Originally Posted by CentralFlCracker
Well I finished a AK 47 build with my son and now he wants to do an AR 15 build. I found a simple Kit for around $ 500 everything included except the lower receiver. What I would like to do is buy the cheaper AR and as funds come available let my son replace the cheaper parts and let him customize it. Good or bad idea? It is AR-15kits.com which I am not familiar with.
I'd say bad idea. I'd skip the cheapest kits and build a better rifle starting from day one. These kits are cheap because they slap together the cheapest parts and as you get up to speed later you'll find you're paying double to replace them yet still have problems. Why have to replace parts later, you'll just end up putting back together the cheap rifle and trying to sell it for something. Do it right the first time.
Go real slow, research every part you buy and don't be afraid to spend $800 or so for something you'll both be proud of.
Another thought - if you do buy a cheap kit, don't upgrade it, build another AR then sell the first one. You'll avoid putting a lot of work into replacing parts on the first and then someday end up putting those parts back together into a crappy AR that no one will give you anything for.
BTW, I'm not including PSA in with the cheap kits, they do a good job.
The thing to remember here is:
"The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together."