have it shipped for free and pay the local transfer fee ($15) and be out-the-door with my lower for $100.

TonyAngel
April 25, 2012, 03:59 PM
PSA and Aero are probably the best deals going, when you can find them on sale. I build most of mine on Spike's because I like the roll marks and the color fill. Bling.

Cal-gun Fan
April 25, 2012, 04:02 PM
Keep shopping, you can usually find stripped lowers for a lot cheaper, including transfer fees.
Dr. Rob, weren't you testing some new polymer AR lower that was very inexpensive? How'd that one work out?

Dr.Rob
April 25, 2012, 04:49 PM
Yes I did a big write up on it. I'm not sure I'd recommend it as THE be-all to end all lower, but it worked. The OP was talking of a bare bones inexpensive build. Shopping smart and taking your time is a key to saving $$.

My Poly-Lower review:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=642562

Cal-gun Fan
April 25, 2012, 05:03 PM
Thanks for the link! Seems like that one would be a good option since you get the entire lower for $100.

Blade&Bullet94
April 25, 2012, 06:19 PM
i live in central nebraska, there isnt much for gun shows nearby enough that the potential savings would cover my gas expenses (damn 80 cutlass supreme) and iv never seen a stripped lower in the little gun shop i work at, the deal mostly in levers and bolt actions.

Blade&Bullet94
April 25, 2012, 06:25 PM
AimSurplus offers SA&A lowers for $60, in addition to the Aero Precision for $85 (in stock now) and the Spike's for $80 (w/free shipping).

i dunno what your smokin man... lol, i just went on aim, all theyr AR lowers are sold out, including the Aero Precision

ugaarguy
April 25, 2012, 06:57 PM
Here's another place to keep an eye on:

http://www.karrisguns.com/new-ar15-stripped-lower-receiver

Rem.222
April 25, 2012, 07:18 PM
RGUNS as one for $65 in stock. Stroll down the page.
http://www.rguns.net/rifles/rifles-semiauto-ar15-lowers-556rguns-stripped.shtml

pseudonymity
April 25, 2012, 07:26 PM
I just finished a build with the $99 New Frontier lower and although I do not have many rounds through it yet, it functions OK. Hard to beat $99 for a lower including the buffer tube assembly and stock. My Stag upper fits good and tight, mags fit well and drop free and the buffer/spring work as they should.

The safety lever is really tight to move off safe, and it is really easy to strip the threads on the grip screw hole since just the polymer is threaded - no metal inserts. I would never recommend the lower for combat, but if you want a budget build for range use, I think it can be a good solution. If you are really worried about the polymer breaking, just buy two units - the total cost is probably about the same as two stripped lowers and a LPK, tube assembly and stock anyway.

KeithR
April 25, 2012, 07:27 PM
Came across this today on the PSA website:
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/featured/psa-ar15-lower.html

-v-
April 25, 2012, 08:07 PM
+1 on Spike's lowers from AIM surplus.

awgrizzly
April 26, 2012, 12:15 AM
Folks here steered me to Palmetto State Armory for stripped lowers. I found that they are priced at $80 (or $90 for one with 'don't tread on me' printed on the side). I bought three and have made the first gun. They are well made, fit great, and are well finished with no blotches or sharp edges. PSA may sell them for $50 at times but I don't know when... so don't be a tightwad and buy one for a lousy $80. =o) And while you're at it, PSA has a MOE lower build kit with all the bits and pieces you'll need, including a Magpul stock, grip and trigger guard, I think it was for around $140 (poof - you gots a lower receiver =o)... a good deal, and the trigger is quite good. PSA folks are friendly and helpful too.

Blade&Bullet94
April 26, 2012, 12:48 AM
Rem.222, thanks for that site, i like the zombie uncle sam laser engrave lol. oh btw, im not too concerned witht he lower parts kit or furniture, i plan on getting an upper kit from blackriflecustomz, theyr kits are litterally everything BUT the stripped lower, starting as low as $460. they also do custom duracoating for either the stock furniture or magpul moe, the magpul duracoated set is $200 if i chose to get that later on.

http://blackriflecustomz.com/uppers.html

BoltActionPrepper
April 26, 2012, 12:56 AM
i wish nodak-spud still had mckay interprises a2 lowers in stock.....they didn't have any ugly maker logo's on the mag well.

Hunterdad
April 26, 2012, 07:30 AM
I've built 2 AR's on an LRB lower and couldn't be happier with them. My lgs has them for $99

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