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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 1/28/2002 6:42:19 AM EST
Hi all,

I was wondering if it was better and cheaper to build my own lower or just to buy a complete upper.

Link Posted: 1/28/2002 6:46:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By lojack:
Hi all,

I was wondering if it was better and cheaper to build my own lower or just to buy a complete upper.


Which do you want, a lower or an upper?

If you are asking whether to build a lower and buy an upper, OR buy a complete gun, I would recommend buying a complete gun for your first one. Warranty, dependablity, etc....
Link Posted: 1/28/2002 6:51:22 AM EST
Do you walk to work or take your lunch?

Is it colder during the winter or in the mountains?

Link Posted: 1/28/2002 7:29:16 AM EST
I think it really depends on you. In general here are you options

1 build a lower and buy a complete upper
2 build a lower and build an upper
3 buy a complete lower and a complete upper
4 buy a complete gun

If 3 and 4 are basically the same except you save a little in some taxes in having to pin the 2 pieces together.
I would not suggest number 2 for a new builder/new to ar's.
1 is relatively easy and what I am doing. You save some money and you get to know how things work better.

But basically it comes down to your own preference. If you don't like putting things together then it is definitely worth the money to buy a complete gun.

Link Posted: 1/28/2002 7:56:53 AM EST
sometimes i think that acid flash backs are not all they were hyped up to be. I was wondering if it was cheaper and better to build an upper or to just buy a complete upper?

Link Posted: 1/28/2002 8:57:56 AM EST
got the tools?

It's fun to build an upper, but you need a torque wrench, barrel or action vise, barrel wrench, etc....

Good tools to have, but an investment up front before you can "roll your own"
Link Posted: 1/28/2002 9:22:54 AM EST
I recomend you buy your first one. Then get the tools to do your own work. Punches, DPMS multi tool, Clamshell to hold upper etc... not to bad really. You will really save money in the long run, and you will get it when you want it, not when the gunsmith can get around to it.
Link Posted: 2/4/2002 3:25:22 PM EST
Get a parts kit and stripped lower.

This is how I built my first AR. Total cost to build an operating AR-15 was $395, which is alot lower than the $595 for a Plinker. You can assemble a brand new kit on a Brand New Stripped Lower for $495. I used SP1 Used Parts from a Pre-Ban for my $395 AR. Model1Sales sells brand new kits for $400. Lowers were $95 from Gunsmoke when I purchased mine. Guns-N-Stuff has Cast Oly Arms lowers for $80.

It is real easy to build except for installing the pivot pin detent.

Whenever Tapco brings back its M16 Kit, the price to build an AR should drop below $300. I figured out that with the Tapco kit, you could sell the M16 parts for exhorbitant prices on E-Bay and buy AR-15 parts cheaper. The result would be a $250 AR-15. But, you would need to either sell off the M16 parts or demill them. You also would need to not have an AR-15 Receiver on hand.
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