Step 1: Decide on a budget
What kind of budget do you have in mind? A $600 gun is very different than a $5000 gun. Set a maximum amount you're willing to spend, then pick the other options. If you're still not sure on an exact number, we suggest picking one of the following:
- I want an AR as cheap as possible
- I am open to options/upgrades if they're not too expensive
- I don't care what it costs, give me the best
Step 2: Pick a barrel length
Do you want a pistol or a rifle? The ATF has different regulations depending on which you choose. A rifle with a barrel 16" or longer can have a regular stock and a vertical foregrip, while a pistol can't have a vertical grip and needs to use a stabilizing brace instead of a stock.
Step 3: Options
All of our budget ARs have mil-spec hardware standard (stock, grip, fire control group.) We build all of our ARs ourselves, so we're happy to build exactly what you want.
Common areas to upgrade:
- Safety selector
- Bolt release
- Dust cover
- Muzzle device