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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
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    AR Prices and Availability Comment
    Gregory Morris, 5/16/09 1:56:02 pm
    As I mentioned to a number of people, I'm happy about Ruger's new AR-15 rifle. No, I'm not spending $2k on an AR rifle, but that isn't the point. Remington, Colt, S&W, and Sig Sauer already have civilian-available AR-platform rifles, so adding Ruger to that list is simply more proof that Evil Black Rifles are "in common use". More to the point, there hasn't been a style of firearm this popular and in high demand in many years, if ever. Bill Clinton and Al Gore, of course, can take most of the credit for this, but Barack Obama is sealing the deal.

    While I am extremely happy that these rifles are now mainstream, I haven't been happy at the lack of availability and the sky-high prices. I started building mine back in February on an over-priced lower receiver, and I still haven't been able to find an upper (or even some of the main components to build one) at both a reasonable price, and that won't take 6 months to arrive. Now that there is another major player in the game, I would expect manufacturing of those hard-to-find parts to increase. (Oh yeah, did I mention Anvil is making BCGs now? Check them out!) That means more supply, demand gets met, prices drop.

    Today, on one of the local gun trading boards, I saw the very first sub-$1000 dollar AR-platform rifle for sale (locally) since the election. It was only a basic DTI upper on an Anvil lower, but the point is, they are available again. The number of AR rifles for sale on the local boards have at least tripled in the last month. I think this is primarily due to the people who bought them as investments are seeing that the prices can't stay sky-high forever, and they are beginning to offload inventory.

    Maybe I can get my upper soon without having to wait 6 months for someone to build it.

    [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: AR Prices and Availability
    ZerCool, 5/17/09 12:35:11 am
    If you aren't already, I'd be keeping a very close eye on the Equipment Exchange at ar15.com - there's quite a few good uppers going through there daily, although many are sans BCG/CH.

    I picked up an upper on another forum earlier this month and have it in hand and have been to the range. Total investment for lower (limited edition), parts, stock, buffer, and upper was in the $850 range.
    Re: AR Prices and Availability
    McThag, 5/18/09 8:16:20 pm
    I don't think the Sig is an AR. I think the SIG.556 is entirely their own design.
    Re: AR Prices and Availability
    Chris Bennett, 5/19/09 5:17:28 pm
    have you checked out M&A Parts? Call them don't look on their web site, they always have uppers in stock, BCG's and CH's too.

    My friends and I have a total of 5 or their compete kits now, and we are very happy with them.
    Re: AR Prices and Availability
    name, 5/21/09 9:02:37 pm
    Depending on what kind of upper you are looking for, I would point you either in the direction of Michael Z. Williamson, or the folks at www.d9firearms.com. The former does general builds (but good ones, speaking from experience), and the latter can even procure WOA barrels, though with a significant lead time these days.

    Making a few compromises, I was able to get a full upper out of MZW in the course of three weeks.
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