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jimmichanga
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:05:11 PM
So, I came upon a stripped lower for $65.
And I got to thinking. How cheaply could I build an AR15 ?
Well, I'm on my way. Ive searched high and low for "cheap" but decent parts and my build has begun.

You always hear about the bitchin custom builds, but what about the shoestring build?
I was just wondering what others might have experienced if they try this.
As soon as I am finished with my economy-shoestring build in a week or so I'll let you all know how it came out.
How cheaply can you do it?
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:10:34 PM
Check palmetto state armory like every day they put on some great sales.
People never change they are just various degrees of the same.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:10:40 PM
Cheapest I've done is about $600, but that was mostly new, some used quality parts. YHM quad-rail handguard for $60 on the EE, for example.

The one HUGE advantage of this plan is you don't have to have $600-$700 all at once-you can buy a couple of parts at a time and put it together later.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:21:38 PM
Does it have to fire more than once?
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:46:12 PM
How cheaply can I build it for? Or how cheaply can the average guy build one for?
With a full CNC equipped shop (mills and lathes), I can build much cheaper than most.

Average guy piecing one together, $600 or so. Cut a few bucks if you get used parts.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:01:57 PM
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Surplus arms had that stripped upper build kit for about $175 - needed bolt, gas block...handguards...

AR-15 Upper Receiver Builder's Kit: Stripped Upper, Forward Assist, Dust Cover, Charging Handle, M4 Barrel, Barrel Nut, & Gas Tube
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:03:18 PM
Piecing it together over a period of weeks makes sense. Looking for the weekly special is another great idea.
I will use used parts if I can find them. But I think purchasing inexpensive, and " specials" parts is the goal.
I hope this can be done for just over $500.
Well see.
Jimmy
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:08:59 PM

Wait till the Black Friday Sales this year, Last year Del ton had a rifle kits with all parts for just under $400 and PSA had their lowers on sale at the same time even with shipping and FFL costs you could build one for under $500
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:16:28 PM
561.33 and everything is currently in stock. That was fun!

Sorry for the ugly formatting.

Barrel
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/16-heavy-m4-barrel.aspx?a=938889 $89.99
Stripped Upper
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/upper-parts/upper-receivers/stripped-blemished-ar-15-upper-receiver.html $59.95
Lower
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ati-omni-stripped-lower-receiver.html $39.99
BCG
http://www.core15.com/products/parts/upper-parts/bcgs-a-charging-handles.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=vmj_color_plus.tpl&product_id=116&category_id=23 $119.00
Stock
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/6-position-ar-15-carbine-stock.aspx?a=1003578 $26.99
LPK
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/dpms-lower-receiver-small-parts-kit.aspx?a=1030541 $35.99
FF Hand guard
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=5552/Product/AR-15-VENTED-FREE-FLOAT-TUBE $85.99
Charging Handle
http://www.core15.com/products/parts/upper-parts/bcgs-a-charging-handles.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=vmj_color_plus.tpl&product_id=85&category_id=23 $19.99
Gas Block
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=29340/Product/AR-15-M16-PICATINNY-RAIL-GAS-BLOCK $29.99
Gas tube
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/3163535924/del-ton-gas-tube-ar-15-lr-308?cm_vc=subv11413288594 $11.99
Flash Hider
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/343064/dpms-flash-hider-a2-1-2-28-thread-ar-15-matte $5.99
Magazine $15.00
Forward assist
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/787744/dpms-forward-assist-assembly-round-ar-15-lr-308-matte $11.99
Crush Washer
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/333363/dpms-crush-washer-ar-15?cm_vc=OBv1787744 $2.99
Ejection Port Cover
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/888007/dpms-ejection-port-cover-assembly-ar-15-matte $5.49
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:41:46 PM
i saw on here a few weeks ago someone built one for $510 without rear sight
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:42:19 PM
Originally Posted By iNeXile556:
How cheaply can I build it for? Or how cheaply can the average guy build one for?
With a full CNC equipped shop (mills and lathes), I can build much cheaper than most.

Average guy piecing one together, $600 or so. Cut a few bucks if you get used parts.


This seems spot on
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:43:17 PM
Originally Posted By JC10311:
561.33 and everything is currently in stock. That was fun!

Sorry for the ugly formatting.

Barrel
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/16-heavy-m4-barrel.aspx?a=938889 $89.99
Stripped Upper
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/upper-parts/upper-receivers/stripped-blemished-ar-15-upper-receiver.html $59.95
Lower
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ati-omni-stripped-lower-receiver.html $39.99
BCG
http://www.core15.com/products/parts/upper-parts/bcgs-a-charging-handles.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=vmj_color_plus.tpl&product_id=116&category_id=23 $119.00
Stock
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/6-position-ar-15-carbine-stock.aspx?a=1003578 $26.99
LPK
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/dpms-lower-receiver-small-parts-kit.aspx?a=1030541 $35.99
FF Hand guard
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=5552/Product/AR-15-VENTED-FREE-FLOAT-TUBE $85.99
Charging Handle
http://www.core15.com/products/parts/upper-parts/bcgs-a-charging-handles.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=vmj_color_plus.tpl&product_id=85&category_id=23 $19.99
Gas Block
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=29340/Product/AR-15-M16-PICATINNY-RAIL-GAS-BLOCK $29.99
Gas tube
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/3163535924/del-ton-gas-tube-ar-15-lr-308?cm_vc=subv11413288594 $11.99
Flash Hider
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/343064/dpms-flash-hider-a2-1-2-28-thread-ar-15-matte $5.99
Magazine $15.00
Forward assist
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/787744/dpms-forward-assist-assembly-round-ar-15-lr-308-matte $11.99
Crush Washer
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/333363/dpms-crush-washer-ar-15?cm_vc=OBv1787744 $2.99
Ejection Port Cover
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/888007/dpms-ejection-port-cover-assembly-ar-15-matte $5.49



That include shipping?
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:43:36 PM
Originally Posted By JC10311:
561.33 and everything is currently in stock. That was fun!

Sorry for the ugly formatting.

Barrel
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/16-heavy-m4-barrel.aspx?a=938889 $89.99
Stripped Upper
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/upper-parts/upper-receivers/stripped-blemished-ar-15-upper-receiver.html $59.95
Lower
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ati-omni-stripped-lower-receiver.html $39.99
BCG
http://www.core15.com/products/parts/upper-parts/bcgs-a-charging-handles.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=vmj_color_plus.tpl&product_id=116&category_id=23 $119.00
Stock
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/6-position-ar-15-carbine-stock.aspx?a=1003578 $26.99
LPK
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/dpms-lower-receiver-small-parts-kit.aspx?a=1030541 $35.99
FF Hand guard
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=5552/Product/AR-15-VENTED-FREE-FLOAT-TUBE $85.99
Charging Handle
http://www.core15.com/products/parts/upper-parts/bcgs-a-charging-handles.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=vmj_color_plus.tpl&product_id=85&category_id=23 $19.99
Gas Block
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=29340/Product/AR-15-M16-PICATINNY-RAIL-GAS-BLOCK $29.99
Gas tube
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/3163535924/del-ton-gas-tube-ar-15-lr-308?cm_vc=subv11413288594 $11.99
Flash Hider
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/343064/dpms-flash-hider-a2-1-2-28-thread-ar-15-matte $5.99
Magazine $15.00
Forward assist
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/787744/dpms-forward-assist-assembly-round-ar-15-lr-308-matte $11.99
Crush Washer
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/333363/dpms-crush-washer-ar-15?cm_vc=OBv1787744 $2.99
Ejection Port Cover
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/888007/dpms-ejection-port-cover-assembly-ar-15-matte $5.49




now add shipping from the 6 companies that will probably be another $100
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:58:13 PM
There is a 500.00 build thread on here somewhere.
The dsa upper is pretty inexpensive, no idea what the wait is
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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:00:32 PM
My very first AR was a total of about $550. LRB lower, PSA classic lower build, DTI upper purchased at a show.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:08:14 PM
$525 EASY. NFA lower assembly with Del-ton upper assembly. Use coupon codes where available.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:29:42 PM
I'm in a helpful mood tonight.

Originally Posted By JC10311:
561.33 and everything is currently in stock. That was fun!

Sorry for the ugly formatting.

Barrel
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/16-heavy-m4-barrel.aspx?a=938889 $89.99
Stripped Upper
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/upper-parts/upper-receivers/stripped-blemished-ar-15-upper-receiver.html $59.95
Lower
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ati-omni-stripped-lower-receiver.html $39.99
BCG
http://www.core15.com/products/parts/upper-parts/bcgs-a-charging-handles.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=vmj_color_plus.tpl&product_id=116&category_id=23 $119.00
Stock
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/6-position-ar-15-carbine-stock.aspx?a=1003578 $26.99
LPK
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/dpms-lower-receiver-small-parts-kit.aspx?a=1030541 $35.99
FF Hand guard
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=5552/Product/AR-15-VENTED-FREE-FLOAT-TUBE $85.99
Charging Handle
http://www.core15.com/products/parts/upper-parts/bcgs-a-charging-handles.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=vmj_color_plus.tpl&product_id=85&category_id=23 $19.99
Gas Block
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=29340/Product/AR-15-M16-PICATINNY-RAIL-GAS-BLOCK $29.99
Gas tube
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/3163535924/del-ton-gas-tube-ar-15-lr-308?cm_vc=subv11413288594 $11.99
Flash Hider
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/343064/dpms-flash-hider-a2-1-2-28-thread-ar-15-matte $5.99
Magazine $15.00
Forward assist
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/787744/dpms-forward-assist-assembly-round-ar-15-lr-308-matte $11.99
Crush Washer
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/333363/dpms-crush-washer-ar-15?cm_vc=OBv1787744 $2.99
Ejection Port Cover
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/888007/dpms-ejection-port-cover-assembly-ar-15-matte $5.49


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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:35:26 PM
I am in the process of building one now. I discovered that it really depends on the purpose of the rifle. If I was customizing for myself it would be around $700.
I bought stripped lower $85 and lower parts kit $70 Local
Stock assembly $40 Here is the link http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008YL08UO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=AN5PI36H70Q63
I normally surf the gun shows for the other parts.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:48:48 PM
I just bought a commercial Magpul CTR stock today and was wondering if this is a commercial tube? http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/6-position-ar-15-carbine-stock.aspx?a=1003578 Since it is cheaper than the kit on amazon.
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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:05:42 AM
Wow, Now that was helpful.
Huge Thank you,
I'm on it.
Jimmy
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Posted: 10/8/2012 12:49:10 PM
PSA had the polymer lowers for 39.99 and an entire built polymer lower for like 103.99 if thats something you are into
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Posted: 10/8/2012 8:54:05 PM
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I know the OP said cheapest "Build", but I thought I would add this here just for comparison

Doublestar DS-4 Carbine is $670 - Chromemoly Barrel, F-Marked Front Sight, M4 Feed Ramps, Properly Staked Gas Key & Castle Nut
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_753/products_id/411537957/Doublestar+Star+15+M4+16%22+6+Pos.+Stock+5.56

Smith & Wesson M&P 15 is $670 - Chromemoly Barrel, F-Marked Front Sight, M4 Feed Ramps, Properly Staked Gas Key & Castle Nut
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_763_977/products_id/71969/Smith+%26+Wesson+M%26P+Semi-Automatic+223+Remington5.56+NATO+30

DPMP Sportical is $594 - Chromemoly Barrel, not 100% sure on anything else...
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_793/products_id/61626/DPMS+Panther+Sportical+.223+6+Pos.+Stock


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Posted: 10/8/2012 8:57:50 PM
Using Stag uppers.... 1H for $ 747 with an ALG FCG and a 4H for $723 had a WW FCG.. All new parts and LAR lowers
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Posted: 10/8/2012 9:53:37 PM
I would say that the $600 mark is pretty much the bottom price after you factor in shipping and handling and/or tax and transfer fees. I am also assuming that you are not using a poly lower or "suspect/sub-standard" parts.

I know there are some sales that you can hit and save some bucks but I think that $600 is a real number. I have seen some guys try for $500 but haven't seen them successful yet. Not saying it can't be done but I haven't seen it yet.

My 2cents.
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Posted: 10/9/2012 12:16:34 AM
first of the year I put three together for friends with Palmetto Lowers

with bushy lower build kits and Bushy M4 upper w/ Carry handle (with dealer prices from JerrysSportCenter)

each ran right at $570 ready to shoot w/o mags
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Stag has a complete kit less lower for $559 shipped
Thats $624 for a stag rifle. Pretty cheap
http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_7_121/1033910_STAG_M_4_Rifle_Kit_Less_Stripped_Lower__559_ship_included_Now_Thru_Election_Day.html
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