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    I just purchased a stripped AR-15 lower as well as a basic lower receiver parts kit from Palmetto State Armory (they actually have free shipping right now if any of you are interested). As soon as I get the pieces I'll start putting the kit together. For the upper receiver, probably the most expensive part of the build excluding optics, what are some good brands to look at? I'm looking at getting a flat-top upper receiver with rails to accommodate optics and lights. Preferably I'm looking for an upper with the rails as well as flip-up iron sights. If anybody knows of good deals/brands let me know thanks.
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    Optics - how much are you looking to spend? What are you wanting? Red dot? Holo? Traditional?

    I HIGHLY recommend the Magpul MBUS sights. Got them on my S&W and I love them.
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    I'm looking for just plan flip-up iron sights for now, the Magpul sights look good I was thinking about them. As far as the upper receiver, I'm looking for completed ones but they're pretty expensive meaning I might find a better deal on stripped uppers, if I do that though what parts am I looking at having to get? The gas block, barrel, stripped upper receiver, bolt and bolt carrier group what else?
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    I'm probably just gonna get a completed upper as I don't have any of the tools like a torque wrench or vise grip to build it from scratch. As for the sights, I'm probably going to get the Magpul ones or the Troy BUIS
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    I honestly don't know anything about building an AR - never have done one. I plan to build a .300 Blackout in the future, but haven't really started digging into parts yet.
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    ^Apparently you need a lot of tools like a torque wrench, barrel wrench, vise grip, different punches, allen wrenches, etc. I found a completed M4-style upper receiver for ~$300 just missing the bolt carrier group and charging handle. Only thing I don't like about it is that it's not a complete flat top (still has front sight post attached and traditional handguards) but for the price it's just appearance and there are the types I want for a lot more expense (three times that in some cases) and I can just get a quad-rail system later to add some under-mounted or side-mounted lights and all of the bells and whistles. For now though, I think in terms of sights I'll stick with the Magpul rear sight with the attached front sight post. I might get a different pistol grip as well
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    Buy a complete upper it's easier and about the same price for quality parts.

    Look at Bravo company. There are one of the best ARs out there.

    Also look at Spikes tactical, Daniel Defense, Colt,Noveske rifle works and Larue tactical

    Bushmaster, Rock River, Stag, DPMS, Del-Ton, and Smith and Wesson. Are nice guns but I would say the other company's have an edge over them.

    As fair as sights go the Magpul mbus are nice for the price but I'd spend a little more and get Troy sight there just better quality
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    As for optics.

    Red dots stick with EOtech or Aimpoint

    Magnified combat: Trijican ACOG or Eclan spectre.

    Traditional scopes there's a few good companies. Leopold, Night Force, Nikon, Swarovski, ect.
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    Thanks, I'm probably gonna stick with some iron sights for now for optics. Most of those sights are over-priced compared to Palmetto State Armory, BUT I found a really good deal on del-ton (Complete 16" A2 style upper with bolt-carrier group for $400!) they're out of stock though so I might have to wait awhile.
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    I've had a Del-Ton for about 3 years. Along with Spikes tac and Bravo company builds. All of them in an M4 clone configuration. Del-tons are nice guns to get you into AR's and there company had come a long way.

    Palmetto are good to go. There gaining respect among AR shooters.

    When you get your upper make sure you get a chromed line barrel. It will hold up for longer.
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