Hey guys this is my first thread on this forum and just wanted to post a thread about an option that many people neglect while planning or building an AR or other type of weapon. It is one word .... TRADE!! Some may may read this an use it, others may not agree. But when planning a build or for getting parts together for a build look at local classifieds or ask around. I would suggest gun broker, Craigslist( I no you cannot post weapons on cl, but people do advertise parts such as stocks, bcgs, forearms, and others.), and other used weapons classified sites. You may also check for groups on social networking sites. If you are in the area of Texas I would suggest a group I created, fort hood area shooters. Allot of stuff get sold and traded there. OK enough of sources. The reason I decided to post this thread is because I am currently building my first AR and I'm looking at all kinds of forums for peoples ideas, but everyone seems to write about buying everything new. I have my lower receiver almost completed and guess how much cash I have into it? I have not handed over a dollar for any part of my lower. I will go over in a second what parts are in it. Remember tho this concept my not be for one who thinks they must have a weapon tomorrow. What I do is post some wanted ads and check the for sale or trade ads. Although I know exactly what I want and the look I am going for I am not exact when posting wanted ads, this way you may be wanting a certain quad rail but find that someone is selling or trading one that you like for allot less. Also if you are currently trying to sell an item for funds to build an AR, add that you will trade for AR parts as well. Remember just because they offer you can still pick and choose. Now for my lower, I have a spikes spider lower receiver, a geissle ssa two stage trigger, spikes lower parts kit, and just a standard grip. All of these parts other than the grip were brand new when I got them. It took me about 4 days to get these parts off of trades of stuff I haven't used in years. Now look around, what do you have laying around that you need/can get rid of? Have fun and happy trading. PS. Tried posting pics, but not allowing me.