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 So how much does it cost to build a decent AR15 ?
EMSflyer  [Member]
5/11/2006 1:39:48 PM
Low range?

High range?

My son is interested in building his own rifle.

Thanks,

Flyer
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shogun187  [Team Member]
5/11/2006 1:41:34 PM
If you lurk on the EE, you can find parts and possibly build a good AR for less than 600. Granted, it might be with slightly used parts but they'll most likely have plenty of life in them.

High end, if you're using brand new or mostly new parts, maybe 800-900. Granted, this is all from personal experience.

Hokie  [Team Member]
5/11/2006 1:43:34 PM
I'd say, for a quality AR15... your price range goes from $700 to $3,500 dependant upon the amount of bells & whistles. Over $3,500 ... you're paying too much. Under $700 ... you're taking advantage of someone or you're the worlds greatest negotiator.
fyeguy  [Member]
5/11/2006 1:44:23 PM
Less than $700 (minus the Eotech)



Bought all my parts at Del-Ton
ozzy1038  [Member]
5/11/2006 3:37:02 PM
You could build a quality AR for around $550.00. $100 for the lower receiver and around $450.00 for a kit from J&T or Model 1. This is all depending on what type of AR your son wants.

Shopping around and watching the EE like a hawk will help. You really have to be on top of it to get something off the EE. I had 2-3 24" bull uppers go before I could even reply. Most of the good deals are gone in less than an hour.

Personally I would just buy a kit. Unless he wants to go full bore right out of the chute and do a complete assembly. Good luck. Tell him to order two lowers. Because before he's done with the first build, he'll be thinking about the next one. I did.
Inspector1  [Member]
5/11/2006 3:41:28 PM
ameetec is selling lowers and uppers right now. 200 complete lower and 400 complete upper soon
EvilBert  [Team Member]
5/11/2006 4:16:00 PM

Originally Posted By shogun187:

High end, if you're using brand new or mostly new parts, maybe 800-900. Granted, this is all from personal experience.




Me thinks you don't have a handle on what 'high end' means. Without scope and light I dropped about $1700 on my rifle. The Optics, light and mounts got it up to about $2800.


FMJ  [Member]
5/11/2006 4:32:31 PM
800 for me and that was a few years ago!
Hokie  [Team Member]
5/11/2006 4:35:21 PM

Originally Posted By EvilBert:

Originally Posted By shogun187:

High end, if you're using brand new or mostly new parts, maybe 800-900. Granted, this is all from personal experience.




Me thinks you don't have a handle on what 'high end' means. Without scope and light I dropped about $1700 on my rifle. The Optics, light and mounts got it up to about $2800.

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+2

The rifle itself is only 25% of the AR15
NonConformist  [Team Member]
5/11/2006 6:00:57 PM
I have a build priced at about $650
die-tryin  [Team Member]
5/11/2006 6:59:05 PM
Ive built an Sp1 that was an absolute tack driver for under $300. but that was a rare case. But a good rifle can be built anywhere from 300bux to unlimited. But an average build is around 500-600bux. If you want optics and rails thatll cost ya more obviously.
comp1911  [Team Member]
5/11/2006 7:45:46 PM
A high end ARFCOM approved build would look like this.

Lower:
CMT Stag Arms/Dennys GTS or equivlent lower = $105
Stag arms lower parts kit = $65
Vltor carbine modstock kit = $155
MagPul MIAD grip = $45

Lower total = $370

Upper:
CMT Stag upper receiver = $95
High quality 4150 steel, chrome lined mil-spec barrel = $325
CMT or LMT MP tested BCG = $130
LaRue or Daniel Defense 4 rail handguard = $300
Troy rear BUIS = $120
512 EoTech = $350
Misc (rail covers, sling, mags, other small parts) ~= $200

Upper Total = $1520

Grand Total = $1890

And would look like this.


Low end you can buy a lower and kit for about $600


septic-tank13  [Team Member]
5/11/2006 10:35:17 PM
you can build a hell of a rifle with iron sights for anywhere between $650 and $800. with optics ranging from red dots to scopes you can add $200 to $700.

its really hard to put figures on it, simply due to the shear versatility of this firearm platform. you can build on the cheap or go hog wild. the sky is the limit and to varying degrees, you can personalize it...

hell, superior arms will engrave anything you want in their lowers now. i'm having them do my family crest in some lowers for my brother and dad...

take some time and read through these forums - plenty of info here. the EE is of help for pricing reference as well.
arwant  [Member]
5/12/2006 2:40:07 AM
probably doesn't answer your question, but i priced my build to be in the $1800-2000 range. this is without optics or any other accessories. keep in mind that i also paid the ca premium for the lower.
haji  [Member]
5/12/2006 3:23:18 AM
Rifles can be built for relatively little money, but I would caution the builder to use quality parts. I'm not saying you have to spend a ton on the parts, just that you will have far fewer headaches and will have better long term durability if you use good parts to begin with. If the rifle is built with the cheapest possible parts, your next post will read "My rifle only got through 100 rounds and I have broken parts. What's the best place to get replacements?"
jackal2001  [Member]
5/12/2006 7:54:24 AM
There is no cheap AR. At least not for me. You start out with building it cheap and simple and then start adding the modifications or optics. Then you wind up with a $3000 AR.

I have a BRD PROBLEM!

Around $3200.00 for my 20"




Around $2700 for my M4 - rebarreled the factory one with a 1/7 twist too.

Muskyjerk  [Team Member]
5/12/2006 8:58:52 AM
$937.00
Daubs  [Member]
5/12/2006 11:00:15 AM

Originally Posted By ozzy1038:
You could build a quality AR for around $550.00. $100 for the lower receiver and around $450.00 for a kit from J&T or Model 1. This is all depending on what type of AR your son wants.

Tell him to order two lowers. Because before he's done with the first build, he'll be thinking about the next one. I did.



+1

J&T, Model 1 Sales, or Del-ton

For lower receivers Essential Arms , EagleFirearms.net (Stag or Rock River), Title II (Stag), or DSG arms(Cavalry Arms [Made like a Glock nylon] lowers $145 w/lower parts kit only need CAR recoil spring and buffer)

$550 to $650 is good for a first one.
jon1911  [Member]
5/12/2006 12:02:41 PM
$685, But i paid to much for my lower ($180) no one had one in stock (i did not want bushmaster-- only ones in stock, no reason other than i did not want the name bushmaster on the lower), $120 for the CMMG lower, the dealer marked it up and added shipping, so $180 for the lower, and $505 for a complete kit--MODEL 1 SALES
denn  [Team Member]
5/12/2006 3:49:51 PM
I have an A2 build which should have cost aroung $650. I got very lucky and got a almost new barrel off a Bushmaster for free. Total I spent was just over $450.
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