Help me choose a AR-15.


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jeff-10
March 4, 2008, 05:04 AM
My next purchase will be an AR-15 in M-4 configuration. I have narrowed it down to 3 choices. Rock River Arms, Bushmaster and Armalite. Although less expensive is always better a few hundred dollars either way isn't really a issue. Which make would you choose and why?

Although this is my AR I am throroughly familiar with the AR-15/M-16 family of weapons through my military service.

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Guitargod1985
March 4, 2008, 05:11 AM
I'd go with the Armalite if the price difference is negligible. Here is a chart of different features that the various AR manufacturers include or skimp on.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q111/rob_s/gun%20stuff/071120-AR-Comparison-Chart.jpg

SnakeEater
March 4, 2008, 05:13 AM
Those 3 makers are all in the same 'quality' class. Not top tier, but pretty good. The differences are minor. Buy the cheapest one.

jeff-10
March 4, 2008, 05:16 AM
I really like the Armalite, especially the OD green one. I kinda expeceted everyone to say go with RRA as that seems to be the new fad AR-15. A few of the dealers I have gone to seem to be primarily carrying RRAs. Of course they will order you anything if you demand tit but hey tend to want to sell you whats in the shop.

Darthbauer
March 4, 2008, 05:21 AM
I kinda expeceted everyone to say go with RRA as that seems to be the new fad AR-15. A few of the dealers I have gone to seem to be primarily carrying RRAs. Of course they will order you anything if you demand tit but hey tend to want to sell you whats in the shop.


Ok, id go with RRA. Thats what mine is and it works great. If I have enough money to get another one before the Bushmaster ACR comes out id go with an LMT or a Bushy.

SnakeEater
March 4, 2008, 05:30 AM
Of course if you want the very best get Noveske or a Larue stealth.

ckay
March 4, 2008, 07:36 AM
How is a brand a fad? RRAs create a nice rifle for the money. It has nothing to do with fads.

GearHead_1
March 4, 2008, 08:15 AM
I haven't owned an Armalite AR 15. The other two brands I've owned, the BushMaster fit and finish was better than the Rock River. The trigger was also better on the BushMaster. I made numerous after market modifications to both of rifles and the results were equally well received. I have never required service other than accessories/parts from either manufacturer so I'm not qualified to comment on this aspect. I did have problems getting a gas block, front site replacement from BushMaster, but I would think any manufacturer would have a hard time filling parts from time to time. I actually ended up cutting down the front sight, sanding and powder coating. It worked well. I would probably tell you to buy the BushMaster all things being equal. That said, I believe any of these rifles would make you happy.

taliv
March 4, 2008, 08:18 AM
why don't you go buy one of these and tell us how you like it?
http://charlesdalydefense.com/firearms.html

jeff-10
March 4, 2008, 08:48 AM
How is a brand a fad? RRAs create a nice rifle for the money. It has nothing to do with fads.

I didn't necessarily mean fad in a bad way as I am kind of leaning towards the RRA at this point. It is basically the new flavor of the month AR though and that may very well be because of quality or it could be because of the DEA contract.

Thx taliv, but i'll pass on the Charles Daly.

jpwilly
March 4, 2008, 09:49 AM
You didn't have DPMS on the list so I voted RRA.

RockyMtnTactical
March 4, 2008, 12:45 PM
None of the above.

LMT or Stag Arms

shdwfx
March 4, 2008, 01:24 PM
Every time you post that chart, James Brady kills a kitten.

hobgob
March 4, 2008, 01:30 PM
Ive seen about enough of that damn chart! however, i own an RRA entry tactical carbine. ive put about 1000+ through it, various ammo, works like a charm! never had any issues so far. the entry tactical becuase you can build off of it and make it a uber-tactical m-forgery or leave it as is and have a simple yet tactically effective carbine. +1 for RRA!

Bazooka Joe71
March 4, 2008, 01:38 PM
Where is the "I like cheese" tab?:confused:

BTW, I chose RRA because I seemed to have misplaced my 3 sided coin.

trigga
March 4, 2008, 01:59 PM
bushmaster here, love everything about it. any of the 3 brands stated are good.

NWdude83
March 4, 2008, 02:13 PM
Owned an Armalite M-15A4. Good gun but, had to send the upper back to Armalite to have the flash hider removed because they had put thread-lok on it... I got it back and noticed there was "play" between the upper and lower, when it had been tight before. A digital caliper confirmed it. Armalite denied they had done anything besides remove the flash hider.

jpwilly
March 4, 2008, 06:02 PM
That chart is way out of date!

nosliw
March 4, 2008, 06:04 PM
been nothing but happy with my Armalite M15A4

well, it doesn't like Wolf ammo. turns it into a single shot sometimes

H2O MAN
March 4, 2008, 06:06 PM
jpwilly That chart is way out of date!

Feel free to update the chart ...

taliv
March 4, 2008, 06:06 PM
what's out of date?

HOLY DIVER
March 4, 2008, 06:48 PM
nosliw.....lol i don't know of any AR that likes wolf ammo i shot 20rds through mine just to see if it would shoot it and it did but i'm not going to push my luck i stick with umc or hand loads in my olympic

JonB
March 4, 2008, 07:38 PM
Look at Stag as well. Price seems to be in line with RRA/Bushmaster and feedback seems to be positive. They don't offer as many options or configurations as RRA or Bushy, but if you want an M4gery, they'll have that.

Mortech
March 4, 2008, 07:41 PM
What ? No OlyArms lovin ??? I'm starting to think that I'm the only one that owns them and has had 0 problems with them . Must be that I live so close to the factory that has something to do with it .

NWdude83
March 4, 2008, 08:07 PM
From what I've heard, Oly Arms quality went downhill several years ago and hasn't gotten any better.

birdbustr
March 4, 2008, 08:29 PM
DPMS has some very reasonable kits on this website. www.colemantyler.com
If you buy an upper assembly with the lower kit, and then a stripped lower to make the rifle complete you can have a complete M4 for right at $600. The stripped lower will have to go through an FFL transfer, but the rest will not. Good luck.

GunNut
March 4, 2008, 08:38 PM
Flip a coin, or save your money and get a Colt or LMT.

I'm going to pick up a Colt 6920 soon as I've decided it would be better to own one great AR15 instead of two mediocre ones.

roguejestyr
March 4, 2008, 10:26 PM
RRA, if you can find a stocking dealer. i would have bought one but heard the waiting list is 6 weeks or so, so i got a Stag 2T instead at last weekend's gun show.

Tom Servo
March 7, 2008, 03:15 AM
Of course they will order you anything if you demand tit
I've tried that. Didn't go over well as a negotiating tactic :D

I've got nothing but praise for Rock River. I've shot several. All were tightly fitted and reliable. The trigger is VERY nice. I may get one at some point. The only problem is the backlog. I understand they're at 10-12 weeks' wait time right now.

Bushmasters are a solid choice, and a bit cheaper, but the trigger isn't quite as good. All said, good rifles.

Armalites are excellent rifles nowadays. Besides RRA, they're the only folks making widely-available midlength 16" AR's at the moment. They also use a 2-stage trigger that's quite nice.

hobgob
March 7, 2008, 03:57 AM
Luckily for me, My local gunshop has a good supply of RRA's so i didnt have to wait to get mine, just walked in and paid cash. havent got an optic for it yet, just mags and ammo! anywayif you can afford it, go RRA

Kind of Blued
March 7, 2008, 03:59 AM
Must be that I live so close to the factory that has something to do with it .

You got a fresh one?

I have two Rock Rivers and have shot neither of them. I suspect they will go boom just fine.

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