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Great Start to a Decent Quality Budget AR Build

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by ar15news

This week I’ll be posting some Memorial Day Sales that come into my inbox. I personally don’t mind sharing Memorial Day Sales that are running all week but I refuse to share them on Memorial Day as that is a day or remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

PSA just announced the beginning of some of their Memorial Day Sales. PSA in the past has had a lackluster reputation because of longer shipping times but if you read their most recent reviews that is an area they have really worked on and I’ve personally bought stuff and been plenty happy with the service. The deals are well worth the wait anyways. One of the first deals they announced is a 16″ Mid Length 5.56 NATO 1:7 Melonite MOE Rifle Kit.  

PSA Memorial Day Sale

Barrel: 16″ barrel length Chambered in 5.56 NATO, with a 1:7 twist, M4 barrel extension, and a mid-length gas system. The A2-style profile barrel is melonite finished for durability. Barrel is finished off with an .750″ diameter F-marked front sight base with sling swivel, Magpul MOE Black Handguards and an A2 flash hider.

Upper: Forged 7075-T6 A3 AR upper is hard coat anodized black for durability. Featuring M4 feedramp cuts, T-marks, these upper upper receivers are made for us right here in the USA.

Bolt Carrier Group: For AR15 and M16 rifles and carbines. Bolt is made of shot-peened, Mil-spec Carpenter 158® steel. Gas key is secured with grade 8 fasteners and staked. Bolt carrier is parkerized outside and chrome lined inside. Includes Charging Handle.

Lower Build Kit: Includes the PSA MOE Lower Build Kit

Memorial Day Price:  $419.99 with FREE SHIPPING

This thing is just $420 and qualifies for Free Shipping through Memorial Day or until they are out of stock. Add in a stripped lower and you’re looking at a Sub-$500 AR build with very good quality components including Magpul furniture and a Melonite barrel. Here is the direct link to this kit.  http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-16-midlength-5-56-nato-1-7-socom-melonite-moe-rifle-kit-7780444.html

If you are on an even tighter budget, they do have a PTAC build kit for about $70 less but it doesn’t have any Magpul stuff, no Melonite barrel and although the reviews are 5 Stars I have heard some issues quality wise regarding the PTAC parts. I would personally recommend the kit at the link above. 

Also, I know some will assume I get paid for articles like this but I don’t. I do not know a single person at PSA and almost never write about their deals because they only last for one day.  This post is simply telling you guys about a good deal I ran across. Just putting it all out there. 🙂

I know the summer can tend to be slow in many industries including the gun industry but lately the deals have been getting so good you might need to put off those vacation plans for a bit longer to get in on them. For instance, here is a daily deal from Palmetto State Armory. You can get a complete 16″ Mid Length 5.56 MOE Rifle Build Kit including a Magpul MOE Grip, Stock, Trigger Guard and Hand Guard for just $399.99. (This is NOT the PTAC crap they were selling for a while.) All you need is a lower and rear sight and you’ll be in business. If you’re looking to put together an AR on a budget, this kit will get you well on the way. Unfortunately this deal expires on 8/14/15 at 12 noon EST so get on it!

PSA MOE Rifle Build Kit

http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/21687/s/psa-16-midlength-5-56-nato-1-7-phosphate-moe-freedom-rifle-kit/

I held off on posting about PSA’s new EPT for a few reasons. One, the first run sold out extremely fast so I was waiting for it to come back in-stock. Two, the name is a bit misleading as it does not double as an Emergency Pregnancy Test. “Ba Dum Tsh” Okay, so really it was just for the first reason but now that the PSA EPT is back in-stock I figured it was a good time to tell you about it. 

PSA’s EPT starts out as a standard single-stage government-style fire control group. They then finely polish the contact surfaces and then coat the hammer and trigger in a super slick nickel finish. They say the result is “a trigger that is substantially smoother than mil-spec”. It is also a very affordable upgrade at just $39.99.

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I think this would be an interesting product to test up against the ALG Defense QMS and especially the ACT Trigger. ALG Defense Triggers tend to cost a little bit more ($45 for QMS and $65 for ACT) but you can typically find a deal with free shipping etc. While I am always looking for a great deal, I think I would still go with the ALG Defense ACT or QMS triggers knowing that they are tuned by Geissele and I have had great experience with them so far. However, if I were looking for the absolute best price on an upgraded trigger group, I would not hesitate to give the new PSA EPT a try. Check them out at www.PalmettoStateArmory.com.

PSA 16″ CHF MID-LENGTH RIFLE KIT (No Lower) – Just $499.99

Posted on February 7th, 2015 by ar15news

This just goes to show you that you really do not need to buy a crappy off the shelf commercial spec rifle to save some money. Right now Palmetto State Armory has a weekend deal on their 16″ Mid Length CHF (Cold Hammer Forged) Rifle Kit. The CHF barrel is made for them by FN, not some no name manufacturer. The kit comes complete with a fully assembled Upper, BCG, Charging Handle, Lower Parts Kit, Receiver Extension Kit and Stock. All you need to do is supply the Stripped Lower which can be found for as little as $60 on PSA’s website while you’re buying this Rifle Kit for just $499.99. You do the math. That is a complete, high quality, rifle without the major brand name for just $560. Sign me up please!! For those wondering, I have personally purchased and still own tons of PSA parts, complete uppers, lowers, etc. They really are Good To Go! Just don’t expect your stuff to ship right away. They are notoriously slow.

PSA 16 inch MId Length CHF rifle Kit

Everything you need to turn your stripped lower into a rifle for one low introductory price.  Kit includes a PSA 16″ Hammer-Forged, Chrome-Lined, mid-length upper, BCG, charging handle and our Classic Lower Build Kit.

Lower Build Kit:  Includes our M4-style stock, A2 Pistol grip, Palmetto State Armory Classic Lower Parts Kit with single-stage combat trigger, Mil-Spec size buffer tube, castle nut, end plate, carbine spring, and PSA Standard buffer.

Barrel:  A proprietary blend of Hammer forged chrome molly vanadium made by FN that is referred to as “Machine Gun Steel” by virtue of its use in FN’s M249 and M240 weapons.   The hammer forging process work hardens the steel, making it more durable.  In addition, the chrome process for the bore allows for a lining almost twice as thick as a standard M16 for enhanced durability.  Chambered in 5.56 NATO, with a 1/7 twist, M4 barrel extension, and a mid-length gas system.   The A2 style profile barrel  is Mil-spec phosphate coated.   Barrel is High Pressure tested, and Magnetic Particle inspected, to ensure quality and dependability, and is finished off with an F-marked front sight post with sling swivel, standard hand guards and an A2 flash hider.

Upper: Forged 7075-T6 A3 AR upper is made to MIL-SPECS and hard coat anodized black for durability. Featuring machined T marks, and a mil-spec finish. These uppers are made for us right here in the USA by a mil-spec manufacturer.

Bolt: Bolt is made of Shot-peened Mil-spec Carpenter 158 steel. Gas key is secured with grade 8 fasteners and staked per mil-spec. Bolt carrier is parkerized outside, chrome lined inside.

Each upper is assembled to order with care, and test fired.

Purchase now at www.PalmettoStateArmory.com

PSA “PMags and a Bag” Deal is Back

Posted on August 16th, 2014 by ar15news

This is a deal that comes around every once in a while from Palmetto State Armory and its such a good deal that I always make sure to tell you guys about it. Right now, PSA has their “PMags and a Bag” deal going on which includes 6 PMAGs and a 36″ PSA Single Rifle Case all for just $89.95. They’ve updated the deal to include Gen M3 PMAGs so you’re getting the best of the best. The Gen M3 PMAGs usually sell for $15 each as it is so when you add it all up you are getting a FREE PSA Rifle Case when you purchase this deal. If this is the deal you’ve been looking for, head on over to PalmettoStateArmory.com and Get You Some before they’re all gone!

PSA Mags and a Bag Deal High Res PMAG

Memorial Day 2014 Sales – Palmetto State Armory

Posted on May 19th, 2014 by ar15news

We’re still a week away from Memorial Day 2014 and the sales have already started to show up. One such sale, and one of the biggest you’ll see, is from Palmetto State Armory. They have a huge sale going on a ton of AR-15 Parts and Accessories mainly consisting of different lower parts kits. There are a few other deals as well such as the $99 PMAGs-And-A-Bag, $195 complete AR-15 lower with ACS-L Stock or the $65 Stripped Upper Build Kit. If you’re in the building mood, head on over and take a look at the PSA Memorial Day 2014 Sale. There’s a chance they’ll be adding more items this week so keep checking back. www.PalmettoStateArmory.com.

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DIY – Build A High Quality AR for $540 SHIPPED!!

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by ar15news

Every once in a while a sale comes up and all the specific parts are in stock that allow you to build a really great quality rifle for much less than you would think. And we’re not talking about your run of the mill “commercial grade” AR. These are all high quality mil spec components including a Chrome Lined CMV barrel, M16 Full Auto BCG with C158 Bolt, etc. The only kicker on this is that the rifle kit is part of a “Daily Deal” which means you have to move on it now. The Rifle Kit is $480 and the Blem Lower is just $60 giving you a total of $540. It just so happens that they are also running a FREE SHIPPING deal on all orders over $150 so this qualifies. That’s right. Just $540 total. You can’t beat that. These will sell out fast as well. Check out the details below. 

PSA 16″ M4 CMV Rifle Kit – $480

620 PSA CMV 16 M4 rifle kit

PSA Blemished Safe/Fire Lower – $60

620 PSA Blem Safe Fire Lower

Great Deal!! PSA Classic Complete Lower Build Kit – $80

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by ar15news

PSA’s Daily Deal for today is a complete M4 Lower Build Kit which includes a standard LPK plus a Buffer Tube Assembly (Buffer, Buffer Tube and Spring) and M4 Collapsible Stock for just $80. These usually retail for $120 so you’re saving 33%. Head on over and snag a set to two before they’re sold out. www.PalmettoStateArmory.com

620 PSA Classic Lower Build Kit

Build a Complete Milspec AR-15 for just $560

Posted on February 27th, 2014 by ar15news

Not really much to say about this other than…GeT sOmE!!  This is Palmetto State Armory’s “Daily Deal” so it’s only going to be available until noon tomorrow. Just $499.99 for a premium rifle build kit and $59.99 for a cosmetic blem PSA forged lower. Only $560 plus shipping for a complete Milspec 5.56 AR. The build kit even includes a Full Auto Carrier, Carpenter 158 Bolt, Chrome lined FN made M4 barrel, etc. I’ve put both of the links you’ll need below. I can’t even tell you how good of a deal this is. Don’t waste $700 on an off the shelf commercial grade piece of junk when you can buy this kit and build a rifle that will be something you can beat the crap out of and still pass it on down to your kids. 

**UPDATE**  Well, that didn’t take long.  The build kit is now sold out.  Sorry guys.  Will let you know when this deal comes around again.

PSA 16″ CMV Chrome Lined Premium Rifle Build Kit

620 PSA Rifle Build Kit

PSA Blem Lower

6250 PSA Blem Lower

$700 Complete AR Build with Red Dot and 10 PMAGs – Shipped!

Posted on January 3rd, 2014 by ar15news

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

700 dollar AR build 620

Great Clearance Deal – PSA Enhanced Lower Build Kit – Just $80

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by ar15news

I know how you guys like your sweet deals (so do I) so I thought this would be something you’re interested in. Palmetto State Armory has a bunch of their Enhanced Lower Build Kits in-stock right now so they put them up for sale at just $80. This includes a complete LPK (Lower Parts Kit) and a complete Receiver Extension Kit (Buttstock, Buffer Tube, Buffer, Action Spring, Castle Nut and End Plate). If you think about the numbers, an LPK usually goes for $50-60, which means you’re getting a complete Receiver Extension Kit for just $20. That’s a steal. Grab a few of these before they are all gone. I can’t tell you how many lowers I’ve finished off with PSA kits like this and have never had any issues with them. Get yours at www.PalmettoStateArmory.com.

PSA Complete Lower Build Kit Deal 620

Includes PSA Enhanced M4 Stock and A2 Pistol grip in Black, Palmetto State Armory Classic Lower Parts Kit and Mil-Spec diameter 6-position buffer tube assembly.

Everything you need to finish your stripped lower!

Links To Build a Quality AR for Just $630 Plus Shipping

Posted on September 29th, 2013 by ar15news

I just figured I would throw together a quick article giving you guys some links to build an affordable yet good quality AR-15. I’ve seen quite a few people lately buying off the shelf, commercial grade AR’s for $700-800. Quite a few other people have asked me for details on what I would build if I were wanting a great bang for the buck AR. With the links I have listed below, you’ll be able to put together a milspec AR-15 with quality parts for $630 plus shipping (price at time of posting). Obviously these parts are just suggestions from me and you can feel comfortable swapping out one product for another from any of these manufacturers. 

PSA 14.7″ CHF M4A1 Premium Upper w/ M16 BCG & CH – Unpinned  –  $450

**Special note on this one.  PSA is not pinning the flash hider on this upper so unless you have either a Pistol Lower or SBR Lower you will need to immediately take it to a gun smith to have it pinned per NFA rules.**

PSA Cheap AR Upper

AERO Precision Stripped Blem Lower  –  $75

AERO Precision AR15 Lower 620

PSA Classic LPK  –  $60

PSA Cheap AR LPK

Damage Industries Complete Milspec M4 Stock Kit  –  $45

620 Damage Industried Complete M4 buttstock kit

LABOR DAY SALE – Palmetto State Armory

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by ar15news

In true Palmetto State Armory fashion, they are having a massive Labor Day Sale. They have deals on everything from Magazines, Gun Bags, and tools to gun parts and complete guns. I’ve listed a few of my favorite deals from the Palmetto State Armory Labor Day Sale below but you can also just head on over to PalmettoStateArmory.com and check them all out yourself too.

PSA 16″ M4 CMV Rifle Build Kit

PSA Labor Day Sale M4 build kit 620

6 PMAGs and a Drako Tan 36″ Tactical Bag

PSA Labor Day Sale 6 PMAGS and a Bag

AR-15 Blem Lower & PSA MOE BLK Lower Parts Kit

PSA Labor Day Sale Blem Lower and Moe LPK

Stripped Blem AR15 Upper

PSA Labor Day Sale Blem Stripped Upper

MOE Stock Kit – Flat Dark Earth

PSA Labor Day Sale MOE Lower Build Kit

PSA Complete Magpul FDE Lower – Cosmetic Blem – $199

Posted on August 21st, 2013 by ar15news

If you don’t care who put the first scratch on your AR15 you can score some sweet deals if you look for them. In this case Palmetto State Armory has some complete AR15 lowers in-stock that have minor cosmetic blemishes. Not only are they complete but they also come with an FDE colored Magpul MOE Stock, MOE Trigger Guard and MOE Grip. I’ve personally seen what is considered a “Blemished” lower from PSA and you have to search really hard to find any signs of a blemish. Now for the “Deal” part. You can purchase one of these Complete Magpul FDE Lowers for just $199 at PalmettoStateArmory.com.

PSA MOE Complete Lower Blem 620–  Machined from Aluminum Forgings 7075-T6
–  Hardcoat Anodizing: MIL-A-8625F, Type III, Class 2
–  Milspec Diameter Receiver Extension
–  Magpul MOE Stock
–  Magpul MOE Polymer Trigger Guard
–  Magpul MOE Pistol Grip
–  Staked M4 Lock Nut
–  Standard Carbine buffer
–  Un-notched Hammer compatible with 9mm use
–  Caliber: Multi

PSA Classic M4 Stock Kit – On Sale for Just $40

Posted on August 12th, 2013 by ar15news

It always seems to work out this way. Last night I ordered a complete milspec buffer tube kit (no stock) from another company and paid $45 for it. Now today, PSA drops the price on their complete M4 Stock Kit which includes a stock to just $40. Oh well. This is a great deal for any of you looking to finish off a lower. I have used this exact kit on a few of my other guns and its been great. Purchase yours now at PalmettoStateArmory.com.

PSA Classic Stock Kit Deal 2

This PSA stock kit includes an M4 stock, 6-position milspec diameter buffer tube, buffer spring, Carbine buffer, latch plate, and castle nut.

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