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Calplinker
12-06-2011, 11:27 AM
Been wanting to build a Keep it Simple, relatively inexpensive, light weight AR.

I'm looking for suggested vendors who carry a value priced 16" complete upper with Magpul MOE hand guard without a fixed front sight. Its been a year or more since I bought parts for my last one, and I know vendors/sources change all the time.

I'll get the lower at my local Ammo Brothers. Everything else, I'll source through the interweb.

Gun will be used for plinking at the range, trunk gun, and for a carbine class I have in a few months.

Any suggestions?

donking
12-06-2011, 7:25 PM
I would look into a 14.5" carbine if you want something light.

Colt-45
12-06-2011, 7:30 PM
Palmetto state has great prices. BCM has a good lightweight 14.5" upper.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/ar-complete-uppers.php

http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-Standard-14-5-LIGHT-WEIGHT-Upper-Receiver-p/bcm-urg-car-14lw.htm

Do you intend to switch muzzle devices often? if going light, might as well go 14.5"

damon1272
12-06-2011, 8:24 PM
I am very happy with my BCM 16" pencil barrel upper. Very light and shoots great.

tomd1584
12-06-2011, 9:04 PM
something with a MOE handguard and no FSB is pretty much going to leave you with a railed gas block. :puke:

ScottsBad
12-07-2011, 12:06 AM
Palmetto state has great prices. BCM has a good lightweight 14.5" upper.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/ar-complete-uppers.php

http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-Standard-14-5-LIGHT-WEIGHT-Upper-Receiver-p/bcm-urg-car-14lw.htm

Do you intend to switch muzzle devices often? if going light, might as well go 14.5"

The Palmetto deal seems really good, and was going to be my suggestion followed by... what do you know... BCM

Both of these would be good choices I think. I was thinking of building a lightweight upper and lower. 14.5" mid-length hammer forged LW profile barrel. Then I was gonna have two lowers for it. A good Noveske lower and a Plum Crazy plastic lower for fun. Then I was gonna drill out the front sight tower to remove as much material as possible. Similarly lighten the stock and handguard. Or maybe cut the front sight tower off the gas block and run T-1 on a Daniel Defense mount with no backup sights.

cayotehunter
12-07-2011, 10:03 AM
This is what I would buy, you can select all the options you want including the moe handguard

http://www.jsesurplus.com/custom16hbarmidlength1x9flattopuppercompletestanda rd-2-1.aspx

Here's my JSE upper on a PC lower, It only weighs 6.8 lbs with a loaded mag. Im really happy with it. (is the bottom gun)

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee217/robbrown3/photo9.jpg

gun toting monkeyboy
12-07-2011, 10:31 AM
This is what I would buy, you can select all the options you want including the moe handguard

http://www.jsesurplus.com/custom16hbarmidlength1x9flattopuppercompletestanda rd-2-1.aspx

Here's my JSE upper on a PC lower, It only weighs 6.8 lbs with a loaded mag. Im really happy with it. (is the bottom gun)

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee217/robbrown3/photo9.jpg

Yeah, but for the same price, he can get a lightweight barrel AND have chrome lining AND all the bells and whistles PSA offers with their uppers. I have nothing against JSE, but if I can get more for the same price elsewhere, I go elsewhere.

SIGSHOOTR
12-07-2011, 11:40 AM
This may not fit into the "relatively inexpensive" part of your requirements, but I've been drooling over this gun-- got to fondle it at Riflegear. It would be my ideal for a lightweight, KISS gun.

http://www.riflegear.com/p-1185-noveske-n4-light-carbine-145-moe-rifle.aspx

Fobjoe
12-07-2011, 1:06 PM
A classmate of mine recently bought a Bushmaster "superlight" carbine that I was really impressed with. It is polymer upper and lower receiver. Some people really have things against them, but I would be more than willing to try it out. I can't imagine it getting much lighter than this once the cheapo optic is removed. offhand I can't think of any other modifications to make a lighter non-SBR AR-15 carbine.

http://www.bushmaster.com/catalog_xm15_MAZ-C1516SLORC.asp
http://www.bushmaster.com/images/MAZ-C1516SLORC-zm.jpg

cayotehunter
12-08-2011, 12:54 PM
Yeah, but for the same price, he can get a lightweight barrel AND have chrome lining AND all the bells and whistles PSA offers with their uppers. I have nothing against JSE, but if I can get more for the same price elsewhere, I go elsewhere.

I was merely making a suggestion on something I have experience with, settle down there buddy