I get asked quite often how to build a decent AR on a budget. Nine times out of Ten, when someone says “budget” they are referring to something under $1,000. There are lots of manufacturers of junk parts out there so its awesome to get to help steer people in the right direction. I typically go with the lowest build I would let myself do if I were doing a gun just for range fun but that would also work in an SHTF situation and let the end user do any upgrades they think are necessary. One trick that works is to try to buy all of your parts from one company to save on shipping costs. The info below is just one example that I was able to piece together for someone by looking for deals at Palmetto State Armory.
PSA has really been pushing some deals on their PTAC line of uppers and parts. Right now they have a deal on a complete upper with M16 BCG, M4 Profile barrel, Charging handle and a StrikeFire red dot for just $400. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me. They also have a deal for 10 PMAGs and a stripped blem PSA lower for just $170. The only thing left was to find the lower parts kit. By searching the site I found that their Black MOE Lower Build Kit was just $100, which is $20 cheaper than the FDE MOE Lower Build Kit, so I went with black kit. The total for the parts came to $670, add shipping of $29 to my house and you’re at $699 shipped. As I mentioned, this is a budget AR. Don’t expect it to be some tack driver or comparable to your Noveske. Its a $700 gun and with all things, you get what you pay for.
Complete Upper with StrikeFire Red Dot – $400
PSA Blem Lower and 10 PMAGS – $170
PTAC AR-15 Black MOE Lower Build Kit – $100
This is customer service! The guys at San Tan Tactical have an awesome lower that incorporates an ambi bolt release and ambi mag release. One concern I had as well as a few others had was the design and shape of the ambi bolt release lever. It was loose and looked like it could be a snag hazard. As you can see, San Tan Tactical listens to their customers and created a brand new lever. All lowers from here on out will have a beefed up yet much more low profile lever. The new design is much more robust and not loose at all. What’s just as good of news? San Tan is offering the STT-15 billet lower at a discounted price plus Free Shipping for the holidays (ends tonight, 12/31/2013). Used the code “STTAR15NEWS” at checkout. www.SanTanTactical.com
Our friends at CMT Tactical released a small sneak peek at new .308/762 ambi billet receiver set last night. CMT Tactical has been producing their UHP-15 billet lower and UPUR-1 billet upper for the AR-15 platform and its a beautiful, high quality set. I would expect the exact same thing for the new .308 set. There is no official word just yet but it appears to be DPMS pattern. According to CMT Tactical, these will be slated for distribution starting March 1, 2014 which is now just two months away. We’ll update you guys with new pictures and details as they become available.
Until more details are available you can check out the CMT Tactical website or keep an eye on the CMT Tatical Facebook Page as well.
AERO Precision has just introduced their new Complete COP (Continuous Optics Platform) Pistol/SBR Upper receiver and are opening ordering up with a special introductory price. These uppers come complete as described with COP Upper, Charging Handle, BCG, 7.5″ Barrel and a KVP Linear Comp. I am a huge fan of the COP upper. The one I own is easily one of, if not my favorite upper in my arsenal. Normal retail on this upper starts at $795 but for a limited time will be starting at just $715.50 for a standard Black Anodized Minimalist Kit. Other options are available as well such FDE and Titanium Cerakote. Check out the new AERO Precision Upper Receiver section at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.
– 7.5″ Barrel, 1 in 9 twist, 5.56 chamber
– 8620 Bolt Carrier, 9310 Bolt, HPT/MPI
– Kaw Valley Precision linear compensator, designed to direct muzzle noise away from shooter
– Compatible with Mil – STD AR15 components
– 7075-T6 forged aluminum construction
– Extremely rigid user configured rail system
– Dedicated thumb perch for improved ergonomics when gripping the magwell with the weak hand
– All kit components made in the USA
– All NFA Rules Apply
I just saw this deal pop up earlier today and thought it was just too good of a deal to pass up posting about. I’ve already posted about the new “PEW PEW PEW” special edition forged lowers from AERO Precision that are only available through the end of this month. They do nothing different than the standard lowers but say “NO PEW, PEW and PEW PEW PEW” in the selector markings which is awesome! Just now they added a deal where you can pick up a matched stripped forged upper at the same time for just $40 more. AERO Precision receivers are very high quality and are some of my favorite ones to build off of. Grab your matched special edition set now at www.AEROPrecision.com for just $145.
If you would like to purchase just the new black anodized special edition lower, you can do that here: http://aeroprecisionusa.com/lower-receivers/ar15-stripped-lower-receiver-special-edition.html
San Tan Tactical has really made a huge splash in the AR-15 market recently with their offering of a completely ambi billet STT-15 AR-15 lower receiver that has very unique looks and some really cool options. Each lower comes completely assembled with ambi QD sling mounts, ambi mag release and an ambi bolt release. They have decided to offer a nice Christmas sale by dropping the already reduced introductory price from $299.99 down to $289.99 and offer FREE SHIPPING as well. Just use the code “STTAR15NEWS” at checkout between now and December 31st to get in on the deal. Purchase yours at www.SanTanTactical.com.
Another important thing to mention is that San Tan Tactical has listened to their customers requests and redesigned the Ambi Bolt Release lever on the STT-15 lower. The old lever got the job done but enough people asked to have it beefed up and more low profile and San Tan Tactical was happy to do whatever made their customers happy. The photo below shows the new updated Ambi Bolt Release lever. Be sure to follow the SAN TAN TACTICAL Facebook Page for updates on new products as well.
*Photos courtesy of Reign Precision Marketing.
AERO Precision is releasing a really cool special edition lower for the holidays. Instead of the typical Safe, Fire, FA markings on the lower they are using the words “NO PEW, PEW and PEW PEW PEW” which is just a fun variation. Still get the same high quality receiver you come to expect from AERO Precision but a bit different than your buddies. The images below show the lower without anodizing to highlight the text but all of these will come anodized. From what I’ve heard these will not be something that they will keep as a cataloged item but just a short term holiday thing. Get your “PEW PEW PEW” forged lower now at www.AEROPrecision.com.
– Semi-auto AR15 lower receiver
– Machined from 7075-T6 forged aluminum
– Matte black hard-coat anodized Mil 8625 Type 3 Class 2
– Marked “Cal Multi”
– Works with standard AR15 components and magazines
– Rear takedown pin detent hole is threaded for a 4-40 set screw
I’ve been meaning to doing a write up on the new Adams Arms COR (Competition Optics Ready) complete upper so when our friends at RifleGear.com emailed me and said they had some in-stock it seemed like the perfect time to make it happen. This new upper is a very nice rifle length competition upper built off the awesome Adams Arms piston system but it seems like it would be a nice fit for someone looking for a high quality, lightweight upper that is a breeze to shoot as well. I personally have not had the pleasure of shooting the COR Upper yet but I would love to some day. I’ve heard a few people who have shot it say its the lightest, smoothest shooting upper they’ve ever shot. With a price-tag of $998 it won’t be a right fit for everyone but its definitely a sweet upper and lots of bang for the buck even at that price. Check out the pics and specs for the new Adams Arms COR upper below. If you like what you see, head on over to www.RifleGear.com to snag one for yourself.
Designed with competition shooters, the new C.O.R. Upper is the optimal setup for competitive shooting and is ready to go right out of the box! (just add an optic) This upper was designed with a comprehensive approach to create the lowest felt recoil pulse while maintaining ultimate accuracy and maneuverability. The VDI Ultra-Lite Barrel runs extremely light and accurate. Our New Low Mass Carrier and Rifle Length System significantly reduces felt recoil, and the VDI Jet Comp virtually eliminates muzzle rise for follow
All Adams Arms products are made in the USA and come with a Life-Time Warranty.
– Low Mass One Piece Bolt Carrier. 7.5 Oz (21% Lighter)
– VDI LifeCoat 16.5” Ultra Lite Rifle Length Match Grade Barrel (.750 Gas Seat) This Match-Grade barrel is precision honed, creating a smooth round and straight hole. Chambered 5.56x45mm NATO, 4150CMV, 1:7 Twist
– VDI Jet Comp
– Evolution Rail, Equipped with Hand Stop, 2 – 2” Rails
– QD Sling Mount
If you’ve been following the articles we write here on AR15NEWS™ you’re probably already Phase 5 Weapon Systems is always good for another awesome new product. Just yesterday they released their new AR-15 billet upper and man it good looking. You might be thinking “Big deal, what does this upper have that others don’t?”. Well, its not what it has but more of what it doesn’t have that a lot of you guys have been asking for.
The new P5WS Billet Upper is a low profile design the has the Dust Cover and Shell Deflector but does not have the Forward Assist. Believe it or not, lots of shooters are looking for an option like this and this new upper is awesome. In the pictures below it is shown attached to a Phase 5 Weapon Systems billet lower (which I seriously hope they make available soon as well) but this should match up perfectly to just about any billet or forged lower on the market. Take a look at the pics, then head on over to www.Phase5Tactical.com to snag one for yourself before they are all gone. You can also check out all of their other awesome components while you’re there.
– Ball Milled, Machined from 7075 T6 Aluminum
– Flat Top Picatinny rail
– Heavy duty side walls for durability
– Shell Deflector
– Mil-Spec Black Type III Hard Anodize finish
– Includes Ejection port cover installed.
– Made in USA
In-stock and ready to ship at www.Phase5Tactical.com
This specific sale is one I’ve been itching to share with you guys but it wasn’t live until today. If you are looking to start a new build, the Quentin Defense Black Friday Sale is where its at. Now through 12/2/2013 you can pick up any of their Billet Lowers for just $100. This includes their QD-15, Zombie and ALL Military Branch versions. I’ve always thought their Military Branch billet lowers were awesome and would make a great start to a commemorative build. Also, you can get a billet upper and lower for just $260. Check out these awesome deals at www.Quentin-Laser.com.
If you are looking for a new rifle or some new barrels, etc this Black Friday, CORE Rifle Systems is where its at. All of their 5.56, 300BLK and 7.62×51 (.308) barrels are on sale. They also have some of their awesome combos on sale such as the CORE15 M4 Rifle with .22LR Upper Combo, the CORE15 TAC II.V Rifle and TAC II.V 300BLK Upper Combo and more. This is definitely a sale worth checking out. Head on over to www.CORE15Rifles.com and check out this awesome sale.
Adams Arms has some great deals going on in their Black Friday sale on items such as a complete C.O.R. upper and a complete Rifle. The deal that really caught my eye was the Carbine Piston Conversion Kit. Not only is the kit itself on sale but it also comes with a free 16″ M4 profile barrel. This would make for a great start to a new upper. Deal starts now and runs through Monday, 12/2/2013. http://www.adamsarms.net/black-friday-sale
Adams Arms Black Friday BONANZA!
*Free VooDoo Barrels…
*Still American Made with a LifeTime Warranty!
Anderson Manufacturing started their Black Friday sale this morning. They sell everything from small little parts for the AR’s to complete rifles. Their Black Friday deal is basically a site-wide sale with lots of deals to be had such as the awesome looking lower (listed below). You’re definitely going to want to check this out. Head on over to www.AndersonRifles.net and take advantage of some great deals.
Check out this awesome looking lower below for just $80. (**This is their new lower with the Integrated Trigger Guard**)
Check out the 4 different Bundle Deals available at Iron Sight 15 right now for Black Friday. These deals deals are as little as a Barrel and a BCG to as big as all the necessary parts to build yourself a complete upper with rail system. The IS15 Black Friday Sale statrs now and ENDS Monday, 12/2/2013. www.ISFifteen.com
CMT Tactical has a sale going on right now for what they call their “Ammo Grade” billet lowers. I personally own 2 sets of these receivers and they are awesome. These are basically their standard lowers but ones that have some minor cosmetic blemishes. Nothing that would compromise function or safety though. Head on over to www.CMTTac.com and save an additional 15% OFF the already discounted price. No discount codes. Price shown is the sale price.
Thanksgiving sale starts TODAY on Ammo Grade Lowers 15% off !! Remember, Ammo Grade products have minor cosmetic blemishes & ARE NOT for Safe Queens!
Limited qty available here!!!– https://www.cmttac.com/UHP-15-Billet-Lower