5 Budget Firearms You Should Have: Part 3-AR 15

I always get the upsized combo at the fast food drive through.  If you saw me… you would agree.  Why do I do this?

  1. Because I love greasy, fake, American food!
  2. Some deals are too good to pass up!

For 50 cents I get 30% more fries and drink.  How can I say no to that?  Some people might be willing to take the risk of running out of Diet Coke before the meal is finished.  I will not take that risk!  Some deals are too good to pass up.  This is an appropriate metaphor to the current AR Market.   You cannot afford to pass on purchasing or building an AR 15 at this time.  For this reason, the AR 15 is the third topic in our blog series on 5 Budget Firearms You Should Have.
When I was 18 I bought my first AR.  It was a basic DPMS.  I paid 669 dollars for it.  I remember thinking it was a steal at that price!  In reality it was a good deal and I loved that rifle.  That was 14 years ago.  Fast forward to today.  Prices have actually gotten better!  Not only have prices gotten better… but you have more options than ever.  There are more ways to customize a rifle exactly the way you want it for your exact purposes.  To put it frankly… this is the best time in recent history to buy an AR 15. That is a scientific fact!
I am often asked by friends and family, “what is the best AR 15 I can buy for the money?”  That, however, is not what they are asking.  In my opinion the answer to that question is a Daniel Defense, BCM, and Spikes Tactical.  Those are probably the best value dollar for dollar you can buy in an AR 15.  But again… that is not that the question they are asking.  The question they are actually asking is “What is the best budget friendly AR 15 I can buy?”  Knowing that they are referring to the latter question, I always start with the Anderson Stripped Lower Receiver.  This is the serialized part of the firearm that the ATF considers to be the “gun.”  We sell them for 39.95.  If you pair that with one of our AR Build Kits, you can have an almost ready to shoot rifle for under 450 dollars (plus shipping and any transfer fees).  See the pictures below.
Here are the benefits to building your own rifle as opposed to buying a complete rifle.

  • Cost- It is hard to find a decent quality forged mil-spec AR 15 for under $450
  • Experience- You gain experience and knowledge by building the lower yourself
  • Simple- Anyone can build an AR 15 with basic tools and YouTube.
  • Customizable- You can easily customize any part you want.
  • Pride-  It is manly and it makes you feel good about yourself to say you built a gun!
  • Cool Factor- People will think you are cool when you tell them you built it yourself.

If you simply do not have the time or desire to be cool, then there are still some great options.  For the price, it is hard to beat the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport.  It comes ready to shoot out of the box and includes a 30 round PMag and a Magpul flip-up rear sight for $569.95.  I take back what I said earlier, the M&P 15 Sport is a cool rifle and possibly the best budget minded complete AR 15 you can buy.  It also comes with a melonited barrel (longer service life) and a free cardboard box.  What more do you need for that price!  See the picture below of one we customized with Magpul furniture.
These are just a couple of examples of the plethora of AR lowers, uppers, and complete rifles we sell.  Take a look at our website to see our current AR products.  If you have any questions about buying your first AR 15 or building an AR 15 please do not hesitate to call into our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff at 1-888-748-5252 or email us at [email protected].  We are here to help you.  Below you will find links and prices to the Anderson lowers and Smith M&P 15 mentioned in this post.
Anderson AR15 Lower- $39.95
Smith M&P 15 Sport Rifle- $569.95
Some day soon we will all look back and say “Do you remember when you could buy a quality AR lower for only $39.95!  Those were the days!”  This deal is so good, you should have to talk yourself out of buying it.  But where is the fun in that?  Stay tuned for the fourth post in our series on 5 Budget Firearms You Should Have.
Until then…
Be safe, have fun, & shoot more.
Daddy Fungus
AIM Customer Service Manager

5 Budget Firearms You Should Have: Part 2-Surplus Guns

Today we are enrolling in “Why You Should Buy Surplus Guns Now” School.  Our teacher will be the infamous and battle tested Mosin Nagant rifle.  Not long ago these rugged workhorses could be found for 69 dollars.  Now good luck finding one for under 200 dollars, if you can find one at all.  Hopefully you bought a crate of them when they were still available (the free coffee table was a bonus).  We get calls asking about the availability of these rifles all the time.  Our response is always the same… “we hope we will see some more, but none for now.”  This is usually met with weeping and gnashing of teeth.  It is a story that has been told over and over again by any gun collector.  “In my day you could get xyz for so-n-so!”  Why do we do it to ourselves?

Last time we talked about LEO trade-ins as a great option for a budget handgun.  This second blog post in this series on 5 Budget Firearms You Should Have will focus on Surplus Guns in general.  We have several great options available now. These firearms are budget friendly and will come with no regrets!  Right now you can get Polish P-64 9×18 Pistols, Star Super B 9mm Pistols, Romanian Tokarev 7.62×25 Pistols, and Swiss 1911 Rifles and Carbines.  These guns are beautiful pieces of history.  See the pictures below.

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If you are on a budget, buying a surplus firearm has some huge benefits:

  • Price- All but one of these guns listed are under 300 dollars!
  • Dependability- These designs are time-tested and battle proven.
  • Parts Availability- Replacement parts are usually available online or at local gun shows.
  • Shootability-  Surplus guns are a blast to shoot!
  • Cool Factor- You are buying a piece of history.

Do yourself a favor and buy a surplus gun right now.  These guns are no longer being produced and we never know when our last shipment will be the last!  One thing you can count on is that prices on these will only go up.   With prices like these… now is the time to buy the surplus firearm you have been thinking about.  See the links below for pricing and information.
Polish P64 9×18 Pistol- From $219.95
Swiss 1911 7.5×55 Rifle- $319.95
Swiss 1911 7.5×55 Carbine- From $239.95
Star Super B 9mm Pistol- $239.95
Romanian Tokarev 7.62×25 Pistol- $239.95
Be sure to keep an eye on our website to stay up to date on availability and pricing on all our surplus firearms.  We will be back next week with part 3.  Until then…
Be safe, have fun, and shoot more.
Daddy Fungus
AIM Customer Service Manager

5 Budget Firearms You Should Have: Part 1-Police Trade-Ins

Why don’t you own a police trade-in pistol?  Where else will you be able to buy a gently used Glock, M&P, or Sig for (usually) under $350 dollars?  Hopefully you already own one, but if you don’t… now is the time!
This is the first blog in a series on 5 budget firearms everyone should own.  If you are looking for a home defense weapon, a CCW weapon, a range gun, or building a firearms collection you do not have to spend 500-1000 of your hard earned dollars to get quality, dependability, and a firearm you can be proud of. This series will highlight 5 different budget priced firearm options that are available to you now.  There is no better way to kick things off then with the Police Trade-in genre.
There are many who believe budget and firearms do not belong in the same sentence.  This is the crowd who lives and dies by their Glocks, Smiths, and Sigs.  And who can blame them?  The reliability and plethora of aftermarket accessories for these pistols is unmatched.  Some of this series will be on changing the mindset of “if it’s not a Glock (or enter your favorite pistol) it’s junk!”, but for now let’s tip our hats to the Glock, Smith, and Sig fanboys.  If money were no object I would own one of every Glock model made.  The only thing stopping me is lack of funds.  If only there was a way to get all the benefits of owning a pistol from one of the big manufacturers without paying the hefty price tag that comes with it. As it turns out, there is.  Enter the Police Trade-in.  We have recently carried (and regularly have) Police Trade-in Glock 19, 23, 26, 27, 21, M&P 45s, & Sig Pros.  We are currently selling Police Trade-in Glock 22s, Full Size M&P 9s, and Full Size M&P 40s.  See the pictures below.


The guns are going to show some holster wear, but will be in excellent condition.  Most of them do come with night sights (though they will be dim.)  You might even get lucky enough to get one with department markings on it! These guns are by far the best bang for your buck.  The benefits of buying a Police Trade-in are:
-Proven Dependability
-Readily Available Spare Magazines
-Large Aftermarket Support (Holsters, Sights, Triggers Etc..)
-Quality Manufacturer Support
-Peace of Mind (You bought a quality piece!)
-Cool Factor (Owning a Police Gun is Cool)
I personally carry a Police Trade-in Glock 23.  Because it was a trade-in I wasn’t scared to customize it exactly the way I wanted it.  See the photo below, and yes it now takes Glock 27 magazines!


All things considered, if you are looking for a budget handgun your first choice should be a Police Trade-In.  Below is a list of links to our current inventory of Police-Trade In pistols.  We are working on new deals all the time.  Keep an eye on the New Products and Handguns section of our website, and sign up for our AIM Newsletter to get emailed on any future Police Trade-Ins we may and will receive.
LEO Trade-In M&P 9- $349.95
LEO Trade-In M&P 40- $329.95
LEO Trade-In Glock 22- $329.95
Part 2 will be coming soon.  Until then be safe, have fun, & shoot more.
Daddy Fungus
AIM Customer Service Manager