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    Cheapest AR-15

    I am looking for the cheapest AR I can get. I wanna pick one up at the next gun show. I'd like to stay under $1000 if possible.

    What is the bottom of the barrel AR

    ie. the WASR-10 is one of the cheapest AKs

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    You should be able to get something pretty decent for $1000....definitely way above "bottom of the barrel". I, personally, prefer to build my own. Putting together an AR15 is rediculously easy. Buy a lower, parts kit, and stock and order a complete upper from CMMG or one of the other good vendors and you are good to go. AR-15.com is a good resource.

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    Under a grand? I don't think you'd be happy at all with the "cheapest AR-15". Leave those for the panic buyers.

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    What about the Oly Arms GI-16. Whys it called a plinker?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsee11789 View Post
    What about the Oly Arms GI-16. Whys it called a plinker?
    Good question..Most others call theirs a rifle, or carbine. Your post will generate enough research for you to spend some time on here shortly. Don't 'jump the gun'.

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    Its called a "plinker" because it isnt built to specs designed for accurate defensive or offensive use. Its cheaply put together for those that just want to "plink" some rounds downrange at plates.


    For $1000 you can have a much nicer rifle.
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    Why don't you just buy Sammy's for $600?

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    Shipping and FFL transfer shouldn't cost you more than a $100.

    Then you will have $300 left over for ammo.

    And if you do it, then I will quit drooling over it and no longer be tempted to buy it.
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    You can get a quality AR rifle for under 1000 dollars. I bought my Smith & Wesson M&P15 for 995 brand new. I believe STAG, Olympic, and DPMS all can be had for under a grand. Or you can build your own for under 800.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsee11789 View Post
    I am looking for the cheapest AR I can get. I wanna pick one up at the next gun show. I'd like to stay under $1000 if possible.
    What is the bottom of the barrel AR
    ie. the WASR-10 is one of the cheapest AKs Thanks
    Buy yourself a Complete AR Lower made by Stag or DPMS.
    This will cost about $300 from an FFL Dealer.



    Then shop around online for a Complete Upper.
    These can be bought directly (no FFL )

    There are many choices for a cost of $400 and up.

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    Do a search for stripped lowers online. Someone somewhere always seems to have a sale for $90-$100. Go pay a local pawn shop $25 to do the transfer. Then go to Model 1 sales online and pick out a CAR rifle kit for $460. This gets you a complete carbine, flattop or A2, your choice, for right at $600.

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    Olympic Arms can be had for $600. I never bought entry level stuff as in Ar's I like my Bushmaster.I am told when buying AR'S stick to abc as they will not let you down.

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    when I think bottom of the barrel AR, I think olympic arms
    one can be had for $670 at atlantic GI Carbine,AR15 .223
    personally id rather pay a little extra and get a stag arms or dpms
    heres one for only 770

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    I think I'd like to build my own.
    I've never done this before though.

    What would I need?
    Parts and Tools

    Upper
    Lower
    Trigger Group

    what else am I missing.

    I have zero experience with ARs
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsee11789 View Post
    I think I'd like to build my own.
    I've never done this before though.

    What would I need?
    Parts and Tools

    Upper
    Lower
    Trigger Group

    what else am I missing.

    I have zero experience with ARs

    AR15.COM

    Go here and you will learn a lot
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsee11789 View Post
    I think I'd like to build my own.
    I've never done this before though.

    What would I need?
    Parts and Tools

    Upper
    Lower
    Trigger Group

    what else am I missing.

    I have zero experience with ARs
    It will be a fun project to build your own, however, after doing my own the first time I will warn you of the cost involved the first time around and what you will need as a MINIMUM.

    Parts needed:

    - Lower receiver
    - Upper receiver
    - Lower parts kit (trigger, bolt catch, and pins kit)
    - buttstock and receiver tube assembly
    - Buffer system (buffer and spring)
    - Ejection port cover
    - forward assist assembly
    - charging handle
    - bolt carrier group assembly (carrier, bolt, firing pin)
    - barrel assembly (barrel and barrel but)
    - gas block & gas tube (tube length and gas block determined by barrel length and diameter)
    - Forend grips or free float tube
    - flash hider w/crush washer
    - magazine
    - Iron sights or optics


    Tools needed to do a good clean correct job:

    - Basic pliers and screwdrivers
    - adjustable wrench (4" will do)
    - needle nose pliers
    - decent torque wrench up to 120ft lbs.(3/8" drive perferrable)
    - roll pin starter punch set
    - steel punch set (up to 1/4" diameter)
    - small cold steel chisel set
    - small ball peen hammer (steel)
    - small brass or copper hammer
    - complete set of standard allen wrenches up to 5/16"
    - bench vise
    - armorers wrench
    - forend grip tool (delta ring tool)
    - barrel nut wrench for AR-15
    - buttstock spanner wrench
    - free float forend spanner wrench
    - action block set (to hold the upper and lower receivers in vise)
    - blue locktite compound
    - moly grease
    - headspace field guage set
    - wide masking tape (to protect receiver from scratches)
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