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View Poll Results: Your AR - Did you build or buy & your thoughts?
I built my own complete gun and I am very happy I did. 18 33.96%
I built my own complete gun and it was a disaster! 0 0%
I built my own lower, bought an upper & am happy I did. 19 35.85%
I built my own lower, bought an upper & am sorry I did 0 0%
I bought my whole gun complete and am happy with it. 7 13.21%
I bought my whole gun complete and am not happy with it. 1 1.89%
I don't think I want an AR 0 0%
I want an AR and am completely confused about it. 0 0%
I am about to build my first AR - Wish me luck 8 15.09%
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:58 AM   #11
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I have built 3 for me in the last few yrs and 4 more for my friends.

I didnt so much enjoy my first build but after I got done and put all I wanted in it I came in about $200 less then If I would have bought one like it.

After the second one they got easier and I started to enjoy them.

I have built Del-ton parts and DPMS parts kit guns.

The delton went together so much easier and I didnt break pins like i did on the 2 DPMS i built for friends but after I got done they shoot like a top but so far my Del-ton with a 16in heavy barrel chrome lined with m4 feed ramps has shoot better in all as spects of shooting. Just IMO

But I want to build a 20 inch heavy barrell gun now cheap just to see if i can and will/how will it work.

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I built mine and I'm more then happy I did. I already have plans for a few more lowers, just for the experience. I also need a harder hitting upper.

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Old 08-02-2010, 07:24 PM   #13
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while back i bought a RRA lower with a damed good trigger and a stag upper in 5.56. everything went fine, GREAT weapon and is just what we needed. a little later bought a model 1 upper and a complete lower kit spent some time on the trigger and removed a few burrs , shoots just as good as a complete unit bought a stag kit and it went together really great, i bought a few extra things to make my job easier, vise blocks, stock/hand guard tool, a GOOD set of punches, lower holding block this made things fly we have 8 units in service and have no complaints, we have one we all like , its a complete model one kit with a ccmg 22 adapter, i bet we've run 1000 rounds to it in less than 3 weeks we have 2 6.8spc and the rest are 5,56, one word about the ccmg, you well not believe how dirty 22 ammo is, i mean really bad !! thank god fo rCLP in aerosol cans as that model one likes to run real WET.
try building one !! you save money, its not hard and to tell you the truth its plumb entertaining
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I built my first complete AR lower and bought/put together a disassembled upper (except the barrel was already installed). This decision was influenced by a couple senior members here and I'm glad I went this direction.

The lower was not nearly as complicated as I had imagined, but I also had a great (if outdated) book to help.

I went the route of a complete/partially disassembled upper due to time constraints, economics and my own impatience to get an AR in the safe.

The next build(s) (already 2 more lowers in progress ) I will most likely build the upper 100%, at least on one.

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Well,I bought my RRA Varminter first,then wanted a lighter version to carry around and so I built a complete lower,and then bought a complete Model 1 Sales upper.
I then took the upper to a guy I used to work with and had him disassemble it.I then went back over to his place and put it back together.
I'm cheap and didn't want to by the tools I'd need to put an upper together,and he has all of them.
I also have another complete lower that I've assembled,I'm just waiting to find a deal on the upper I want for the third gun.

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I've built several over the years. Its really not hard to do.

I took an AR blank lower in a trade. It went from this...



to this..



to a fully functional lower half that works quite well. I have since Duracoated it, it looks no different than any other factory lower.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of it on the gun. It took me a full day of cutting on a milling machine using a digital readout, but it was cheap and definitely worth it.

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No pics of the finished product?!?! I'm very jealous that your mill has DRO, I'm still counting turns and watching the numbered lines.

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There needs to be one more option. It needs to be, "I'm going to build my own in the future. Wish me luck."

That's where I fit in.
This is where I am too. I don't have the money to do it now, but I will be doing it in the future.
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I bought a whole gun brand new and cheap. Right now I'm in the prosess of stripping it down and putting back on the parts that I want , after dressing them the way I want, and buying the parts that I want to exchange off of it.
All in all it will come out to about a $1000.00 Canadian.
F.K.

P.S. the gun itself was about $700.00 Canadian.

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There needs to be yet another. "Bought a lower. Bought an upper. Happy with it."

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