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Dpms Or Rock River???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by KBintheSLC, Sep 17, 2007.

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DPMS or RRA

  1. DPMS

    48 vote(s)
    31.6%
  2. RRA

    104 vote(s)
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  1. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Member

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    Hi All,

    I'm new to the AR world and I'm trying to decide between the DPMS Panther "A2 Tactical", and the Rock River Arms "Entry Tactical". They are both relatively similar in features and price. Just wondering what your opinions are on which brand makes a better product. Thanks.
     
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  2. fletcher

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    I only have experience with DPMS, and all I can say is that I've had no problems with mine.
     
  3. Bart Noir

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    There is some good reading at M4Carbine.net

    Bart Noir
     
  4. RockyMtnTactical

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    Between the two, I would pick RRA, but there are better options out there in those price ranges.

    Check out Stag Arms.
     
  5. Zeke Menuar

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    Neither

    CMMG
    Stag
    Bushmaster
    Sabre Defence
    Armalite

    ZM
     
  6. JonB

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    RockyMtnTactical - are you still haunting the 'which is better' threads hoping to pimp Stag some more even though no one asked about Stag?

    good grief....

    Considering the OP, either will be fine and are probably very similar. Look at the options each have and spend your money on what makes you happy. You won't go wrong with either.
     
  7. RockyMtnTactical

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    JonB,

    Calm down.

    This is an open forum where anyone can voice their opinions, isn't it?
     
  8. 10-Ring

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    I've shot both but own RRA, for that reason, I voted Rock River :cool:
     
  9. dscottw88

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    Out of the two? Go with RR. If youv'e done your homework and ask around, majority will say go with RR.

    Rocky Mountain is right though IMO. Stag has some great deals and although i'm not sure whether dpms or RR chrome line their reciever and barrels, I know Stag Does.
     
  10. ArmedBear

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    There are better deals out there, and I'd ask myself if I really want to pay extra for something like that riser instead of a fluted barrel, and whether I really wanted a 7.5 lb. carbine.

    But RRA makes good AR's. If you don't mind waiting a while to get one.
     
  11. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Member

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    Waiting a while for RRA? Really? The gun shop down the road has about 8 on the rack.
     
  12. ArmedBear

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    Interesting.

    Ordering them tends to be really slow, and I've never seen one in the rack. Of course, this is California, so we usually don't buy off the rack. We're into "designer" black rifles here.;)

    RRA's are popular, but again, people wait 6 weeks or more for them.
     
  13. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Member

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    I see now. I failed to notice the CA. I forget sometimes that I live in Utah.
     
  14. ArmedBear

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    I'm really happy with the upper I just got from J&T, myself.

    Good price, absolutely flawless in every way I can possibly tell, works great, and arrived on my porch a few days after I put in the on-line order.

    Instead of the RR above, I'd be tempted to have a fluted HBAR 16" gun put together. I don't really need the grenade launcher notch for anything, and I'd prefer a lighter gun that's at least as accurate. Fluted barrel looks good, too, but of course that's not why I'd get it.:D I'd skip the riser, but get a flip-up front sight, I think.

    Again, there's nothing wrong with the Elite Entry or whatever they call it, but I'm not sure it's got the combination of features I'd pay extra for. Once you've gone through the agonizing process of deciding what you want, and you order up a gun, it would be hard to go back to just buying something as-is. No particular reason, really, but the AR is so modular, it's a shame not to take advantage of that.
     
  15. BamBam-31

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    Buy RRA through Legal Transfers on AR15.com. Between me and my friends, we have seven or eight uppers, and they've all been VERY high quality. One of the RRA uppers had feed problems (weak extractor), but that was easily fixed. Other than that, perfect. Don't have any direct experience with DPMS, sorry.
     
  16. RockyMtnTactical

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    KBintheSLC,

    You should make your way over to FBMG in Sandy/Draper area, they carry Stag AR15's at decent prices.
     
  17. jpwilly

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    Have two DMPS rifles. The fit and finish is great, they shoot great, they didn't cost as much as some of the other brands so I voted DMPS once here but twice with my wallet!
     
  18. ZeroCool

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    RRA here...

    I am sure that there is nothing wrong with DPMS and I would not hesitate to buy one just on the name but I wouldnt trade my RRA's for any other semi AR15 (including Colt).

    The RRA's are extremely well made. They have a very tight fit and both of mine (middy 5.56 and M4 style 9mm) have been 100% reliable and pretty darn accurate.

    I would say that if they are around the same price, you can not go wrong with an RRA. I doubt you will find many complaints about the RRA while the DPMS has a few detractors.

    Also, if its important to you, DPMS rifles dont seem to come standard with chrome-lined barrels... I would even venture to say that they make a lot more rifles with non-chrome barrels than chrome.

    I do like that DPMS teflon finish though. Nice and dark.
     
  19. mp510

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    I voted Rock River Arms, as a company, not necesarily for your model selection. Only you can determine which configuration you like better.

    Rock River has federal government contracts, that they won primary contractor (for the next 5 years) for both DEA and FBI.

    I have also heard some concerned that their DPMS rifles have .223 chambers instead of 5.56- though DPMS advertises their government profile barrels as having 5.56 chambers.

    In the end, there is a lot of people who like DPMS. There are a lot who like RRA. It's your choice in the end.
     
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    Wow, I just can't read today...drive through.
     
  21. Wolf_TMD

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    Rock River is a top quality product. Be sure to get the Lightweight Entry Tactical. It has a lighter gov't profile under the barrel and balances better.
     
  22. J_Dillinger

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    dscottw88 - talked with a dealer at a local gun show for Rock River Arms and he claimed that none of their guns come chrome-lined. However, he said that unless your shooting auto like an M-16 then you don't need it. Supposedly, chrome lining only improves clean-ability and helps cool the barrel quicker (less friction). Also, he said that your accuracy isn't as good.......anyone have any input on this ?!?
     
  23. forrestd

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    Of the two, RRA. Like others though, I'm going to recommend Stag if you're looking for a budget build. AR15sales.com has great prices on Stag uppers.

    He's seriously retarded. Chrome-lining increases durability quite a bit, and RRA offers the option for chrome lining on their website. It is less accurate than stainless steel, but the trade off for durability is definitely worth the minimal amount of accuracy you lose.
     
  24. jpwilly

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    Chrome is a benifit when you keep dumping ammo down the pipe and helps the chamber "self clean"...cleaning is simplified and barrels do last longer. Chrome barrels are reported to be a little less accurate though but I cannot confirm this from personal experiance. My DMPS M4 has a chrome lined barrel. My other "varmint" DMPS has a 20" SS bull barrel. Most of the DPMS uppers I've seen are chrome lined but when they first came out years ago they didn't have them - that has obviously changed!

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  25. Chris Rhines

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    The quality between the two will be pretty much identical.
    I'd go with DPMS, because DPMS has been a long-term supporter of practical shooting competition.

    - Chris
     
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