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Old 03-09-2012, 01:59 AM   #1
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I decided I would take the plunge and start working on building an AR. My goal was to build a gun that I could shoot for fun by keep by my bed at night for home defense. I told myself I have $900 to get the whole project done. So far I have managed to get the parts I want for pretty reasonable prices.

$50 PSA Lower
$25 FFL
$50 CMMG Lower Parts Kit
$100 MOE FDE Stock, Buffer, Buffer Spring, MOE Grip and MOE Carbine Handguard
$100 - 10 FDE PMAG 30 with Window (the afghan dust was free)
$325 Total as of today

All parts are assembled and looking great. The next step is the upper. I have done quite a bit of research and read the AR starter guide (which was very helpful) and from what it can tell, it makes the most sense to buy a fully assembled upper. With that said, I have between $500 and $600 to spend. The problem is, I am overwhelmed with brands and options. Carbine, Mid-length, Gas, Piston, Gas Block, etc. I have decided on a mid length gas system and a 16 inch barrel. I realize the hand guard I have wont fit, which is okay.

DPMS? Rock River? CMMG? (I know these would all be basic packages at my price point, and I am okay with that for now, as I will upgrade when more $ comes in.)

So the question is, does anyone have an upper within this price point that they recommend? They all look good on the websites, and I have a feeling most are, however I would like to get a recommendation from people who actually have them or have experience with them.

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PSA Mid length upper with a hammer forged barrel. One of the best values on the market today.


http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/complete-uppers/psa-16-hammer-forged-midlength-light-weight-upper.html

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I would skip the ones you mentioned and look into a BCM, PSA, or LMT. BCM being the best of the 3 IMO.

BCM:
$399 - upper
$139 - BCG
$30 - Magpul MOE HG

I also recommend a mid-length over carbine gas system.

Come down to Wichita, I'll let you have a go at a BCM.

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PSA Mid length upper with a hammer forged barrel. One of the best values on the market today.


http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/complete-uppers/psa-16-hammer-forged-midlength-light-weight-upper.html
I was about to go this route last night, made it to the cart and everything until I realized PSA does not take AMEX. I have $250 of my "gun fund" on an AMEX gift card. I understand why they don't, but unfortunately it cost them a sale.
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I would skip the ones you mentioned and look into a BCM, PSA, or LMT. BCM being the best of the 3 IMO.

BCM:
$399 - upper
$139 - BCG
$30 - Magpul MOE HG

I also recommend a mid-length over carbine gas system.

Come down to Wichita, I'll let you have a go at a BCM.
Do I need a charging handle with it as well? I spent a few years in Wichita when I was really young. I have a lot of good friends down that way, I might take you up on that one of these days!
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Check out this link I think all of these uppers come with bolt, bolt carrier, & charging handle.

http://www.jsesurplus.com/custom223.aspx

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Do I need a charging handle with it as well? I spent a few years in Wichita when I was really young. I have a lot of good friends down that way, I might take you up on that one of these days!
I forgot the CH. Add $20 to the above prices. Still you're getting an awesome, top of the line upper. I know it's not a huge deal but you'll also get swag out your rear-end.
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I was about to go this route last night, made it to the cart and everything until I realized PSA does not take AMEX. I have $250 of my "gun fund" on an AMEX gift card. I understand why they don't, but unfortunately it cost them a sale.
Use it to buy a Visa gift card.
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Use it to buy a Visa gift card.
Mr. Genius over here. That's a great idea.
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From the sound of things, you are doing a true AR build/assembly, so I would assume you are looking for a stripped upper. Have you tried looking at the Aero Precision uppers? From what I've seen they are very good quality and the reviews I've read are outstanding. I personally don't have an AP upper, but I do have an AP lower. The fit and finished are excellent, and mated up with my Noveske upper perfectly. Here's a link...http://www.surplusammo.com/stripped-uppers/

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