Originally Posted by Quentin
The basic rifle came in at about $900 using high quality parts. Of course there are many other brands out there as you know and the build could come in cheaper or more expensive depending on the parts you choose.
S&W/Daniel Defense build
Smith&Wesson Model M&P-15 Stripped Lower $130
BCM M4 Milspec Stock Kit/H-buffer $85
From the "budget" you have on this project, (been there too my friend
) the bold items above are a couple that can be reduced a bit w/o sacrificing too much quality.
Here's your tube:
ARR-319 - UTG PRO Mil-Spec Buffer Tube 6 Position U.S. Manufactured AR15 M16 M4
UTG makes good stuff for the $$$ and those tubes are made here in the US. Can't beat the price, I bought several.
Then look around for a carbine length spring ($3.99) and a buffer. The weight of buffer may
need to vary depending on what upper you choose. Here's a basic: Carbine Buffer
For a 14.5 or 16" carbine
upper, most folks will tell you to go with at least
buffer. . . that stands for heavy. I go H2 specifically this one: Lower Parts - Spike's ST-T2 Heavy Buffer T2 Buffer [SLA00T2] - $29.95 : Spikes Tactical
Either way you can skate away with a good quality
buffer assembly for $30-$40
You can get either of these: Our Catalog
and you will be more
than happy. I prefer the Spike's, simply because I really did their products and like the plain lower with the spider roll-mark, however
The "Surplus Arms and Ammo" is excellent
in quality as well and $20 less. Most of my ARs sit on one of these lowers and ALL of the uppers fit GREAT!
Also look through AIM for a LPK (DON'T GET THE SS SURPLUS ONE!!! BAD HAMMERS!!!)
and Spike's has Blemished upper
receivers for $60, so you could have a matching set for $140!