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gcvt
04-25-2008, 9:51 PM
I've been reading everything I can get my hands on, and shopping for components for my very first build. It's extremely exciting yet troublesome.

While it can be built for far under $1000, I'm finding this very hard to do. It seems so easy to say, "Well, you were going to spend $60 on that stock, but that $85 one is so much nicer". Or, "It's only $125 more for that sweet railed upper and you know you'd buy rails at some point anyway".

So, how well did you stick to your budget on your first build?

Knight
04-25-2008, 9:58 PM
Did I stick to my budget?

My initial estimation for a good first AR build was around $800. Stag lower, Stag left-handed A2 upper. Nothing too fancy. Maybe a nice optic.

I've recently estimated that by the time I've finished my first AR build, I'll have spent around $3,000.

So, no. Not really.

emc002
04-25-2008, 10:16 PM
Budget? What's that?

For my CQB? Not by a long shot and I'm still toying with a different optic over a detachable carry handle (Eotech, Aimpoint, etc)

For my Varminter? Yes, including glass.

Timberwolf
04-25-2008, 10:18 PM
Its just like building a house - figure on it costing about 1.5 times what you estimated.

Heatseeker
04-25-2008, 10:28 PM
I went over on my build, but not by much. I had planned to spend $900-$1000. I ended up at $1150 for the whole package with only iron sights. When I decide to put optics on her, it'll totally blow the budget. Then again, I really hadn't figured the optics into the original plan.

UncleJohnny
04-25-2008, 10:39 PM
I budgeted for atleast $1400 dollars not including optics and railed hand gaurds. I then decided to just run with stag arms, which came out to waaaaaay less. I got a brand new stag lower for $110 including dros, lock, and transfer fee. Got a lpk for about $60, and a bushmaster 10 rounder for about $20-$30(forgot). Got a used A2 buttstock with buffer assembly, etc., new bullet button and a new monster man grip for $100. Got a Stag 2h complete upper with the a.r.m.s. #40L flip up rear, and fixed front sights for $465.00 shipped from a cg member. Thats about $765 total. I could of got better deals on a couple of things, but it didnt bother me since I got most things for less than normal.

scfast
04-25-2008, 10:47 PM
Haha

Ech0Sierra
04-25-2008, 10:59 PM
I went around $2600 for my first, my second was ~800, my third,~870... I think I'm operating in reverse...

somecallmetim
04-25-2008, 11:20 PM
I went around $2600 for my first, my second was ~800, my third,~870... I think I'm operating in reverse...

Wow. That makes me feel better. That's about what I spent the two that I just built. Granted, they aren't "tactical" jobs with all of the bells and whistles....

but yeah, I pretty much have stuck to my budget.

Casual Observer
04-25-2008, 11:35 PM
My AR build has a $3,000 limit, so I'll probably come up a little short. So, I guess, yeah.

domokun
04-25-2008, 11:39 PM
Budget? What is a budget? Budgets are meant to be exceeded and it's never by choice; it just happens. :rolleyes:

aplinker
04-26-2008, 12:01 AM
I haven't budgeted one... I just buy what I like. I spend so much on ammo I don't see a reason to scrimp on the rifle.

Why get the rifle down to $0.01 round when it costs $0.35/rd to shoot?

Knight
04-26-2008, 12:45 AM
To me, a budget is what you plan on spending, not necessarily what I limit myself to.

Usually when I go overbudget on a project, it just means that it takes longer until the project is completed. I've been working on my AR for well over a half a year now.

Jicko
04-26-2008, 1:00 AM
I've been reading everything I can get my hands on, and shopping for components for my very first build. It's extremely exciting yet troublesome.

While it can be built for far under $1000, I'm finding this very hard to do. It seems so easy to say, "Well, you were going to spend $60 on that stock, but that $85 one is so much nicer". Or, "It's only $125 more for that sweet railed upper and you know you'd buy rails at some point anyway".

So, how well did you stick to your budget on your first build?

Of course I did. I had $3k for it... I am almost there....still haven't spend off all my budget yet.... got a Leupy mark 4, got a Magpul UBR, got a PRI brake, got the KAC handguard....

l_Z_l
04-26-2008, 1:29 AM
My fren said we could build one for about a g. I was slowly gonna build w/ my fren but I was at the costa mesa gun show. I didn't do much research and I wanted an 18" bull barrel...so I cheated...ended up carding a RRA 18" varmint a4...blew my budget and I didn't have any sight/optics...oh wells...this disease is very dangerous ended up spending about double and i'm still not done yet. I'm already thinking of my next build...a 16" so I can shoot standing not from the bench.

aplinker
04-26-2008, 2:18 AM
My fren said we could build one for about a g. I was slowly gonna build w/ my fren but I was at the costa mesa gun show. I didn't do much research and I wanted an 18" bull barrel...so I cheated...ended up carding a RRA 18" varmint a4...blew my budget and I didn't have any sight/optics...oh wells...this disease is very dangerous ended up spending about double and i'm still not done yet. I'm already thinking of my next build...a 16" so I can shoot standing not from the bench.

Save the money, invest in dumbells instead of a lighter AR :)

"Fix the shooter, then the gun." :p

BP88
04-26-2008, 2:42 AM
No. I guess my purchases were very impulsive, but they happened to be great ones.

huck
04-26-2008, 7:05 AM
I'm seeing the same things you are, Greg. You can probably build one for $600, but you don't really want to. I'm still in the process but I now think it's going to be around $1,100 with no optics.

arfan66
04-26-2008, 10:05 AM
Budget? What's that? When it comes to my firearms, I buy what I want regardles of cost. I may not get everything right away ;). My first bulild took me 3 months and $1800 (of course lowers were +$200 back then). Toys....

Jicko
04-26-2008, 10:12 AM
I'm still in the process but I now think it's going to be around $1,100 with no optics.

Still "thinking"? Where have you been for the past 2.5 yrs!?

mltrading
04-26-2008, 10:31 AM
I just cannot resist the new cool stuff........:D How about you?

apbrian112
04-26-2008, 10:58 AM
i didn't set a budget for my first AR but i know i over spent... i didn't really price check but now i know better. "lightly used" can be your best friend as most parts on an AR will last a very very long time as long as it's been maintained. if you want to buy all new stuff, multiple vendors is a must as well as price matching, etc.

CSACANNONEER
04-26-2008, 11:01 AM
Budget? Let's see, if we go back to my first (at the time) non-AW lower. It was a Fab10 with a two didget SN that I bought in '02. I never thought I'd have about $5000 in it now. No rails, none of that tacticool stuff, it's now just a simple single shot, bolt action, upper by Advanced Longrange Systems with a 8-32 NXS that I've taken a couple of third place trophies with at 1000 yard compitions. Oh, I forgot to mention, it's now a registered 50 BMG action.

aplinker
04-26-2008, 11:01 AM
I'm seeing the same things you are, Greg. You can probably build one for $600, but you don't really want to. I'm still in the process but I now think it's going to be around $1,100 with no optics.

I would suggest that $1100 is the "reasonable" AR budget. It will allow you to get very good quality parts across the board and a few important upgrades (like trigger, buttstock, top-end upper).

Blacktail 8541
04-26-2008, 12:08 PM
Budget? What's that?


Exactly!:D

l_Z_l
04-26-2008, 12:17 PM
Save the money, invest in dumbells instead of a lighter AR :)

"Fix the shooter, then the gun." :p

But if I think my way...I'll get another one :D

huck
04-26-2008, 3:30 PM
So, I don't have it all yet, but here's what I did:

Double Star lower
Basic RRA LPK
Basic RRA 6-position stock
RRA Mid-Length A4 Upper Half
Mid-Length Handguard, Black,
16" Stainless Steel barrel 1/8 .223 Wylde
Detachable A2 Carry Handle
A2 Flash Hider,A2 Front Sight,With Standard Latch

Grand total (and I include shipping where applicable): $1,042