Build so far
So with a lot of help from all of you guys, you know who you are, this is what I have come up with so far please let me know if I missed anything or fudged up...
-Palmetto State Armory CTR stock kit
-Spikes Tactical stripped lower
-Palmetto State Armory MOE Plus LPK
-Surplus Ammo & Arms 16" HBAR upper 1:9 twist
Total cost=$682.00 ballpark plus shipping here and there.
How does it sound guys?
Got more info on the upper? Like what gas length, BCG, etc. Also do you really want HBAR? I'd spend a little more on the upper myself, pretty hard to get a good one for $400 unless it doesn't come with the BCG and charging handle. Does this one come with them?
Right I guess I should have read more about the upper, now that I know what HBAR is I think I will shop around for a different one. There just doesn't seem to be a whole lot of info about uppers out there, unless I missed something right in front of my face. Can you tell me what I need to look at when choosing an upper? I've been told to get one with a free floating fore end for accuracy, how can I tell if it does or not? Thanks again.
Looks like you're off to a good start with a good list of parts.
I recently got a complete upper from Rock River Arms (RRA) that is a 16" Mid-length A4 flat-top type. It has a medium heavy profile on the barrel and is plenty solid. The true HBAR profiles are really quite heavy, you may want to re-think your choice on the upper.
Here's a link to what what I got. Prices start at $475 for the A4 models and it took 5-weeks for delivery from the factory. Free shipping too! :cool:
Rock River Arms: Mid-Length Upper Half
Palmetto has had a decent amount of good press and won't take over a month to get. If your anything like me faster is better.
They make kits w/ everything minus the stripped lower and complete uppers w/ different barrels options.
I personally am a fan of Lightweight or Standard non-M4 profile barrels w/ midlength gas systems.
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Spikes makes a great lower but if you're going Palmetto you might want to look at their stripped lowers for $20 less.
I'm also a fan of the lightweight midlength upper and PSA has some attractive prices on all AR parts. I have two 16" midlength uppers, a 0.750" ArmaLite and a 0.625" Daniel Defense and there is about a pound difference in weight which is very noticeable as you end up with a 6.5 pound vs. 7.5 pound carbine.
As far as your question about free floating, what kind of accuracy do you need. Most of us are happy with 2 MOA so don't need FF. If you want 1 MOA or sub then FF and an HBAR are something to consider but understand you do have to pay for it.
Ok so I have been shopping around for an upper and it looks like PSA has some pretty decent prices, however I came across a couple of terms that have left me scratching my head...CMV, MOE, and MBUS, help me out here guys...
BCM flat top upper,16" government profile mid length BFH barrel 1:7 twist, BCM M16 BCG, BCM Gunfighter mod5 charging handle, MOE Handguard, A2 Flash supperesser
Daniel Defense LPK, AR-15 Stock Conversion Kit, Magpul MOE, + PMAG.
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Zombie Hunter Dust Cover.
Aero Precision AR15 Stripped Lower Receiver.
total with 1 mag $1014.46
This is my first build so far. I still need a back up sight, I think I want a Troy industries but I'm still shopping. For the most part the Troy sight is around $100. That totals not counting shipping, one of the stores is down the road so I don't need to order it online.
Like Quentin said earlier it doesn't sound like you have a BCG ( Bolt Carrier Group) yet, that is the internal working parts of the upper receiver, or a charging handle. If you goto G&R Tactical they have drop downs so you can see all the parts required to make an upper receiver. Thats what helped me in figuring out what I needed. the upper Im using from them starts at $399, but after the BCG, Charging handle, handguard, and Flash suppresser it comes to $745 but I also am getting the barrel cold hammer forged for and additional $90 thats included in the $745 and the charging handle I'm getting is a more expensive one. So you could get away with some less expensive parts I'm just using mine as an example.
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