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Best value in AR type rifles?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by go_bang, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. go_bang

    go_bang Well-Known Member

    I am curious as to what the best value is in the AR-15 style rifles that are out there. Is there any company out there making a good rifle at a relatively low price compared to the rest of the makers?
  2. Gary G23

    Gary G23 Well-Known Member

  3. Lobotomy Boy

    Lobotomy Boy Well-Known Member

    Check out DPMS. Their prices among the best, the quality of their guns is top-notch, and their service can't be beat.
  4. JesseL

    JesseL Well-Known Member

  5. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Well-Known Member

    the build it yourself route is one of the best, you can save money, the build is relatively simple, and you learn your gun very well.
  6. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    i own a bushmaster, and had one before that, and i love thm, but if i was in the market for an ar i would agree with lobotomy boy, i would go dpms as well they are great rifles. i would have probally went dpms when i bought my last ar but the gun shop didn't carry them.
  7. CZ-100

    CZ-100 Well-Known Member

    I have an Oly Plinker, and have put over 2,000 rds thru it with no problems, I paid $499 for it a couple of years ago.
  8. lycanthrope

    lycanthrope Well-Known Member

    +1. No doubt.
  9. jsdavenport

    jsdavenport Member

    I'll have to agree with some of the other gentlemen about building yourself. If you buy a lower for around 100 or so ( I perfer double star lowers, but that is just my opinion). You can get a kit from model1sales for 470. You'd be out for under 600 and about one hour work. An AR is an easy to build weapon, especially if you are just putting together a lower and bolting on an upper. Have fun!

    Oh yeah, and either wear safety glasses or turn your head when putting some of the detents in the lower. A man could loose an eye in a hurry if one hit you right. :what:
  10. Frog48

    Frog48 Well-Known Member

    The best price I've found locally is $850 for a Bushmaster, at Academy Sports.

    If anyone knows of any places in Fort Worth or San Antonio areas that have NIB AR's for significantly less than that, and regularly have them in stock, let me know. I'd be VERY interested.
  11. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Once In A Lifetime Deal~! On A Prancing Pony

    I got a post ban COLT M4A3 type AR-15, slightly used with NO box or doc's
    for $700 + 9% sales tax.:D
  12. go_bang

    go_bang Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the info so far, everyone. Regarding the build-it-yourself route, are there any gotchas to be aware of? Are the parts all pretty much compatible regardless of the make, or are there incompatibilities to be aware of?
  13. wdlsguy

    wdlsguy Well-Known Member

  14. soul_rapier

    soul_rapier Well-Known Member

    If you buy a colt lower i have seen the pin sizes are different watch out for that ..gun broker has all the parts for the lower look up parts kit .
  15. soul_rapier

    soul_rapier Well-Known Member

    Sorry clicked one to many times
  16. lycanthrope

    lycanthrope Well-Known Member

    If you buy a kit the pivot pin detent installation tool, electrical tape and some roll pin punches are all you need. Actually, you really don't need the tool , but it's worth the money unless yo uhave a friend or three hands....

    The tool is part number 080-216-011 at Brownells.

    Use the tape to protect the finish of the lower when you install the pins.
  17. wdlsguy

    wdlsguy Well-Known Member

    Or just use a single-edged razor blade to hold in the pivot pin detent while installing the pivot pin.

    When you buy a kit, the upper half is usually completely assembled, so all you have to assemble is the lower. Complete instructions for assembling a lower can be found here.
  18. jsdavenport

    jsdavenport Member

    I never thought of the single edged razor, thats not a bad idea. I always used a guitar pick and it works like a champ. :)

    To the poster: Building an AR yourself is very easy. There really isn't any gotchas to speak of. Any lower you buy (aside from a big hole colt lower) will be compatable. One of the best deals I've found is a double star lower from titleII for 99 dollars shipped. I'm about to get three myself :neener:
  19. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp Well-Known Member


    I get RRA lowers plain or pistol use only for $110 out the door price. The cool part is if I order 3 or more there are usually 2 consecutivley numbered. I need to order 5 so maybe I can have pistol, carbine, and rifle all consecutivley numbered that would be cool
  20. mrmeval

    mrmeval Well-Known Member

    Build mine on Rock River lower with a model 1 kit for the rest of the parts. A friend did the assembly. To buy it with what it has it would have been about 1100 but I paid 800.

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