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Armed24-7
09-22-2012, 1:28 PM
Greetings,

I am new to the site. I wish I had known about this forum sooner. I own several firearms and use to own a pre-ban AR-15. Long ago, before California became such a pain in the ***, I sold my AR-15 because I had fallen on hard times and needed the cash. I badly regret it!

I want to own one again, but I know it is going to have to be California legal. I am wondering what the general consensus is with you good people about buying a lower and building one or buying fully built.

I live in Orange County, CA. Where is a descent place to buy a lower?

Thanks!

Baconator
09-22-2012, 1:29 PM
You should build your own.

You should buy your stuff from Riflegear.

This thread looks like one of mine.

bloodhawke83
09-22-2012, 1:30 PM
Build, its fun.

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Speedpower
09-22-2012, 1:30 PM
Go to Rifle Gear in Fountain Valley to buy your AR lower, they will have all the answers to all your questions as well.

CK_32
09-22-2012, 2:12 PM
Build my friend you'll know why we say this when your done :D

triggatronic
09-22-2012, 2:16 PM
As others have said Riflegear is a great place to start. If you're out in Orange County you already have a leg up...I drive from the San Fernando Valley to that place. : )

bruceflinch
09-22-2012, 2:24 PM
BuildASSEMBLE!, its fun.


FIFY>>> :p

Depending on what you want in an AR, Assembling one could save you $200-500.

whatpain
09-22-2012, 2:30 PM
i agree. i bought my lower from a local shop and the upper online. i saved a ton of dough.

Armed24-7
09-22-2012, 5:03 PM
Right on.....thanks for all the replies. I will buy a lower and do some research on building one. Saving some dough will be nice.

I am definitely not a gunsmith, but I know I can do it. I am moderately gun saavy.

Thanks folks!

707electrician
09-22-2012, 5:43 PM
Completely assembling an AR is easy. Now, if you can find a complete AR that is exactly what you want at a decent price maybe I would say just buy it. Otherwise you will just end up changing it all anyway

RalphAdopolis
09-22-2012, 6:59 PM
Build.... its the new crack

triggatronic
09-22-2012, 7:00 PM
Build.... its the new crack

^^

Oh yeah!

gschoelles
09-23-2012, 7:22 AM
Look for a well made stripped lower anywhere, I find Riflegear a bit pricey and think that the 80 to 100 dollar range is good. Then go online and look for AR15 kits, which will come with everything except the stripped lower. I like PSA, Midway and Brownells but this is a very competitive market that changes more often and faster than a prostitutes panties.

Google and Youtube your trip heavily and have a great time.

Intimid8tor
09-23-2012, 7:39 AM
There is not problem building your first. It's like putting together legos.

However, I also see no problem with buying your first one.

I bought my first, built the next several from complete uppers and stripped lowers and now am assembling a few uppers as well.

If you can find exactly what you want built by a good mfg I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up.

tanakasan
09-23-2012, 8:02 AM
Build!

Get a stripped lower locally. Then get the rest of the parts online. A complete rifle will incur the federal excise tax on top of sales tax. Online, no sales tax for the most part. Pick from the many CGN vendors here!

Enjoy!

Robert

spetsnaz
09-23-2012, 8:08 AM
i always hear you should build your own

1000stars
09-23-2012, 8:15 AM
Start with a Calguns Foundation Lower from Addax tactical......

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=612364

Arkangel
09-23-2012, 8:23 AM
I like PSA, Midway and Brownells but this is a very competitive market that changes more often and faster than a prostitutes panties.



Prostitutes wear panties now? :confused:

But seriously, like everyone else said, buy the lower locally and find a great deal online for the rest of the parts you need. I like PSA, slow shipping, but great prices.

bigbully
09-23-2012, 8:31 AM
I disagree with Riflegear being pricey. I regularly have to pricematch to them whenever I'm at Turner's or Ammo Bros. They do have a lower or two that is sub $100. Aero Precision (http://www.riflegear.com/p-1135-aero-precision-ar15-lower.aspx) for one. Plus they won't gouge you when it comes to fees for transfers.

+1 for building, although my first was a complete.

wurger
09-23-2012, 3:37 PM
DROS a stock rifle and a stripped lower at the same time. That way you will have something to shoot and it will be easier taking your time building the custom rifle.