Affordable AR-15 (some assembly required)

I never thought I’d write this, but you can now get an AR-15 for around $600. They used to be $800+ for the cheapest models, and then the buying craze of 2013 happened. Now, the bubble has burst. Everyone bought a bunch of AR-15s during the big panic about gun bans, and the now no one is buying. The AR-15 companies are struggling. Rifles and parts are just collecting dust as they sit on shelves. The end result is that several AR-15 companies are having HUGE sales, just to get rid of excess parts.

Rifle Kits

A “rifle kit” includes everything to assemble an AR-15 except for the receiver, sights, and magazine. (Some kits do include a magazine.)

$50 lowers

The lower is the part that is legally classified as the “firearm”. You must ship it to a local gun-dealer, then go in to the shop, fill out paperwork, do a background check, etc. You can expect the gun dealer to charge you a fee of about $35 to $50. You should call and ask before you buy a receiver. If they want much more than $50, you should probably call some other gun shops.


After you have a receiver and rifle kit, all you need are some magazines and a rear sight or some kind of scope (like a red-dot sight). Magazines are extremely common, so I won’t go over that here. Traditional sights (aka iron sights) are extremely reliable, but they’re only OK, not great. A red-dot sight is nice, but they use batteries. If you plan to leave the sight turned on constantly, make sure to change the batteries often, and you should probably choose a model with a longer batter life (like an Aimpoint or the AA model from Primary Arms).

Iron Sights:

Inexpensive Red-Dot sights:




About jurmond

'Jurmond' was the name of my first character in a homebrew D&D campaign. He was a gunslinger and tinker, creating and carrying strange weapons that belched fire and smoke. That was well over a decade ago but I still think of him whenever fiction and firearms collide, so it seems the perfect pen name for this project.
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