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Posted: 5/6/2003 7:01:33 AM EDT
I finally got all the details nailed down on the J&T kit and by the time they get it set up the way I want it (flat top, milled front sight, chrome-lined barrel, Tac brake), the price of the kit is around $635.  Using the Armalite upper that I'm looking at (set up similarly - see my other post - I'm not too crazy about the looks of their brake, though) would run me $590 (includes lower parts kit and LE stock).  I'm not including any shipping costs in my figures.  Which is the best deal?

J&T kit:  $635
Armalite upper, DPMS lower parts, RRA LE stock: $590

I know you guys have lots of opinions on what you prefer, so let me have 'em.

Thanks again for the help,
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 7:10:53 AM EDT
If you can get an Armalite upper, DPMS parts kit and a RRA stock for less than the J&T kit then it's a no brainer...Armalite/DPMS/RRA is the way to go.  I'm not knocking J&T at all but Armalite is top of the ladder in quality and I recently built a lower with a DPMS parts kit and it was possibly the nicest parts kit I've used so far.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 7:16:34 AM EDT
I don't really have an opinion on an ArmaLite upper versus J&T kit.  I've built four J&T and they seem pretty good.  My Armalites (except my AR180) seem pretty good too.

But I can complicate things a bit.  If you decide to go with the J&T kit, CS223 has put together limited[url=http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=4&t=155574&w=searchPop]"group buys"[/url] and get it for you for 5% off list price plus free shipping.  I got my four kits that way and everything went very smoothly.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 1:33:01 PM EDT
Thanks for the input - I'm thinking I'll go with the Armalite then - also by going that route I can spread it out a little more - since I can buy the stock, parts kit, and upper separately (easier on the budget that way).
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 1:50:50 PM EDT
One more thing: since you are planning on purchasing the parts kit and stock separately you may want to consider buying a RRA parts kit.  That way you could order it at the same time as the stock and possibly save on shipping.  I know Pete @ Legal Transfers had a kick-butt deal on 6 position collapsible stocks a while back because I bought one.  
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