my only opinion is that i'm glad to hear guys like you are still around, and that i think (from experience) that building your own AR is a great way to familiarize yourself with the weapon...and just plain fun. it's been a while though, and i can't recommend which pieces are better than what currently. ar15.com had a plethora of opinions regarding that back in the day, if you really care to weed through it all.
Agreed. I'm no aficionado but I bought nearly the same thing, melonite freedom upper kits seem to be highly regarded on arfcom, and it's great knowing where every spring is and how it works.Its from PSA. Its at least a reasonable quality rifle kit. And build it yourself. There is much difference and more personal satisfaction in firing a rifle you have bought and one you have built.
Yep I bought a Radical from Aim Surplus. Of course it won't matter if you build it or buy it you will change parts on it. There is a new trigger and stock waiting to be installed on mine.Unless you desire some very specific components for the rifle... You're probably better off just buying a built rifle.
There are tons of $500-600 complete guns out there.
S&W Sport. Radical Firearms. Aero Precision. PSA. All worth a look.
That is my assumption from what I see. It is also part of the reason I started the thread; I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything that I should be aware of apart from what was stated above.Most kits include everything but a stripped lower, rear sight, and magazine.