View Full Version : Buy a AR-15 lower or a fully built AR-15?

09-22-2012, 12:28 PM

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?


09-22-2012, 12:29 PM
You should build your own.

You should buy your stuff from Riflegear.

This thread looks like one of mine.

09-22-2012, 12:30 PM
Build, its fun.

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09-22-2012, 12:30 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.

09-22-2012, 1:12 PM
Build my friend you'll know why we say this when your done :D

09-22-2012, 1:16 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. : )

09-22-2012, 1:24 PM
BuildASSEMBLE!, its fun.

FIFY>>> :p

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

09-22-2012, 1:30 PM
i agree. i bought my lower from a local shop and the upper online. i saved a ton of dough.

09-22-2012, 4:03 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!

09-22-2012, 4:43 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

09-22-2012, 5:59 PM
Build.... its the new crack

09-22-2012, 6:00 PM
Build.... its the new crack


Oh yeah!

09-23-2012, 6:22 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.

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09-23-2012, 6:39 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.

09-23-2012, 7:02 AM

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!



09-23-2012, 7:08 AM
i always hear you should build your own

09-23-2012, 7:15 AM
Start with a Calguns Foundation Lower from Addax tactical......


09-23-2012, 7:23 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.

09-23-2012, 7:31 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.

09-23-2012, 2:37 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.