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Posted: 9/18/2009 11:18:24 AM EST
I was just wondering what is the advantage of building a lower from scratch? instead of one that is already built.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:23:00 AM EST
  1. instead of shelling out $300-400 at one time you can buy a $89 lower one pay check, a $75 LPK next pay check and a stock after that.
  2. you know what parts went inside.
  3. joy of building it yourself.
  4. spikes has $89 lowers right now.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:24:20 AM EST
You'll get to know the platform, so when something fails you won't be clueless.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:28:44 AM EST
makes good sence, I thought maybe it had something to do with reliabilty. Is one lower better then the other?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:29:30 AM EST
you will have the satisfaction of doing it and know that everything is installed properly
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:31:00 AM EST
There's a handful of companies that forge and machine lowers for all of the companies who sell them and build rifles out of them.

Spike's lowers are $90 right now, I would jump on that if I were you.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 11:33:40 AM EST
I believe i will, all the lowers i've seen so far have been from 109.00 to 179.00. Big Thanks
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:34:11 PM EST
I thought it was too hard to do myself until I did it and found that's it's easy. Gives a feeling of accomplishment
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:35:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By ftwm:
You'll get to know the platform, so when something fails you won't be clueless.


This..... but be real careful with the ears when you install the trigger gaurd.

Now would be the time to order up a grip and Magpul trigger gaurd and be done all at once.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 12:58:33 PM EST
the lowers are 50% off, or were.

$90 for the lower (regularly $180),
$10 bullet picto & color fill,
$5 for the laser engraving,
$15 for shipping, and
$20 transfer fee. SO around
$135 just for one stripped lower.

Then
$60 armalite lpk,
$45 for the MIAD (i know I could find them around $35 on the net but picked this one up so i wouldn't have to mess with Credit Card),
$110 for the MilSpec buffer kit with Magpul MOE stock and ST-T2 heavy buffer from spike's.

So a complete failry decent lower, IMO, with the magpul goodies for around $355.

When on the Spike's website just for a complete lower with regular grip and stock, with color fill and engraving would be $290, plus $15 shipping and $20 transfer fee, around $325.
And THEN plus $100 for the MIAD grip ($40) and MOE stock ($60), to make it just like mine, $425 total.

I dunno this is the best, cheapest way I found to put together a spike's/magpul lower.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 2:30:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By Wormydog1724:
the lowers are 50% off, or were.

$90 for the lower (regularly $180),
$10 bullet picto & color fill,
$5 for the laser engraving,
$15 for shipping, and
$20 transfer fee. SO around
$135 just for one stripped lower.

Then
$60 armalite lpk,
$45 for the MIAD (i know I could find them around $35 on the net but picked this one up so i wouldn't have to mess with Credit Card),
$110 for the MilSpec buffer kit with Magpul MOE stock and ST-T2 heavy buffer from spike's.

So a complete failry decent lower, IMO, with the magpul goodies for around $355.

When on the Spike's website just for a complete lower with regular grip and stock, with color fill and engraving would be $290, plus $15 shipping and $20 transfer fee, around $325.
And THEN plus $100 for the MIAD grip ($40) and MOE stock ($60), to make it just like mine, $425 total.

I dunno this is the best, cheapest way I found to put together a spike's/magpul lower.

http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp247/wormydog1724/IMG_1502.jpg


+1 This is my reason! Once I figured out how easy it was by just following THESE directions, I realized that I can build a better lower the way I want it for less $$$. It's a win-win
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 2:33:17 PM EST
Because it makes you feel like a man.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 2:35:03 PM EST
Originally Posted By jerz_subbie:
Originally Posted By Wormydog1724:
the lowers are 50% off, or were.

$90 for the lower (regularly $180),
$10 bullet picto & color fill,
$5 for the laser engraving,
$15 for shipping, and
$20 transfer fee. SO around
$135 just for one stripped lower.

Then
$60 armalite lpk,
$45 for the MIAD (i know I could find them around $35 on the net but picked this one up so i wouldn't have to mess with Credit Card),
$110 for the MilSpec buffer kit with Magpul MOE stock and ST-T2 heavy buffer from spike's.

So a complete failry decent lower, IMO, with the magpul goodies for around $355.

When on the Spike's website just for a complete lower with regular grip and stock, with color fill and engraving would be $290, plus $15 shipping and $20 transfer fee, around $325.
And THEN plus $100 for the MIAD grip ($40) and MOE stock ($60), to make it just like mine, $425 total.

I dunno this is the best, cheapest way I found to put together a spike's/magpul lower.

http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp247/wormydog1724/IMG_1502.jpg


+1 This is my reason! Once I figured out how easy it was by just following THESE directions, I realized that I can build a better lower the way I want it for less $$$. It's a win-win


Great instructions, those are the ones I used
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:04:30 PM EST
If you build your own lower, you can:
1. Select the FCG that you want
2. Select the receiver extension you want
3. Select the stock you want
4. Select the trigger guard you want
5. Select the Selector you want

Rather than relying on:
1. Someone else's idea of a good lower
2. Lowest common denominator parts
3. Current style and fashion
4. Cheapest combination of stuff advantaging seller's bottom line, not your's
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:26:07 PM EST
i did my first one the other day, and honestly i don't see the reason not to. mind numbingly easy for anyone halfway technically proficient.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:29:12 PM EST
I'm eager to start my first build and craft a rifle from the ground up just the way I'd like to.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:29:30 PM EST
Originally Posted By dsm664:
i did my first one the other day, and honestly i don't see the reason not to. mind numbingly easy for anyone halfway technically proficient.



this^^^^^^

and do it exactly the way you want it the first time and not end up with a bunch of take-off parts laying around in a drawer that are next to useless
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:31:57 PM EST
I just completed 2 builds........bought one lower, then another, little by little bought the exact parts I wanted.........read, viewed the videos, it was easy........and when I was done, it felt good that I built them! Now I wanna build more!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:37:23 PM EST
I'm so excited to be colletcting parts for my first build... I as well bought two stripped spikes lowers.. Spent a little extra money on a LPK kit from Bill Springfield with 4lbs trigger... Bought a new/used cmmg 10.3 upper. Will be building it as a pistol for now until the I get a tax stamp..
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:27:36 PM EST
Glad to know you don't have to be a rocket scientist to build a lower, as my first one is going together in about a week...
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:38:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By RugRat:
If you build your own lower, you can:
1. Select the FCG that you want
2. Select the receiver extension you want
3. Select the stock you want
4. Select the trigger guard you want
5. Select the Selector you want

Rather than relying on:
1. Someone else's idea of a good lower
2. Lowest common denominator parts
3. Current style and fashion
4. Cheapest combination of stuff advantaging seller's bottom line, not your's

Furthermore, you can get it one piece at a time and sneak it in under the radar of the wife.

You can build the gun the way YOU want, with the stuff you want. Usually in a couple hours.

Both of my AR's are very unique. The only way anyone can get AR's like mine is to build them.

No cookie-cutter AR's here.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 8:02:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By jcrowl:
I thought it was too hard to do myself until I did it and found that's it's easy. Gives a feeling of accomplishment


Originally Posted By ftwm:
You'll get to know the platform, so when something fails you won't be clueless.


+1, I built mine 2 years ago, and now I can almost take it apart with my eyes closed
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 3:52:57 AM EST
Great feed back on AR lower topic. Again this has been more than helpful starting my lower ASAP. Thanks Again All.
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 6:26:14 AM EST
Get a good trigger instead of a lower parts set. A Rockriver or Bushmaster 2 stage ajustable for a little over $100 will make you smile.
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