Buy or Build an AR

AR1Should you buy a AR or build one? Well learn from my experience when I tell you that building an AR is going to bed a better option but why?

Ok let’s say you go buy a decent Ar-15 for $1,000. Well what’s the first thing you are going to replace… the stock so you go spend $60 on a new magpul stock. Next you wanna be like the cool kids and get a NiB bolt carrier group for $250. Then you want a quadrail so you drop another $250. Then you buy a new charging handle for $80. You then buy a grip for $25. Well your trigger isn’t that great so you go buy one for $200. You keep shooting your new ar that you decked out and find out that you have to keep cleaning it every time you shoot it so you spend $300 on a piston driven gas system. So let’s take a look at what you have spent… $2,165 and you have all these extra parts (which I hate).

So let’s look at building one, I’ll break down mine. A billet upper and lower for $300. Magpul UBR stock for $300. For a buffer and buffer spring $25. Magpul grip for $30. CMMG trigger kit for $80. So know the lower portion of the Ar is done, now to the upper. A WMD NiB bolt carrier group for $250. A raptor charging handle for $80. Barrel for $150. Gas block and tube for $90. Quadrail for $200. Muzzle break for $100. Some Troy battle sights for $200. Finally a foregrip for $30. Now let’s look at the final price… $1,835 that’s a lot better price. Now you have your dream gun with NO extra parts for less than the Ar-15 that you just decked out above.

Now this price is just for the one I built prices can vary depending on what you pick and what caliber you want. There’s endless options and it can get a lot more expensive then what I listed above. I like to think that Building an Ar-15 is the manly version of Legos. Again I would recommend building an Ar over buying one.


Article by Distinguished Ruffian member @sam___Hansen

Ruger 10/.22


Wanting a gun that won’t make you cry when you swipe your card? Are you new to shooter and want to try shooting? Well the ruger 10/22 is the perfect gun no matter what side you fall under.

I got my first 10/22 from my dad for my 10th birthday, and I fell in love instantly, thanks dad! Since then I picked up two more. One that has a bull (heavy) barrel and a thumb-hole stock. Then a pink one for the girlfriend. 10/22 stands for how many rounds of .22 it can hold, 10. Now if you’re looking for a gun to take people breaking into your house out this isn’t the ideal gun for that. But if you’re looking for a awesome gun that won’t break the bank or wanting to get into shooting then this is perfect!

Depending on what model and colors you get a 10/22 will run around $400 and its worth every penny. It’s great gun to go plink soda cans or prairie dogs. You really can’t go wrong with it. Oh did I mention how fun it is!?

Well why is this the best gun for the new shooter? They best answers I can give you is its great to learn firearms safety and skills on. They can learn how to check if it’s safe, load the gun, trigger pull, I can go on forever. The other is it’s not gonna scare the shit out of the new shooter when they pull the trigger. Go ahead and give a new or first time shooter an Ak-47 or a 12 gauge, not a lot are gonna wanna shoot guns again. When I took my girl-friend shooting for her first time this is what I gave her. I could tell that she didn’t know a lot about shooting when she rested the butt of the stock on her shoulder and didn’t put it into her shoulder, after I showed her the basics she fell in love like I did. I even bought her a pink one like I said. Now if you’re looking for a gun for your kid this might not be the best gun depending how old they are. If the can’t properly hold the gun without any help then it’s not time for this one yet… I would tell you to go get a Henry youth model single shot .22, that’s what I learned on.

I can only find one downside to the 10/22 and that would be the ammo. You couldn’t find it! People were buying it off the shelf like it was not being made anymore. Now that the crazy buying is slowing down its a little easier to buy. Other than that I can’t find anything else wrong with it. It’s just a gun that everyone who shoots should own.

Recoil: NONE
Worth the money: Yes!
Would I buy one again: Hell ya!
Rating: 5 of 5

Article contributed by sam___hansen