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AR pistols- wow they are getting cheap

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Jeff H, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. Jeff H

    Jeff H Member

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    I just got a email from Del-ton with their Veterans day sale. They have a complete kit for an AR pistol on sale for $299.00 with free shipping. It raised my eyebrow so I went to Aim Surplus to see how much a lower would cost me and I was shocked to see quite a few from $30-40.00.

    I've got enough ARs thanks to Obama so I'm not in the market but these are great times for someone who needs a few on the cheap.

    It wasn't that long ago that an AR build was $7-800 and a complete one was 1K.
     
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  2. illinoisburt

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    Basic ARs lost much of their "ban-panic" pricing since Trump was elected. It's not hard to find a complete pistol and rifle uppers with bcg for under $200. Complete lowers from multiple companies have floated around $129 for a while now, with occasional sales as low as $79. With all the holiday sales coming up I would expect to see complete guns under $300 from some stores within the next couple weeks. Watch your fliers!
     
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    With Anderson or ATI hybrid lowers I've built a couple for friends a little less than $300 shopping around and getting sale prices, Aero lowers are about $10 more and a nicer lower, I don't think PSA lowers are worth the $20 price difference. If you can find a complete gun for around $300 that is what a build will cost you but I think you can build a better AR. Earlier this year there was a pistol upper and 10"barrel for $100, I looked closely at that but decided to build a 6.5grendel. The feeling of shooting a gun you assembled is hard to beat.
     
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    CDNN has them at that price all the time, but those have 4-way rail forends. My first pistol build was one of their 7" kits. PSA always has good deals going. I did not see one at $299 on Del-Ton's site, must be an email special offer.
     
  5. BSA1

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    “DANGER Will Robertson DANGER!”

    Building ARs is a trap. AR’s must also have magazines, good sights / optics and ergonomic features that fit the shooter better. Of course it is also necessary to test your build so ammunition is necessary. So it is possible that all of that will add up to being more expensive than the gun. (Not that any of that is a bad thing).

    I also am hearing the siren call of doing a inexpensive build as I want to do a “rattle can” paint project. As I have never done one I am a bit (ok maybe a lot) nervous about painting a AR. With a inexpensive build I won’t feel as bad if I screw up the painting and have to redo it.

    The one thing I have decided to do is too cry once and buy better tools. My first two builds turned out ok but with plans to build several more I think better tools are necessary.
     
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  6. illinoisburt

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    Not at all true. My son is into getting all the high end parts. I like getting the challenge of building the cheapest ARs possible and stuffing mags with russian steel. Funny thing is mine work just as well for high speed banging plates at 50 to 100 yards. All under $350 with mags and optics.
     
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    Ah Grasshopper it is written in The Book of the AR;

    1. Each AR requires 11 magazines. One in the gun and 10 extra mags. I brought 10 D&H 30 round magazines last week that we’re on sale for $7.99 each with free shipping on minimum of 10 rounds. However that was a really good sale and I usually prefer Magpul Gen. 3 ($13.00 each).

    2. 1,000 rounds of ammunition per gun. I am considering ordering either Wolf or Tula for $3.67 box of 20 and have to add shipping and sales tax.

    3a. A Red Dot sights can be had for about $80.00 on the cheap. I brought a SIG Romero 5 for $100.00 on sale.

    3b. With scopes it is the sky is the limit. Plus you must add in the cost of the mount and rings.

    So $88.00 for one time sale purchase of magazines, $200.00 for 1k Wolf ammo (rough guess with shipping and sales tax) and $100.00 (again a good sale price. Regular price is $200.00) matches the cost of a inexpensive AR build.

    Since building ARs is addictive...
     
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  8. 1911 guy

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    Prices are so low right now that I have a SBR in process for less money than a "cheap" rifle several years ago. That includes tax stamp.
     
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    I was enticed into buying a Palmetto State Armory AK-V 9mm, a few 35 round magazines and a Holosun HE510C-GR a few hours ago. It really wasn't "cheap", totaling well over $1k. I'll just say it was "acceptably affordable" because I wanted it.
     
  10. 460Shooter

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    Sure wish lever actions would get panic bought and then get real cheap.
     
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