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2 years 13 weeks ago, 11:03 AM

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i was shopping around looked at the sig 516 and LWRC also look at the colt 901... so what do you guys think should i look into a build or buy?

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2 years 13 weeks ago, 12:52 PM

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If you're on a budget you could build. If you go this route, I would recommend getting a complete upper on your first rifle so you don't have to worry about head spacing and gas port issues. You could still build the lower with the parts you want and accessorize the upper while still learning quite a bit about the platform. That is the easiest way.

If money is not an issue, LWRC and Colt make nice rifles. There are plenty of others in their price range that are good as well (BCM,Noveske,LMT,LaRue,Ranier,POF,KAC and more). Good factory rifles will hold their resale value better than something you built yourself. Factory rifles also come with some sort of warranty. If you build yourself, who do you send the rifle to when its shooting 6 moa or keeps short stroking? You pay someone to fix it.

What are you planning on using the rifle for? Do you want more of a longer range precision rifle or a CQB set up. How many rounds do you plan on shooting between maintaining the rifle. Do you prefer piston or direct gas set up? Do you care? Why is my crank orange? Is it from the cheetos and porn?

As far as I know, Colt doesn't sell the 901 lowers individually, so you wouldn't be able to build something like that. I've still only seen the one I played with a SHOT a couple years ago but I know they've recently began civilian sales. I've seen some impressive range reports. If you have the money I would do some more research on the 901. As you know, it's compatible with multiple calibers. Were you only going with the 556 upper or were you planning on getting the others as well?

My opinion- If you're looking for a beater that you're going to put tons of rounds through and don't care about resale, are on a budget, or if you want to learn about AR's, building may be the way to go. In general you can build something better for 1k than a 1k factory rifle (build to your personal preference), but after saying that, some wally worlds are selling colt le6920's for 1k.

If you want the latest and coolest toy with a warranty and resale value, and are willing to spend a little more, buy a complete rifle.

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2 years 13 weeks ago, 4:34 PM

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Thanks this got me thinking i think ima go with the warranty on my first one

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2 years 13 weeks ago, 3:24 PM

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I want to ask how will do you know the AR15?That will help you a lot.For my self am going to buy the whole rifle not sure of brand or cal.I love the idea id the AR10 (308) great for hunting almost every thing,but also the 5.56mm (not 45).I found out on FACEBOOK from FLEMM ( sons of guns tv show) that making a 30-06 AR would not be with it ( his words) but you can get a cal changer ( like 22) for cheaper shooting time.Also may shure you read up on the rifle if you buy one.Walmart is now saleing AR's by a few big names but I want to know what grade are they?Good luck thank you for coming to GUNS LOT let us know how you do.If there is a gun range that sell's AR's ask if you can rent one to shoot before you buy or if they know soem one that will let you shoot their's.Great way to make shooting buddies too....................

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2 years 13 weeks ago, 3:30 PM

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2 years 13 weeks ago, 4:32 PM

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O have a friend that has a sig 516 that thing is sexy and the 1n7 twist makes it super accurate granted the longest distance ive fired it was 50 yards...lol but all an all i like it and that one of the reasons im looking to buy one but kinda wanna go with something different like the colt or the lwrc

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2 years 13 weeks ago, 6:05 PM

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. as far as a build goes,its fun and satisfying,as well as a good overall savings if you figure the cost of too many "upgrades" by buying what you like from the start rather than buy a $600 and buy a hand guard grip and stock,probably a scope and or good sights.i left room to expand on my particular AR but its basically all good for a while because i like it fine how it is.have a few future plans for it but basically my build is based on a billet matched upper and lower and built for aprox about1100 ish worrth of parts bought and a few gifted.you can find various stages of its life so far in my pics if interested.

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1 year 46 weeks ago, 9:37 PM

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Selling an AR15 lower

Im selling my AR15 lower and buttstock- ALREADY ASSEMBLED BY A FCC, so its legit. I was going to build it with my ex, but its getting too expensive and Id rather buy one already made and then customize it later. Im asking $200. Spikes Tactical lower receiver with Jolly Roger logo. Magpul OD green pistol grip and buttstock. The buttstock is collapsable and has a compartment on it. The lower receiver was $125 at Rifle Gear. Let me know if you're interested...

1 year 46 weeks ago, 6:11 PM

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My AR

I bought a DPMS AR-15 from j3t3rarmy recently and love it. I'm thinking my next one will be a build though.

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