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cheese7882
05-19-2009, 12:39 AM
Hey everyone. I'm new here. I'm a member of the XDTalk forum as well, but i decided to join this one tonight because like you, i am a resident of this state so i hope to get a little more info on this forum. First off, i dont know for sure if this is the right place to post this thread, so i apologize for that. So heres my question. I went to the gun shop i frequently visit to purchased a glock 17and I saw that there were two AR stripped lowers on the shelf. I've wanted an AR for years but cannot get one in this state but I read that if you buy a stripped lower you can build a complete AR providing you have a fixed mag or remove the pistol grip and use a monster grip or something similar. So, should I throw down the $$ an get the lower? How much does it cost to build a complete AR? the style i would like to build is similar to an M4 but with flip down front an rear sights and a picatinny rail . If i buy the lower, do i need to buy parts including the upper from the same manufacturer of the lower?

Ps. I know this question has probably been asked a million times here, but i couldnt really find all the info i wanted.

Arteel
05-19-2009, 1:05 AM
If you have the cash, the DD M4 rifle is in stock and seems its the best bang for your buck right now at 1550 for a complete rifle as you described.
http://www.rainierarms.com/?page=shop/detail&product_id=1283

You can buy complete or buy a stripped lower and build one yourself. All you need is the lower, lower parts kit, some kind of mag lock device or mmg if you decide to go featureless, complete stock with buffer/spring/tube, and a complete upper with some kind of sight/scope.

From there on its all accessories, mags, ammo, and range time.

I might have missed some stuff and really didn't go into mcuh detail, but I hope this helped. Good luck on your build. :thumbsup:

cheese7882
05-19-2009, 1:09 AM
Thats a sweet lookin rifle. How is it CA legal though? Thats how I want to build it though. except flip down front an rear sights so I can have an aimpoint and the irons for back up. thanks for the input.

Arteel
05-19-2009, 1:17 AM
Find a stripped or complete lower for a decent price from a local store or online, and browse through the marketplace for an upper that fits your description. Everything you need can be found right here on Calguns.net.

fliparch
05-19-2009, 5:30 AM
Have you checked these pages out?

OLL Assembly Guide (http://www.calguns.net/OLL/assembly.html)

CA AW ID Flowchart (http://www.calguns.net/caawid/flowchart.pdf)

"So, should I throw down the $$ an get the lower? How much does it cost to build a complete AR? the style i would like to build is similar to an M4 but with flip down front an rear sights and a picatinny rail . If i buy the lower, do i need to buy parts including the upper from the same manufacturer of the lower?"

It depends on the price of the lower. It looks like the demand for lowers are dwindling down a bit and you can find a really good bargain in local shops. If you have decided to build an AR, then you definitely need to plop some cash for a lower you like (or two).

You do not need to buy parts from the same manufacturer but you do need to know about milspec and commercial parts.

jksupplyco
05-19-2009, 5:54 AM
Cheese,

Where are you from? We might be able to point you to a knowledgeable shop that can guide you through the process..

r08ert209cali
05-19-2009, 6:04 AM
here is a link to look at. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=1165997#post1165997

cheese7882
05-19-2009, 2:41 PM
Cheese,

Where are you from? We might be able to point you to a knowledgeable shop that can guide you through the process..

I'm from sonoma county. the gun shop i go to has to DPMS lowers for $179. is that a decent price?

GoingPro
05-19-2009, 2:52 PM
welcome aboard! i was in the exact same position you were in. i always wanted one and didnt know they were legal until october. thank god i got mine before the election. by the way there are lots of things you will need to learn!

GoingPro
05-19-2009, 2:55 PM
make sure you read this thread of mine i posted earlier, give you maybe an idea on what lower to purchase. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=185768 it all depends specifically on money, time, and what your looking to exactly build ! its too much fun by the time your finished with your first one your going to want more!

blackrifle242
05-20-2009, 9:18 AM
I'm from sonoma county. the gun shop i go to has to DPMS lowers for $179. is that a decent price?

DPMS lowers legal in California??????????????? I know that all DPMS Panther series are illegal......

I just finished building my most recent AR and it took me some time but it's exactly the way I want it. I went peice by peice and the build cost about $3000.00 including optics and my Surefire forward grip. Check out www.riflegear.com, they usually have allot of stuff in stock.

http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww242/jhart242/100_0088.jpg

Futurecollector
05-20-2009, 9:42 AM
DPMS lowers legal in California??????????????? I know that all DPMS Panther series are illegal......

I just finished building my most recent AR and it took me some time but it's exactly the way I want it. I went peice by peice and the build cost about $3000.00 including optics and my Surefire forward grip. Check out www.riflegear.com, they usually have allot of stuff in stock.

http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww242/jhart242/100_0088.jpg

Nice set up man!

anyways, the IIRC to be considered a Panther it has to have the matching lower and mathcing upper, also I think the panther series had "Panther" on it or something like that, FWIW lol

Futurecollector
05-20-2009, 9:44 AM
OP, you could probably build an AR for as cheap as 800 bucks with all the crazyness, but you could/will end up spending around 2 k after optics cool stocks 2 stage triggers, etc etc.

cheese
05-20-2009, 9:49 AM
Why you gotta use my name man? Just kidding i'll let it slide and let the disease spread a little:p

BroncoBob
05-20-2009, 10:01 AM
I'm from sonoma county. the gun shop i go to has to DPMS lowers for $179. is that a decent price?

Hey cheese7882, your're not that far away from Ryan at JK Supply up in Ione. He had a couple hanging on his wall at his shop a week or so ago. I'm sure he can take care of you.