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AR15Plinker  [Member]
8/10/2005 2:38:12 PM
Who has the cheapest and most reliable build kits for the AR-15? Got a freind looking to build one... Oly Arms has one but they are kinda high... (thats what I have) And who sells the Polymer type AR-15 rifle I have been seeing? But stock and lower is all in one....

Thanks,

Kimbo
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eklikwhoa  [Team Member]
8/10/2005 2:40:46 PM
calvary arms sells the one piece lowers



for the kits there is

del-ton
jt distributing
model 1 sales
m&a parts





check the equipment exchange and the industry forum
Daubs  [Member]
8/18/2005 5:18:15 PM
Cavalryarms is no longer selling to the public as far as i know. You have to get the polymer lowers from Amalite

As for cheep kits look at J&T distributing or Model 1 Sales.

I've been looking for a friend and the best I've come up with is J&T:

16" Light weight Chrome lined pre Ban Kit with a Stag Lower from Eagle firearms for a total of $594.95 w/o shipping and FFL transfer charge.
SoftwareJanitor  [Member]
8/18/2005 8:11:59 PM

Originally Posted By Daubs:
Cavalryarms is no longer selling to the public as far as i know. You have to get the polymer lowers from Amalite

As for cheep kits look at J&T distributing or Model 1 Sales.

I've been looking for a friend and the best I've come up with is J&T:

16" Light weight Chrome lined pre Ban Kit with a Stag Lower from Eagle firearms for a total of $594.95 w/o shipping and FFL transfer charge.



I would rule out Model 1 Sales solely from the standpoint that since AR15Plinker is in TX, since he would have to pay 8.25% sales tax on anything he orders in them, which makes them more expensive than most of the other kit vendors. Most of their kits are roughly $20 cheaper than similar kits from J&T Distributing, for example, but then if you have to add $35 sales tax, it erases that and then some.
SandW  [Member]
8/26/2005 10:56:06 AM
Great topic...I'm new to the AR world and figured I may be able to buy a kit and save a few hungred bucks. I have a couple of questions for you seasoned guys...

1. How much skill/knowledge does it take to assemble one? I've field striped a M16 before, but that's the extent of my rifle assembly experience. Does it take special tools to assemble a kit?

2. Are assembly instructinos usually provided by the manufacturer/distributor?

3. I noticed the kits are usually sold absent a stripped lower receiver, does this mean all the stripped parts are within the kit and all I need to buy is the stripped lower receiver--or must I buy all the little parts that go within as well?

4. Will current kits usually work with any stripped lower receiver?

5. And 5, it appears one gets around using a FFL when buying the kits---does this apply for all the parts that must be added (i.e. the lower receive) as well?

thanks much....
SandW  [Member]
8/26/2005 10:58:31 AM
FYI...

as found on Calvary arms web site:

How to Buy

To purchase Cavalry Arms products please contact one of our dealers. If one of our dealers is not currently stocking an item that we manufacture, they can special order it for you. If you need help locating a dealer, or are having trouble contacting one we have listed please e-mail or call us for assistance.

If you would like to purchase direct, we require a minimum $500.00 order. The same policy applies to dealers.
eklikwhoa  [Team Member]
8/26/2005 11:03:33 AM

Originally Posted By SandW:
Great topic...I'm new to the AR world and figured I may be able to buy a kit and save a few hungred bucks. I have a couple of questions for you seasoned guys...

1. How much skill/knowledge does it take to assemble one? I've field striped a M16 before, but that's the extent of my rifle assembly experience. Does it take special tools to assemble a kit?
when you buy a kit the upper is pre-assembled in most cases. the lower would have to be furnished by you but the parts for it would be included in most kits. to assemble the lower all you would need is a set of punches to install the pins, screwdriver for the pistol grip screw

2. Are assembly instructinos usually provided by the manufacturer/distributor?
there are threads tacked at the top that would guide you through it

3. I noticed the kits are usually sold absent a stripped lower receiver, does this mean all the stripped parts are within the kit and all I need to buy is the stripped lower receiver--or must I buy all the little parts that go within as well?
as stated above all you need is a lower reciever to complete the build

4. Will current kits usually work with any stripped lower receiver?
in most cases,yes. you will occasionally get an out of spec part but nothing major. with the lower and the kit, as long as you buy quality you shouldnt have a problem

5. And 5, it appears one gets around using a FFL when buying the kits---does this apply for all the parts that must be added (i.e. the lower receive) as well?
the kit itself minus lower reciever does not call for a ffl but the lower itself has to at one point or another.

thanks much....










your welcome
SandW  [Member]
8/26/2005 11:37:21 AM
excellente'. BTW, I don't want a .223 kit, but 6.8 or larger (prefer .308 or 300WM), do you know distributors that sell these?
Aimless  [Site Staff]
8/26/2005 11:51:32 AM
.308 and .300 wm are not available on a regular ar15 lower, you need an AR10 lower (or something simliar) for those. 6.8 will work on a regular AR15 lower and they are available from Bravo Co, little button at top of page (and other places) ammo is tough, I passed on 6.8mm for now. If the ammo becomes plentiful, I'll get one.


If you want a Cavarms lower Ameetec Arms (another little button at the top of the screen) usually has them. They are (or were) in the same building as Cavarms I think. You would want to check with Cavarms about using a non 5.56mm upper. I don't know what they say about the larger calibers with their lower.

I have a Cavarms lower (I've had a couple) kind of neat. The Coyote is the best looking of them in my opinion.
eklikwhoa  [Team Member]
8/26/2005 12:09:27 PM
think model 1 sales or m&a sells 6.8 kits.








but i would probably go with bravo.
Fenian  [Team Member]
8/26/2005 12:17:56 PM
I've used J&T and Mode1...the J&T is much nicer in terms of fit and finish. Worth the few extra $$ in my book.
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