View Full Version : AR-15 build..question

May 1, 2010, 08:04 AM
My gun fannatic friend wants to buid me an AR-15. Is it common to order..let say a DPS lower if u find a good deal and then get something like bushmaster upper? He says you save about 300$$ if u buy em seperate.. Any problems with matching 2 brands.. Any suggestions?

May 1, 2010, 08:58 AM
No problems with matching quality parts to one another.

May 1, 2010, 09:22 AM
This site will let you know what will or won't mate up with other parts



May 1, 2010, 11:07 AM
He says you save about 300$$ if u buy em seperate..
I doubt that.

Doing this will reduce its value a little

May 1, 2010, 11:38 AM
You dont save money buy buying them separately... You can, however, save money by building a rifle from scratch being selective about parts and watching the budget. You are very capable of building a decent 650$ AR15 from built parts. I did....

650 is NOT the norm for an AR...consider 1,000 the average. They can be bought cheaper, and certainly more expensive...

collector rob
May 1, 2010, 12:22 PM
Here's a new Double Star for $659.00 Just add a scope or Rear sight.


May 1, 2010, 12:38 PM
Prices have come down a lot. The bolt, upper, lower, barrel, and lower parts kit will cost more than you can buy a riffle for.

Bolt -$125
Upper $125
Lower $ 125
Lower parts kit $75
Barrel $150

This does not include stock, sights, hand guards etc.

www.budsgunshop.com has a complete AR for about $650


May 1, 2010, 03:34 PM
Prices have come down a lot. The bolt, upper, lower, barrel, and lower parts kit will cost more than you can buy a riffle for.

A lot of misinformation being passed around here. :rolleyes:

Last month I built a complete M4 for around $577.

I got my upper from here ..... http://www.tonyscustomuppers.com/cart/index.php

Then bought the following from a local gun show ... no tax! ;)

The charging handle was $17.

BCG was $90.

The lower was $50 and the Lower Parts Kit was $45.

I had a stock that I used which cost me $25 at another gun show.

For buying a rifle from Budsguns you will have to find an ffl to transfer for you. Minimum $25 - $40.

Then you are going to have to pay shipping on top of that. Probably around $25 to $35.

Then finally ..... tax will eat you on a gun buy.

So, you are looking at paying $50 to $75 more on top of the $650 price tag PLUS tax.

So ... all in all you are looking at around $750 to $800 for the same rifle you could have built for $600!

You have to look at Tax when considering the price of a rifle.

It's always cheaper to build than buy one complete.


May 1, 2010, 07:07 PM
Still going have to pay the FFL fee for the lower unless you buy local.

I have been building AR's for about 10 years and even back when I started a good lower was at least $75. Now a good name brand one will set you back $100-$200

And I was talking NEW parts. Yes you can pick up used parts at a gun show and build a used rifle for less cost than a new. And I enjoy building them but I have never saved on building one over what I can buy a new one for but I build a lot nicer firearm.

I have to pay tax at Buds but no FFL fee on receivers or guns bought from them. And if I ship something to them the FFL fee is only $10 not $25.

The last gun show I went to they were asking $75 for the lower parts kit without the hand grip.

From the site in your link the cheapest upper with bolt and charging handle was $480. Now if you can get a lower with parts kit for $150 you are up to $640 and still don't have a stock, buffer, or buffer spring.