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Old 09-19-2009, 03:43 AM   #11
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So just so I didn't miss something, other than picking parts, there is no real advantage at this point in time to the build, other than the joy of the build itself.

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So just so I didn't miss something, other than picking parts, there is no real advantage at this point in time to the build, other than the joy of the build itself.
I just type crap out for myself now, don't I?

No, the best reason is that the person learns the ins and outs of the weapon and can then diagnose and repair an issue, should one arise.

Then comes the choice of parts.

Then comes the best overall product from the money.

Then comes the satisfaction of doing it yourself....

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I'm intimately familiar with the platform, I just for the life of me couldn't figure out why a stripped lower was so freakin expensive, even now.
Not so. I bought mine from Superior Arms. Best price out there. A lower is a lower is a lower. It all depends what you want. Mine is mil spec as all others are, just don't carry the high price name. As you know, the assembly is childs play for mil folks. ..............markerdown
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Not to get OT but FWIW.
Thinkin of starting a build

Decent price for mil-spec lower?


SL-15 stripped rifle lower with safe/semi/auto bullet markings [SAR Stripped] - $89.95 : Spikes Tactical

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Dang! To me that's a great price for a lower! Best bet is to ask around, see what the folks who bought them are sayin' about em'. But at that price, heck I'd buy two .........markerdown

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Thought price looked good- wanted to share the info
Spikes lower at 50% off. Reg price $179
Recently saw a good magazine review-lot of guys at ar-15.com love them, haven't seen any bad yet

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I'm not joking when I say we were required to keep it in the sleeping bag with us.

Break Free and an M203 tube is indistiguishable from the real thing.
You were issued a sleeping bag? You must have been in the Air Force..
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you're absolutely right. Building your own is not for everyone. Personally, I'd rather buy one off the shelf, make some basic modifications if needed and just enjoy the sucker.

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I'm glad I listened to the advice on here and assembled my own. It's nothing fancy now but I can always improve it down the road.


Funny, I don't remember getting the "zip lock bag" warning but figured out the need just before I got to that step. Only real headache I had was the trigger guard, still not happy with the way the roll pin finished. Definitely going to have to improve that.

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Not to get OT but FWIW.
Thinkin of starting a build

Decent price for mil-spec lower?


SL-15 stripped rifle lower with safe/semi/auto bullet markings [SAR Stripped] - $89.95 : Spikes Tactical
Excellent price on that lower, thanks Gatekeeper.

BB - true, the prices for a complete gun right now (dropping daily), versus building one yourself, it's hard to justify building.

But one only has to read about all the crappy builds out there, regardless of brand, to make yourself want to build one yourself, if for nothing else, to at least guarantee that it will go bang. And for the newbies to the AR platform, or to those uninitiated to it, it offers the opportunity to understand what makes it work, how to put it together and take it apart, and to be able to customize or repair it in the future. You don't get that with an off the shelf gun.

For someone who doesn't have a butt load of money to spend at one time, it allows that person to buy the pieces when they can, hopefully on sale to save a little. Sure, they could just wait until they have saved up enough to do it all at one time, too.

Where I've found it hard to match up the $$'s, go buy a complete build, say you've spent $1300. Now, that could be a complete Colt LE6940 right now, give or take a few $$'s for background check, etc. But, after browsing the forums, you've found out that the latest Mall-Ninja free float tube is out, or the latest fashion color in Magpul UBR/CTR/PRS w/ matching MIAD grip is out, or the latest BUIS from whoever just came out, etc. Now, to keep up with all the latest in Tacticool, you would have to strip down your beloved Colt, hopefully be able to recoop some of the $$'s from the parts that came with it, and then fork out more $$'s to get all the new stuff. OR....you could have just been watching/reading about all the latest in gear from the SHOT show/forums/latest Tact Mags/etc. and saved the extra money, along with the money for all the base parts (receivers, barrels, parts kits, etc). and when the time was right, bought everything to make your ultimate weapon/tool, and still would have saved some $.

That is taking into account that if you would want to change/upgrade whatever weapon of choice you bought off the shelf, or leave it stock. Anyway, that's what the build or buy comes down to...in a nut shell.

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