posted on Nov, 6 2010 @ 04:29 PM
Cali member here as well.
I have built my rifle and have to say $500 is about half what you would be looking at.
And if you want optic on that rifle look at spending around $1400 total.
That would get you a completed lower, complete flat top upper, barrel w/1-9 twist, back up iron sights, a free float front rail, vertical grip, four
magazines, 900 rounds of XM193 military ammunition, a sling, and a nice aimpoint M4 optic with larue quick detach.
All of the above is essential.
A good optic being most essential. The Aimpoint M4 runs 12-14 years on a single battery, just leave it on.
You also need a bullet button installed for california use.
If you want a bombproof rifle for $500, then get a Romanian WASR 10/63 (Also need bullet button) and dont forget to get a scope and some ammo.