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Old Army dude planning out his first AR-15 build.

Discussion in 'Rifles' started by Uber72, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. Uber72

    Uber72 New Member

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    I always wanted an AR-15 after I got out of the Army. I just never gotten around to it.
    I was working on reasonably cheap AR-15 build as my funds are not that great. I wanted a basic build that I can get reasonably quickly. Primarily for home defense and target practice.

    This is what I was thinking about:

    Upper:
    https://www.bearcreekarsenal.com/bc...ystem-1-8-twist-w-15-mlok-rail-complete-upper
    or the side rail one (but probably will stick with the basic one above)
    https://www.bearcreekarsenal.com/bc...parkerized-barrel-1-8-twist-15-mlok-handguard

    Lower:
    https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-ar15-freedom-classic-lower-flat-dark-earth-7779346.html

    Sights:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JWOUS06/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
    Optics are down the road when more funds get available. Probably a Vortex Sparc II Red Dot sight.
    And probably sooner than later a mounted light so I can see what I am shooting if something is in my home that needs shooting.

    The downside is that I have been remiss in getting a Texas state ID. I finally got an appointment but it is three weeks away.
    Oh well. Gives me time to work on seeing if I can get a better build. As with my other hobbies, this is probably going to give me G.A.S. Gear Acquisition Syndrome.
     


  2. Big Green

    Big Green I Eat Crayons. YUT! TGT Supporter

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    Bear Creek has had some quality control issues. You may have to do some cleaning up of the chamber to get it to run reliably. Maybe not though. It’s a gamble.
     
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  3. Uber72

    Uber72 New Member

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    Cool. Thanks for the heads up. I have some Palmetto uppers on my wishlist as well.
     
  4. EZ-E

    EZ-E Freedom vs Tyranny 2020 TGT Supporter

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    I would choose Palmetto over BCA.

    I have a AR9 pistol i built with a BCA barrel. It had problems feeding. I threw it on my buffing wheel & it feeds with no issues now.
    I also have a 7.62x39 BCA complete upper that had issues striking cheap Russian ammo primers. Had to replace the firing pin with an aftermarket Enhanced firing pin. Also had to upgrade the hammer spring to a Wolff heavy spring. I plan on turning it into a 6.5 grendel with a bolt & barrel swap.

    Ive got a 6.5 grendel i built around Christmas time with a Wilson Combat barrel & Odins Works bcg that runs flawlessly. Im really liking that 6.5 grendal caliber now a days. Gives you more distance & heavier bullet compared to the 5.56.
     
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  5. SQLGeek

    SQLGeek Wheel Gun Nut TGT Supporter

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    Avoid Bear Creek. Crappy QC and very questionable hiring practices.

    PSA is OK. Not my choice personally but they'll do.
     
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  6. Big Green

    Big Green I Eat Crayons. YUT! TGT Supporter

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    If you upgrade to the PSA CHF FN barrels they are a great deal. Other PSA lines are all entry level. Nothing wrong with, just know that it is. Having said, it’s probably the best entry level.

    Another reason to support PSA is that the owner has said his goal is to get as many ARs into the US as possible to ensure they meet the Supreme Court’s definition of common usage. He’s about as 2A as you can be.
     
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  7. popper

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    Aero, Anderson, Delton decent stuff. Put together yourself. Barrel and trigger are the important parts.
     
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  8. Byrd666

    Byrd666 Flyin' 'round in circles........somewhere TGT Supporter

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    Just a question, or option, your choice but, why not just go with a pre-built PSA upper and pre-built PSA lower? Then put together, done. Over. Fin. Change pieces parts as needed. You have one for the bad guys, while you can spend time doing the Lego thing on your "perfect" build.
     
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  9. tonyt79

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    I’m kinda in the same boat as you, but I bought a few lowers from PSA a few years ago and haven’t decided on uppers yet. I got out in 2012


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  10. Uber72

    Uber72 New Member

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    That is what I was working on. Prebuilt uppers and lowers. Just Bear Creek met my price point but seems they have quality issues. Going back to looking at PSA, I now noticed that all of their uppers (at least the 16" ones) are now temporarily out of stock, darn it. :) Maybe they will get some back in stock soon.

    Anderson Arms is another I was looking at for Uppers. Actually, I have been filling up my bookmarks with companies and stuff. I need to organize them. heh heh.
     


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