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If you were going to buy an AR-15...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SilentStalker, Mar 14, 2006.

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  1. SilentStalker

    SilentStalker Member

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    If you were going to buy an AR15 then what company would you go with and why? I am currently looking at Rock River Arms, a company called CCMG, Colt (of course), and Bushmaster. Anybody got any fedback about any of these companies and there experience with any of their AR15's?
     
  2. creampuff

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    I was in the market for a midlength, so that limited my choices to mainly CMMG and Rock River. I went with CMMG, and was very happy.

    What type of AR are you shopping around for?
     
  3. MagnumCaliber357

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    Smith and wesson just started making em you should check them out too, be the first one on the block ...err the road;)
     
  4. jagdpanzer347

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    I've put thousands of rounds thru a Colt MT6551 without a malfunction or problem of any kind. Thinking of a Bushmaster M4A3 for my next one though, feel the need for a "shorty".
    -jagdpanzer
     
  5. DirksterG30

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    I was in the market for a midlength, and ended up with a Rock River Elite. I'm very pleased with it. Excellent fit & finish. I'd recommend them to anyone looking for an AR. Incidentally, I bought mine from www.eaglefirearms.net
     
  6. shooting time

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    I have a Bushmaster with wilson match bbl & match trigger it shoots great and I just built a ar with a DPMS lower and colt upper. the DPMS lower looks and functions great .
     
  7. Lennyjoe

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    Guess I'm the odd man out cause I have been shooting the hell out of my Olympic arms AR-15 without fail for over 2 years now. Thousands of rounds thru it at this point.

    My next AR will be built by hand. No need to spend all that money when you can get Stag arms lowers at a good price and uppers/barrels with whatever combo you desire.

    Check into putting one together.
     
  8. Redlg155

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    My last AR was built up using CMMG components (stripped lower, complete upper). They are a bit more pricey, but well worth the cost in my opinion since I wanted a good chrome lined 10.3" barrel/upper and I didn't quite trust the other suppliers to deliver me one that would function perfectly out of the box.

    However, when it comes to standard shorty and full length AR15s, just about any AR from the major manufacturers will serve you quite well.


    Good Shooting
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  9. LoadAmmo

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    RRA or Bushmaster are great picks. I tend to prefer Bushmaster because all their barrels are chrome lined, and they use 4150 steel instead of 4140 steel, but RRA is still very good.
     
  11. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

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    I've got parts or equipment from every manufacturer you listed. I would recommend deciding on what options you want and then buying from the manufacturer that offers you those options at the best price.
     
  12. Correia

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    I sell all of these. Quality is pretty good across the board. Now from a service/customer relations perspective, I always end up using Rock River, and recommending it to my customers. 2nd I go with Bushmaster. If somebody wants something different/custom/fancy, then I end up getting them something like POF. DPMS has been good to work with also. Armalite has been okay.

    I hate dealing with Colt. Their service sucks. Their attitude sucks. And frankly, after dealing in their guns, I'm just not as impressed as some of you. We've dealt with a bunch of problem guns from Colt. And the way they handled the issue did not leave me with a good opinion of them.
     
  13. ID_shooting

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    The way I see it, no matter who makes it, as long as it is assembled correctly, any AR from any company is a good one. My expirience (Army armorer) tells me it doesn't really matter.
     
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    Decide what kind of AR you want first, then what your budget is. That will narrow it down. Myself I wanted an mid-length carbine, so didn't have as many choices as if I had wanted say an "M4" style. I went with Rock River Arms because of quality for the price, and past experiences that were good. My only complaint with RRA is the heavy barrels they use, however that is something that can be fixed.
     
  15. mountainbiker

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    I have an Armalite AR10 (.308) and love it. I'd be tempted to get the Armalite version .223 myself.
     
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    If you're looking for a complete rifle, it'd be hard to beat the Rock River. I shoot a Bushmaster, but might have picked a Rock River with chrome-lined barrel, had they been available when I bought the Bushy.

    FWIW, ALL Bushmaster barrels aren't chrome-lined. :)
     
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    I went with RRA because I think that you get the most for your money with the RRA.
     
  18. Justin

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    Rock River makes good stuff.

    Also, JP. *drool*
     
  19. Dr.Rob

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    I'm wistful I still want a Colt.
     
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    Have experience with 3 different DPMS rifles, and all have been positive. Great product.
     
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    Based on my experience with my Colt AR6721, I'd buy another Colt.
     
  22. Phantom Warrior

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    Have had no problems with either of my Bushmasters...
     
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    I've been shooting Colt AR15s for about 30 years and have owned 7 of them. They are reliable. I can't answer about service as none of them have ever needed any. ;)

    One caution, before you buy a short barreled AR15, be advised that they have a short sight radius, also. I like them without scopes so the 20" rifle is the best for iron sight work.
     
  24. longhorngunman

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    Shhh! Rock River, stay away from them. Yea, my Entry Tactical has been great, totally reliable, well built and excellent fit and finish, you still don't want anything to do with them:D . They are getting such a great reputation that their prices are starting to go up accordingly! They were sneaking under the radar just fine and now they are just as high as Bushmaster.
    I'm starting to get very anxious about their new .308 series of rifles coming out in the summer. If they correct the flaws that Bushy had these will be some awesome rifles.:)
     
  25. WheelMan

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    I have a bushmaster (20" HBAR) and a CMMG (14.5). If I get another it will be a CMMG. They seem good to do business with, have the features I like (mid-length, chrome, 1-7 twist) and are local (for me). I don't have any complaints about either (actualy the bushmasters trigger is somewhat better, but other than that it's a dead heat).
     
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