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Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by TomKat, Jun 10, 2011.

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  1. TomKat

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    It's been 20 years since I had an ar, (used to have a Colt). Now I'm finding myself longing for it back... but I'm poorer than I was then, so now I'm looking into putting one together.

    That said, are kits the way to go for a semi-noob in the ar arena? I don't think I know enough to get the right parts individually or not, but I'm fairly certain I'm smart enough to do the job if I have all the parts. If so, are there some kits better or worse than others?
     
  2. Sky

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    There are many post about the AR where some of our really knowledgeable guys say anymore it is just about as cheap to buy an upper and a lower separately, pin them together and be done with it.

    Used to be able to buy the CMMG bargain bin for $599 non chromed and $650 for chromed barrel and that was hard to beat.....that's probably why they are sold out now. Maybe later they will have more?


    Del-ton kits work for many and several members on THR have used a Del-ton for several years and seem happy.

    The first question is what is your intended use?


    If it is hunting, plinking, HD or varmint control then assuming low round count (5000 a year) just about anything will work...again there are one or two brands that people really knock...Olympic comes to mind....but like everything it comes down to what you want and how hard you plan on running it. Wonderful thing about the AR get the base an run it until you want something changed or better on your weapon. I like two stage triggers and have them on two ARs but the others have the stock trigger and for my intended purposes they work just fine. I never considered having one to do everything so ended up with a few that do not get shot that much because they tend to be special purpose ARs....I do not take a big scoped AR into the brush when a red dot works better. Just thoughts and no matter what you buy welcome back to the AR club!
     
  3. TomKat

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    Thanks. I was thinking of this, but didn't know if it was a good or bad deal nor if the parts are good or sub-standard, what do you think? As for the stripped lower, I was just thinking to get a dpms lower at Bud's for around 100$... :confused:
     
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    For a few dollars more: http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=70770 and you'll have everything put together with a warranty.

    Or: http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-M4-16-Upper-Receiver-Group-p/bcm-urg-m4-16.htm plus handguard and lower.

    It all depends on what you want and what you're willing to spend. The first is based on price, the second on starting a quality build. There's also a fairly heavy used market right now with economic pressure driving people to sell their lightly used ARs.
     
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    For sure the used market is great if you as a buyer can find a good seller. One of my ARs was listed for over $1500 new but I paid $1000 cash and it had a decent scope! It had not been shot 100 rounds. Look and you shall find! Maybe not today or tomorrow but they do come up. Good luck.
     
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    just make sure you specify chrome lined barrel/chamber.are you looking for a shorty or long ar?

    or a 1960's retro ar?
     
  7. TomKat

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    Long... 20 inch wanted the A2 style w/ heavy barrel (HBAR?). Don't know if I'll be able to find one of those used, most people go for the short ar's lately. :(
     
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    Personally, I would go to a large gun show that has several AR parts dealers, and hand-select the parts. This may cost a bit more than buying a parts "kit," but the results are so much better. But then, I'm a stickler for such things as the finishes matching, etc.
     
  9. Mr_Rich

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    I''ve been looking at doing the same thing and have not found what I would consider bargains. I picked up a couple of lowers and have been looking for the parts to complete. So far what I have found to be most cost effective is the rifle parts kit from Delton at about $465, just add a lower and you are good to go. The barrel is installed on the upper so you don't have to worry about headspace and the components can be customized.

    Of course with the price drop in completed rifles for a couple of hundred more you can get a completed rifle with a a warranty.

    Good luck,
    Rich
     
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