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Looking for AR-15

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by utallen, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. utallen

    utallen New Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    I am in the market for an AR-15. I would like something that comes close to military specs without having to do a bunch of customizing. I don't know too much about black rifles and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on specific brands/models that might suite me. Cost is always a factor but not really. This would be my first AR-15 so I would like to get something nice that I want. At the same time, I really dont' want to spend more than $1200-$1300.

  2. gunlover_06

    gunlover_06 Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    I have a brand new Smith & Wesson M&P15 I would be willing to sell
  3. meytind

    meytind Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    New York
    If you're ready to spend $1200, buy a Colt 6920. That's as close as you can get to a military issue M4 without and NFA stamp.
  4. jtruog

    jtruog New Member

    May 13, 2009
    junction city ks
  5. RP88

    RP88 Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2008
    BCM, Colt, LMT, or a build. All will cost you somewhere between 1200-1400 bucks before you put rails and an expensive sight on it.
  6. longdayjake

    longdayjake Senior Member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Genesee, ID
    Colt is wasted money if you ask me. Other makers are much cheaper and they are trusted by hundreds of policemen around the US. RRA, Double Star, S&W, Bushmaster, etc. will last you just as long and shoot just as well as a Colt. Everyone acts like Colts and Noveskes never break down because they are "Mil Spec" but they are just like any AR in that they need to be taken care of to work properly.

    Save the few hundred bucks for a nice quality optic or accessories.

    I have 3 ARs and I have shot about 6 brands. The ones I own are an RRA midlength, a double star 6.5 grendel, and a DPMS 16" Bull Stainless. Of the three I could trust the double star to function every time right out of the box. The RRA was my first and it took me some time to learn the workings of an AR but once I found out that you had to lube them more than a regular rifle, it has worked flawlessly. After about 300 rounds it did not need near as much lube to keep it running and it is my most accurate one to date. The DPMS works flawlessly, but I couldn't get it to group well. The upper was sold and the lower is now waiting for a new partner.

    All of these rifles have shot as reliably and as accurately as the 2 colts I have played with. I have also shot a del-ton and a bushmaster that worked well but seemed very loose to me.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2009
  7. kwelz

    kwelz Senior Member

    Apr 14, 2004
    Henryville, IN
    HAHAHAHA Sorry Jake but I, and many people who know a lot more than I, disagree with you. With the exception of S&W, every gun you listed there falls far short of being anywhere close to TDP (Military) spec, which is what the OP asked for. None of them are as durable, made with the proper components or have the reputation that colt does.

    I to have owned most major brands of ARs, and I would never buy a DPMS, Bushmaster, or Doublestar again. While Bushmaster is the best of the three they still haven't learned how to ream a chamber and are notorius for cutting corners. Doublestar uses second rate parts and DPMS can't seem to get anything right on their guns. I had 2 fail within a month of each other and can't count the number that I got complaints on when I sold them wholesale.
  8. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Mar 27, 2009
    nc mountains
    utallen I have a general store down from my house sell'n S&W M&P15 OR for 799.95. Prices Creek Store 828-682-2494/ fax 828-682-0689. Ask for MAX and he has several of them. Best gunshop i have been in expect for bass pro but much better prices.

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