I just built my first ar from Palmetto State Armory. Total cost was $540. There lower were on sale but are not anymore. So you would be looking at about $570 total. Very easy to build the lower. I highly suggest going this route and building your own. Lots of good videos on youtube to follow along with while building the lower.
Thanks for the ideas about building one but I am just not that handy nor do I have the patience. I will check out the sponsors, I tend to go that route anyways but I am stilling thinking of finding a used but decent rifle as I know that there has to be something out there.
There are so many versions, makes, clones of the AR's that it is very difficult sorting out the good from the not so good.
I was at a gun show this last weekend, Hickory, NC, and I was not impressed by some of the "custom" built jobs that were going for low prices.
Naturally I want Mil Spec at cheap prices.
I would wager that there isn't two AR's set up identical in a 100 mile radius. There are so many options, accessories, and changeable parts it is almost funny.
I'll keep doing my home work but I would like to see what is available off the shelf or from someone.
I am in Lincolnton, NC but in-laws from Spartanburg and there often.
550 or 600 is pretty good for an AR, all new. the parts all have the palmetto state armory logo.
ill bet anyone on the forum would put it together for you and show you how simple it is if you supply the parts... and a few bullets. ask.
a while back someone told me that all lowers come from about 4 manufacturers. just sold and logo added. anybody know if thats true?
Palmetto State Armory 16" M4 Chrome Lined, MP, Carbine
Finally, a complete Palmetto Stae Armory rifle ready to go for one low price. Our M4 Chrome-lined Carbine starts with one of our 4150 chrome Moly vanadium steel barrels in the venerable M4 profile, button broached, and hard-chrome lined, mated to our forged aluminum upper, and finished off with standard handguards and A2 Flash hider. The forged lower is built with our 6 position Mil-spec size buffer tube and stock, Standard PSA lower parts kit with A2-style grip and aluminum trigger guard. It comes with one 30 Round D&H PSA Magazine (where allowed by law) so all you have to provide is the ammo to start having fun.
Barrel: 16", 4150 chrome moly vanadium steel, M4 profile, 5.56 NATO chamber with a 1:7 right-hand twist , hard chrome-lined, high pressure tested and magnetic particle inspected, carbine-length gas port, and M4 feedramps. Barrels are finished off with a taper pinned, f-marked, front sight post with sling swivel, standard handguards, an A2 flash hider, and are phosphate coated to Mil-specs.
Upper: Forged 7075-T6 A3 AR upper is made to MIL-SPECS and hard coat anodized black for durability. Featuring T marks, M4 cuts and a mil-spec finish. These uppers are made for us right here in the USA, and are marked with the Palmetto State Armory logo on the left side, up front, just below the rail.
Bolt: Bolt is made of Mil-spec Carpenter 158 steel, Shot peened, MPI and HPT. Gas key is secured with grade 8 fasteners and staked per mil-spec. Bolt carrier is parkerized outside, chrome lined inside, and laser engraved with the Palmetto State Armory logo.
Lower: These forged lowers are quality made using material is 7075-T6 and are marked "MULTI" for caliber. Finish is Black Hardcoat Anodize per MIL-8625 Type 3 class 2. Mil-spec-sized buffer tube has 6 adjustment positions, is finished with a Palmetto State Armory M4-style stock and has a staked castle nut. Standard carbine buffer is Black anodized and has the PSA logo on the face. The standard PSA combat trigger has a smooth pull and clean break.
Each rifle is assembled with care to order. Please allow up to 10 working days for your order to ship.
Barrel length 16"
4150 Chrome moly vanadium steel barrel
A2 Flash Hider
5.56 Nato chamber
1 in 7" twist
Chrome-lined bore and chamber
HP Tested and MP Inspected barrel
M4 barrel profile
Full auto bolt carrier
Carpenter 158 Bolt
Magnetic particle inspected bolt
Mil-spec diameter 6-position Stock
30 round magazine included (where allowed by law)