I have the capability and knowhow to piece one together myself. Right now I'm just researching various uppers. I'd rather build it right the first time with everything I like. It is something I'll probably keep forever, so cost isn't a big deal it just may take longer to build it.
Got'cha. In that case you'll have a ton of options. My boss routinely throws together ARs for $600-700 (many times much cheaper) but they're rattle-can-specials. You can obviously spend a whole lot more as well.
There's 4 major manufacturers that mill lowers for most companies. The nicest I've seen are the Stag lowers made by CMT (Rock River, Some older Noveske and Colt, etc). LAR (Bushmaster, CMMG, new Noveske, DPMS) makes Spikes but they stay on top of QC so I got one from them.
Mate it with a quality upper and it shouldn't rattle too much. You can also use an Accu-Wedge to tighten up the upper and lower.
You don't want to skimp on the barrel and bcg. Some will argue the trigger too.
I'm sure you can piece together an AR for cheap but that's not really a reason to build your own from scratch since you can buy a complete AR for $600-700. I built mine from scratch for 2 reasons: 1) I live in New Jerseystan so there's a few legal issues with most pre-built rifles that would add a couple hundred $$ and 2) I wanted specific parts that were higher quality than I can get from a pre-built model.
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Reading through some of these posts brings to mind part of the reason i spent so long researching my 1911. I bought a "cheap" phillipino made 1911. It fires well, is accurate and reliable and is my daily carry anywhere and everywhere. With proper maintenance and care this will last me many more years.
The same applies to rifles or any firearm. Do a good amount of research and always try to get your hands on the weapon you want, but specifically ones you dont. That way if you do decide to build instead of buy, youll know what you didnt like as well as what you do. To me both are equally important. This is just my opinion. My experience with ar style anything was my m4 in the Army. Which we all know are built by the lowest bidders. Take care of what you have, put rounds down range and share good and bad with others to help them make informed choices.
The colt 6920 is a damn good rifle, Colt holds the TDP, (i know FN holds one too) if any one wants an AR as close to the ones the "army uses" they should get an LE6920, it has everything you want in a mil-spec ar. They should run 1-1200 about now.
Small correction.. When discussing mil spec options just know that the military picks the lowest bidder.. It was between colt and Armalite.. Colt was lower... Same with the knights Armament SR25.. Armalite is clearly better but wasn't chosen... I'm on my phone so i won't post the background for mil-Spec higher chamber pressure
Originally Posted by LaBalaDePlata
Alright ill put my input in, if you want a complete reliable upper check out DD of course BCM Spike's tactical PSA Noveske Wilson combat Centurion arms Rainier Arms Just off the top of my head. Most of these are pricey though.. If you want to build an upper, PSA has cold hammer forged barrels made by FN, which are reasonably priced. Now for the chaser..
With any manufacture there will be a upper or lower that's going to be a headache.. Still not name brand specific.. I give props to Mr. Noveske because not only was he a operator, he built weapons specifically designed to withstand the elements that a warfighter would encounter.. Or the average guy who walks out to a mudhole, throws his rifle in then pulls it out and start firing because he has a fan club to impress..
Originally Posted by lariut
I run a bushmaster for work. Our dept issued rifles are neutered Vietnam war m-16's donated to our dept by the military back in the day so I bring my own for peace of mind. Over 10k rounds through it with ZERO malfunctions. There is a bunch of new stuff out now so I'm not sure what is good anymore. 99% of the people at work run bushmaster or colt.
My bushmaster is by far the toughest accurate piece of gear i've ever touched... It's a 1:9 but it will sling 45 up to 77gr without a hiccup... Some may say "cheap" cause i didnt pay 2 grand but i say meet me at the range...