Stag Arms AR15 opinion..


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tju1973
December 27, 2009, 10:23 AM
I just put a Stag Arms complete rifle (NIB) on layaway-- its an M4gery flatop with a flip up rear sight. Seemed reasonable at about $800 with generous terms on the layaway-- basically I have a year to finish paying for it.

That being said, how does Stag compare with other "value tier" ARs-- ie Bushmaster, Oly, DMPS, etc...

Any help, opinions, slams, or whatever are greatly appreciated--

Thanks!

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Glockman17366
December 27, 2009, 10:26 AM
They're fine rifles...
Don't second guess your purchase...just enjoy it.

psp7304
December 27, 2009, 10:58 AM
Stag rifles are excellent values and fine quality.

DougW
December 27, 2009, 11:24 AM
Stag makes really good stuff.

Creature
December 27, 2009, 11:32 AM
Pretty good rifles.

jem375
December 27, 2009, 11:46 AM
DPMS and Stag are the best bang for the bucks..

TIMC
December 27, 2009, 12:08 PM
Stag is a subsidiary of Continental machine and tool who have been making parts for AR's since the Vietnam war. They have more experience at it than anyone else.

I have the model 6 Varminter, great shoooting rifle that will shoot 1/2" or less at 100 yards depending on the loose nut behind the trigger.

MrCleanOK
December 27, 2009, 01:32 PM
You did good. They are a fine mid-tier rifle, great value for the money. My only complaint about Stags is that the staking is kind of weak (that is not uncommon in this price range), but that is something you can fix for free. I'd properly re-stake the gas key and castle nut, install an enhanced extractor kit, and call it good.

http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-Extractor-Spring-Uprade-Kit-p/bcm%20extractor%20spring%20upgrade.htm

HOLY DIVER
December 27, 2009, 01:40 PM
the stag will make you very happy

Zach S
December 27, 2009, 01:46 PM
IMO Stags and Smiths are the best bang for the buck ARs, they're probably the same aside from the rollmark.

I second re-staking the gas key. I don't stake the castle nut until I replace the end plate with one that accommodates a sling.

tju1973
December 27, 2009, 03:40 PM
Cool-- thanks for the good feedback-- I put money down quickly to reserve it, and I don't feel rushed as I have awhile to pay for it. I hope to get it out in the next month or two-- but just in case, I can do it definitely in under the year I have. I was looking (and still may) at a DPMS Sportical, just to get my feet in the AR game, but now, I think the DPMS I do end up getting will be a .308 followed by a .338 Fed upper---

The extractor is a great idea, and I looked online about re-staking the gas key -- doesn't look hard...anyone do it themselves, or should I take it to a smith?

Zach S
December 27, 2009, 05:47 PM
If you know how to work with your hands, its easy enough to do yourself.

A MOACKS tool makes things easy.

kwelz
December 27, 2009, 07:57 PM
MEH. uch better gun out there for the money.

RockyMtnTactical
December 27, 2009, 09:03 PM
I think they are the best bang for the buck available in the AR15 world. You couldn't do any better at the price range. That said, just a little more and you can get a better gun, like a BCM.

MrCleanOK
December 28, 2009, 05:52 AM
The extractor is a great idea, and I looked online about re-staking the gas key -- doesn't look hard...anyone do it themselves, or should I take it to a smith?

If you are skilled with a center punch and hammer, staking the gas key is not difficult at all and you should just do it yourself. If you aren't skilled with a hammer and punch, as long as you can do it without hurting yourself, you should probably still do it yourself. It doesn't have to be pretty, just functional. And if you really, really screw the job up and aren't happy with it, a replacement gas key isn't that expensive.

HOLY DIVER
December 28, 2009, 02:20 PM
pics of improperly and properly staked gas keys?

Pony Express
December 28, 2009, 02:27 PM
From what I have heard and read, Stag's are great guns and you should be very proud of what you have.

I would have bought one, but they're illegal here in CT unless you make some modifications to them.

Frankl03
December 28, 2009, 02:45 PM
I have a Stag M1L and I like it allot! You will enjoy your new rifle. Not a bad price either.

benzy2
December 28, 2009, 02:46 PM
I have one. It is a fine rifle. The only complaint I have would be that the trigger is the standard parts kit trigger. I knew it going in but it is something I want to replace. Not that any other standard parts kit trigger would be better from a different company. I don't treat my rifles, AR or not, very rough so most of the small things that fire the hardcore AR guys up mean little to nothing to me. With my use the rifle runs flawlessly and shoots fine.

kwelz
December 28, 2009, 02:50 PM
pics of improperly and properly staked gas keys?

Here you go!
http://m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=6993

Float Pilot
December 28, 2009, 08:19 PM
I have one in 6.8mm SPC. It is fairly accurate. I had to properly peen the gas key and also added M4 style feed ramps.

Now that I am done experimenting with the 6.8SPC mine is for sale. ARs do not turn my crank.

windsor311
December 29, 2009, 01:34 AM
From what I have heard and read, Stag's are great guns and you should be very proud of what you have.

I would have bought one, but they're illegal here in CT unless you make some modifications to them.
Pony Express,

You can order a Stag in CT. legal config from your dealer. Stag is a great company to work with.
What dealer do you use?

RockyMtnTactical
December 29, 2009, 11:05 PM
Staking carrier keys is easy. I don't worry about that with a Stag.

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