1st AR15
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Long Guns > Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion > AR-15 Discussion > 1st AR15

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-25-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
runinman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 11
Default 1st AR15

I'm looking at getting my first AR15. Any thoughts on manufacturer. Should I buy a name brand, assemble one or buy from a dealer. Thanks.

__________________
runinman is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 05-29-2012, 04:41 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
purehavoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Not where I wanna be
Posts: 4,748
Liked 1131 Times on 736 Posts
Likes Given: 2021

Default

Read this ..
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f20/ar15-primer-beginners-guide-59600/

__________________
purehavoc is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2012, 03:55 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,427
Liked 40 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 25

Default

At a minimum purchase a complete upper and lower then pin them together.

__________________
MikeJK is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2012, 05:46 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
AgentTikki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: City of Lost Angels, Kommifornia
Posts: 3,445
Liked 335 Times on 264 Posts
Likes Given: 51

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeJK View Post
At a minimum purchase a complete upper and lower then pin them together.
Listen to Mikey, that'll save you 11%
__________________
Assumption is the mother of all ****ups.
Know what you know, Know what you don't know. -Paul Pedzolt
"Jack of all trades, master of none, though oftentimes better than master of one" -Mynshul
AgentTikki is offline  
Shoobee Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2012, 06:45 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Todd_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 238
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts

Default

Building a lower is EASY, fun, and you gain more knowledge of how the rifle works. Uppers are more complicated and require more specialized tools (not many, but things like a torque wrench, vice, vice blocks, and lining up the gas port can lead to problems of not done right). A lot of people start by building their lower and strapping a completed upper to it.

IMO buying the parts and assembling saves you $$$, you get exactly what you want, and it's a fun time (until you lose your first takedown pin detent spring).

Buying name brand is good, especially of your buying their parts (do research, some name brands arent so hot) to build yourself. Look in to BCM if your budget allows, they are EXCELLENT. If you need to shave a few hundred off, look at Spikes Tactical or Palmetto State Armory. Both are also very high quality and they come with all the bells and whistles that the higher end comes with, but they batch test instead of individual test.

Buying premade incurs a more taxes and generally a higher markup than it would cost to buy a set of roll pin punches. Not recommended unless you has to question which end of the hammer you use.

If you are on a VERY strict budget and just HAVE to buy an AR15 now, then you can build complete rifles for sub-600 as well. Stay away from polymer lowers for the time being, they are still not as good as they should be and while the price is tempting, you are setting yourself up for failure if you go in to it expecting the rifle to perform like everyone elses. FWIW if you are in this category i can't suggest strongly enough that you wait and save up a bit and go with, at MINIMUM, PSA or Spikes. A PSA barebones rifle kit is really inexpensive and is a very large step up from rifles like the S&W Sport or a DPMS/Olympic Arms. Not saying those rifles won't work, not saying they are crap, I'm simply stating that for a LITTLE extra you can purchase from a manufacturer who has a reputation of putting out less "lemons" as well as get the features such as chrome lining and high pressure/magnetic particle inspection testing that you would otherwise miss out on.

Remember,

Buy cheap, buy twice.

A rifle is not something that you want to fail.

__________________

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ


Last edited by Todd_; 05-30-2012 at 06:47 PM.
Todd_ is offline  
Wiebelhaus Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2012, 06:49 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Shoobee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Commiefornia USA
Posts: 1,530
Liked 186 Times on 150 Posts
Likes Given: 94

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AgentTikki View Post
Listen to Mikey, that'll save you 11%
Nice write-up Tikki. Best I have ever seen.
__________________
Shoobee is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2012, 06:55 PM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,427
Liked 40 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 25

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd_ View Post
Building a lower is EASY, fun, and you gain more knowledge of how the rifle works.
Until a rebel spring or detent puts an eye out or goes missing
__________________
MikeJK is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2012, 07:23 PM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Todd_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 238
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeJK

Until a rebel spring or detent puts an eye out or goes missing
Aint that the damned truth. My build I spent over an HOUR looking for the damn spring I lost.... Sadly, I was unaware of the plastic bag trick.

Found the spring hiding under the fcking stove, 20+ feet away.
__________________

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

Todd_ is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2012, 07:28 PM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
silverado113's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Eastern,Iowa
Posts: 2,994
Liked 360 Times on 224 Posts
Likes Given: 167

Default

No don't listen to Mike! j/k haven't disagreed with Mike since the AK kid so I had to throw it out there!

__________________

"Regardless of whether justified of not, you will feel sad about killing another human being. It is better to be sad than to be room temperature." - Joe B Fricks.


Member:
01 FFL, GOFFA, NRA, GOA, IAVA, VFW, ABATE of Iowa D15.

silverado113 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2012, 08:00 PM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
purehavoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Not where I wanna be
Posts: 4,748
Liked 1131 Times on 736 Posts
Likes Given: 2021

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Todd_ View Post
Aint that the damned truth. My build I spent over an HOUR looking for the damn spring I lost.... Sadly, I was unaware of the plastic bag trick.

Found the spring hiding under the fcking stove, 20+ feet away.
My buddy was putting his together and BOIIINNNNGGGG , ting ting ting , looked for 20 min and finally got another spring out for him , shut my garage door and out it fell when the door was coming down . whats the chances of find it there in a 28X36 garage , figured it rolled into one of the concrete cuts and was forever gone
__________________

Last edited by purehavoc; 05-30-2012 at 08:41 PM.
purehavoc is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
M4 or ar15 tenntyrant AR-15 Discussion 6 01-16-2012 01:47 AM
AR15 - What would you do? PrimePorkchop General Rifle Discussion 2 11-21-2011 08:16 PM
What AR15 to buy..? leirhiht AR-15 Discussion 16 11-02-2011 03:00 PM
Ar15 ????? AR151988 AR-15 Discussion 2 09-18-2011 09:52 PM
New ar15 Tinob AR-15 Discussion 8 06-23-2011 11:14 PM