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OchreFox 12-29-2011 05:17 PM

Ar-15
 
I want to treat myself to an AR-15. I like the heckler and Koch model, but I have been told building my own could be the best option. I want to spend between $750-$1350. Any hints?

Jpyle 12-29-2011 05:33 PM

Well you're off to a good start. I would recommend skimming through the stickies to get a sense for the process then draw up a list of things that you want to do, i.e. plinking, hunting, target, hog hunter, varmint gun, etc. After that post a thread or update this one and the folks here will be more than happy to recommend a host of options and opinions on the various parts suited to your needs.

A basic build can be accomplished well within your price range. It's is a fairly simple process to build the lower, no special tools are required and there are many good how-to guides posted here and on the web. The upper is a bit more complicated and requires several specialized tools, if this is a one-time project the extra $100 or so may not be worth the investment, in any case it is usually suggested that you purchase a compleete upper the first time and go from there. PSA, RRA, BCM, Daniel Defense, etc are good sources.

Doing the build won't save a ton of money but it will get your a rifle built exactly to your specs as well as a gun that you now have the ability to upgrade and maintain. Off the shelf builds are fine but ultimately you will want more than what the builder has decided to give you and when it breaks, who's gonna fix it.

Gatoragn 12-29-2011 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by OchreFox (Post 662193)
I want to treat myself to an AR-15. I like the heckler and Koch model, but I have been told building my own could be the best option. I want to spend between $750-$1350. Any hints?

You can get everything you need from Palmetto State Armory (PSA) and have money left from your $1350 to buy ammo.

Assembling a lower is not difficult if you have a modicum of mechanical skill.

Then you can buy an upper ready to run.

Just stick with all mil. spec. and you'll be good to go.

OchreFox 12-30-2011 05:18 PM

Thank you for the advice, but do you know if Heckler and Koch sells upper receivers?

JohnJak 12-30-2011 05:32 PM

HK 91 & HK G3 Upper, Receiver, Barrel, and Parts


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