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rocvish 12-26-2010 02:17 PM

Offer/Thoughts for ar-15 Upper
im currently gathering information for owning an ar-15. i was offered a brand new colt complete a2 upper 20 in. barrel and 1/9 twist for $700. anybody know if this is a good price?

also, can anyone recommend a good lower?? thanks for the help.

hunter Joe 12-26-2010 03:19 PM

I'm not sure if Colt's uppers are any better the Rocks'. You can get a new mid length A2 upper from Rock for around $500.00. As for lowers, stick with a name brand. As always, you get what you pay for IMHO.

Sniper03 12-26-2010 03:31 PM


That is "Way Way" too much money. And it is an A-2 Upper on top of it which locks you in pretty much as far as putting optics or a scope on it.


Sniper03 12-26-2010 03:39 PM

Sorry I left the other question out on my previous post!
In my opinion,
You have three choices:

#1. Buy a complete lower from a reputable company making a point of a good company. Like Rock River, Stag, LMT, CMMG. Spikes and others.
#2 Buy a stripped lower from one of the above high quality company brands and build you own or have a buddy build it for you. There are enough of us here on this forum that can guide you through it.

#3. Buy the complete rifle. But recommendation is to get one with the A-4 Upper. Then if you prefer the A-2 Sight and Carry Handle you can get a removable A-2. Same with the upper Go A-4.


Quentin 12-26-2010 05:12 PM

It is a good idea building up a stripped lower (and most are plenty good) then buying a good factory assembled upper to finish your rifle. But I also think that's too much for an A2 upper. Also today an A3/A4 upper with removeable iron sights makes a lot of sense.

Take a look at the stickies and other threads on builds that members have done here. Lots of good ideas and decisions!

JonM 12-26-2010 05:17 PM

thats pretty damn pricey. collector colts like old good condition sp1 only run in the 1200-1500 range. the a2 uppers arent collector pieces.

rocvish 12-26-2010 05:44 PM

The handle on the rifle in question is removable. Would it still be better to go a4? Only reason I'm asking if the price is good is because I hear colts are expensive to begin with.

JonM 12-26-2010 05:49 PM

your only a few bucks shy of a full rifle at 700$ thats too much for a upper unless its gor an air gauged barrel or some other fancy feature.

rocvish 12-26-2010 06:59 PM

Thanks for the help and advice guys. Much appreciated.

mjkeat 12-26-2010 07:04 PM

A complete Colt can be had for just over $1000. Id take that
$700 and add $100 +/- call up Spikes and get yourself a complete 16" midlength rifle.

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