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Starting to plan my first AR purchase- buy package, or parts?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Jason_W, Jul 12, 2010.

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  1. Jason_W

    Jason_W Member

    Mar 4, 2010
    After some thought, I'm going to start putting a little money away and gradually save up for an AR in .458 SOCOM (don't try and talk me out of the chambering, my mind is made up:D).

    What's a better way to go, buy the lower and upper separately, or just buy the whole gun? I'm not really a tinkerer, so I can't see buying a stripped receiver and a mess of trigger and bolt parts, but I could probably hack joining a lower to an upper. Probably.
  2. wally

    wally Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    Houston, Tx
    I'd buy a stripped lower at a gun show, then while saving for the complete upper, shop for the lower parts kit you want (I've been very happy with DPMS lower parts kits I can usually find for $40 at a show) and then get the butt stock you prefer. Again I find the Tapco M4 style works great for me and can generally find them for about $45 at shows. The buttstock can easily cost more than the stripped lower, but I'm willing to skimp on the lower parts to have more money for ammo and a better upper. So I've rarely got more than $190 in a complete lower.

    If you buy a complete gun its easier, but you will end up paying the $100 Federal excise tax which is where the savings come from to support the AR kits cottage industry.
  3. shagmcnasty

    shagmcnasty Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    My 12 year old son assembled his own lower after watching a few videos.................... It's agreat way to learn the opperation of your rifle.
  4. rjrivero

    rjrivero Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Thats one way to throw down the internet gauntlet......calling him out with your 12 year old's skillz. ;)
  5. Big44mag

    Big44mag Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Bristow, VA
    Be careful of the Auto-Collapse feature.

    Either way you go, I would really recommend either a fixed stock or something like the Magpul ACS because of the friction lock. The CTR has a friction lock as well but is pretty thin and starts to smart a bit after a few rounds. I damaged an ACE M4 Socom stock pretty bad after just 6 rounds and wasn't able to collapse the stock, I had to Dremel the nub so it would collapse all the way. The ACS on my 10.5" works extremely well and I am more than happy with it.

    I have heard of a few people ultimately getting the auto-collapse feature but the 458 forums have been hacked and is down again.

    This is on ACE's site but wasn't in the paperwork for my stock.

    "NOTE: The Ace Socom Stock is designed and intended for calibers up to and including 7.62x39. Use on weapons of higher calibers such as, but not limited to: 12 Gauge Shotgun, .450 Bushmaster, 458 Socom, .499LWRC, .50 Beowulf, .50 BMG may cause damage to your stock that will not be covered by warranty."

    Hope this helps.
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