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I am toying with the idea of either building an ar 15 or buying a base version.  What is the cost difference.  I would like to be able to put a tatical scope on it. something for close in work.  not wanting to put a long range scope on it.  I dont want the iron sights on it.  Which is better to do buy one or make one. 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/25/2008 at 11:00
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dpms (and I'm sure others) has carbines out the door for around $800. It is hard to justify the time messing with one for such a bargin. the best thing about a complete unit -- is that the assembler has these big bins of parts in front of them, and if one doesn't quite fit, they pick another, until the gun is done-. this is very hard for the individual to do.
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I am attempting the same thing you are.  Dale is right about it probably being better to buy an already assembled one.  I am buying each part separately, and am going to attempt to assemble one myself.  Not sure if that is smart, but this way I can buy parts as I am able to, and not alert the wife with a large amount of money suddenly gone from the bank account. 
Another thing people point out is that if you are to assemble one yourself you get to know more about the workings of the rifle...  They do look like fun, don't they.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/25/2008 at 16:44
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Zero to "a little" AR experience, I'd say get a ready built FLAT TOP Stag Arms or Bushmaster, go shoot it and see what you like or don't like about it.
Chances are, you'll be swapping some parts around later.
Solid working experience to very AR savvy, (owned one?), I'd build it.
Because by now, you should already have a pretty good idea what your looking for in an AR and chances are, the off the rack models probably don't have ALL the features you will need to make you happy.  
Plus 1 to what ckk stated! 
Theres nothing like building one yourself to bring you up to speed on all the inner workings the the AR platform. has step by step procedures to guide you through the process. No worries there.
If I can put one together, ANYBODY can.....  Bucky
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