My First AR

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  1. AequitasVeritas

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    Good evening everyone. I am planning to buy my first AR within the next three weeks. I have been looking around off and on for several months trying to find good deals. I have looked around at Rock River Arms, Bushmaster, and Del-Ton primarily. My limit is $1,000 including shipping and FFL. Here are some more details:


    • FFL cost is $20 with a local individual I have used previously when buying pistols (leaving $980 obviously to work with).
    • My main concern is that it can handle 5.56 (and .223 as well).
    • I'm mainly looking at Del-Ton, Carbine Rifle.
    • If anyone has ordered from DTI before, did you have to wait 4-6 weeks as advised on the website? Is there another place I can order online that's quicker?
    • Since this rifle does not have a rear sight I plan to get a Danial Defense A1.5 fixed sight with it.
    I believe that is all... Sorry if its long but a lot of posts leave out details so I wanted to be thorough. Let me know if you need to know more. Im just looking for opinions backed by experience. Thank you and happy shooting!
     
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    Del-Ton makes a good rifle...I would also check with PSA (Since they are only an hour and a half up the road from us....)

    Oh and welcome to the site JS. :wink:
     
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    Their own lowers are nice. They go on sale from time to time for $50; which really can't be beat. Otherwise any lower you can afford with a roll mark you like will work.
     
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    PSA makes good lowers; from time to time they will run a $49.00 lower special (the next time I run across this deal I will be picking up at least two and hang on to them for future build projects). But $79 for a lower is not bad.

    Palmetto State Armory usually always shows up at all gun shows in Charleston and they will more than likely be there at the local gun show in February:



    Spike's Tactical also has good lowers. They have a pretty long waiting list as well but I wouldn't pass them up. On my current build I have the "Punisher" Spikes lower and they are around $99.

    Spikes lowers
     
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    Yeah, the rifle kit should come with everything you need except a stripped lower and a rear sight.
     
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    Very nice indeed. I might go with this approach instead of a DTI MOE. It's cheaper too. Anything I should take into consideration with building it vs buying one already? The price difference alone is a huge selling point for me.
     
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    Here is a good site (with videos) for those whom are new to building AR's...
    There plenty other good sites but this one has step by step videos which are helpful. :cool:

    DIY AR-15 Build: Intdo...
     
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    i bought a cmmg lower for 240 and a bcm upper with the mbus handgaurd charging handle and bolt carrier group for 690.thats everything for under 1000
     
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    You don't have to accept less. Go with the original and the standard bearer, a Colt 6920 (civilian M4.)

    Colt Model 6920 M4 16" Carbine

    $945. Shipping on mine was $14, so it is well below your target price.
     
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    Yes, Colt 6920 is a nice rifle...When I was looking at purchasing my first AR, I wanted a 6920 but they were close to $1,500 at the time and couldn't afford it. That's when I found a Del-Ton for $800....
    Not to say that I regret purchasing the DTI over the Colt....My Del-Ton has served me extremely well, over 1K rounds through her with no issues yet. Colt has been in the AR business much longer than DTI, they are the company that took over and improved on the AR-15 when Armalite sold the rights to Colt back in 1959....So Colt obviously manufactures a good rifle...or I should say they set the standards... :cool:
     
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    I like the idea of the PSA build. It gives you inside knowledge of what your using by building it yourself and a solid platform from a company thats continuing to grow quickly by providing a quality product at a very reasonable price. There basis for offering the quality they do at the price they do is they are a leading ammunition manufacturer in this country (top 3 they claim) which allows them to offer the prices they do by making up money thru ammunition sales. Kinda like an oil company manufacturing cars more affordable. The know your going to need fuel! So why not sell you something your going to need there product to run. Firearms equal ammunition need/sales in theory...
    Love the user name by the way! Boondock Saints "Equality" and "Justice" :cool:
     
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    It actually translates to Truth and Justice but yes, great movies.
     

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