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I recently saved up enough to purchase an AR and have been told by many that I can save a lot of money by building my own. Is it really worth it, or should I just start out with a factory rifle. Are ARs hard to put together? I am new to ARs in general, have always been an AK man myself.
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There are two ways to "build" an AR..... one is to buy a bare upper and lower receiver, barrel, stock, lower parts kit, and the tools and building it from the ground up; or you can buy a built lower and a built upper receiver and mating them together. For your first AR I would suggest buying a complete lower receiver and a complete upper and putting them together. It is a matter of 2 quick disconnect pins and 5 minutes of your time (including drinking your beer). You can save quite a bit of money just by buying the upper and lower receiver separate. I put together a complete Rock River AR for $650. If you have any questions please let us know, we would be glad to help you out.

-Derek
 
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xjedix said:
There are two ways to "build" an AR..... one is to buy a bare upper and lower receiver, barrel, stock, lower parts kit, and the tools and building it from the ground up; or you can buy a built lower and a built upper receiver and mating them together. For your first AR I would suggest buying a complete lower receiver and a complete upper and putting them together. It is a matter of 2 quick disconnect pins and 5 minutes of your time (including drinking your beer). You can save quite a bit of money just by buying the upper and lower receiver separate. I put together a complete Rock River AR for $650. If you have any questions please let us know, we would be glad to help you out.

-Derek
jedis right. buy seperate uppers and lowers.(if you order online they have to be two completely seperate transactions) and you avoid the 10% federal tax
 
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I know schools who will not allow homemade AR's in their carbine class. I assume there is a reason.

During the ban, I bought one of the 20" Y2k rifles, without the evil bayo lug and evil flash suppressor. Just before the ban ended, I bought a lower, then after the ban expired, I ordered the patrolmans 16" upper from Bushmaster, and the collapsible stock. No FFL required for the upper. Then I added a bolt, charging handle, etc, and now have 2 complete rifles. It was easier on the wallet that way.

That is one way of building it without being banned from a class. I feel much more comfortable with them, knowing they are built to manufacturer specs.


I think one can be assembled from parts well enough to function. BUT, if you mark up the fire control group area, the Feds can prosecute you of trying to convert it to full auto... supposedly.
 

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If you are only going to have 1 AR, I suggest buying one.

If you are going to have more than one, build away. It feels good to put one together yourself.

I currently have a stipped lower (Aim Surplus) and a lower parts kit (Del Ton) in my safe waiting for me to get an upper.
 
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