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    What parts to cheap out on?

    I am new to the AR platform. I bought a "cheap" AR-15 new and have added some upgrades to my liking (maybe not yours).

    My question is...as I am changing parts and upgrading, is there a point where I am making a cheap rifle "shiny" but the lower or upper are crap and could fail before other parts. BTW I have 2000+ rounds through it and have had no problems.

    Again, I'm new to the AR but like working on my guns myself so any help would be appreciated

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    What did you buy? What is this rifle being used for? What are you trying to accomplish with the upgrades?

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    I bought a 16" palmetto state armory freedom rifle from a friend that had never fired it. I added a low profile gas block and barrel length fore grip. I also installed a 3lb trigger.

    I'll just be using it for target shooting, Just competing with myself.

    I bought some cheap iron sights and a cheap red dot just to get started with. I will eventually upgrade those. There isn't much else I want to do. The upgrades I made were so I had as much distance between the iron sights as possible and the trigger was "crisper" and more predictable.

    It seems well built and I haven't had any issues but I have nothing to compare it to.

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    PSA rifles are not bad at all, especially if you don't plan any serious use, such as putting it through a multi-day rifle class with 500 rounds fired per day. I am not sure why you think the upper and lower are crap. Just for comparison, the S&W M&P 15 Sport is in the same price range and does hold up in multi-day rifle classes.

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    I didn't mean to imply that the upper and lower were crap I was just using those parts as an example.

    Ok, so if at some point I do decide to take a multi day course or train more seriously would you suggest upgrades or a replacement rifle? And if you suggest upgrades, which parts would be the most important?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGB View Post
    I didn't mean to imply that the upper and lower were crap I was just using those parts as an example.

    Ok, so if at some point I do decide to take a multi day course or train more seriously would you suggest upgrades or a replacement rifle? And if you suggest upgrades, which parts would be the most important?
    Just wear the rifle out and replace parts as they wear out. Read AR-15 Maintenance and Repair- Five Tips from Armorers School to understand the most common AR15 problems. Read AR-15 Maintenance Do You Need New Gas Rings?. Replace certain parts as necessary, for example:

    2,500 round interval,

    * Inspect and replace as necessary extractor spring, insert and O-ring

    5,000 round interval

    * Replace extractor spring
    * Replace extractor insert
    * Replace Crane O'ring
    * Replace gas rings
    * Replace action spring

    10,000 round interval

    * Replace bolt

    15,000 round interval

    *Replace barrel.
    I always have a spare bolt carrier group to make an emergency replacement during a class as easy and as quick as possible.

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    If you want an AR for more serious use:


    Think about how much money you spend on "buying cheap and then upgrading" vs. on "getting the right gear in the first place". For serious use, buy once, cry once.

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    Thanks bofh!

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