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 How much does it cost to build an AR15?
Casebrius  [Member]
7/1/2008 3:51:00 PM EDT
I was thinking about going to Academy and getting a Bushmaster. They have them for ~$900. I then did some reading and decided I'd know the weapon better if I built it myself. How much does a basic AR15 cost to build? I'm not looking for any crazy bells & whistles right now, just a dependable gun.
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MALT0SE  [Team Member]
7/1/2008 3:52:16 PM EDT
Both have mine have come in between $800 and $850. Keep an eye out for good deals and I'm sure you could build a quality one for around $600.
macgyverpwnage  [Member]
7/1/2008 4:02:54 PM EDT
I bought a Del-ton midlength 16" kit. The bare kit with no special add-ons is 465$. A lower is usually about 120$ so it will come out to about 600$ once you factor in the tax and such. I spent a little more on mine since I got a 4-rail foregrip and a chrome lined barrel, but it's still way cheaper than paying 1500$ on a new one from a gun store.
xm8  [Team Member]
7/1/2008 4:12:41 PM EDT
If you focus on price, shop smart (Equipment Exchange), and (most importantly) be patient, it's easy to custom build for under $800 with dependable, quality components where it counts. But even if we're not talking a cheaper price, the biggest advantage is that you can piece together parts that you want, exactly the way you like it. (BK!) This site has excellent articles so you can educate yourself on the AR system if need be. You can go as in-depth as starting from a stripped lower and stripped upper, or you can make it quicker and get already assembled components.

My opinion is that I would only concern yourself with complete builds if:

1. You want a Colt or some exotic AR. (Resale / historical / collection value)
2. Time is an issue.
3. Warranty is a big factor in your decision.

Hope that helps.

ETA: If you do build it yourself, I would definitely recommend purchasing your lower locally to avoid FFL transfers and the possibility of headache.
Ameshawki  [Member]
7/1/2008 5:09:35 PM EDT
J & T M4 kit $509. Superior lower $100. Added a cheap scope ($25, junk but usable), rings ($25), and a $5.95 sling. RIg shoots well, will do better after a few more add ons and some load work.
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Hickfied  [Member]
7/1/2008 5:19:09 PM EDT

Part number AR150. Flattop, 16" barrel, telescoping stock, and a carry handle for $450 plus say $15 shipping.

Mag from EE $10 shipped.

Lower from EE $100 shipped (Right now someone is selling DoubleStar lowers for this amount), plus $25 transfer fee.

$600 total end cost, besides gas to get to your FFL.
theskuh  [Member]
7/1/2008 5:29:29 PM EDT
one million dollars.

seriously it is bad. one is never enough. My first I think was @ 1k or so.

Money saving tips.

Get a 03 FFL then get discounts from brownells.

put together a cav arms lower for about $200 complete. (saves on buying a stock and buffer tube.)
then a RRA upper from adco for @ 450
add a rear sight and you are GTG.
Magnumite  [Member]
7/1/2008 9:06:55 PM EDT
Are those Sarcoinc kits any good?
llamanator  [Member]
7/1/2008 9:12:27 PM EDT
built mine for $760. stag arms all the way!
NestorPR  [Member]
7/1/2008 9:43:36 PM EDT
Spike's lower: $100
RRA lower parts kit: $65
UTG buttstock: $45
Detachable handle: $29
Complete M4 style 16", 5.56 NATO, 1:9 Doublestar upper: $425
Total: $664
Fun shopping at gunshows: Priceless!
Smead  [Team Member]
7/2/2008 3:16:39 AM EDT
It will cost every cent you have: firearms, accessories, tools, ammo, divorce lawyers.
wheelchairman  [Member]
7/2/2008 7:42:59 AM EDT
for a duty rifle I wouldn't skimp on parts.

Lower- 90
magpul ctd-130 roughly
total 880 but that can easily get you a pimped out ar

building is just like reloading. You don't save any money but you build more gun for the same money. Plus if you go to the academy you get leo discount
GONIF  [Member]
7/2/2008 10:33:21 AM EDT
you can buy a NIB ADS Alpha M4 for $799.00,top quality 1/7 4150 chrome lined m4cuts,ceramic finish .
AR15Rep  [Member]
7/2/2008 10:49:53 AM EDT
They also have some kits reasonably priced and quality parts at
Argon3  [Member]
7/2/2008 10:51:57 AM EDT
Thinking of building my own too

Just got a DPMS lower as Obama Preps... Just in case
I plan to pick up several lowers if Obama pulls it out
Plus a few completes too for my safe
TehLlama42  [Member]
7/2/2008 11:02:54 AM EDT
Basic, no bells and whistels can be had under $700.
For a higher reliability version, still basically bare gun, you're going to want to spend almost $800-900 with quality magazines, cleaning gear.

I'd look for the best priced lower from a reputable brand (should be fine on that). STAG, Spikes, DPMS, CMMG, RRA, MEGA, all come to mind...
Start reading up on what upper specs are important to you (Length, Twist, Gas system) - I'd say that chrome lined is a must; M4 ramps are nice to have. 16" Is a logical choice and there are plenty of manufacturers for that. 1:9 Will do for most uses, so I'd stick with that.

For what you're building - a STAG/CMG unit, or RRA Entry would be a great starting point. Bushmaster makes good stuff too - but STAG has them by about $50 on dependable starter guns, and the RRA would be a better shooter (but remember to get the chrome lined barrels from RRA).
CMMG would be another choice for a simple build - but I'd look into the more common brands until you're more certain about what you're after. If you want a higher reliability sytstem, then start looking at Sabre and LMT for uppers - that's top notch kit, and for not too much more money.

Past that - magazines. Quality mags w/ magpul followers are all you need - I run PMags, because they're the best magazines available under $20, but the 44mag, DP, and Cproducts offerings are a fantastic value as well.
ALPHAGHOST  [Team Member]
7/2/2008 11:04:13 AM EDT

kit will be cheaper
tboesche  [Member]
7/2/2008 11:28:25 AM EDT
CMMG Lower from CheaperThanDirt-- 99.00
DPMS LPK from CTD 45.00
Colapsable stock form CTD Less than 30.00
FireForEffect m4 Upper from Shamus 405.00
Rear sigth from CTD 25.00

Total not counting magazines right at 600.00

I have not fired it yet as I JUST recieved the upper today. However, I expect no problems from it
QuicksilverJPR  [Member]
7/2/2008 12:16:07 PM EDT
All I know is that for $1,000.00 you can build one hell of a rifle that will last you ages. Look for the sales and steals on the EE and build yourself a winner.
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