I am considering purchasing a basic AR carbine (if I can find one), and I want to hear some opinions on which ones to consider. I'm not concerned about match grade accuracy or extas/accessories, just a basic carbine with an emphasis on quality and reliability. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
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March 2, 2009, 10:44 PM
LMT and Noveske are top-shelf. Stag and S&W are good guns, too. Of course, Colt is really good, but way overpriced.
March 2, 2009, 10:45 PM
Please read the thread:
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It has links to AR-15 comparison threads.
If you have questions after using the existing resources, go ahead an post a thread.
March 2, 2009, 10:48 PM
March 2, 2009, 10:50 PM
DPMS sportical. it is an optics ready carbine for about 750.. if you can locate one.. DPMS makes great guns, mine has functioned flawlessly... they also offer a great variety of AR configurations...
March 2, 2009, 10:56 PM
I have just gone through the same process you're going through.
First I would look at this comparison chart: http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=pwswheghNQsEuEhjFwPrgTA&hl=en
Then I would read this article by the guy who put the chart together: http://www.tacticalyellowvisor.net/8343/16001.html
Note that if you were to buy a Stag, and then get a LMT Bolt Carrier Group, you're almost there, with respect to a quality basic durable & reliable AR15.
From my research the AR manufacturers to look at are as follows, and their prices reflect their quality:
Noveske - Rolls-Royce
Colt - Mercedes-Benz
LMT - BMW
Stag - Toyota
March 2, 2009, 11:01 PM
Recently bought an LMT and could not be happier. I might trade it for a Noveske - it's that nice. :)
March 2, 2009, 11:30 PM
If you want to do some reading on it take a look at this. http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=118&t=360169