New AR build - First One

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Chapman87, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Chapman87

    Chapman87 New Member

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    Plan on building my first AR soon. I want to start out with this kit...

    Model 1 Sales: 5.56/.223 C.A.R.

    and then buy a Ammo Surplus and Arms stripped lower.

    Has anyone ordered from model1sales?
     
  2. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    A friend I know mentioned this in a local build thread...

    However your mileage may vary :D
     

  3. canebrake

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  4. Chapman87

    Chapman87 New Member

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    Maybe ill rethink this one
     
  5. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    I am curious as to what has drawn you to this specific kit? There are all sorts of kits out there, Model1 is the only one I have heard any such mysterious claims about, But, Like I said you mileage may vary.
     
  6. russ

    russ New Member

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    Check out Del-Ton, they are pretty inexpensive and put together several different kits to choose from.
     
  7. Chapman87

    Chapman87 New Member

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    Honestly, I just saw their ad in a magazine that I picked up at Barnes Noble. I will check out Delton, I have come across of few of their kits on gunbroker i think.
     
  8. Chapman87

    Chapman87 New Member

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    Awesome!

    I think I might order the Delton now. Should I go with the lightweight or heavy barrel?

    Most of the shooting for I will be doing with this gun will be less than 100 yards. And I care much more about reliability then being able to hit the same hole with ten rounds
     
  9. VitSports6

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    Thats a great question, I dont have an answer for...
    I have a 20" HBAR on one of my AR's and a 7.62x39 on the other.
    I think its up to you, It sounds like you wouldn't need a HBAR.
    Search around to to see what might fit for your needs or wants.
    I found this an informative read
    So you want to buy an AR-15, huh?
    Best of luck
     
  10. mjkeat

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    I recommend getting a lightweight barrel. Better maneuverability which is a nice attribute for 100yrds and in.
     
  11. Quentin

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    I also prefer a LW barrel. You can save almost a pound of weight out front over the HBAR. Believe me that makes a huge difference unless you're just shooting from a bench.
     
  12. Chapman87

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    Thanks for the comments. I do want this to be as light as can be with my budget. I should have mentioned that. I thought about the plumcrazy lower but I think I am stickin with the ASA lower unless I find a better deal.

    I should have the kit ordered this friday.
     
  13. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

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    +1 on the Del-Ton kits. I have put a couple of theirs together. Decent product at a decent price and have experienced no issues with customer service to date.

    Also, they will not charge your card until the order ships. Big+
     
  14. mjkeat

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    Have you taken a look at the Cav Arms II lowers? I'm personally thinking about getting one as soon as I find some .300blk ammo for my latest project. I don't want to find the ammo and have no $ because I just purchased the Cav lower.
     
  15. Chapman87

    Chapman87 New Member

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    I do like the idea of polymer lowers but I think I am sticking with metal for my first AR. For the price I could easily try one out later.
     
  16. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    You may want to take a look at several good quality lowers Stag, Double Star, Rock River, LMT, CMMG, Spikes, DPMS, Bushmaster and several of these companies also sell their kits as well. They fit and look good. A friend of mine sells a lot of Double Star receivers. Just as a word of caution with buying these off brand receivers. You get what you pay for usually. Good luck on your build. It will be a great experience for you if you buy quality parts and a nightmare for you if you do not. Its best to spend a little extra on good stuff and remember your rifle will give you years of service and pleasure if you but quality over $$$. You don't have to buy a high dollar item for it to be good. Some are what I think selling their name and they are proud of their product $$$ kind of like buying a Cadillac or Chevrolet both are very reliable.
    We all here on FTF hope you have a great experience! By the way did we tell you it is addicting ????? Keep us informed on your project and let us know if we can be of any help!

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  17. VitSports6

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    FWIW, I have a Plumcrazy lower on one of my build's and a DTI lower on the other.
    I have yet to shoot my Plumcrazy so I cant tell you about reliability, If you buy a kit, you will or should get a lower parts kit, Butt stock and buffer, All of which are part of the complete PC lower, So you end up with extras(not always bad) However the PC lower has its own trigger system, I have yet to see if its interchangeable, But its extra money that you may not need to spend or you can use the same $$ from the PC lower to buy a somewhat nicer lower.
    Personally I liked the finish on my DTI lower, Its a smoother finish, But that was me.
    Good luck
     
  18. Chapman87

    Chapman87 New Member

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    The kits are very attractive to a first time builder. Tomorrow I will look at all the big companies and see what kits they offer. I am also watchin gun broker for lowers.

    Thanks for all the suggestions!
     
  19. VitSports6

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    Buying a lower locally will save you a few $$, If you weren't aware most places have a transfer fee, Usually between $20-50, That will be on top of shipping and the lower itself , So if you can find a good local gun shop that has some decent lowers, That may be your best bet.
    I keep looking at lowers online as well, But then I think of all the extra money spent just to get it here, I usually don't look for too long.