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AR-15's

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BCPerry, Mar 23, 2009.

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  1. BCPerry

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    Hey guys. Great news, the wife has just told me to go by my first AR. So I need a little help. Which ones are the best, and which ones should I stay away from? What's your opinions?
     
  2. CoRoMo

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    Our opinions are vast and varied.

    First thing's first... what would be the intended purpose of this AR?
     
  3. Evenflo76

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    At this point, It is a bit late to get in to the AR game. What is your budget? Is that figure just for a rifle, or are you including optics/sights, magazines, ammo ... ?

    I would say that you may be hard pressed to find any AR variant by a reputable manufacturer for <$1,000.

    Manufacturers that are safe, IMO

    Colt

    LMT

    RRA

    DPMS

    Bushmaster

    to name a few. I'm not going to get into the "Which is best" discussion. That poor dead horse is getting beaten as we speak.

    My advice would be to check forum classifieds and similar avenues. Deals are out there, just few and far between.

    My $0.02
     
  4. 45B@cav

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    I've used Stag parts for some builds and I'm impressed with the quality. I don't think you could go wrong with Stag.
     
  5. Prion

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    You can still find AR's, depends a bit on where you live, but you will pay a bit more. It's never too late to get into the AR game, maybe a little early actually. If the economy keeps tanking and no AWB is passed soon I think the AR market will soon be back to normal prices. Do not despair.

    I'll add Smith and Wesson's MP-15 series to the list above.
     
  6. CoRoMo

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    Disagree. I bought a fine AR a few weeks ago at a very good deal.
    There are in fact many, many out there at a year ago's price.
    Just avoid the online auctions.

    I've seen plenty of these very brands in the $800 range NIB.
    I'd throw in S&W M&P15, and I've also seen some of them in the $800 range.
     
  7. Eb1

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    Nothing wrong with CMMG or White Oak.
     
  8. Lightninstrike

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    Yep and LWRC ain't bad either.
     
  9. CoRoMo

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    +1 on Stag. I'll eventually own one.
    Charles Daly too.
     
  10. Mainsail

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    You might ask her to clarify this a little. If she told you to “go by your first AR” she means that you should go get near your first AR. If, however, she told you to go buy your first AR, then you’re free to purchase an AR with her blessings (assuming she wasn’t being sarcastic). This distinction is critical to both your firearms purchase and your marriage.
     
  11. Coronach

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    The first thing you need to ask is "what am I going to use this AR for?" Specifically:

    How many rounds per year will I put through this gun? Be honest.

    Will I be taking expensive rifle/carbine training courses?

    Is this a multi-purpose plinker, a dedicated varmit gun, a tack-driver paper-puncher, a stand-up fighting gun, what?

    All of these answers will have an impact on what you should buy, and prevent you from buying more or less gun than you need.

    Mike
     
  12. Matrix187

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    How do Del-Tons stack up. Are they about on par with bushmaster?
     
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    I just picked up my first AR about a month ago, a Smith & Wesson M&P15. Can't give a report yet as it's been sitting in the safe waiting for optics. When I was shopping, all reviews I read where very good.
     
  14. Evenflo76

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    Yes, many an AR has been built out their parts kits
     
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    i would go with an olympic arms. on the cheaper side, very reliable, made in the northwest so you know they take weather into accountability. they have great customer service and a lifetime warranty. and its chambered for both
    .223 and 5.56. well built, no problems whatsoever. would highly recommend.

    +1 to olympic arms
     
  16. CoRoMo

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    Mainsail...

    To split hairs here, if she is telling him to pass within proximity of his first AR, it would still have to be his first AR. Ownership has been implied and is part of the commandment. Therefore, acquisition of his personal property through purchase is a prerequisite to the act. He must purchase the gun before he can complete his wife's wishes. Otherwise, he's simply visiting an AR that isn't his own.

    :p:D:p:neener::neener::p:D:p
     
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    I see it as "first". Meaning that there will be more to come..:p
     
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    I would spend the next couple of months doing homework. Order a couple of detailed books on them from Amazon. (Or wherever.) Go to Brownells.com and order their free AR catalog. You can build a lower very easily. When you have a detailed understanding of the gun YOU built, the brand matters much less, because YOU can fix or modify it as you want to.
     
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    Don't forget Vulcan/Hesse/Blackthorne.:evil:
     
  21. CoRoMo

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    I think they no longer offer that catalog.

    I agree to the notion of research. Before I bought my first AR, I searched and researched every type, style, and brand that I could read about. Ended extremely happy with my choice.
     
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    brownells has an online AR builder that is very slick. Nothing is in stock of course but it's fun and shows prices/pictures and allows you to save builds and order.

    Http://www.ar15builder.com/
     
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  23. Mainsail

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    True. I guess it may all be in her tone of voice. Women are tricky like that…

    ;)
     
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    for the price i like RRA, can't be beat (i say this because thats what i have)
     
  25. briansmithwins

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    Function dictates form and the AR is the LEGO of the gun world. My personal rifle is a 16" lightweight with Aimpoint. It's intended use is urban defense and our local rifle matches.

    My wife's rifle is a 20" lightweight with 4X ACOG, which is close to the rifle she had when she was in the military.

    Neither of our rifles has free floated handguards since the accuracy criteria we have is 'will it hit a man sized target at 400 yards?'

    You really, really, have to decide what you want the rifle to do before you buy parts, assuming of course you have a limited budget.

    BSW
     
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