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Old 04-09-2012, 09:19 AM   #1
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I recently decided I was going to try and build an AR15 rather than buying one from a manufacturer. When I was previously looking to buy a complete riffle I was told good things about colt, BCM, daniel defense and a few other but I'm a little lost when it comes to individual pieces. I've just started researching but so far some brands I have checked out are DPMS, RRA, Doublestar, Spikes and others. I'm wondering which of these brands (or other brands) would be your value brand, which is the bang for the buck, and which is the cadillac? and any recommendations would be appreciated.

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Of the ones you have mentioned the Cadillacs of the group are Daniels Defense and Rock River. Followed closely by Spikes. But with that said Double Star makes a good reasonable priced lower receiver. I would not at all be afraid of building a rifle on one of their lowers. If you are going to build one I think you have the idea. Buy good parts! And from a reputable company. At least that way if anything is not right they will make them right by you! And unlikely you will have any parts issues to begin with!
Let us know if we can assist with your build. There are those of us here that are in the industry and also those that have a vast amount of experience and expertise with the AR Rifle System.

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Palmetto State Armory has decent prices on most parts, lower & upper receivers, barrels, lower parts kits, etc.

I purchased a stripped upper (did include the forward assist) and one of PSA's cold hammer forged mid length barrels as the basis of my upper build.

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I went PSA for the lower and then the LPK, ordered a Bravo Company Upper with a 1:7 twist and Magpul BUIS. It really comes down to your budget. I would recommend, unless you're in a mechanical field, buying a completed upper and assembling the lower as a 'hello' to the AR world. Lowers aren't that finicky, and if you can put together a childrens toy, you can assemble one. The upper can be a bit trickier.

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I went PSA for the lower and then the LPK, ordered a Bravo Company Upper with a 1:7 twist and Magpul BUIS. It really comes down to your budget. I would recommend, unless you're in a mechanical field, buying a completed upper and assembling the lower as a 'hello' to the AR world. Lowers aren't that finicky, and if you can put together a childrens toy, you can assemble one. The upper can be a bit trickier.
I'm about to do a similar build. I keep wanting to diff things" undecided" but i have decided on BCM 16" Carbine upper w/ a C4 rail and frnt sight... New Frontier Armory Lower, Troy folding Rear sight till I can afford a Nice Trijicon. Any suggestions on trigger group?
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I just recently built an ar. I went with a pof billet lower, Daniel defense upper, Adams arms piston kit, ar-stoner 18 inch 1-8 twist rate, timney 4 pound trigger, magpul buis. It's a sweet set up. Shot a 3 inch group at 200 yards with iron sights.

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It really depends on what you're wanting to do with it and how much you want to spend. I have the Palmetto State LPK, which has a nice crisp trigger, but you can get fancy with a Geiselle or such, which can run 250 and up, but have some stunning feels to them. I don't need competition quality, and the wife would have beat me to death with the barrel if I'd dropped that much on just the trigger, so I went cheaper.

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Psssst don't feed the trolls. :P

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I was looking at the Geiselle trigger but the timney is just at good and not as expensive. Still not cheep tho.

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Yea I hear ya there. The wifey approved around 1500 for the build. I have to buy it piece by piece. Priced at just under 15 for the build I'm wanting to do.

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