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Best production AR?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by gga357, Apr 16, 2008.

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Best AR?

Poll closed Apr 30, 2008.
  1. Bushmaster

    28.3%
  2. DPMS

    17.3%
  3. Armalite

    8.7%
  4. Stag

    8.7%
  5. Sabre

    6.3%
  6. Knight

    7.9%
  7. Rock River

    22.8%
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  1. gga357

    gga357 Member

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    In your opinion what is the best production AR. Accuracy as the main point. Let me know if I missed any.

    Bushmaster
    DPMS
    Armalite
    Rock River
    Stag
    Knight
    Sabre
     
  2. Buzzbox

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    KAC gets my vote.
     
  3. Onmilo

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    Uh oh, here we go with the infamous loaded question again.
    OK, I'll start.
    24" barrelled Olympic Arms with a flat top and free float forend.
    I like Rock River two stage trigger assemblies but that is me.
     
  4. Horsemany

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    I'm pretty sure you're gonna catch ^%$ for not including Colt on your list. Folks will be splitting heirs IMO since they're really all the same practically speaking. Most of the parts are all made by a couple of companies and the makers are merely assemblers IMO. Some will no doubt point out what I consider minor differences.
     
  5. Buzzbox

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    For real results, it would be prudent to include all AR makers. It's only an opinion poll though, about which AR is best. A guaranteed trainwreck.
     
  6. plexreticle

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    Any with all milspec parts and a chrome lined barrel. I like the FN's my unit was issued.
     
  7. Kind of Blued

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    No Colt?!?!

    Out of your choices, it was a toss up between Knight and Sabre Defense, but I'm no pro.
     
  8. 41magsnub

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    As is the answer in all of these threads... the one I own is the best because otherwise I would have buyers remorse and that is unacceptable.
     
  9. Spyvie

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    Straight up. That's why I voted Bushmaster.
     
  10. gga357

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    Sorry missed Colt and Olympic arms.
     
  11. Buzzbox

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    One would hope that folks only vouch for firearms they are experienced with.
     
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    Against firearms they have no experience with? Basically it is a question as to which one does the best marketing vs. the actual best firearm.
     
  13. Buzzbox

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    No, this question is answered by opinion only, there is no "actual best."

    All I'm saying, if my wording escaped you, is that I'd hope people only speak in favor of AR's they've shot themselves.
     
  14. cbsbyte

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    How about Colt, S&W, Olympic, Fulton & LMT? Out of that list I would put KAC on top. The reason that it is the only rifle in that list that is made to Mil-specs; MPI tested bolts, 5.56mm 1/7 chrome lined barrels, proper sized part basically every part is guaranteed a certain level of quality and similar specs. Sabre comes a close second. The rest are commercial rifles which means the quality of individual parts varies depending on where it is sourced. They are still fine rifles, that will work for most everyone except the military.
     
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  15. ugaarguy

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    How heavily do you weight the accuracy? Are you willing to deal with the weight of a 24" bull bbl AR? 20" Medium contour? 16" Lightweight? Some compromise of those?

    For pure accuracy any major brand's 20" or longer heavy or bull bbl combined with a free floated handguard will generally deliver the best mechanical accuracy. Match triggers, cheek rest stocks, nice grips, a bipod, and good optics will help the shooter take advantage of that mechanical accuracy.

    Those are fine if you want a bench gun, but if you want more portability you have decide where the weight/accuracy* trade-off meets your needs.

    *This is not to say that light weight bbls aren't accurate. I had a nice light 20" pencil bbl Colt SP1 that was a tack driver, but the barrel heated up quickly compared to heavy bbl guns.
     
  16. vanfunk

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    Colt is the better brand of all those listed.

    vanfunk
     
  17. larry starling

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    Agreed! Add my vote for COLT!
     
  18. inherentical

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    If I've learned one thing on the internet, it's that the correct answer is any that are milspec and tactical.
     
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    No CMMG? What gives?
     
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    Colt or LMT.

    I do have a RRA that run well for years until it died at Thunder Ranch this year. Poor gun, it's lead a great life though.:D
     
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    I'll go with LMT.

    Of the economy brands, Smith & Wesson, Bushmaster, Armalite, Rock River Arms, Stag Arms, etc. are all about the same.

    Buy the one with the logo you like the most...

    If you want 4150 barrel steel, properly staked carrier key nuts, shot peened and magnetic particle inspected bolt carrier group, and everything else you'll have on a military spec AR (except full auto), buy Colt Defense or Lewis Machine & Tool.

    "Economy brand" isn't meant to be a bad word. You pay a little less and you get a rifle that while not milspec, is still pretty good and well enough for poking holes in paper at the range.
     
  23. El Tejon

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    Rag, I prefer Pat Rogers' term "hobby rifle". Some of the hobby rifles can run. Heck, I shot the snot out my RRA until it went TU.

    But if you want "best", you have to pay. Such is life.:D
     
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    S&W.
     
  25. RockyMtnTactical

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    LMT is who I would choose. Can't go wrong with Stag or Sabre though.

    Noveske is probably the very best.
     
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