View Full Version : 'Cheap' AR-15

chris in va
February 24, 2011, 11:33 PM
After borrowing a gentleman's AR-15 for a rifle match, I realized a few things and might consider getting one.

Not looking for all that fancy rail stuff, just probably a flat top version. It needs to be reliable with reloads as I can't afford the factory ammo.

Somewhere around $750. I don't mind building things as I did my Saiga conversion.

February 24, 2011, 11:52 PM
look into stag arms model 2, and other models

That'll Do
February 24, 2011, 11:59 PM
Look into S&W or DPMS for that particular price range.

February 25, 2011, 06:21 AM

February 25, 2011, 06:27 AM
I vote M&P. You could also buy a complete lower and complete upper and then click them together.

February 25, 2011, 06:54 AM
can't remember the name of the company.. but they are out in the Midwest and have some kind of initials like CMMP or such... they have a bargain bin on their web sight and sell all new, mixed parts for around $600 bucks. the one I got was absolutely top of the line...

February 25, 2011, 07:45 AM
CMMG (http://cmmginc.secure-mall.com/category/Main-Shop-1) has a bargain bin but they do not always have rifles in there.

February 25, 2011, 09:24 AM
Look at what Bravo Company has to offer. They are rated high on the mil-spec chart if that is important to you. You get both mil-spec bolt carrier group and receiver extension. Quality parts in the lower.

Hard to beat the BCM A4 for the price.


February 25, 2011, 09:54 AM
Another +1 for CMMG. Mine has been great to me. Had an ammo issue early that cleared itself up. Still kinda a mystery to me but 2500 rounds in, I love the gun. Much more than the RRA I had before. Mine wasn't a bargain bin one but it's my understanding those only have cosmetic flaws.

February 25, 2011, 09:59 AM
DS arms has decent uppers and lowers. I figure I could build a rifle for ~$700 from their stuff when it's all said and done. I bought an upper for $290 with shipping, a complete lower half with m4 stock is $200 add another $75 for shipping and FFL transfer, bolt and carrier for ~$100 or a smidge more, add a rear sight and you're done. you'll have a decent plinker and you should be able to play with the weights in the buffer if it doesn't work with your ammo right off the bat. just don't expect to make it through a serious carbine class or competition.

February 25, 2011, 11:31 AM
Has anyone built a rifle from Del-Ton's kits? If the quality is usable, those are the lowest prices I've ever run across.

Willie D
February 25, 2011, 12:12 PM
I have a Del Ton mid length kit that has suited me fine as a poor man's AR. Finish is a little rough but it has done well functionally. It had a little trouble with lower power rounds (UMC, Wolf) not fully cycling until I shot 200+ rounds of hotter NATO stuff.

February 25, 2011, 05:02 PM
Another fan of Del-ton's products here. I now have four ARs from four different makers (BCM, CMMG, RRA and Del-ton). I picked up a RRA National Match lower and a Del-ton 20" government profile barreled upper as my first AR. With black hills 52gr Match HP's and Weaver Nitrex 1.5-5x32 scope it will shoot consistent 5 shot 1 3/4-2" groups all day long. IMOO Del-ton makes a decent quality AR at very reasonable prices.