View Full Version : Suggestions for first ar build

04-10-2012, 2:40 AM
I am currently building my first Ar15. I have purchased a Franklin armory lower and a dpms lpk with bb. Looking for suggestions on uppers, and buffer tube assemblies. I'm on a budget so nothing to expensive. I found a dpms upper with 16 inch bull barrel. Want to know if they are good or if I should stay away from them. Probably going to mainly use the gun for shooting around the hills at coyotes and some target shooting.

04-10-2012, 2:54 AM
What is "too expensive" for you? It's kinda subjective and leaves too much room for interpretation. Set a limit and I'm sure others will chime in shortly with what is more along your budget; otherwise be prepared to hear everything from Del-Ton to Noveske.

I decided to build my own which would be a good way to save money on quality parts...but I dunno if that's something you're considering. Otherwise, I've heard lots of good things on several forums about Palmetto State Armory for uppers.

04-10-2012, 3:04 AM
I would like to stay in the 500-600 dollar area.

04-10-2012, 3:22 AM
PSA, JSE surplus, JT Distributing, etc would be a good place to start looking

04-10-2012, 6:45 AM
Have used a PSA upper they're good quality for the price. Probably a little more then a DPMS. Their stock kits aren't to bad a price either, comings with stock, tube, buffer and spring. They are not super fast on shipping but good pricing if you don't mind the wait. Check them out.

04-10-2012, 8:24 AM
Start by avoiding the "typical" 1/7 twist upper..... if you want the best accuracy. If you're on a tight budget for an upper, I'm guessing you will also be using the normal 55gr - 62gr ammo...... so 1:8 or 1:9 twist. You can go milspec cool with the Palmetto/BCM etc..... but don't say I didn't warn you when your're zeroing your red dot, and you are shooting 12" patterns @ 200 yards with your 55gr military ammo.

04-10-2012, 8:28 AM
BCM uppers.

04-10-2012, 8:37 AM
+1 for BCM. $500-600 can easily get you a quality upper.

04-10-2012, 11:52 AM
Thank you all for the suggestions.