Originally Posted by Billyb0b81
You had me kinda confused for a minute
. Thanks for the info! This will be my first AR so I am trying to get all the info I can before trying to buy anything at the show tomorrow. Is a flattop upper good? I kind of like the pic in post #16. Sorry for all the questions, but I am glad you have the answers!!
flat-top upper is good if you intend to go with aftermarket optics.. like a EOtech or aimpoint, etc... you can save a few $$ by not getting the carry handle but in that case you will need to buy a backup sight which will cost $50-150 depending on what you get.. so you have a lot of options really.
lowers are less important than uppers i'd argue; its just a frame that any parts kit can fill.
the reason you buy lowers local is because they are the serial numbered parts, and you have to do the whole fingerprint thing... uppers can usually be bought online cheaper, and the brands dont have to match.
really though... i'd stick with bushmaster, stag, rock river, colt.
to the guy that said NO olympic arms... i second that.
also: the difference between a good brand and a bad brand doesnt have to be huge.
but its the SMALL differences in quality that make up huge differences in price.
think of it this way, a dpms may be ok to shoot at the range.. because if it is slightly less accurate/reliable... who cares.
but if its something you would ever let your life depend on, its worth the extra money to have peace of mind.