Dpms Ar-15


August 11, 2007, 12:05 AM
Just wanted some opinions on the DPMS AR-15. Any feedback regarding quality, dependability, etc... Thanks for your time and opinions people.

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August 11, 2007, 01:34 AM
My AR has a DPMS lower reciever, but everything else in it is STAG. Its never fauled up on me and has been extremely reliable. In my personal experience, the Name is just something you need to feel comfortable with. Stag, Rocker River, And DPMS are the only lower recievers I'll ever buy just cause I've only heard good. Why buy something if I wasn't familiar with it you know?

August 11, 2007, 10:11 AM
DPMS makes a good gun. You will be very happy with one. You shouldn't have any issues with one.

August 11, 2007, 10:40 AM
Yes, DPMS makes a good gun, one of the best for the money.

I believe they still don't use chrome lined barrels, but that honestly does not mater if you don't have $10,000 to spend on an enormous amount of ammo.

August 11, 2007, 07:44 PM
how about their uppers? i haven't heard very good things about them but don't have any experience with them

August 11, 2007, 08:03 PM
DPMS makes some budget guns and I think alot of people look down on "cheap" ARs. I tell people I built mine and it cost $580 and they instantly think its the biggest turd ever.......but it shoots with there $1K guns all day long.

I wouldnt hesitate to buy a DPMS......or most any other AR15, except a Hesse or Vulcan.....bad news there.

August 11, 2007, 08:05 PM
I would not hesitate to buy DPMS parts

August 11, 2007, 08:56 PM
I've got one DPMS upper, their 16" stainless bull barrel model, it's functioned fine, no failures of any kind, and shoots consistantly sub-moa with Black Hills 55gr. SP reloads. These were on sale at Midway USA for $389 a while back, it shot good enough a shooting buddy picked one up also. I also have a DPMS lower but it's been modded with a JP trigger, also no problems at all.


August 11, 2007, 09:18 PM
You can do better, but you can do worse...

August 11, 2007, 09:38 PM
DPMS AR-15's are OK. As one other poster mentions, Must parts are mede by Stag. So...Why not just get a Stag? I have 2 and they are great rifles.

August 12, 2007, 10:12 PM
My DPMS jammed constantly for the first six months I owned it.
Then I cleaned all the laquer out of the chamber left behind by the laquered wolf cases.
It's worked great ever since!

August 12, 2007, 11:14 PM
I built my own AR15 using a DPMS lower, lower receiver parts, a DPMS A3upper with their charging handle and forward assist. My research led me to believe that Bushmaster barrels were the way to go so I purchased their barrel assembly, carrier, bolt assembly and upper handle. The main reason I selected the DPMS was its what my local gunshop carried. Our local law enforcement uses DPMS as well. I considered Rock River and Stag and they would have worked just as well in my opinion. Rock River was a little more expensive and Stag...well...its just me, but that logo on the side turned me off. There products are fine.

If you purchase any of the above mentioned "pure breeds" you will be very satisfied I'm sure. Bushmaster included. Mine is a hybrid...DPMS/Bushmaster. I really enjoyed building my own and would encourage those who have ever considered doing so to go for it. There are some great resourses here as well as AR15.com. You will definately have a thorough understanding of how your weapon operates as well as be able to perform your own maintenance and upkeep.

Some will say you can come out cheaper by building your own, and I would agree to an extent. You can definately make personal choices about various components and purchase them at your own pace (mine was 4 months). I however puchased the correct tool for the job (I'm a shop teacher) and as such have spent just as much as if I had gone out and purchased one. By the same token, I now have the the proper tools to perform more builds for friends and family as well as keep mine maintained.

More information than you asked for but I've been where you are and thought it would help. Others did the same for me.

August 13, 2007, 01:43 AM
I have 2 DPMS ARs. Great accuracy, functioning, no problems. Unless somebody else offers something I want, if I get a third it will be a DPMS. That's my opinion.

August 13, 2007, 09:24 AM
I have a rifle that I built out of pretty much all DPMS parts.
It does have a Rock River two stage trigger assembly and a Norgon ambidextrious magazine catch.
The bolt and carrier are DPMS hard chromed.

I had to go back to the standard three piece gas rings that came with the bolt because the one piece McFarland gas ring I stuck in was causing too much friction and this was making the rifle balk on some junk British surplus 62 grain ball ammo.
Switch to three piece rings, rifles feeds the Brit ammo fine.
Of course this has in no way improved the accuracy of the British ammunition, it is still junky. It just functions fine now.

I have had only one other little issue with the rifle and this concerns the apeture size on the rear sight that DPMS uses.
Both apeture holes are .100" and the combat apeture is not marked 0-2
I intend to replace this apeture set up with a correct USGI rear sight, just haven't got around to it yet.

August 13, 2007, 03:15 PM
I have 2 DPMS AR's. One is a 20 bull barrel 223 1-9twist with A2 Stock Flat Top reciever that shoots 3/4" to 1/2" groups with good commercial ammo reloads and I've never had any problems with it. The other an M4Gery with 6 position collapsable stock a chrome lined barrel and red dot TruGlo 30mm sight...much fun! Would purchase them again - great quality & better prices!

August 14, 2007, 04:40 AM
threw this one together last week.
DMPS Flat top Upper
CCMG stripped lower
6 pos stock.
Hogue Rubbber grip
total cost 640 well worth it in my opinion
going to pour some Radway surplus ammo through it tomorrow.
my other AR is a tricked out RockRiver that shoots 1 moa I hope this one does as well.

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