On-line shopping exclusively...
Ar-15.com's EE section is loaded with great deals and the average street prices are what I mentioned earlier. A2 or collap. stock assembles for < $40.
The lowers are harder to find at $100 though. But still, to your point getting an upper for $120 wont break the bank.
Yea, I overlooked the rear sight. I have a LMT so I spaced it out. Good catch. However, any scope or red dot and a set of rings would complete the set up. Or add ~ $80 for a quality rear sight.
I just bought a new unfired Del-Ton set up for cheap: 16" light weight barrel assembly, complete A2 upper, minus bolt carrier/ bolt/ CH, with a collapsable stock thrown in. This set up was over $80 less than I was looking to spend on a new barrel. Since this lightweight set up is for the wife, $300 for a barrel was hard to justify for how much she shoots.
The cool thing is the seller is 35 minutes away and I get to pick it up today.
I wll have <$520 in this complete rifle, assembled with brand new, name brand parts (mostly DPMS). Well, the stock has been mounted.
+1, although I think you'll find the prices have gone up (or at least in my area). The lowers are now around $120. The lower parts kit runs around $65. The buffer assy runs around $60. The uppers are closer to $500. You then also need to throw in money for a rear sight ($85 to $130).
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