March 31, 2015 at 6:36 pm #39627
This last weekend I ran into a deal on AR15 stripped lowers so I picked up two. They were $50 a piece…..
I went ahead and got the extra parts I needed to build one (already had some stuff) so this entire lower will be built for about $135 and I am now looking at a cheap $300 complete upper. By the time I get my red dot and upgrade a few parts on my main AR, I should only be out about $550 total out the door for a single build.
Can’t believe I am making another one. Wow……..
http://ageofdecadence.comMarch 31, 2015 at 8:29 pm #39631
sledjockey, how good are they compared to other AR 15? Also how hard is it to build?March 31, 2015 at 9:06 pm #39633
I like builds better than buying a complete firearm because you get to actually buy the parts you want rather than replace what you don’t like. Resale on a build is less than an actual name brand rifle, but if you are building it to use I don’t see an issue. There are no plans for me to sell any of mine so that doesn’t bother me.
This will be my 4th build, so I am not an expert by any means – just able to rip it apart and put it together without YouTube….
All of the builds I have done work flawlessly (except 1 and it has a few issues with certain ammo) and are just as accurate as the shooter. I like to shoot potatoes for targets and I am able to hit them without too much hassle around the 100 yard mark with all my builds. The 1 I have some issues with I found that I need to work on the gas tube/block connection area. There seems to be some blow by where the tube sticks into the block. Even if I buy new parts it will be between $30-$100 depending on what parts I buy.
They are very easy to put together. I found that the hardest part was getting my barrel nut on at the right torque and that wasn’t too big of an issue.
http://ageofdecadence.comMarch 31, 2015 at 9:24 pm #39634
I find it interesting and would like to try building one just because I like to learn how to do it.
Since you have done this four times which are the best parts to buy in the market(companies).March 31, 2015 at 9:44 pm #39636
Wow….. This is a loaded question because it really depends on preference.
I have used Bravo Company, PrimaryArms, Yankee Hill, Amazon, Midway, Brownells, Palmetto State, and Red Barn. Many parts can be had quite cheaply if you watch for sales over holidays. Memorial Day and 4th of July sales are great….
http://ageofdecadence.comMarch 31, 2015 at 9:45 pm #39637
Sled, You owe us pictures big time.March 31, 2015 at 9:59 pm #39638
Pics of current project, my AR or wife’s AR? The other build was for my brother and it is about 220 miles away so I can’t get pics of that so you can just imagine an AR with Magpul thrown up all over it for his.
http://ageofdecadence.comMarch 31, 2015 at 10:00 pm #39639
Chrome everything Sled. 74 wants big time pics.March 31, 2015 at 10:44 pm #39640
Actually I’m more curious about your 50bmgMarch 31, 2015 at 11:03 pm #39643
sledjockey, Sorry for the loaded question but I didn’t mean it to be. I really do not know what are the better ones to buy. I see so many companies in the game.March 31, 2015 at 11:34 pm #39644
Wasn’t being defensive. Was just stating fact. There are so many ways to build an AR and even more companies building parts that it is hard to compile a list.
I like mil spec because the designs are battle proven and cheaper. That is my thought. I want something that I could use in combat.
This build will be a beater truck gun. When done I should have about $550 in it. My son will have about $650 in his because he had no parts laying around. This includes Vortex Strikefire 2 optics.
http://ageofdecadence.comApril 1, 2015 at 12:04 am #39646
Do you buy the lower that are 80% were you have to do the drilling?April 1, 2015 at 12:37 am #39647
No. This was a 100% manufactured, but stripped lower. I have a friend that finishes the 80% ones. They work fine. For $15 more than an 80% I couldn’t afford the time needed to finish one.
http://ageofdecadence.comApril 1, 2015 at 2:17 am #39656
Palmetto State Armory has some of the best deals going.
Their assembled uppers, using the FN barrels are some of the best available for the price. You can build/assemble almost any package you want right off the website and just pick up a lower locally and be a great deal ahead, no specialty tools needed either.
One tip, try and stick with one brand for major parts, some manufacturers tolerances are not friendly with each other.
And stick with the metal receivers for a hard use gun, I’ve seen three poly receivers fail under minor strain.April 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm #39660
I agree with the poly receivers…. They are ok for someone that only wants the rifle “just in case,” but if you want to actually depend on it you should get the metal version.
Palmetto State has some good sales during certain holidays. If you were not in a hurry and were willing to wait for quality at a decent price, check them out during Memorial Day and over Independence Day. There were some good sales there last year.
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