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Old 12-18-2012, 01:29 AM   #21
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Well, I got my package from PSA! My butt stock and the buffer tube.

Still waiting for the H2 buffer.... I might try to shoot it tomorrow at the range. Maybe one round at a time.
Glad you got it, Pat. I don't understand what you mean by "one round at a time". You do have a carbine buffer and spring? While you're waiting for the H2? Of course you can't shoot it period without a buffer and spring. I just didn't understand what you meant so just in case... probably no magazine.
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Just being careful. This is the first gun I've ever put together.

At home, I've used a snap cap to be sure it loads and then ejects when I pull the charging handle after firing.

So, I'll put one in a mag, make sure it cycles. At least for a couple of rounds.

Once I'm sure , I might do a 5 in a mag at a time.

Until I get the H2 buffer. The buffer tube kit came with a "standard"(?) buffer.
So that's in there now.

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Ah, ok. Just making sure. Yeah it is a good idea to start with a single round in the mag, then two to test for "doubles" and the bolt hold open. Then go have fun!

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Well, I shot my first rounds out of my new AR15 today.

I only had about 10 minutes before I had to go to a meeting. I'll post the target paper later. It's not spectacular, but it's mine!

I will be putting the H2 buffer in tonight or tomorrow.

Yahoo!

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Old 12-18-2012, 11:26 PM   #25
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Good news! We always love to hear of another successful build.

Yeah, I think you'll notice a smoother action with the H2 in a 16" with carbine length gas.

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Awesome build. I was thinking about doing the same basic build. What was your total cost? I might wait until all this excitement blows over, if we still can.

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I'd have to go back and do an accounting. The idea was to buy a piece or two at a time.... So... in my case, it was probably a little more expensive. Some things , like the rear sight, I bought a magpul at Sportsman's with cash.
Same with the mags.

But that's a good idea, to finish out the thread. Do an accounting.

With the climate as it is now... I can't even build another one , or would have to pay exorbitant prices. PSA is out of stock for everything important. I check them everyday.

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Here's the accounting off of the top of my head, with help from previous threads.

Also, it does not include any tools I bought to accomplish the task. But they were easily under $100... and I bought IN CASE I got to do another one.

ATI Omni Stripped Lower Receiver 46.99
Lower Receiver Build Kit 49.99
Barrelled Upper Assembly 279.95
BCG (M16) 149.95
Charging handle 24.95
Buffer Tube / Stock 69.95
Rear Sight 50.00
Mags 50.00
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721.78

It was lower than I thought... and most parts are made by PSA.

And I have the sense of accomplishment of having assembled it myself. I learned a lot along the way also.


Wooo Hooo

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Pat, for a fair comparison against a low cost off the rack AR you probably should include just one magazine and maybe a cheap sling ($10). And most of those cheap ARs don't come with the rear sight so you did very well. A quality PSA AR for the cost of a DPMS Sportical or Bushmaster Carbon 15!

I also got a PSA barreled upper, charging handle and lower build kit which came to $375 then added a BCM BCG for $150 and a $100 stripped lower (bought locally so no transfer fee). So now up to $625. Throw in a PMAG and sling, and it's $650 which is incredible. Maybe you can't do that today but it sure drives a stake into the crappy guns we see too much of. Oh, with a PSA BCG instead of BCM the price drops another $20!

I've gotta say PSA is amazing. Even with the occasional horror story about CS they do tend to make it right and give excellent quality.

(I left off shipping, tax and transfer fees since they tend to even out comparing online vs. local purchases.)

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congrats on the build, pnolans - I have been planning to do the same thing - but held off for one reason or another...and with the BS going on right now, not sure if I will get to build one at all...

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