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Best-value basic AR-15?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Sylvan-Forge, Feb 14, 2008.

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  1. Sylvan-Forge

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    What say you?
     
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    Please permit me to amend..

    Best value AR-15 manufacturer with non-proprietary parts. Mil-spec and/or compatible with mil-spec parts.

    Thank yas :)
     
  6. RCR29

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    build your own. You should be able to save a little bit of money and come out with a better rifle.
     
  7. ugaarguy

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    Colt is the only major manufacturer I know of that does a few weird things. Their no longer produced civilian models use a large diameter post screw instead of a pivot pin. Those same civilian models, and their LE/Gov't only marked models (still available to the public) use slightly larger diameter pins for the fire control group. This still isn't a big issue. Most aftermarket fire control groups are available with standard or Colt diameter pins, and you can get an offset pin to put a standard upper on a Colt civilian lower.

    Every other reputable manufacturer uses parts interchangeable with mil-spec.
     
  8. RCR29

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    If you only take one thing away from this thread, let that be to stay away from Hesse/Vulcan/Blackthorne.
     
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    I really like my double starr. That said there is value in bulding your own. I have between 850 and 900 bucks. When I finish my rock river I will have around 750 to maybe 800 in the gun itself. The double starr is an A2 upper and the RRA will be an A4. I will have more in optics on the RRA but that is seperate from the cost of the rifle.
     
  10. TimboKhan

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    I don't honestly know if it's the best value around, and there is something cool about building your own gun, but my Bushmaster carbine only cost me $750.00 new.
     
  11. wcwhitey

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    Bought a new Bushmaster three weeks ago, 829.00. Its a 16" carbine. Very nice gun, finished well and shoots great. Is it the best, dunno, but pretty damn good I would say. I am also a fan of DPMS, not finished as well as the Bushy but the one I have has never given me a problem and they go for less than the Bushmaster.
     
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    Olympic Arms Plinker. I think they are around $650.
     
  13. MassMark

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    For short money, you can have Jon at Anvil Arms build you an Ar-15 the way you want it...Plus for a small extra fee, you can have your AR lower custom engraved with your own personal logo. Jon is a superb person to deal with and is frighteningly knowledgeable. His rifles have a lifetime warranty and are custom built to your specs on spec. He's doing a major group buy on receivers on another forum - I purchased a completed lower with custom engraving for $183.00. Once I add the upper, sights and stock, I'll have about $800.00 wrapped up in a custom made AR-15. Give him a look-see....

    www.anvilarms.com
     
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    I have two suggestions for completed rifles.
    DPMS Classic A2
    High Standard HSA-15 A2
    Both can be had as rifles or carbines and fixed carry handle or flat tops.
    Affordable pricing and good quality on both.
     
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    As a good, basic, value for money gun, you can't beat a Bushmaster M4A3 for around $850.

    If you want the best basic AR, get a Colt 6920.
     
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    IMHO Stag Arms is the Best value for the money. I have 2.
     
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    I'm going with a mid-length gas system, 16", A2 upper, carbine kit from Del-Ton and a stripped lower from Anvil.

    Engraving is free if you buy the lower from Anvil and he has some 40,000 military unit graphics, so just tell him what you want. Have read many good reviews on their lowers and Jon was very helpful when I supplied my own custom art.

    With good mags and a chrome lined barrel, this build is going to cost me $700 including shipping and FFL fee. But then again, I only pay $10 for the FFL transfer.

    Del-Ton gets good reviews, uses Wilson barrels and reportedly DPMS uppers.

    Ya, I'll only save $150 this way, but I like building things and will know the rifle MUCH better for having done it.
     
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    Armalite A4 carbine

    $899 everywhere
     
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    Another vote for the "bargain bin" at cmmg I liked my m4 so much, I'm buying the 20" model in the next couple of months.
     
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    CMMG bargain bin

    Bought one, great deal, Could not have built one for less.

    Came with a cheap 4-pos buttstock, but that was easily fixed, and I'm still ahead.

    I will probably sell my built A2 and buy one of their varmint guns.
     
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    a "popular question"

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    Either the CMMG "bargain bin" AR's or Olympic's "Plinker Plus".
     
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    You have all been most gracious. Thank you.

    I gotta ponder a bit..
     
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    +1 for cmmg bargain bin.
    Also heard very good things about the Doublestar, my friend got his for under $800
     
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