I recently decided to build another AR-15 on a tight budget. This time though, I will be doing a 10.5″ SBR, specifically a Mk18 Mod 0 Clone. Look forward to a series of posts on the steps of my build including my paperwork, but that I will save for the series.
I find that if one wants to build a rifle, specifically an AR-15 platform rifle, that making a checklist of parts creates not only goals to accomplish, but also not forgetting any key components. Adding up the cost also drives the need to meet those goals and develop a timeline for completion. My timeline for completion is 5 months. The parts listed below are not only the ones that I will use, but the cost of them per the current market.
Lets take my newest undertaking. My first goal is the lower receiver. Here are the key components and costs. Being that I am building an SBR and required to register it with the BATFE and pay a $200 tax stamp, those costs will be included.
[X]Tax stamp: $200
[X] Lower Reciever: $100
[ ] Daniel Defense Lower Parts Kit: $90
[ ] Noveske QD Endplate: $30
[ ] TangoDown BG17: $37
[ ] Mil-Spec Buffer Tube Kit w/ H-buffer: $70
[ ] Vltor IMod Stock: $95
Next is the upper receiver. Keep in mind this a complete rifle minus optics and a light.
[ ] LMT 10.5″ Upper reciever: $485
[ ] LMT Bolt Carrier Group: $135
[X] Daniel Defense Mk18 RIS II FSP: $343
[ ] Daniel Defense Fixed Rear Sight: $65
[ ] BCM Gunfighter Mod4 Charging Handle: $45
[ ] TangoDown Scar Rail Panels x3: $42
[ ] Gear Sector QD Swivel Mount: $39
[ ] Magpul RVG: $25
[ ] Surefire FA556-212 Flash Hider: $130
[ ] Vtac MkII Sling: $41
The “X”‘s indicate pieces already paid for. It also sets the tone for expenses to cover each month. As it looks right now, completing the lower will be the next step towards the complete rifle. As stated before, look forward to an complete series of building a top quality SBR or standard rifle step by step while on a tight budget.
Example Pic of Upper: