Why you should build your own AR
Gun nut friends,
Recently I decided I would build a tactical AR 15 from scratch to see if it was cheaper then say buying one from my local gun store. I think you will find this interesting.
First I started by going to my local gun store, a lovely place in Loveland Colorado called Jensenís. They have almost everything for the military/law gun nut. Their Prices are fantastic and selection is great. So I purchased the only part you have to fill out the federal paperwork from these lovely folks. Then for my birthday (back in November) my father got me a lower parts kit pictured here. Included here is a trigger kit along with the standard lower parts. Trigger kit is a must unless you like having an 8lb trigger pull.
With these parts and some help from my old man it took about 20 minutes of work before I had this. Total cost.
$109.00 lower receiver
$49.00 Lower parts kit.
$12 Brownell trigger kit.
Tax included it turns out to be $188.00 Rounded up.
It is a standard Rock River Arms lower with a DPMS part kit. Pretty basic as AR's go but I was attempting to build a simple tactical rifle for the lowest price possible.
Next I went to my local gun show and since I dislike the collapsible M4 stock I put on a standard A2
$60 A2 stock
Since the above is only half a gun I needed an upper. Well I forgot to take pictures of the DPMS upper, Bolt, Part kit, Barrel, Barrel extension, Flash suppressor, or Cheap ass Point sight. I can however tell you it took about an hour to put it all together into this.
Upper Parts kit. $68.00
Bolt Carrier Assembly $134.00
Cheap Ass point sight $30.00
2 Magazines $40
Grand Total $784.
After all that work you put 2 and 2 together and you get a full AR. Here is my lanky ass holding it. (Notice the good finger discipline.)
As you can see it is a decent shooter even at 100 yds with $30 point sight from K-mart.
Compare that to the recomened price of say one of these
Tell me what you think.