My First AR-15 Build Is Complete!
Last Summer, I bought my first AR-15 – an M&P 15OR (OR=Optics Ready). Initially, the only accessory item I purchased for it was an Aimpoint PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic). Here’s a (bad iPhone) photo of how the rifle looked back in July when I first got it:
Since purchasing it, I’ve slowly purchased more parts and accessories, in some cases replacing the existing components which came stock on the rifle. During the winter of 2011, I ordered the final components I wanted to install, and got the opportunity to take the rifle out today and give it a try. Here’s what my AR-15 now looks like:
When I’m not running it with the Harris bipod, I keep a SIG Sauer Stoplite vertical forward grip attached as seen here:
I’ll probably regret this exercise, but here’s a list of all the components which have been added to my M&P 15, including the rifle itself for a total build cost. Where possible, I’ll include some Amazon.com links to the components I purchased. In some cases, there may be some price differences from what I actually paid (these things tend to fluctuate).
M&P 15OR – $900.00
Aimpoint PRO Red Dot Optic – $400.00
Aimpoint 3X Magnifier W/Twist mount – $680.00
DD Omega Carbine Rail 7.0 Black – $220.00
BCM Bolt Carrier Group – $139.00
Harris Engineering S-BRM bipod – $95.00
Sig Sauer Stl-300J Stoplite – $250.00
TOTAL PRICE: $3,110.00
Yep, I knew I’d be kicking myself if I totaled up everything I’d spent on my AR-15…over three grand. On the plus side, it’s a fantastic rifle as configured! Would I do anything differently in a second build? In a word, yes. In fact, I am going to build a 2nd AR-15. The idea behind having a 2nd rifle will be to have one set up for “close quarters” combat/home defense (it will have the Sig Stoplite VFG installed) and one set up for more precision/distance shooting with the Harris bipod attached. If all goes well, I’ll be starting with a higher grade AR-15, (a Colt – which most consider to be the pinnacle of AR-15 manufacturers) and actually pay less than my M&P 15 build. My chosen dealer should receive his shipment of Colt 6940 rifles in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for Part II of this article!