Offer/Thoughts for ar-15 Upper

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by rocvish, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. rocvish

    rocvish New Member

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    im currently gathering information for owning an ar-15. i was offered a brand new colt complete a2 upper 20 in. barrel and 1/9 twist for $700. anybody know if this is a good price?

    also, can anyone recommend a good lower?? thanks for the help.
     
  2. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    I'm not sure if Colt's uppers are any better the Rocks'. You can get a new mid length A2 upper from Rock for around $500.00. As for lowers, stick with a name brand. As always, you get what you pay for IMHO.
     

  3. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    rocvish

    That is "Way Way" too much money. And it is an A-2 Upper on top of it which locks you in pretty much as far as putting optics or a scope on it.

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  4. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Sorry I left the other question out on my previous post!
    In my opinion,
    You have three choices:

    #1. Buy a complete lower from a reputable company making a point of a good company. Like Rock River, Stag, LMT, CMMG. Spikes and others.
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    #2 Buy a stripped lower from one of the above high quality company brands and build you own or have a buddy build it for you. There are enough of us here on this forum that can guide you through it.

    #3. Buy the complete rifle. But recommendation is to get one with the A-4 Upper. Then if you prefer the A-2 Sight and Carry Handle you can get a removable A-2. Same with the upper Go A-4.

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  5. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    It is a good idea building up a stripped lower (and most are plenty good) then buying a good factory assembled upper to finish your rifle. But I also think that's too much for an A2 upper. Also today an A3/A4 upper with removeable iron sights makes a lot of sense.

    Take a look at the stickies and other threads on builds that members have done here. Lots of good ideas and decisions!
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    thats pretty damn pricey. collector colts like old good condition sp1 only run in the 1200-1500 range. the a2 uppers arent collector pieces.
     
  7. rocvish

    rocvish New Member

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    The handle on the rifle in question is removable. Would it still be better to go a4? Only reason I'm asking if the price is good is because I hear colts are expensive to begin with.
     
  8. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    your only a few bucks shy of a full rifle at 700$ thats too much for a upper unless its gor an air gauged barrel or some other fancy feature.
     
  9. rocvish

    rocvish New Member

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    Thanks for the help and advice guys. Much appreciated.
     
  10. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    A complete Colt can be had for just over $1000. Id take that
    $700 and add $100 +/- call up Spikes and get yourself a complete 16" midlength rifle.
     
  11. rocvish

    rocvish New Member

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    sniper 03,

    What did u mean by this: "And it is an A-2 Upper on top of it which locks you in pretty much as far as putting optics or a scope on it."

    Just curious.
     
  12. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    a2 upper denotes a fixed non-removable carrying handle. a lot of folks dont like mounting optics way up on the carrying handle so group think says optics dont work on carrying handles. while mounting closer to the barrel is better i dont think it really matters all that much at the effective ranges of the 223/556
     
  13. Jpyle

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    A removable handle would make it an A3, that gives you a lot more options for optics...but I agree that the price seems high unless you have some really highend parts in there. What type of BSG, sights, foregrips, etc...a few pics would be helpful...