Nothing beats the pride and satisfaction of owning a rifle you put together yourself, but with literally hundreds of manufacturers out there, trying to sort the good from the bad can be overwhelming. Now the AR-experts at Next Level Armory have done the homework for you by developing the “BE MISSION READY” AR-15 Build Kits. Each kit contains every part needed to fully assemble a ready-to-shoot AR-15 firearm!
Our concept was simple: Assemble the best AR for the money at each price point as though we were building them for ourselves. We use our experience and access to hundreds of manufacturers to give you the best value possible – allocating the budget to parts that provide the best performance for the money; while never paying more simply for a logo. Best of all, these kits can be the end product, or just a starting point for customization. Prefer a different brand of lower receiver? Longer barrel? Specific handguard? Even a different caliber? No problem! And because you’ll be doing the work yourself, these kits can save you hundreds of dollars compared to a similarly-outfitted big brand name AR-15!
- Why would I want to build my own AR?
Certainly the sense of pride and accomplishment in having built your very own firearm, but the best benefit of building yourself is the technical knowledge gained. There’s no better way to understand the ins and outs of how your firearm functions than by assembling it piece-by-piece. There’s also a noticeable cost-savings to be had.
- Wouldn’t a pre-assembled, brand-name AR be better than using components from multiple manufacturers?
Guess what? Very few manufacturers actually fabricate every part in their AR firearm. Most specialize in one or two dedicated components, then simply use other manufacturers’ OEM products for the rest (rebranding them as their own and significantly marking them up). In other words, every AR out there uses components from multiple manufacturers. By building yourself, you can save money as detailed in the next point.
- Why would a BMR kit cost less than an assembled, off-the-shelf, brand name AR?
There are hundreds of manufacturers out there making quality ARs, but building your own provides many benefits, including significantly reduced cost. Our U-Build kits can cost hundreds of dollars less when compared to a similarly-outfitted off-the-shelf product. Here’s why:
- Manufacturers are required to pay an 11% federal tax on each completed firearm they sell, which is baked into the price when you buy off-the-shelf. Individual parts are not subject to the additional tax.
- We avoid brand name markup by using OEM parts where possible. Very few big name AR-15 brands fabricate every component themselves. Most outfit their products with parts outsourced from other manufacturers that specialize in a particular part. With OEM you’re get the same big brand quality without the big brand name markup.
- When we do use brand names, we’re sure to pick manufacturers that provide the best value at their price point. We never want you to pay more just for a logo when a less expensive brand’s part will perform just as well.
- At each price point, we use our experience to pick and choose the best places to allocate budget for maximum performance. An upgraded barrel or trigger will provide much more benefit to the shooter compared to putting money towards an expensive brand name lower receiver. Of course if you’d prefer a specific brand for a specific part, we can always substitute.
- By predetermining the components for our BMR Series AR-15 Build Kits, we can buy those parts in higher quantities, usually for an increased discount, which we pass along to you.
- While we may make better profit margins by selling components individually, we’re willing to make less profit in return for the higher volume when selling multiple parts as one large purchase.
- Will I be getting a complete firearm?
Yes. Each BMR kit contains every component necessary to assemble a working AR-15 pattern firearm. Note: we can ship our kits without a lower receiver, in which case everything can be mailed directly to the buyer, who will then need to provide their own lower receiver. Contact us if you wish to do this. And unlike many off-the-shelf products, all our kits include a magazine and most even include flip-up sights, so that all you need is ammo to be range-ready.
- Will I be getting an assembled, ready-to-shoot firearm?
No. Each kit is provided as individual components. It will be up to the purchaser to assemble the firearm.
- Are Build kits considered an FFL item?
Yes. Since each BMR Series kit includes a serialized lower receiver, each purchaser must possess valid North Carolina ID and pass federal NICS background check (or possess valid North Carolina Concealed Carry Permit) to take possession. Pistol kit purchaser must possess valid North Carolina Concealed Carry Permit or North Carolina Permit to Purchase Handgun. Out of state customers can have their kit shipped to their local FFL dealer to be transferred to them in accordance with their state’s laws. However, we can ship our kits without a lower receiver, in which case everything can be mailed directly to the buyer. Contact us if you wish to do this.
- Is it legal to assemble a firearm myself?
Absolutely. No special licensing or permission is needed on a federal level for an individual to assemble their own firearm. Check your local laws first. Buying the parts and assembling them yourself is no different than buying a completed firearm. The serialized lower receiver included with each BMR Series kit is subject to normal background checks.
- How long after ordering can I take my parts home for assembly?
That depends. If we have everything required in-stock, you can take your kit home immediately (provided the background check is successful or you have a NC Concealed Carry Permit). However, if we need to order some of the components, please allow 10-14 days for them to arrive. We’ll be in contact once everything is ready. If, due to ever-changing market conditions, it becomes apparent that a specific component may require an extended wait, we’ll discuss alternate options with you.
- I’ve never built an AR-15. Do I need to be a gunsmith or have special skills?
Most who have built AR pattern firearms have done so with no previous experience whatsoever. There is a plethora of video instruction available from sources like YouTube, and the experts at Next Level Armory are available as a resource as well.
- Will I need special tools to assemble a BMR kit product?
A complete list of the tools required can be found here. The purchaser will also be responsible for providing their own consumables, such as grease, lubricant, thread-locker, etc. when/if required. Next Level Armory has gunsmithing toolkits that can be rented for use at home and then returned.
- How long does it take to assemble an AR-15?
If it’s your first time, you can expect it to take 1-2 hours to fully assemble your completed firearm from start to finish.
- I want to make a few changes. Can I customize my kit?
Absolutely! We want to make sure everyone get’s the AR they dream of. Our BMR Series kits can be ordered as is, or simply used as a base to start from for customization. While the components in each BMR Series kit are pre-selected to provide the best value for each price point, any part can be substituted. For instance, if you’d prefer a longer barrel or a different handguard, or even to build in a different caliber, that’s likely not a problem. Simply contact us prior to purchase to discuss possible part alternatives. Obviously price changes may apply depending on the cost of what you’re after. Of course if you want a lot of changes, it might be easiest to price out a completely custom firearm, which we do all the time.
- Can I do a color other than black?
Providing the necessary components are available in your desired color, we can certainly order them that way. Keep in mind there may be a cost difference. Custom coating options like Cerakote can be arranged as well.
- Will my finished firearm look just like the product picture?
Finished product images are composite approximations. While we’ve done our best to show you an accurate representation of the assembled product, your completed firearm may look slightly different when finished.