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Old 07-15-2015, 01:20 AM   #1
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Default Build or Buy? Which do you prefer?

Personally I enjoy building, I like the process of finding my favorite parts / companies and mushing them all together to create the ideal rifle, but what do you prefer? Would you rather build or buy a Daniel Defense, BCM, Noveske, Larue, etc.
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Old 07-15-2015, 01:31 AM   #2
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build. that way i get exactly what i want and dont end up with a box full of parts. plus, it's usually cheaper if you wait for deals/sales. i've built 3 AR15s this way and one LR308.
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Build. Just because it's fun.
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In the used market, a home-built AR usually has a low resale value, compared to what was invested in it.

Depends on how much time you have on your hands. When youre building you ain't shooting
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I would rather build its very satisfying when you have completed the perfect rifle.
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I'm torn between the 2 options. But ultimately I'd rather buy a high quality factory built AR. Throw a douglas barrel on it and a trigger and call it good.
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I prefer to build. I don't really care about resale value, I will be buried with my collection if possible! I've found that unless your buying top shelf factory built AR's ( 2k+) lots of manufacturers use subpar parts and rely on their brand recognition to slap a price tag on it. I've worked on and repaired many AR's for friend s and fellow vets at the VFW. As well as helped a buddy out who owns a shop specializing in AR's.I was surprised to see how many really have issues and surprised at some of the manufacturing flaws on the components. Most of them were $900-1200 range , but some to my surprise were higher end as well. I feel that you have better quality control over the components when you research and buy the parts. I realize this can happen to any manufacturer regardless of price. As an example , I've worked on a Daniel Defense that the gas block shattered in pieces after 100 rounds. Looked at the gas block and it was Chinese made crap, pot metal. Big surprise to me. What some people don't realize is that some of these manufactured sub out for parts that they feel are cheaper to have made for them than directly manufacture them. Another example is that Noveske ( a company everyone loves and thinks is top notch, had their lower and upper receivers made by J.D Machine out of San Diego until about 3 -4 years ago. ) I'm sure there are exceptions to this with some manufacturers, but you don't always know on a production rifle , what is truly made by them and the quality of the parts on the rifle. I prefer to buy every part my self based on research, materials, testing, and quality control. This way I know what I'm getting and not hoping that the manufacturer didn't try to save a buck in production and slapped on a half ass part.
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I guess i'm in the minority. I like the higher end AR's like Noveske, LWRC, LaRue, POF and LMT. Plus I don't think I could build one as capable as the above.
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I prefer to build. I don't really care about resale value, I will be buried with my collection if possible! I've found that unless your buying top shelf factory built AR's ( 2k+) lots of manufacturers use subpar parts and rely on their brand recognition to slap a price tag on it. I've worked on and repaired many AR's for friend s and fellow vets at the VFW. As well as helped a buddy out who owns a shop specializing in AR's.I was surprised to see how many really have issues and surprised at some of the manufacturing flaws on the components. Most of them were $900-1200 range , but some to my surprise were higher end as well. I feel that you have better quality control over the components when you research and buy the parts. I realize this can happen to any manufacturer regardless of price. As an example , I've worked on a Daniel Defense that the gas block shattered in pieces after 100 rounds. Looked at the gas block and it was Chinese made crap, pot metal. Big surprise to me. What some people don't realize is that some of these manufactured sub out for parts that they feel are cheaper to have made for them than directly manufacture them. Another example is that Noveske ( a company everyone loves and thinks is top notch, had their lower and upper receivers made by J.D Machine out of San Diego until about 3 -4 years ago. ) I'm sure there are exceptions to this with some manufacturers, but you don't always know on a production rifle , what is truly made by them and the quality of the parts on the rifle. I prefer to buy every part my self based on research, materials, testing, and quality control. This way I know what I'm getting and not hoping that the manufacturer didn't try to save a buck in production and slapped on a half ass part.
Daniel defense manufacturer's every part in house. So I think maybe someone put that gas block on there. Even Chinese crap I have never seen a gas block explode. ...
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It was a factory built rifle. My guess is it was made during the panic, and they must have subbed out. I like Daniel Defense, but I was surprised to see the gas block shatter. Not talking bad about specific brands, it happens, but happens more with the run of the mill brands and all the new start up brands.
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