Also what's the best way to go about building an AR? I'm looking for an AR15 style build but I'm unclear on what I all need, and what will fit together properly.
Seeing you're still new to this, I highly recommend just buying a complete AR for now. Building one isn't rocket science, but the problem is finding parts in stock.
I have a friend who is just getting into AR15's right now and he is asking some real basic questions like what calibers fit in a standard lower receiver, etc. I suggest doing some reading/research before you attempt to build.
The thing with building it is it can be a slow process. On the other hand if you can find a complete AR in stock you can buy it right away granted you have the funds. The timing right now with all the gun control hysteria doesn't help either...
When I built literally the same thing true to specs for $850 yea.. I do. And last I looked BCM complete rifles were going for $1600 to $2500...
BCM Upper M4
BCM mil spec buffer/stock
Mega mil spec lower
Troy BUIS (BCM uses Troy sights on their completes)
Raddlock CA legal BB
10/30 GI mag
Big 5 POS hard case
After tax/fees/shipping $850 OTD
Well unfortunately those prices do not apply anymore. You can't hardly find parts to build an AR; If you can find a BCG in stock post up a link. Anything BCM is always out of stock too.
Nice rifle btw.
So would which would be less inexpensive ... Building an AR-15, or buying one Of the shelf, nothing fancy , but just factory built
Building is always cheaper, but at the cost of time and patience. Parts are getting harder to find, and any name brand products (BCM, Spikes, PSA etc) will be out of stock for months.
I have 2 builds going on right now and they are painfully slow. One is a pistol AR in 5.56/223, the other is a 300Blackout Midlength. I am having trouble finding bolt carrier groups (BCG) in stock and even LPK's are slim pickings.
Buy a complete one, or an upper + lower then just mate them together.