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How much do used AR-15's cost?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by The Deer Hunter, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    I was looking at building an AR, because its a saving between $200-$600. Anywho, would it be preferrable to buy a used one instead of building one? And how much do used AR's in good condition go for?
  2. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    gunbroker.com is your friend
  3. tank mechanic

    tank mechanic Well-Known Member

    I have decided to build one and have been looking around quite a bit. No matter how I price building my own it always comes out to the same price for one that is complete. And you usually get a case and at least one mag when you buy a complete rifle.
  4. TX1911fan

    TX1911fan Well-Known Member

  5. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    There is a guy on THR right now selling an AR for $500 sans bolt and carrier. I think thats a good deal if you don't mind an A1 configuration.
  6. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

  7. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    Everything but the important part :rolleyes: .

    You see where it says "Does not include stripped lower reciever" in big bold letters?

    A stripped lower is going to cost you probably around $160.

    Which brings your grand total for a box of parts to about $610. Is that $450 you quoted before or after shipping? If that is before shipping don't forget to add on probably $40 for that.

    After the parts, shipping, and FFL fee for the lower reciever (unless you have your own FFL) that brings everything to about $700.

    You aren't going to save any money building this thing yourself.

    I'm not trying to discourage you from doing it, I thinks its a cool idea and you should do it. I just want you to know that from my research you're not going to come out any cheaper.
  8. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    you can find them for around $99-$131 for DPMS. Thats still only $550 ish dollars.
  9. RockyMtnTactical

    RockyMtnTactical Well-Known Member

    Building would be the best.
  10. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    But you still have to include FFL fees and shipping costs for your receiver and parts and costs for any tools you might need. you might be able to get a cheap set up for about $700 then.
  11. lycanthrope

    lycanthrope Well-Known Member

    Stag/RRA stripped lowers are under $100.
  12. gm

    gm Well-Known Member

    In building it, you have to get the gas tube,gas hole in the barrel and front sight straight or it wont work.For this, Id get a barrel'd upper done by the factory. The lower is as easy as pie to assemble if you know your design and weapon.

    I have had a couple ar's, one that I traded for at a show,mixmaster of different manufacturers. It short stroked alot and I found it wasnt built properly.The sight was turned slightly.The next was a factory built bushmaster shorty that my ffl ordered directly from bushmaster which I have to this day and enjoy.
  13. Zach S

    Zach S Well-Known Member

    I put my first together on 09/17/04 for a little more than $650. Traded a scattergun for an assembled BM lower, and then I put the RRA upper and 6 postion stock on it that I ordered from adco a few months before.

    I cant find the invoice for the upper and stock, but IIRC it was a little over $460 shipped. But this was two and a half years ago, when you could get an A4 RRA upper for just under $400.

    I put my last AR together myself, and I'm doing so with my next one as well. I dont know if its still cheaper, but I can only buy a few parts at a time.
  14. nico

    nico Well-Known Member

    Mattw, your numbers are off. Shipping for a Del-Ton kit (which includes a complete upper, lower parts kit, and stock) is $12.72, and you can get a stripped lower from Essential Arms for $77+$14 shipping, which comes to $568.72 + FFL fee delivered, and is about as cheap as you're going to get a new AR. I have no idea where you got $40 shipping and $160 for a lower.

    Very good deals can be had on the EE at AR15.com. I just got (picked it up yesterday, in fact) a RRA A4 midlength upper w/ SS barrel (MSRP: $520) for $463 delivered. It's going with a complete M4 lower from Ameetec Arms, which was $224 delivered with an H-buffer, and an LMT BUIS (MSRP: $120) which I got from Title2 for $84 shipped. Total for the build is $771 + $36 FFL fee. MSRP on a similar complete rifle from RRA is $1060. The RRA rifle has a standard carbine buffer, but includes their 2-stage trigger, which I opted not to get, but can be had for ~$80 shipped.

    Bottom line: putting the gun together yourself will usually (if not always) save you some money over buying a complete new one.

    Edited to add: if you want a carbine length 16" or a 20," you should have no problem finding a good used upper. I wanted a midlength 16" barrel, so I had fewer choices.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2007
  15. rhubarb

    rhubarb Well-Known Member

    I bought a Bushmaster A2 20" HBAR from the original owner for $500 after it'd had 160 rounds through it.:)
  16. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    less than a new one I would hope:D

    Check gunbroker.com like others have said.
  17. LoadedDrum

    LoadedDrum Well-Known Member

    There are bargins out there if you check this board and other boards like
    AR15.com. I scored an Armalite M4gery with 100rds down the tube for 700 bucks.
  18. Frog48

    Frog48 Well-Known Member

    Depends where you buy from.

    At a gunshop, you'll pay nearly what it costs for a new one.

    If you find a good deal from an individual or gunbroker.com, you can get one for way less than new.

    Building an AR is an entirely different subject. Prices and savings will range widely based on what parts/options you go for.
  19. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    another good place to look for bargain uppers is cdnninvestments. and yes, if you shop around for deals, you can build a good ar for $530 or so
  20. tank mechanic

    tank mechanic Well-Known Member

    My local shop sells a complete lower bushmaster with collapse able stock for $319 plus tax. They also sell a complete DPMS with 16 inch barrel and collapse able stock for $759. I am having a hard time finding a complete upper receiver for under $440 out the door, so as to make putting one together cheaper than buying a cheap ar 15.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2007

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