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    Need some guidance

    Ok so here is my situation. I am going to have some money left over after paying tuition and books this semester and want to get an AR-15. The thing is, I have no knowledge of these rifles.

    I am looking for something that is pretty basic, but won't be a pain or hard to find parts to upgrade in the future with grips, stocks, etc. I can go to probably $800 or so in price and just need somebody to point me in the right direction. With the upcoming election and the fact that I have been wanting one for awhile, I feel it is time to buy. Any help is appreciated and remember I do NOT know much about these rifles.

    Oh and by the way, this rifle will be primarily for target shooting for right now. I have a 12 gauge and a 1911 for home protection.
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    Start like most of us did by reading the AR-15 forums at AR15.com where you can learn more about the rifle than most anywhere else you can go.

    This will let you decide which model and accessories you desire.

    You will also find info on what products are best for certain types of use and all the info you need in case you decide to build your own.

    Four months ago I knew nothing about an AR-15 except they were black. I had never even held one. I now have a very nice A3 flattop AR-15 in 5.56 that I purchased every piece and put togehter with my own two hands with no help. It fires every time the trigger is pulled and is accurate.

    The lower reciever is the only part that you have to buy from a licensed FFL dealer/shop. The rest is more than abundant anywhere on the internet.

    Here is the thread on my AR build: http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...tor-lower.html
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    Educate your self then buy a stag . Stag produces a lot of parts ( as well as full rifles ) that are brand named by big names . FYI my ar is a rock river , but were i buying one today it would be a stag .
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    The only thing you could do wrong is to buy a 7.62x39.... ARs are simple, solid, universal, and the gun equivalent of a lego set!

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    I remember seeing that website before but just couldn't remember what it was. Thanks for the replies. So the only piece needed to be sent to an FFL dealer is the lower receiver? That's pretty sweet so I can build it as the money comes in. Once again thank you.
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    Yes, only the lower has to go through a FFL.

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    Yep and you can save about $150 doing it in pieces so you can put that into Ammo and a few mags. You can get a complete lower and complete upper of decent quality and get done for about $650 to $700 if you shop around an watch for deals.

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    what ever happened to the pre-ban forums? I think they were linked with sig forums and glocktalk. I got back from a deployment a long time ago and it was gone
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    Yes ! For newbies with little or no knowlege of the AR15 platform you should spend some time over at M4Carbine.net or AR15.COM

    You can read every thread, especially the stickies and within weeks you'll know more than most law enforcement officers. Not a diss on the LEO here, just facts from own personal experience.

    I think you'll find an array of experiences with every single AR15 maker in the market. One thing is for sure, LMT is probably my favorite and for your budget I'd not have a problem with Bushmaster.

    Do alot of looking around on those sights. Decide what you want this rifle to look like and how you want it to perform. Lot's of people purchase the first thing on the rack at the local dealer only to find out later that they'd wished they'd had purchased a flat top upper and not the A2 fixed upper, They find out they really wanted a retractable stock and bought a fixed A2 stock, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.

    Take your time. Read, read, and then read some more on those sites mentioned. You'll be ready in not time to make your purchase.
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    The lower is the only part that has to go through a FFL b/c its the only part that tracked if i'm correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach Riggs View Post
    The lower is the only part that has to go through a FFL b/c its the only part that tracked if i'm correct.
    Not sure "tracked" is the right word but it does have to be sold through an FFL for its first sale. After that, who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach Riggs View Post
    The lower is the only part that has to go through a FFL b/c its the only part that tracked if i'm correct.
    It is the only part that BATFE considers to be "the firearm" is the more correct way to state it.

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