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daNkiest
06-17-2013, 11:40 AM
Hello Calgunners, I want to start my first build and I can really use all the help and advice I can get. I am not trying to go cheap but I am not trying spend a whole lot of money as well. With that said, my budget is around 1500 dollars. A little more is ok like 200.

If any of you experts can chime in and give me advice on what parts to buy like lowers, lpk, uppers, etc. It would be great. I don't want to make a rookie mistake and buy cheap parts or over paid for parts.

Or if there is someone around the sac area that is willing to teach me the trade of building AR's would be greatly appreaciated. I am a young grass hopper and learn very fast.

Thanks in advance.

Dankeni

Ps. This AR15 will be for multi use. Range, hunt, home defense, an all around versatile weapon.

Arkangel
06-17-2013, 11:50 AM
This might help:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=555451

First step is to get a stripped lower. Find one locally that you like, and then go from there.

daNkiest
06-17-2013, 11:59 AM
Thanks for that link. Helping a lot. What is a great stripped lower. I've owned a spikes tactical lower. I dont mind having another spikes but what are other great lowers I should be considering. I will make this a AR build a varmint/target.

bigdawg86
06-17-2013, 12:03 PM
I will make this a AR build a varmint/target.

If you are going to plan on shooting prone or on some sort of rest like a bipod, then consider getting a 18" or longer barrel with a heavy profile... If you are looking to punch paper and have an overall SHTF battle rifle then I would stick to the 16" type barrels. They can get pretty heavy if you build a precision rifle and then later decide to huck it around.

thegamettt
06-17-2013, 12:06 PM
Thats a nice budget. Should be able to score some high end stuff. Use any lower, and build off of a Vltor upper receiver once you figure what length barrel you want. If you play your cards right, that budget should get you a really nice end product with optics.

crosseyedshooter
06-17-2013, 12:39 PM
Buy complete lower assembly here (http://www.gandrtactical.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=LWR-BCM-G). Choose upper assembly of your choice and done! Btw, you only have to pay tax on the lower when you transfer it, uppers can be ordered from out of state and shipped directly to your front door.

daNkiest
06-17-2013, 12:49 PM
Buy complete lower assembly here (http://www.gandrtactical.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=LWR-BCM-G). Choose upper assembly of your choice and done! Btw, you only have to pay tax on the lower when you transfer it, uppers can be ordered from out of state and shipped directly to your front door.

I was debating on buying a complete lower as well. I saw this one.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=773151

crosseyedshooter
06-17-2013, 1:18 PM
That seems like a pretty smokin' deal.

IntoForever
06-17-2013, 1:40 PM
If they are still available, buy a Calguns lower. An excellend lower made by JD Machine and helps support Calguns. I have 2 and love them!!!

Trgt
06-17-2013, 1:40 PM
You didn't mention if you have one right now or not.

If you don't have one, since everyone seems to have the ARs back in stock, and you can get complete ones again for well under a grand, why not just buy your first one complete, a standard 16" barrel combine, and from there see what you like and don't like. Anything you buy to modify it (you have over $500 left on your $1500 budget), could be towards for a future custom build when you know what you like and do a build for #2 (and sell #1 after you finish the build).

Then even maybe two sets of optics - iron sight or red dot for short range / tactical / HD, and scope for hunting, 100 yards + target, to see what you prefer there, which also may help shape your build.

If nothing else, price out a complete build before you start building something, you still may find that it might be cheaper to buy one complete and make a few changes, than build from scratch, again depending on what you want to do.

daNkiest
06-17-2013, 2:32 PM
I have owned an AR15 before and it was a spikes so im leaning towards a spikes lower.

I saw this and I am think of picking up 2. What do you guys think.

http://www.goldenstatetactical.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=GSTSpikesl