Brace yourself, for I'm about to give you the perfect answer to your question. At first sight, it might not be the answer you're looking for...but this is all really easy. You can and will succeed if you take this route. And the finished product will be about $400 better (in terms of parts and materials) than an $800 DPMS.
- If you want to get the most bang for your buck...
- If you want a $750 purchase that's good as-is, but also worthy of future upgrades...
- If you value the opinion of some random dude on the internet (me), it's what I'd buy...
Build your own, and buy this
. The two most critical parts in an AR (barrel and BCG) are excellent in this setup. Truth be told, a lot of people pay more
for similar quality in those two parts alone
to what this whole setup costs. Yes, really.
Building is easy. With a little help from YouTube, you'll successfully complete your rifle in an hour or two. And you'll have a better understanding of how your gun works. And the quality parts throughout this gun will actually warrant further investment if you decide on upgrades down the line.
So if you buy this 'rifle kit' for $500, all that's left to buy is a stripped lower receiver ($80-180), rear flip sight (Magpul ~ $50), and then mags and ammo. See what your local gun stores have in stock for stripped lowers and simply buy one you like. When you buy it, ask them if you can bring your rifle in to tighten the castle nut (the only necessary tool you probably don't have at home) when complete. My guess is they'll happily oblige. The only other tools needed are a hammer, screwdriver, and a basic punch set ($5-10 @Walmart/etc if you need one). Building a lower is literally like playing 'Legos'.