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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-15-2008, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Got my stimulus check....

and I want to purchase an ar-15 lower or 2. I want to build it. I have never purchased a gun, and i have been browsing the net looking at various ones.

What is a FFL? Can I purchase somthing from the internet? Any advice for a first time buyer?

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and I want to purchase an ar-15 lower or 2. I want to build it. I have never purchased a gun, and i have been browsing the net looking at various ones.

What is a FFL? Can I purchase somthing from the internet? Any advice for a first time buyer?
You've got a lot of reading to do...

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You've got a lot of reading to do...

lol...no kidding. Doesn't know what an FFL is but wants to build an AR or two

I hope I'm not on that range when he goes to test fire

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Ok.... an FFL is a Federal Firearms License. If you are buying a firearm online/mail order, the seller cannot mail it directly to you. It has to go to an FFL. The FFL will then do the background checks that TX requires. So, once you've decided what you want to buy, contact an FFL near you and get their info. Tell them what you are buying. Provide the seller with the FFL's info. Pay the seller. The seller will ship it to the FFL. The FFL will contact you when it comes in. You go to the FFL, pay his fees and pick it up.

Any complete rifle will have to go through this process. You can buy parts of a rifle and have them mailed directly to you... except the lower receiver. That's the part the Feds decided as the controlled item. You can buy what's called a "rifle kit" from places like Del-ton. It will include everything for an AR-15 except the lower receiver. You can get a lower receiver online too but it will have to be shipped to an FFL as described above. Or you can buy a lower receiver locally at a gun show or gun store then assemble it yourself. It's not hard. Another "build" option is to buy a complete upper and a complete lower (via FFL) and attach them together. Or you can order a complete rifle.

A budget AR-15 will run about $700 and will be perfect for plinking at the range on weekends. You can get as fancy as you want and drive the price up to $2500 or more. It all depends on whether you buy into the Kool-Aid klan that insist you need the most expensive parts because it could cost you your life. If you're not using your AR to kick doors down in the sandbox or busting up crack houses, then a budget AR is best.


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You've got a lot of reading to do...

I saw your build thread, other than ar15.com, any other places i should look?
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I'm just curious, but is building it yourself important?

I bet you can locate some fine rifles already set up for whatever you have in mind.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-16-2008, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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yea, the reason i want 2 of them is I am going to give it to my stepdad and it will give us something to do together. He is out of town and i want to do something for fathers day when he gets back.
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That would be pretty cool.
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A budget AR-15 will run about $700 and will be perfect for plinking at the range on weekends. You can get as fancy as you want and drive the price up to $2500 or more. It all depends on whether you buy into the Kool-Aid klan that insist you need the most expensive parts because it could cost you your life. If you're not using your AR to kick doors down in the sandbox or busting up crack houses, then a budget AR is best.
+1

But my ar was $650 and i got away with DPMS lower and a Rock River upper chrome lined barrel (all was bought new and unfired)
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But my ar was $650 and i got away with DPMS lower and a Rock River upper chrome lined barrel (all was bought new and unfired)
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More details/ pics please

No camera right now but here is the run down
(all underlined items were bought off arfcom, everything else except for the carry handle were bought at cheaper than dirt)

$400 - chrome lined upper with BCG 16" barrel (flat top)
$99 - DPMS lower
$40 - 6 position stock
$59 - DPMS lower parts kit
$5 - Castle nut wrench
$12 - screw on lower rail
$8 - forward grip
$10 - Blackhawk sling
$20 - slightly used carry handle (bought from a buddy)

$653 total

so i was 3 bucks over ... oh well. It took me about 2 months of searching for deals to peice it all together.
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found a pic of i took before the rail and VFG
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what's the last 2 of ur social?

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