I get asked this a lot. Do I build my new AR, or do I buy my new AR? That’s a good question. First, let’s talk about the economics of it:
This guy, I don’t know this guy. But he makes a lot of sense. If you are buying a rifle in that 1000 or Less price range.
Or what you do is spend a bit more out of the gate and buy a rifle that is closer to your ideal of the final configuration you want. There’s a lot of rifles out there in the 1500 range that come pretty much done out of the box. Or even less. I’ve seen some very good builds that are complete and good to go for about 1200.
Unless you are wanting a lot of specialized aftermarket stuff with spiky bits or excessive milling for either weight or cosmetic purposes… stuff that isn’t available OEM from anyone… Then building makes sense money wise.
Or you just want a Cheap Out build. And you are going to be shopping for low cost parts. Then in that case, you are going to end up with a Cheap Rifle. I can’t tell you how many times guys have shown me their Cheap Out Build and then they blow sunshine at me that it’s Custom. No, it’s not Custom. It’s a Cheap Out Build you put together on your coffee table. That’s not impressive, so don’t expect me to act impressed. And don’t get mad at me for not being impressed. Anyone can order those same parts from Brownells and Midway USA. A Cheap Out Build though, can get you into an AR for the same or less than most entry level AR’s. I’ve seen some Cheap Out Builds that were about 400 bucks that were actually solid AR’s. So if you do it RIGHT, you can really have something. The problem though is too often, it’s not done right and the result is just another cheap AR.
Another reason to build your AR is that you BUILD your AR. You might need some help or borrow some tools or even buy some tools… But the end result is your own rifle you put together yourself. There’s a lot of satisfaction in that. And if that’s your goal, and you are happy with the rifle – Awesome. That’s all that matters. That’s all that’s important. Because at this point in the AR Market – NO ONE CARES. Do your own thing, be your own man. You only need to impress yourself.
The 3 Things to Splurge on:
1. The Barrel.
2. The Trigger.
3. The Optic.
Spare no expense on these items. Expensive BCG’s are over rated. Expensive fore grips and stocks, are over rated. Back Up Iron Sights, unless you are going to run Iron Sights, are over rated.