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How much did you spend building your AR?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by johnson_n, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. johnson_n

    johnson_n Well-Known Member

    I need a few more things for my lower build and it's gonna be close to $400. A LMT upper is gonna be close to $650 and im wondering if I should have just gone out and spent close to the same amount of money for a prebuilt one.

    Noveske stripped lower
    RRA lower parts kit
    Magpul MIAD grip
    Magpul CTR
  2. ckay

    ckay Well-Known Member

    Looking at your list of parts, you would've spent more money on a complete rifle...having to change out the stock for a CTR and A2 grip for a MIAD. You should get the 2 stage RRA trigger. Very crisp for the money.
  3. Soybomb

    Soybomb Well-Known Member

    To me you don't build your own ar to save money but to get the exact parts and configuration you want. There is even less markup on lowers than uppers. If you want to save some bucks buy a $100 lower instead of the noveske and your price will about the same as a preassembled one with all the gear you want.
  4. TIMC

    TIMC Well-Known Member

    My AR in .50 Beowulf project is going to be a little over 2K by the time I am done. Nobody makes a complete rifle in the configuration I want so I am putting it together myself. Right now it is up and running using a lower from one of my other AR's while I am working on getting the rest of the parts. There is something to be said about building your own rifle, Fun!

    What I have so far...
    Alexander Arms 16" entry upper
    Laser engraved dust cover with (.50 Beowulf)
    Yankee Hill Mfg quad rail hand guard
    Brownells 1" riser
    Weaver see through rings
    Burris 1.75-5x32mm Safari Signature LRS scope with fast plex
    Hogue monogrip

    What I still need...
    Alexander Arms lower
    Magpul PRS stock
    Rail covers
    front sling adapter
    Charging handle with extended release.
    Maybe one or two things I hadn't thought of yet!

    With any luck the rifle will be completed within the next 6-8 weeks.
  5. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member


    Shoots as well as I can, with standard iron sights. I want a nicer trigger, because it'd be a lot more comfortable to shoot. I can get good accuracy from a junk trigger, with a few fliers, but MAN, it's fatiguing.:)

    What I'm sayin', though, is to be careful not to go overboard. The Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns can smack you, and with a vengeance.
  6. TIMC

    TIMC Well-Known Member

    I have an AK like that. I could never get my investment back out of it but then again I have no intention of ever selling it. I don't think it matters how much you put into a custom rifle if you are building it to be just for you. As lon as you are not taking food of the table of your family then have fun with your project. Who cares how much it cost.
  7. halfacop

    halfacop Well-Known Member

    If all your interested in is "having" an AR - then yes, it would have been cheaper to just have bought one.

    However - building one up yourself gives you much more than just "having" and AR.

    You aquire the inner most details on how the gun works. You have built a gun with the parts that you want - not need.

    Its much more satifying to build your own then to just purchase one in my book.

    Now on to what I spent:

    $700.00 on a RRA Entry Tactical
    $110.00 on a MI quad rail and vert grip
    $60.00 on a GG&G BUIS with locking detent (yeah a steal)
    $160.00 on a Aimpoint comp 2 (yeah I got another steal)
    $75.00 on a 6 position stock. (reclaimed $50.00 of that from reselling my A2
    $30.00 on vltor light mount
    $30.00 on a Surefire G2
    $70.00 on mags then upgraded them with Magpul Guts for another $30.00

    prolly a bit more over all but its just the way I like it!
  8. AR-15 Rep

    AR-15 Rep Well-Known Member

    If anyone would like to customize a rifle..let me know what parts you are interested in and send me an e-mail with the parts list. I will let you know how much and how long it will take to build it that way.
  9. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Not saying there's anything wrong with spending money on the parts you want.

    However, one can throw a lot of money at a rifle and end up with something he doesn't want, too. If, before dropping a lot of cash, you ask yourself whether you REALLY want some accessory, you will have more money left over for others.
  10. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    i've spent around $2000-2500 on each of my builds before optics
  11. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

    Just with the barrel, suppressor and optic I have over $2k in my favorite rifle without considering any of the other parts. That is one of the fun/scary things about ARs. You can spend $550 or you can really spend some cash.
  12. H2O MAN

    H2O MAN member

    I purchased a complete rifle and then invested a little extra money into it to set it up exactly the way I want.

    I am not opposed to "pre-owned" accessories and have less than $1800.00 in my Colt LE 6920 as pictured below.

    I could sell it for a profit.

    Last edited: Mar 18, 2008
  13. johnson_n

    johnson_n Well-Known Member

    I looked at the RRA two stage trigger but wasnt sure if it is worth it. Ive never shot an AR before and the only reason for this build was because I dont have a rifle besides a .22lr and it seems like the "in" thing right now. Next rifle will most likely be an AK-74.

    What should I be spending for the two stage trigger?
  14. MMcfpd

    MMcfpd Well-Known Member

    Recent builds:

    $300 Bushmaster 14.5" M4 barrel assembly
    $105 Lauer LMT lower
    $ 87 WOA triggerless LPK with Ergo grip and Magpul trigger guard
    $148 LMT two stage trigger
    $180 LMT bolt/carrier and Badger tac latch charging handle
    $ 10 Tac bolt catch
    $ 32 KNS pins
    $200 Colt A2 upper receiver
    $469 Aimpoint H-1 Micro red dot
    $ 68 Arms #2 mount
    $ 51 CAR stock w/buttpad


    $347 CMMG 20" pencil barrel w/triangular handguards and three prong FH
    $ 44 WOA triggerless LPK
    $ 36 A1 stock
    $ 9 A1 grip
    $180 NoDak Spud XM16E1 lower
    $ 53 A1 Bolt catch and selector
    $ 10 Flat delta ring
    $ 10 Small rectangle port door
    $130 Slick side A1 upper
    $148 LMT two stage trigger
    $117 XM Grey anodizing
    $140 Bravo Company bolt/carrier


    I hadn't actually added them up before this. I'm not even going to tally up the Colt pencil barrel flattop I put together a couple of months ago.

    ETA - I'll echo the chorus' refrain that building an AR is, for me anyway, all about building the rifle I'm after, and not at all about saving money.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2008
  15. 3pairs12

    3pairs12 Well-Known Member


    Heres my Lauer custom weaponry lower $120 model 1 20" 6.8 spc upper $650.
  16. Buzzbox

    Buzzbox Well-Known Member

    I bought a Knights SR-15 M4 for $1400. Done.
  17. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Well-Known Member

    Stripped lower: $125-ish (traded for it)
    Del-Ton parts kit and upper, 6-position telestock: About $485
    Leapers fixed rear sight: About $30

    I went this route because I had a little more flexibility than I would've otherwise, but mostly because I could buy it a little bit at a time before plunking down the majority for the LPK and upper.

    What I want to do next: (if possible)
    16" pencil profile, mid-length gas system
    Picatinny gas block
    Phantom FS
    A3 flat top
    Railed hanguards
    AceLtd. skeleton stock
    Magpul triggerguard
    TAPCO M249 SAW grip
    Folding front and rear BUIS
    LMT bolt and carrier
    Haze-gray furniture/ rail covers

    Extra goodies:
    EOTech in forward position (think "scout" rifle)
    IOR Buccuresti scope w/ QD
    Vertical foregrip (MP5K style)

    After That: (AR10 style)
    24" heavy barrel, standard gas system, target crown
    KNS Precision duplex front sight
    Free-float tube with bipod
    Magpul PRS stock
    Panther grip
    MeOpta MeOStar 4-16x44AO with mil-dot reticle
    Folding rear BUIS
    Haze-gray furniture

    Extra Goodies:
    Docter holosight mounted coaxially with the scope, offset 45 degrees
  18. Janos Dracwlya

    Janos Dracwlya Well-Known Member

    I spent just a hair over $460 for mine:

    $150 Surplus M16A1 upper receiver
    $95 DPMS bolt group
    $50 DPMS lower parts kit
    $132 Lauer Custom Weaponry lower receiver
    $12 Replacement (surplus) A1 handguard
    $15 Surplus A1 stock and buffer group
  19. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    190 Stag Lower with LPK installed
    449 Stag 3H Upper
    9 Extractor Upgrade
    80 Brownell's BUIS set
    78 Magpul CTR Stock
    51 Buffer Assembly
    25 Phantom 5C2
    881 Total

    895 Stag Model 3 from Cold War Shooters

    Saved: $14. I suppose you can eat the $14 with the cost of a magazine. But, I got the rifle I wanted with the options I wanted without the hassle of selling take-off parts. I also got to spread the expense over the course of several months.
  20. Detritus

    Detritus Well-Known Member

    Let's see,

    for the one i built for my wife,

    $99 for Stag lower
    $50 for DMPS LPK
    $25 for complete A1 furniture set from Northridge
    $400 (or so) for Olympic plinker Plus 20" upper
    and i can't remember what i paid for the buffer, tube and spring
    so around $600 and it could wind up with almost as much sunk in it for the two needed upgrades, ie a RRA 2-stage trigger, and a lighter barrel (which if i get a new barrel is looking to be a $300-380 item)

    but even if i get up over the $1k mark that'll be cheaper than it would have been to have someone else build it, the cost will have been spread out further, and i have the pride of having done it my own dang self.:D

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