AR 15 Kits - What Not to Do!Many years ago I was newly enlisted in the military and wanted my own AR 15 in the worst way. Being short on cash, I saw AR 15 kits advertised in Shotgun News and figured I could save a lot of money buying the parts and building the rifle myself. In my gut it just felt too good to be true. The kits came with everything but a stripped lower receiver, but something just didn't feel right. The price was too low.
I called the company in the ad and asked them where they got their parts. They proudly told me that all their parts were made in the USA by government contract factories. Well, that sounded OK to me so I placed my order.
When my parts arrived, they didn't look quite as nice as the ones inside the M16 issued to me and stored in the armory on base. Upon inspecting the barrel, there was a large burr inside from drilling the gas port. That couldn't be good for accuracy I figured. I went ahead and built the rifle.
Upon firing it for the first time, the magazine dropped right out of the gun. I then saw that the magazine catch had snapped in half! At this point I took the gun into a local gunsmith. He was an older guy and kind of smiled when I told him my story.
"Bought one of those cheap AR 15 kits out of Shotgun News didn't ya", he said knowingly. He then went on to tell me the truth behind many of the AR 15 kits on the market. They are made from parts rejected by the major AR15 brands. In the manufacturing process, there's always parts that are out of spec or do not me quality control standards. Companies buy these parts and use them in the AR 15 kits.
Well.... I learned the hard way! You don't have to. All of the AR 15 kits we sell are made from DPMS Brand parts. They are the same parts used in DPMS rifles and come to us from DPMS. These ARE NOT the factory rejects I just told you about. When you purchase our AR 15 kits, you know you're getting quality parts.