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Considering the purchase of a used AR, what are the models/manufacturers to avoid

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MacTech, Dec 11, 2012.

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  1. MacTech

    MacTech Member

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    Like the title says, I'm considering the purchase of a used AR, but the sheer volume of choices is bewildering

    Are there any manufacturers or models that are best avoided?

    I'm not looking for anything too elaborate or expensive, just a good, basic model, simplicity and reliability appeal more to me than cool gadgets, I'm a manual action guy, and am happiest with a lever, bolt, pump, or break action

    Yet, there's something tempting about a good basic AR
     
  2. simonstough

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    my honest best advice is to build one, i put mine together in about an hour for about 750 dollars, so for roughly the same price as a DPMS brand new you can have a higher quality rifle. i have heard good things about the CMMG bargin bin rifles but finding them in stock has proven difficult.
     
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    LOL Rat, the picture says it all
     
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    4 da win
     
  6. MacTech

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    Okay, let me rephrase the question then, what's a decent, basic starter AR? Budget for a used gun would be around $500, any real "sleepers" out there?
     
  7. gotigers

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    S&W sport, DPMS, Double Star, Del-ton. For a little more money; Windham Weaponary, Bushmaster, Stag, S&W M&P15A

    Finding any used without the owner trying to gouge you will be difficult. They all think they have a one of a kind.

    Olympic is one i don't buy, but some like them.

    Stay away from Vulcan, Hesse, Blackthorn.
     
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    In that price range, I vote M&P Sport. Maybe find one used for that price.
     
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    Palmetto State Armory sometimes runs some good deals on stripped lowers. Build your own lower, and buy an assembled upper would be a good way to save some $ if you are not up to assembling the upper.
     
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