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Old 07-01-2011, 01:29 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by CourtJester View Post
that's the info I wanted.
Thank you kind sir.
one other thing

shipping can easily offset that if you buy bits and pieces here and there. right now rra is offering free ground shipping on 25$+ orders. so factor in taxes, transfer fees, shipping rates to decide whether buying fully assembled is a good way to go for you money wise.

another advantage is you seldom get all the features you want and often ones you cant stand in a pre-built as opposed to getting EXACTLY what you want in a do it yourself.

sometimes it can be cheaper to buy certain assemblies pre-built. this past weekend i priced out the cost of buying the pieces for a NM rra 20" A2 upper vs just buying the pre-built. it was cheaper to buy the fully assembled NM A2 upper than part one together. just gotta do some shopping.
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:47 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by CourtJester View Post
...I'm not reading 2000 different threads (I've already read a slew) so what's the benefit of buying the bits and pieces and building my own rather than just buying a completed firearm besides the fact that I can drag the purchases out so that my wife doesn't complaining about me already having a ton of guns???
You really should read some more of the build threads here, don't have to read them all but you haven't read enough. Very interesting and they will save you time, money and grief. Not doing your homework is your worst enemy whether you buy a factory rifle or build. From your comments I get the impression you want to take shortcuts and that rarely works. JD makes some excellent points - you build to learn the platform. And you research and read what others have done before you commit to building.

I have never bought a complete AR and probably never will. My AR builds turned out the way I wanted them and worked fine from day one. However I read hundreds of AR threads and researched for months before choosing the components.

Good luck with whatever you get.
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