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Cheapest AR-15 Complete Rifles & Builds

Want a reliable AR-15 for not a lot of cash? We cover the cheapest (but not cheaply made) complete AR-15s and build parts so you can pew pew on a budget.

The AR-15 world grows daily. Much like the universe, it’s constantly expanding and growing, becoming more and more fruitful for the AR-15 owner.

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It’s also quite beneficial for first-time buyers, as the massive amount of AR-15s produced has helped drive the price down.

Thanks to its overwhelming prevalence in the market, the AR-15 has become an excellent and affordable platform for shooters seeking a modern, semi-auto rifle.

There are a billion options, but we are here to help you get pointed in the right direction.

Today we are going to cover both complete rifles and build kits that allow you to get an affordable rifle without sacrificing quality.

Sometimes building a rifle can save you a few bucks, but complete rifles can save you some time and difficulty. That’s why we wanted to bring you both options and allow you to make that choice.

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Best Overall Pick

    Palmetto State Armory Blem PA-15 16” M-LOK Carbine

    PSA rifles represent a great crossover point when it comes to price and quality.

  2. Best Budget AR-15

    Radical Firearms RPR 5.56

    These rifles offer some great furniture and features at an amazing price point.

  3. Best-Optioned Budget AR-15

    Ruger AR-556 MPR

    In addition to good furniture, the MPR includes a muzzle brake and a good two-stage trigger out of the box.

  4. Mid-Tier Option

    Sig Sauer M400 Tread

    If you are looking for a strong feature-set and reliability backed up by a big-name company, the M400 Tread might be the rifle for you.

  5. Editor's Pick

    IWI Zion-15

    Extremely good build quality and solid furniture out of the box make this a rifle you can stake your life on.

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Best Budget AR-15s

If you are looking to buy a complete rifle or just snap a complete upper and lower together to save yourself the hassle, these are our top picks.

1. Palmetto State Armory PA-15

Palmetto State Armory is one of the companies that made AR-15s accessible to the masses and arguably the most popular. These days they produce a crazy amount of different rifles, handguns, and more.

PSA 5.56 & .223 Wylde
Palmetto State Armory offers various trims, options, and builds to suit your AR-15 needs.

Their PA-15 remains one of the most affordable, entry-level AR-15s on the market. A base model can be had for $500, and blemished models can be had for even less.

The cheapest models come with standard furniture, polymer handguards, and fixed front sights. Various color options are typically available.

They also offer a PA-15 with a mid-length gas system, which is worth the extra $30, in my opinion, to get the smoother shooting gas system and longer handguard.

If you don’t mind supplying or buying a stripped lower receiver and snapping the parts together, you can save even more money.

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PSA is well known for its build kits, and this is a great way to get some upgraded features without breaking the bank. The PSA 16-inch mid-length build kit comes with Magpul furniture for less than $400.

The 16-inch Classic Rifle Kit with a free-floating M-LOK rail and included sights costs just a hair over 400 dollars. Add a lower, and you can be into your rifle for less than 500 dollars and have a fairly modern AR-15 variant.

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2. Radical Firearms RPR

For those who want a complete, modernized AR-15 rifle on a budget, the Radical RPR has you covered.

More often than not, budget AR manufacturers cut costs by putting basic furniture on their rifles. Many users often end up spending more money to upgrade or replace these features to have a more modern, comfortable gun.

Having good furniture from the get-go helps save money down the road. (Photo: CTGunAuctions)

Luckily, the Radical RPR comes with a chunk of the good stuff already. B5 systems stock and grip and a 15-inch free-float M-LOK handguard ensure that you won’t feel like you are back in 2004 when you take your brand-new AR out of the box.

Worried about quality? Radical has been upping their game recently and is even supplying weapons to Brazilian law enforcement agencies.

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All of that goodness still ends up only costing you about $399-$449 from most online retailers. At that price point, it is tough to beat.

3. Ruger MPR

For those looking for something a little more feature-rich or “mid-tier,” we encourage you to check out the Ruger MPR (Multi-Purpose Rifle).

Ruger offers a more basic version, the AR-556, but the features of the MPR really set it apart from other guns in its price range. (Photo: American Firearms)

This rifle does come in at a higher price point, around $799, give or take a bit. So what makes it worth the higher price?

To start off, you get a Magpul MOE-SL stock and a Magpul MOE grip. In the front, we have a 15-inch free-float M-LOK handguard. The barrel is cold hammer-forged with a 1:8 twist and is capped off with a radial muzzle brake from Ruger.

Additionally, you get the Ruger Elite 452 trigger. This is a two-stage trigger that offers a crisp 4.5-pound break and is a welcome upgrade over the standard mil-spec trigger found in most budget builds.

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With the furniture, the muzzle brake, and the upgraded trigger, we feel like the MPR justifies the price.

4. Sig M400 Tread

Budget is as budget does, and for less than $1,000, it’s tough to get better than the Sig M400 Tread series.

The Tread represents Sig’s attempt to create a good beginner’s rifle. If you want a rifle that works out of the box and does so with style, then the Tread is hard to top.

Sig Sauer Tread and Ammo (2)
Sig Sauer M400 Tread

Sig has a whole series of Tread rifles at different price points, but for this article, we are looking at the standard Tread.

It is a 5.56 caliber rifle with a standard 16-inch barrel, but it departs from most budget ARs by embracing some fancier features and furniture.

This includes a lightweight M-LOK modular handguard and a free-floated barrel for better accuracy. Sig teamed up with Magpul to provide a very supportive and comfy six-position SL-K stock, and it is complemented by a solid ergonomic pistol grip.

Mid-Tier Option
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A stainless steel 1:8 twist barrel provides solid accuracy and is topped off with a 3-prong flash hider. The trigger isn’t crazy, but it s a solid single-stage design with polished parts for a nice smooth pull.

All in all, the M400 Tread isn’t the cheapest rifle, but you still get a lot of gun for the money. Check out our full review of the M400 Tread here.

5. Bear Creek Arsenal BC-15

If you are looking to stay under the $500 mark, you should take a look at Bear Creek Arsenal’s offerings.

Not only does Bear Creek offer affordable AR-15s, they offer them in a wide variety of calibers. Looking for a .300 Blackout, .350 Legend, .223 Wylde, .450 Bushmaster, or even a .50 Beowulf? BCA has complete rifles in all of these calibers under the $500 mark!

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If you want to experience something other than run-of-the-mill 5.56, Bear Creek is almost assuredly the cheapest way to do so.

Another cool thing is that they also offer side-charging uppers, which is far less common but interesting nonetheless.

Also, if you want to save even more money, you can purchase a complete upper and lower separately and shave off about $50. You can cut even more costs if you go for a stripped lower and install the lower parts kit yourself.

Bear Creek Arsenal now offers complete uppers with cold hammer-forged barrels for very reasonable prices.

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Whether you are looking for a specific configuration on the cheap or just want to dip your toes into a new caliber, Bear Creek probably has what you are looking for.

6. IWI Zion-15

Many first-time AR-15 buyers are simply looking for a reliable gun that won’t fail them when they need it the most.

The Zion-15 is your standard AR-15 with good furniture, made in the United States by a company with a great reputation. (Photo: IWI)

The IWI Zion-15 is just that. Everything you need, and nothing you don’t.

Adorned with a B5 Systems stock and grip, and a 15” free-float M-LOK handguard, the Zion-15 doesn’t need much in the way of upgrades out of the box.

It has a 1:8 twist barrel, a mid-length gas system, and a standard A2 birdcage flash hider. The Zion weighs in at 6.9 pounds and is ready to be carried anywhere.

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IWI has long been known for making high-quality, duty-ready firearms, and the Zion-15 is no exception. It is a bit spendier, around the $750-850 mark, but the admission is well worth it.

Whether you are at the range or in a serious-use situation, the Zion’s exceedingly good build quality will provide peace of mind that you have a rifle that will work every time.

How to Build a Cheap AR-15

For those wanting to save a few dollars, have more customization options, or simply want the experience of building a budget AR-15, this section is for you.

AR-15 Upper Receiver Parts
AR-15 Upper Receiver Parts

Remember, it’s way easier to build an AR-15 than you might think. See for yourself and check out our build guides below!

Now, let’s talk about parts.

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Parts You Can Skimp On

Like anything else, sometimes you pay more for a name than the materials and manufacturing, and with AR-15s there are a few parts that you can go the cheap route with and be just fine.

Lower: I like cool-looking lowers as much as the next guy, but a lower is a lower. There’s not a huge amount of difference between the $30 ones, and the $300 ones aside from aesthetics and strength, but you shouldn’t be doing anything to your lower that could break it anyway.  

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Check out our Best AR-15 Lowers for more info.

Handguard: This one is a toughie, but in general, you can get by with a basic A2 handguard at the minimum. Comfort and the ability to add accessories is the main factor here, but a good free-float handguard can help with accuracy too.

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Check out our Best AR-15 Handguards if you want to ball it up a little more.

Stock: A cheapo stock will be just fine. You can swap them out with about five minutes’ effort, and there are tons of options out there. A2 and M4 style stocks are almost literally a dime a dozen, and if they’re good enough for our armed forces, they’re good enough for us.

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If you want a complete breakdown and review of a bunch of stocks though, read the Best AR-15 Stocks.

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Lower Parts Kit: Most of them are the same anywhere you look, and other than the trigger, you are never gonna notice a difference. Some LPKs come with a grip and trigger, so that can save you money and extra steps.

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Parts to Spend Your Money On

Trigger: The trigger is your primary interface point with your rifle, so it makes sense to start there if you’re looking to get something a little nicer with better performance. Try to aim for a lower parts kit with no trigger so you can pick your trigger yourself.

Make sure to do your research before buying the trigger that is right for you. A great starting point is our Best AR-15 Triggers article.

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Tested AR-15 Triggers

When it comes to bang for your buck, I highly recommend the Rise Armament AR-15 Rave 140 since it is super easy to install, cheap, and is a great trigger.

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Barrel: After the trigger, the barrel is going to be your biggest accuracy bottleneck, so if you’re going to upgrade, this is your second stop. Faxon is often at the top of our list for barrels, with their Gunner profile being the top of the top.

Goldilocks Barrel
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Again, this is one of the critical parts — so take some time and read through our Best AR-15 Barrels & Manufacturers before choosing the barrel that is right for you.

Final Thoughts

Affordable ARs can be tricky. You can certainly get some junk if you aren’t careful. Even with that said, the platform has become so popular and so widely produced that truly bad ARs are getting less common.

Favorite AR-15s
There is a flavor for just about everyone.

The biggest downside to most affordable AR-15s is dated furniture, which in practice doesn’t have that big of an effect on the rifle’s usefulness and effectiveness.

The good thing is that the market makes it plenty easy to upgrade along the way!

PPT Contributor Matthew Collins contributed to this article.

What do you think of our list? Already have a great affordable AR? Let us know in the comments below! Want to learn more about the AR-15 platform as a whole? Check our page, AR-15 Rifles [The Definitive Resource]!

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  • Commenter Avatar

    How about the upper, BCG, buffer/spring/Kit? Or is that posted separately? Just wanted to see your recommendations on those as well.


    February 3, 2023 7:43 pm
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    John Christopher

    I thought the Smith & Wesson Sport 2 would have made the list.

    Why didn't it?

    February 1, 2023 3:07 pm
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      Wyatt Sloan

      Great question, John. The S&W Sport II was a serious consideration since it has been the go-to budget recommendation for well over a decade. While it is still a stellar gun, we feel like the features are a bit dated at this point, given that the price hasn't really gone down. There are some other great AR-15s out there with M-LOK rails and nicer furniture that shoot just as well out of the box for the same or less money.

      February 1, 2023 7:51 pm
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    Chuck Cochran

    I learned a lesson buying a "Cheap" AR. When I bought my first AR 12+ years ago, I knew nothing about the platform. An aquaintance recommended a DPMS Oracle. The gun was DPMS's bottom end, and it was a mixture of Civilian and Mil-Spec parts. Needless to say, it functioned, but it was hastily thrown together at the factory, and their Torque Wrench must have been broken, because not a single one of the torque recommendations was close to where they should be. The furniture was cheap, and except for the M1913 rail on top of the upper receiver, there were no other mounting surfaces and iron sights only ended up with about a 9" radius, so accuracy was not up to my standards.
    Over the next couple of years, I replaced parts. From the flash hider to the end of the buttstock, I ended up replacing nearly every part on the gun, to the point, all that's still original on the gun, is the upper and lower receivers.
    Now, it's a decent gun, accurate, looks and functions without a Hiccup.
    I originally spent $450 for the gun, but the cost of replacing all those parts, cost nearly $600. I would have been better off spending more on a better gun.
    I'm not saying that all of the "budget" guns highlighted in the article, are as bad as my Oracle was, but I urge anyone buying a new AR, take the extra time and do a little research on the gun you're looking at, before you buy it.

    One positive of my experience, is I can totally strip, and reassemble an AR from just the parts.

    February 1, 2023 1:00 am
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    Recently built my own and really like the Aero M4A1 lower because the holes that accept the bolt catch pin and safety detent spring are threaded, so you never worry about the safety spring popping out and you'll never scratch the lower when installing them. Also like the fact that it has an integral trigger guard so no forcing those stupid pins in to hold the trigger guard! The LPK is so easy to install once you find a good video online to follow. Also like being to pick out my own furniture and trigger.

    January 31, 2023 7:30 pm
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    John H

    Great article, I have 2 of these (PSA & Sig) both are solid options I would trust my life with. I also have 2 upper tier AR's (DD& BCM) and let me tell you the sig isn't that far off. It's heavier for sure and doesn't shoot as flat but its a tac-driver. My PSA is in .300 so not comparing apples to apples and would say while it always goes bang it feels alot further off then the high end stuff. Not exactly a fair comparison when my psa was $500 and my DD was $2,500. love that you included the Zion, feel like it is criminally under RATED! Also would include the Smith and Wesson on this list. Solid gun you can always trust your life with.

    January 31, 2023 7:10 pm
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      Wyatt Sloan

      John, it sounds like you got nearly all your bases covered! The Zion-15 is an excellent newer entry into the world of ARs, and we definitely agree that it is criminally underrated. The Smith & Wesson almost made the cut, but the price is a bit high for the older feature set these days. As proven as they are, we feel like it is getting harder for it to compete with guns like the PSA or Zion these days.

      February 1, 2023 8:08 pm
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    Why no 80 o/o receivers.?
    Build your own rifle is the name on the post.

    January 31, 2023 5:59 pm
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      Wyatt Sloan

      Hey, Bruce. We kept it separate because we have another entire article dedicated to 80% receivers. You can check it out here!

      February 1, 2023 7:57 pm
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    Palmetto State Armory PA-15... out of all the rifles in this article this rifle is actually the better deal and not because of the low price for what is a very solid rifle. Its because the price gives you a 'money cushion' that will let you turn this into a high end expensive feeling and operating and looking with a few changes and you can use the 'money cushion' on those changes and come out with a rifle that if it had a high end rifle brand name on it would cost a few thousand more.

    January 30, 2023 6:50 am
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      Wyatt Sloan

      John, the PA-15 is definitely a great starting point for those that want to upgrade over time. It is always nice to have a solid gun that will keep running as you tinker with it along the way.

      February 1, 2023 7:54 pm
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    William Sell

    Building my AR15 my first rifle also, have had some pistols and shotguns, I'm just a little concerned about our country and the state it's in

    February 23, 2021 11:17 am
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    At nr

    Not a bad article. A few thing to important things to know though. First of all, any one who decides to build their own AR-15 should know that when they purchase the lower receiver they will need to also have to register it like any other fire arm at the time of purchase.

    Second, if building your rifle get a set of spec’s and take a set of pin, blade gages , and a miccromitor with you when buying your pieces . Parts are easier to check before you buy and install. Less costly too.

    On the upper reviver pin gage the gas release port. It is a Pin size hole on the bolt side to the just behind it. This hole is often under checked. The port is actually out of spec and is either not deep enough and/or wide enough. Awhile back a engineer altered the design call outs instead of having a machine fixed . It is important that this hole is to pre 2000 spec.

    Former Quality Control AR-15

    July 8, 2020 9:25 am
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    Mike Cue

    Bear Creek Arsenal has pistol ARs for $350. I have never had a problem and I have uppers and completes that work flawlessly on the range. I wouldn’t take a $350 AR into combat but I highly recommend them to budget conscious shooters

    February 6, 2020 4:58 pm
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    What are your thoughts on ceratac kits? I built one of theirs on a savage lower and I have zero complaints. It’s as plain as they come but fit, function and accuracy have all proven great in my case.

    January 29, 2020 6:51 am
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    Thanks man.I wanna build my first ar.This is the only site I found after a month of looking that had gate ways to all the info I was looking for.Truely helpful information.

    January 27, 2020 8:57 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      :D Glad we could help, take a look at the AR-15 Definitive Resource section for a ton more info!

      January 27, 2020 9:40 am
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    How about Aero they make affordable lowers. Standard Gen 2 lower is usually 72.99 and the M4E1 is 89.99.

    September 4, 2019 11:32 am
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    Minuteman VA

    I began my AR relationship with the purchase of a Colt Sporter II (.223 only). I then purchased a DPMS Oracle with I stripped down to receivers and barrel, and reconfigured all of the furniture, changed the forward assist, charging handle, trigger guard, etc. My third AR, was built. Matt Collins is correct, ARs are waaaaaay easier to build than most people think. I built an AR pistol, 7.5" delta Team Tactical assembled upper for $159, 80% lower from Tennessee Arms $40, Primary Arms LPK for $35-ish, and a full-auto BCG from PSA for $49.99. I strung my purchases out over the course of a year, and purchased on holidays and big sales days. The 80% lower ending up developing a crack, so I abandoned that and purchased the "Enhanced" Anderson lower for $60. I added many upgraded components, because I prefer Strike Industries controls and muzzle devices. Initially this was a sub-$350 build. Once I finished adding my Strike Industries stuff, painting, single point sling and optic, I was sub-$450. I'm happier than a pig in mud. it's pretty accurate, runs everything I've fed it so far, doesn't mind shooting fast, no FTF/FTE yet.

    July 18, 2019 10:48 am
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      Christopher Bishop

      Post parts list sounds like you got it going on. Please sir.

      November 27, 2019 8:36 pm
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    Enjoyed your article on AR -15’s, been looking to buying my first and this was very informative. I believe prebuilt well be my way of going but, I now have a better knowledge of different manufacturers.

    April 28, 2019 3:20 pm
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    Ordered a $350 DA Arms complete build kit with an 80% lower, on Cyber Monday. Still awaiting its arrival. Any input on them?

    I have a stripped lower, I'm planning to use so the 80% will be a future project.

    January 5, 2019 12:28 pm
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    I did my 'carbine' upper for $350; the lower for $270; Drop in trigger is definitely worth it. Cost me MORE to transfer the lower than buy and ship it...bummer; Beware the barrel; got a defective one, but did get a full refund....added a good dot sight and we are 'off to the races'....shoots GREAT....and I MADE IT....

    January 5, 2019 6:23 am
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    Jeff Adamson

    Great article. I love how you made it clear where you can cut corners to save money.

    I might suggest that even though a forearm or stock maybe go for military use. It’s not necessary going to be comfortable for everyone. You may want to point out to get the least expensive furniture that is still comfortable and makes you want to shoot the rifle.

    January 3, 2019 7:35 am
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    James F

    As usual on PPT, excellent article. Thanks.

    January 1, 2019 5:54 pm
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    Sua Sponte

    Del-Ton? I've had pretty good experiences with them, several for under $500.

    December 31, 2018 6:24 pm
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    I just bought a PSA lower on sale for $129 ($30 FFL trasnfer fee) and an upper on sale for for $240. Add in the $40 magpul rear sight and $12 magazine and I'm into the AR game for $451.

    December 31, 2018 2:43 pm
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    You keep listing Spikes in the "Cheap" category of AR's. Have you been to their website and looked at their prices?

    December 31, 2018 7:50 am
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    Rusty in Bend OR

    So if I did the math right on each of your budget parts to complete a build, the total is $489 ... which is $10 less than the complete PSA budget AR. So tell me again why I'd want to "build" vs. "buy"? (Rhetorical Question).

    My real question is ... if you were going to re-jigger this article and call it "Building the BEST AR-15 from Scratch" ... and trying to get a great balance between "value" and "quality" ... what parts would you recommend? That would be a really interesting follow-on article.

    December 31, 2018 5:40 am
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    What is your thoughts on Stag Arms? They sell complete or kits and also offer a left hand version.

    December 31, 2018 5:03 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      Stag is good to go and one of the few brands that offer and stock left-hand versions.

      December 31, 2018 10:31 am
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      I did my research when I started looking to get an AR and I ended up getting the Stag Arms 'Retro' mostly because it looks pretty much like the M-16A1 I carried in my Marine Corps days. I admit, I was being nostalgic. It has the heavy profile barrel, so it's a tad nose heavy, but it is a beautifully built rifle and fires extremely well. It isn't in the cheap range $(860), but those guys build a real solid gun without it being completely out of range. Just my 2 cents.

      January 3, 2019 1:15 pm
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    "...need something more reliable than a Hi-Point". Like what exactly? They are a lot of things but unreliable is not one of them.
    If your paying over $400 for an ATI Hybrid you didn't look hard enough. I've seen them on sale for $350. Don't worry about the plastic lower, I've built several and they seem to be holding up. I bought all of the parts for my latest build on sale and with patience came in under $300 with a goal of the cheapest build I could for kicks and that included a muzzle break

    December 31, 2018 1:16 am
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      Zach Brooks

      I have one ati poly lower and two ati poly uppers, one came with the lower as a whole rifle, but the second i bought as a stripped upper and finished with a 9inch free float quad rail over a 10.5 inch 223 wylde barrel from bear creek arsenal originally $150 black friday special price of $45. Love my ati poly receivers!

      May 28, 2019 1:11 pm
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    How to Build a Cheap AR-15:

    PSA Kit with complete Upper (that really is complete and assembled) and lower parts kit that has everything but the stripped lower.

    Anderson Stripped Lower ($30 all the time if your LGS isn't ripping you off, $25 if you catch a sale)

    December 30, 2018 11:23 pm
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    What building manufacturers do you recommend for a AR-10 build in a .308 WIM?

    December 30, 2018 7:39 pm
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    I am wondering if I just got lucky with the two Bear Creek Arsenal uppers I have purchased or if others have had the same results. I bought a 7.62 x 39 upper that shoots 1 to 1 1/2 MOA groups and a 6.5 Grendel that I have shot several 1/4 MOA groups and averages well under 3/4 MOA with 95 gr. V-max. I have purchased one 5.56 PSA upper, it runs well but seldom shoots under 1.5 MOA.

    December 30, 2018 6:12 pm
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      I don't think so. I have 2 of the Bear Creek uppers and both work fine for me. I've read on other forums about how bad or cheap they are but I have no complaints so far.

      December 31, 2018 1:18 am
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      Zach Brooks

      I have a barrel from them that i love, they make a lot of parts that are very reliable, for way less than anyone else.

      May 28, 2019 1:15 pm
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    Victor Aguilar

    I wonder why the entry level Ruger and M&P AR's were not included here since yup can get them both for around the same price (under $600).

    December 30, 2018 4:33 pm
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    Jason Kreul

    I really gotta say, I was on vacation in Jamaica and got an email from PSA with their $259 (shipped) M4 Freedom Rifle kit staring me in the face and thought, "Sure, why not?" I came home and the UPS driver dropped it off on Christmas eve afternoon. With a $40 stripped PSA lower I had sitting in my garage and a UTG/Leapers carry handle sight, I still sat at my dining room table and had a decent enough AR sitting in my lap a half hour later for under $400. People can say what they want about Palmetto State Armory, but I'm confident that it will hold its own at the range against any of my more expensive rifles. It's not like the AR15 is designed to be a sub-MOA tack driver in the first place.

    December 30, 2018 4:07 pm
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