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Cheap tactical AR setup

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by hankthetank, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. hankthetank


    Jun 19, 2006
    I want to put a few things on my AR like a tactical scope, laser light combo with pressure switches and a one point sling. Now mind you I'm not kicking in doors with this thing. I just want it to look neat and be fun to shoot. Is Cheaper than Dirt my only choice ??
  2. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

    Oct 18, 2008
    North Carolina
    Absolutely not.

    There are literally thousands of online vendors that sell parts for the AR-15 of all sorts. I've had mixed experiences with CTD (my last one, recently, was favorable). CTD does carry less expensive/not professional grade add ons.

    I'm not an authority on the gear you want, but my favorite online vendor for firearms parts and accessories is They have pretty much everything you could want, incredibly fast shipping (and fair) and competitive prices. I shudder to think of how many thousands I spent with them in the last couple years.
    There are also a good number of forum sponsors that sell AR gear; Primary Arms, for instance, who's ad is at the top of my page at the moment.

  3. bmoore


    Jan 15, 2006
    Under a regime.
    +1 for MidwayUSA. NRA roundup.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  4. Jack Black

    Jack Black

    Dec 19, 2000
    Vegas Baby!
    Agreed with both of those sites. Both Midway and Primary Arms are excellent.
  5. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    Cheaper Than Dirt was seriously price gouging right after Obama was elected. Selling many thing well above MSRP because they were is short supply. I expect this on eBay, not a commercial web site. I will never buy from them again.
  6. whoops dude

    whoops dude

    Jul 17, 2011
    that my friend is how the world works.
  7. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    That is fine if they want to do it. I think a commercial web site would have a longer term vision than charging well over MSRP because of a temporary shortage.

    Take Apple Computer for example, when they release an new gadget (iPhone etc) do they charge more than MSRP at ATT, Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart etc?

    Midway, Brownells, Bravo USA, Natchez etc did not do it. I will support them with my $. Cheaper Than Dirt can get somebody else's money :wavey:
  8. ShaggyAggie01


    Feb 20, 2012
    Apple sets the pricing, so if one of them changed it, they'd lose Apple as a vendor. Apple is already gouging us, just look at what the last generation of apple toys cost now that they're not in high demand. Its just capitalism. Its the way the world works even when the socialists try to stop it. :wavey:
  9. Bighoss


    Feb 13, 2011
    A few of my favorites are brownells ineedmoregear and midway usa

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  10. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005

    Again I would add that all of the major online vendors I listed selling the same firearms related items at the same time did not do what CTD did. I guess they missed their "opportunity" to service their customers to the same degree CTD did. :rofl:

    CTD gained short term profit and lost some long term customers, not smart business IMO. They were doing what many local gun stores and private sellers did across the U.S. but because of that I have no interest in shopping there any longer. Heck they are a Texas based company so I would like to support them but no thanks. :wavey:

    As far as Apple goes it was an example, fill in blank with any hot item be it toys, video games or electronics. Same story so the possible repercussions from Apple is not why those companies did not inflate prices above MSRP.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  11. RatDrall


    May 23, 2009
    They made more money, by selling goods for prices the market would bear in a time when demand was great and supply was not, than they could ever make off of you and a few others who resent them for getting as much as they can selling their stuff. They will continue to sell to people who want to pay their current prices, and to people who get their catalogues in the mail and think that it is their only option. Raising prices, when they could, was a good business decision.

    CTD has never done me wrong. They did short me a box or two of ammunition that I ordered, but made it right promptly and included an extra box for my trouble :supergrin:
  12. ShaggyAggie01


    Feb 20, 2012

    nobody is forcing you to buy anything at the increased price. But somebody out there apparently thinks it is worth it, or CTD would'nt have sold any of the item.

    There are some businesses out there where you have little choice but to pay higher prices as they increase, like the Natural gas and electric bill. in these cases the government has stepped in to make sure there is no gouging, for better or worse.
  13. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    OK so you guys keep buying from CTD, I will not. :)

    They at least lost one customer (me) from doing what they did. I have also steered two co workers away from them because of it. I have no ideal if the short term gains they saw offset any long term sales loss, no way to know without seeing there numbers. I could care less to be honest I do not support what they did so I will not support them.

    I do not think what hey did was a wise business move, working in the same type of field I can not agree the offset will prove worth it long term. Again looking at who did not do it (the companies I named above) who were selling the same stuff at the same time I would say they would agree. I would put some merit in that :) Midway, Bronwells etc are much bigger and smarter players in that field IMO.

    No harm no foul, I could care less who buys what from whom, I just know I will not support them. :)
  14. TunaFisherman

    TunaFisherman Halibut Hunter

    Dec 10, 2009
    West of the East coast

    I use those two because they seem to have the best prices and great CS and fast shipping
  15. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    Tejas looks nice, their store front is roughly 45-50 minutes from my front door. I am going to get over there and check them out soon.
  16. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    you will regret it if you go too "CHEAP". Take your time, do some research, get some decent stuff and you wont have to buy stuff twice.