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Old 06-19-2014, 12:45 PM   #1
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So I'm using some of my free time over the summer to build my first AR-15. I won't be saving money but I'm doing it for the experience and the fun of it. I can't afford too many super custom parts but I did order my upper and BCG last Saturday and was curious if anybody had experience with how long it usually takes to ship them? I ordered a great deal from PSA the day before Father's Day. Got a PTAC upper with a Bushnell red sot included.ImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1403181718.315120.jpg
I also ordered a 5.56 M16 BCG that came included with a PSA flip up sight. All came up to just over $400. I wanted to use some of those savings to get the raptor ambi charging handle.. But I wanted to hear any ideas or reviews that y'all might have.

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Old 06-19-2014, 02:30 PM   #2
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First, I'd be interested in how that particular upper/optic works out for you. I have been eyeballing that same setup myself. I need to finish up the rifle I'm building for my wife.
As for PSA shipping, IIRC, they have something of a reputation for not being in a particularly big hurry when it comes to getting things out the door. The parts kit I ordered shipped in a more or less reasonable amount of time, though clearly they weren't rushing. IMHO, if one is in a big hurry, PSA probably isn't your preferred option.

Please note that on the bottom, they clearly state it ships in 10 to 15 BUSINESS days. I would plan for it to take every bit of that.

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I agree, PSA sale items are not likely to arrive before their estimate.

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I agree, PSA sale items are not likely to arrive before their estimate.
They havent been to bad lately , I ordered a Daily deal rifle kit and it showed up in 8 or 9 days .
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Their lowers, accessories and ammo usually arrive within a week. Their uppers usually take a couple of weeks. I'm a PSA dealer and even I have to wait sometimes to get product in. My last order of uppers from them took almost 3 weeks to arrive.

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I'm not in any big rush I was just curious. I ordered some ammo from them previously and had it at my door a week later. I'm actually gonna pick up a lower and parts kit from a LGS later today so I'll probably post pics later. And there will definitely be a range day once it's all put together.

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Damn that's a steal on a complete upper. I ordered a BCG, and some other parts from PSA and it took for flippin ever. Probably three weeks. It was a good deal, that's the only way I will deal with slow shipping. Whatever you do, don't pay extra for express shipping. I made that mistake as well.

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I've ordered 3 "premium" uppers and one PTAC over the last 6 months, along with several BCG's and Lower Kits. All of the uppers took 3 weeks to arrive but were well worth the wait.

The premium are excellent quality at a low price. Even the PTAC line has improved over the last few months. They used to be hit or miss with quality, but apparently PSA got tired of the complaints.


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Glad to hear it. I'm in the middle of building my lower. All I'm missing is the charging handle

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I also ordered a 5.56 M16 BCG that came included with a PSA flip up sight. All came up to just over $400. I wanted to use some of those savings to get the raptor ambi charging handle.. But I wanted to hear any ideas or reviews that y'all might have.
PTAC is sorta C+ quality at the price of D- equipment in my opinion...and that's not a bad thing. It's decent gear at a great price. You did just fine. You could buy a BCM Gunfighter CH and have a really solid complete upper for $450. Nothing wrong with that.

Your rifle gets done for $600-800 total, and is significantly superior to similarly priced complete Wally World rifles...and you can spend what you saved on mags/ammo. Good strategy.

I have one PTAC upper. It would never be my first choice, but I really can't complain. It's run just fine thus far.
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