Upgrades for my two Builds

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

  1. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Yesterday I got my CTR and tall scope mounts so did some tweaking...

    So here they are all decked out for Spring:

    Daniel Defense/S&W with CTR left
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    Dan Wesson with CTR right (needs more thought on the sling...)
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    ArmaLite M15A4 with Nikon 3-9x40 left
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    ArmaLite M15A4 with Nikon 3-9x40 right
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    ETA:
    And here's the parts list for both AR builds: (CTR , scope and Vltor/BCM Gunfighter Model 4 charging handle not added yet)
    Also I need to doublecheck my math but it's interesting the ArmaLite and Daniel Defense builds came in at almost the same price. Of course there's lots of duplication.


    S&W/Daniel Defense build:

    Lower Receiver:
    Smith&Wesson Model M&P-15 Stripped Lower $130
    Stag Lower Parts Kit $65
    BCM M4 Milspec Stock Kit/H-buffer $85
    Lower Total $280

    Upper Receiver:
    Daniel Defense 16" Midlength 1:7 CHF LW profile $374
    Daniel Defense M16 Bolt Carrier Group $124
    Daniel Defense Charging Handle $19
    Magpul MOE Midlength Handguards $34
    Upper Total $551 Upper/Lower Total $831

    Sights:
    Daniel Defense A2/F-marked FSB (included above)
    Colt A4 Cut Carry Handle (Anchor Harvey) $40
    Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 1x25mm Red Dot Sight $80
    UTG RS10S3 1x1.6" Rail Riser Mount $10
    Sights Total $130 Running Total $961

    Miscellaneous:
    S&W M&P15 MagPul PMAG 30rd Magazine $10
    CQB Solutions 3-Point Tactical Sling $10 (used)
    Misc. Total $20 Running Total $981


    ArmaLite M15A4 build:

    Lower Receiver:
    ArmaLite M15 Stripped Lower $120
    ArmaLite Lower Parts Kit $80
    BCM M4 Milspec Stock Kit/H2-buffer $95
    Lower Total $295

    Upper Receiver:
    ArmaLite U15A4CB Complete Midlength Upper Receiver $500
    Wilson Arms 16" 1:9 HBAR Barrel (included above)
    ArmaLite AR-15 Bolt Carrier Group (included above)
    ArmaLite Charging Handle (included above)
    Standard Midlength Handguards (included above)
    Upper Total $500 Upper/Lower Total $795

    Sights:
    ArmaLite E20151 Railed Gas Block Sight (included above)
    Colt A4 Cut Carry Handle (Cerro Forge) $35
    Bushmaster 0.04" taller front sight post $6
    Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 1x25mm Red Dot Sight $80
    UTG RS10S3 1x1.6" Rail Riser Mount $10
    Sights Total $131 Running Total $926

    Miscellaneous:
    S&W M&P15 MagPul PMAG 30rd Magazine $10
    Giles 3-point tactical sling $35
    Misc. Total $45 Running Total $971

    Each build came in around $850 or so with irons and before optics and miscellaneous add-ons.
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  2. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    Whats the weight on the DD uppered AR?
     

  3. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    I need to weigh it on an accurate scale but I'm pretty sure it comes in at 6.5lb without a magazine. Configured the same the ArmaLite comes in at about 7.5 due to about 15 extra ounces for the HBAR.
     
  4. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    THats pretty good
     
  5. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Yeah there's a world of difference how these two ARs handle. A lot of weight out front on the ArmaLite.

    I'm sure you love your DD build too, mjkeat. You got the same upper then went with the LW rails didn't you?
     
  6. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    I'm really liking your DD.

    I went 14.5 w/ M4 RIS II. I was going to do the mid MOE but cant seem to part w/ the DD rail. I really enjoy it. Its now my favorite. Its kind of depressing considering the piston gun was the king of the closet and has been over taken by something half its price, lol. I'm tempted to sell it and pick up another DD. However, it was my first so it'll stay.

    Id recommend the BC 1.0 for your 16. Its a lot of money but well worth it. I struggled w/ the decision and couldn't be happier. Did a little side by side w/ a PWS FSC556 and it doesn't even compare. BC hands down, even on the lighter weapon it outperformed the PWS comp.
     
  7. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Thanks, mjkeat. I really labored over 16 vs. 14.5" and whether I should go with a lightweight rail. Very tough decisions and no easy answers as you know. At least the lightweight profile was a no brainer for me after having the heavy barreled first AR. Thought about the govt profile but can't see any benefit at least for my application.

    The BC is something I need to think about more. At least it's an easy install with the 16" barrel so there's no roadblock to derail me.

    I imagine our two rifles compare well, similar weight and handling. Very glad that Smartgunner had that deal last year anyway! I need to track down your thread on your DD and take another look.
     
  8. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    I dont think I even made a thread on the DD. Ill check and if not Ill do a build thread. There might be some interest.

    Now that Ive gone back to school theres no way I would have been able to get the DD w/o the SG sale.
     
  9. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Yes, definitely interest in your thread!
     
  10. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    I like your taste Quentin. I being completely honest when I say I had not checked out your black stick before buying parts for mine.
     
  11. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Awesome builds Quentin!
    If you thinking about a comp, I agree with mjkeat's assessment of the BC 1.0. I've got one one on my Smith and couldn't be happier with its performance. Not cheap, but worth every penny IMHO:cool: