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December 30, 2012
Quick Suggestions on Buying an AR
Last night I noticed that one of the Facebooking Morons was looking for suggestions on "how to go about buying an AR". Considering that I bought a kit to build one myself about a year ago (back when stripped lower receivers were going for less than $100, rather than the $300 or even $800 that people are asking for them right now), I'm going to try to give some advice.
Two things to remember: I wrote this off the cuff with no edit, just stream of consciousness. If I start talking about longbows, just smile and nod. Second, IANAGOAL (I Am Not A Gunsmith, Or A Lawyer). Caveat Emptor, people. Live it, learn it, know it.
OK, you want a Eeeevilllllllllll Black Assault Rifle? You have to decide if you want a used gun, a fully assembled new rifle, or a builder's kit. It's not like the kits require you to machine the rifle out of a block of metal, they're more "assembly" kits than "building", but build kits is the common term. A used gun will be more affordable (depending on configuration), but it's a used gun. Much like used cars, they are in varying condition. A new gun will be GENERALLY the best deal, but the current panic pricing might have them priced out of your budget. Then there's the kit option. Here's my ideas for going with the kit option.
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