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gun: PSA blemished AR-15 upper assembly $279.99 +shipping

03civichatch 40 78 September 27, 2012 at 06:35 AM in Sporting Goods (3) More Palmetto State Armory Deals
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16" Barrel length
"Machine Gun Steel" barrel
5.56 Nato Chamber
1 in 7" twist rate
Extra-thick chrome-lined bore
M4 Feed ramps
F-Marked Front sight post
A2 Flash Hider
Sling Loop
Mid-length Hand Guards w/ heat sheilds
Forged upper receiver
T-Marks
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http://palmettostatearmory.com/in...andle.html


i ordered a blemished lower a few weeks ago and i am completely amazed with the quality. i can't even find a mark on it besides a spot that my buffer tube hid

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I just received my lower build kit from PSA for my blemished stripped lower I got from them about a week ago or so. The blemish was a couple tiny scratches...scratches I would probably put on the receiver eventually anyhow. My only hesitation with buying the PSA uppers is the lack of the BCG and Charging Handle. I wish they would have those already on them...that adds about $150-175 in cost to the upper at minimum. Still, its not a bad deal.
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Could someone give me a reasonable budget for a DIY AR-15 ( no bells/whistles)?
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This is the exact same price as their non blemished uppers with no BCG and charging handles.

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Could someone give me a reasonable budget for a DIY AR-15 ( no bells/whistles)?
$600 or so depending on if you went with aluminum or polymer lowers.

You can buy a complete polymer lower (already assembled) for $100.
Upper receiver (already assembled) $280
BCG and Charging Handle are about $130 and $15

Maybe a few bucks in there for shipping (depending on where you get them) and that's it. Well, you'll need a rear sight so drop in an extra $20 - $30. This also doesn't include whatever transfer fee you have to pay when you pick up your lower from an FFL.

Aluminum Lowers are maybe on sale about $60 - $70 now. Lower build kits (standards) are like $100. I haven't seen any good deals on complete aluminum lowers in awhile.

Here's a complete upper (1/9) with BCG and Charging Handle for $430

http://www.elitetacticalcomponent...n/dt1021-1

Stripped Lower for $64.99

http://www.kygunco.com/anderson-m...rson-59241

Just keep in mind that between 1/7 and 1/9 there's a difference in what you can shoot. 1/7 may or may not shoot the lighter "varmint" loads too well. I've heard of them having jacket separation and coming out of the barrel in such a way that accuracy is majorly affected. 1/9 can shoot the lightest loads you've got but can't shoot past a 62 grain bullet with great accuracy. Well, maybe a 7x grain bullet but I wouldn't chance it. That's something for some research though.
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Last edited by KamuiRSX September 27, 2012 at 06:58 AM
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Quote from SonofZeus View Post :
Could someone give me a reasonable budget for a DIY AR-15 ( no bells/whistles)?
well i got my stripped blemished lower from PSA for 59.99
lower parts kit was 49
buffer tube kit 40 bucks

you can then buy a fully assembled dti upper for 419

you could build one sub $600 pretty easy

or you could buy a dpms ar15 for 599 and then buy a reddot
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Whenever I buy something from PSA on "sale", the next day they have a real sale on it or free shipping.
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So here's my thoughts on the DIY AR-15. Since you are asking about a basic build, I'm going to go with a fairly easy route to do it. It's kind of like a kit car, you can go many different ways, but this is going to be the easiest.

Here are the major parts you need.
1) Upper (Barrel, Handguards, Charging Handle, Bolt Carrier Group, Receiver)
2) Lower (Stripped Lower, Lower Parts Kit, Stock, Buffer Tube, Buffer, Buffer Spring)
3) Magazine
4) Sights

The easiest way to go is to get a complete upper, which includes everything listed above rather than piece mealing it around since you can find some incompatibilities.

Lowest price is probably about:
Upper - 400
Lower - 50+60+40
Magazine - 13 each
Sight - 40
Optional - Optics, Rails, Upgraded Trigger, Upgraded Stock, Upgraded Accessories.
Now that's a very very basic generic barely name brand M4 style rifle.

Honestly, at the 800 dollar range, you get a lot more quality and value.

One of the best values out there is this (link below), when they go on sale because the high quality optic here roughly sells 360. In essence, you are getting a midgrade rifle for the same 640 that you would pay for a low end rifle.

http://slickdeals.net/f/5197056-9-19-999-price-is-back-and-in-stock-Palmetto-Patrol-Rifle-with-Aimpoint-Pro-AR-15-GUN?v=1
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Not a bad deal but you once you add a BCG and charging handle, you're close to some entry level uppers that come complete.

I got a DPMS with the A3 config (fixed carrying handle) and it was around $390 complete.

Here's a DPMS flat top for about that much.

http://www.outdoorgearbarn.com/p-...GRgW7KPWGM

Not trying to thread crap but a decent BCG is about $100 and a handle is another $20.

As far as build quality, DPMS is owned by Remington. Remington bought up a bunch of AR makers like Bushmaster and a couple other companies.

This one has a 1:7 twist rate which is standard but a 1:9 twist is a little more versatile. You can shoot heavier rounds with 1:9 more accurately. [ignore that - brain fade]
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You have that reversed, a 1:7 twist is better for heavier rounds, say 62 or 69 or 75 grain 556/223. The 1:9 is better for standard 55 gr rounds. The heavier twist means that you get a more aggressive spin for the heavier rounds which helps stabilize it.
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Also, here's a deal for the NFA Polymer Lower Complete for $105 shipped.

http://www.marksarmory.com/New_Fr...p/lw15.htm

Use coupon code "nfa" to get 5% off to make it $104.95 with free shipping.
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Quote from agiordino View Post :
I just received my lower build kit from PSA for my blemished stripped lower I got from them about a week ago or so. The blemish was a couple tiny scratches...scratches I would probably put on the receiver eventually anyhow. My only hesitation with buying the PSA uppers is the lack of the BCG and Charging Handle. I wish they would have those already on them...that adds about $150-175 in cost to the upper at minimum. Still, its not a bad deal.
What day did you order yours last week? I ordered mine Wednesday of last week and had the FFL email them, everything is good to go and was even charged on the 21s except that they haven't shipped yet. Email response is pretty slow too.

Still might pick this upper up though, ty.

edit: well nvm, my phone just buzzed and I got an email from psa with shipping confirmation.
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What day did you order yours last week? I ordered mine Wednesday of last week and had the FFL email them, everything is good to go and was even charged on the 21s except that they haven't shipped yet. Email response is pretty slow too.

Still might pick this upper up though, ty.

edit: well nvm, my phone just buzzed and I got an email from psa with shipping confirmation.
ya since they have expanded and getting hammered with orders email communication has taken a major hit. its very slow but they are still always helpful when i've talked with them so i have no problem with their customer service as well.
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I bought one for $279 that wasn't blemished and received it yesterday. It was one of their daily deals.
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Quote from SonofZeus View Post :
Could someone give me a reasonable budget for a DIY AR-15 ( no bells/whistles)?
Don't forget to budget about $320-450 or more for a quality sight (Aimpoint, Eeotech,) and aobut $50 or more for a flip-up back-up sight ($50 if rear only).
Your weapon, no matter how good, is more or less only as good as your sights are (and of course you and your skills/training are).
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Last edited by GunMan September 27, 2012 at 08:31 AM
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If you are willing to deal with a sleazy but cheap and decently reliable company, you can get a rear magpul sight on botach for http://www.botachtactical.com/magembrebasi.html for 45. You will never know when you will get your product, but you'll probably get it, maybe... Coupon code slickmag for 20% off.

Metal Iron Sights run 90-120. The best ones are generally made by Troy, but Midwest Industries and a handful of other ones are really good.

The bang for your buck quality optic now is the Aimpoint PRO at 360 dollars fairly regularly.
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