at maparts the m4 kit is 500$ instead of the 370 from armalite. however the kit from maparts has the FCG ($50-75) pistol grip ($20) collapsible but stock buffer and buffer tube ($75)
they even have some of the 16" carbine sets at 470$
so i think that it would be cheaper to go the whole deal route rather than piecing together.
Wow you are way off on your prices.
Armalite is top tier parts.
M&A are not and you will pay extra for the chrome lined barrel which is std for Armalite.
A complete LPK can be picked up pretty much anywhere for $50 including the grip. A std grip can be had for $1-$3. Custom ones normally start at $10 and go from there.
Complete M-4 stock sets start at $40
Old style Car stocks sets start at $20
Feel free to check my feedback on AR15.com and you will see I know my stuff when it comes to prices. Gotta keep in mind that one out of maybe every 5 even leave feedback.
If you guys need any help locating these items and the above prices LMK. I dont mind hooking people up from time to time.
Del-Ton is a top notch company. Great products and great customer care.
Model 1 (I am not even going to go there. Dont waste your time)
M&A (Not going there either. Check the links on ARFCOM)
Essential Arms is also top notch. However they do not sell all the required parts to complete a build.
Armalite is a Top Tier manufacturer. Not to mention the barrels are chrome lined and anywhere else you will pay an additional $50 for the option.
J&T's QC has gotten bad enough my shop will no longer order from them. Seems lately you have an option, smooth bore barrels and / or flaking finish. Some times its one some times its both. Did not used to be a problem. But lately they have gotten sloppy.