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    Built two this week. Both mine. Both exactly the way I wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by budgetprepp-n View Post
    I don't know,,,,,,, Parts are cheap also. $199 for a complete upper 129 for a complete lower? $329 and your shooting
    Or build your lower for $110 and a $199 upper use the 10% off coupon and it's like $287 <-- Hard to buy an AR that price.
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    Here's that PSA pistol build I've been blabbering about. I did add the troy muzzle device, magpul handguard & grip. The end plate, sling, and qd attachment are from Acme machine in Ohio. The rear fold up site is a UTG pro slim. The optic is a Trijicon MRO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budgetprepp-n View Post
    I don't know,,,,,,, Parts are cheap also. $199 for a complete upper 129 for a complete lower? $329 and your shooting
    Or build your lower for $110 and a $199 upper use the 10% off coupon and it's like $287 <-- Hard to buy an AR that price.
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    Cheap isn't always good. What about resale with home built weapons? So you saved 20-30 bucks and now have something you can't give away. Have you tried to sell or trade a home built at a shop or show??

    Could you please post up some pictures of the groups your shooting with that $280 AR. I'm very curious to see how well they perform.

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    Time to assemble another AR. I had over looked a complete lower sitting in back of the vault . Swapped it out on a really good upper with a better lower and just sat it in back. Digging around yesterday looking for a part and there it was. Oh yea I remember that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
    Cheap isn't always good. What about resale with home built weapons? So you saved 20-30 bucks and now have something you can't give away. Have you tried to sell or trade a home built at a shop or show??

    Could you please post up some pictures of the groups your shooting with that $280 AR. I'm very curious to see how well they perform.
    I don't build to flip it. I build it to get exactly what I want.
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    My usual reply to "why not just buy it", is, anyone can buy one.

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    I have assembled Ar's that are good weapons in the $500 range shop smart wait buy right know what you are buying. However they are not the weapons they $700-$800 dollar range ones are 4 MOA vs sub to one MOA is a major difference. Trigger function parts life span all come into play. That does not discount a lower cost weapon just what needs to be considered. Just as many $1000 ones and upper really do not offer much more than a well planed $800 dollar one does . Know what parts you are buying and how they work with other ones you are purchasing.
    I own a discount 220v Gas/fluc wire Mig welder. I am not going out and make a living with it. But for the minor repairs of mower decks a round here it works fine . Yes welding time is limits so it takes longer. It severs well for what it is intend for comes in handy with some motorcycle mods as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
    Cheap isn't always good. What about resale with home built weapons? So you saved 20-30 bucks and now have something you can't give away. Have you tried to sell or trade a home built at a shop or show??

    Could you please post up some pictures of the groups your shooting with that $280 AR. I'm very curious to see how well they perform.
    I been using PSA parts. No I haven't sold any of my builds If the lowers were bought under my name I won't sell them.
    But I have had some offers and I could have made money.
    Until now I just bought a lower and upper and slapped them together.
    This is my first "scratch" build. At least now I know I can fix anything on the rifle.

    And PAS brand rifle barrels hold a OK pattern at 100 yards
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosinator762x54r View Post
    Here's that PSA pistol build I've been blabbering about. I did add the troy muzzle device, magpul handguard & grip. The end plate, sling, and qd attachment are from Acme machine in Ohio. The rear fold up site is a UTG pro slim. The optic is a Trijicon MRO.

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    Darn that's nice....... Where you buying your parts if I may ask?
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    I sold 2 ARs that I put together in 2012 for $1500 a piece, Thanks Obama. I was laid off at the time. Took the upper off the lower called them parts and sent them down the road.

 

 
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