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Price of AR-15: Comparison

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by kcmarine, Nov 25, 2008.

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  1. kcmarine

    kcmarine Member

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    Recently, I got a job. I'm still 17. I believe I now have the necessary cash (well, at least the necessary cash flow) to get an AR-15 of one type or another. The problem is that I don't have a grasp of post- election prices for the following AR-15's:

    Olympic K4B-A4

    Charles Daly Defense CDDR1520

    Bushmaster Target Model Rifle A2 20"

    They do seem to be more expensive now, but that's just MSRP. Can some of you guys who have direct experience with these particular weapons tell me what the prices are? If you haven't, can you canvas your local gun shops and find out? Thanks.
     
  2. Walkalong

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    I bought a CD lower assembly and it is very nice. Their rifles have gotten really good reviews over on M4Carbine.net

    I had a bushy, and no complaints with it.

    A shooting buddy has an Oly, and he likes it, but I would give the edge to CD or Bushmaster.

    Prices right now? Some people are taking advantage of the run on ARs and some aren't.
     
  3. taliv

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    skip the oly.
    the CD D4MLE is an excellent choice if you can find one.
    I wouldn't pay more than $1100 for one though.
    i normally wouldn't be too keen on a bushmaster either, but in this market, if you could find one for $1000, it's probably a good deal.


    that's just what I'd pay. I've seen them going for way higher than that. I just think you'd be getting screwed if you paid $1000 for an oly, or $1300 for a bushy.


    your best bet might be to put a "AR15 wanted" ad in a local paper and hope.
     
  4. kcmarine

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    Any price figures?
     
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    Lewis Machine And Tool - Great rifle. Better price.
     
  6. coyotehitman

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    DO NOT BUY AN AR IN THIS MARKET. Price gougers have crawled out of the woodwork and a basic AR is not worth the prices most are asking.

    Prices will settle back down.

    If you must have one now, Gander Mountain had some S&W M4's for 8 something.
     
  7. ugaarguy

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    Good advice
    Demand has skyrocketed, manufacturing capability has not caught up, and supply is, therefor, limited. Manufacturers and distributors have raised prices according to the demand. THIS IS NOT PRICE GOUGING. It's the simple reality of free market economics. In simple terms it's inflation. Specifically it is Demand Pull Inflation, which is actually good inflation. In demand pull inflation the consumer demand is high and it pulls the price of the product higher. This increases sales and manufacturer profit, and strengthens the economy. Cost Push Inflation, in contrast, occurs when the cost of materials and or manufacture pushes the price of a product higher. When this occurs consumer demand decreases in response to the higher price, manufacturers sell less product, make less money, and the economy suffers.
    In a free market the value of any good or service is determined by what the market is willing to pay for it. Based upon sales and demand, AR-15s are worth the current prices.
    Very likely, and I hope so.
     
  8. Guns and more

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    Go on gunbroker.com and see what the market is. You'll be discouraged, as I am. Last week a Bushmaster sold for $1900.
    Eventually, the people with money to burn will have theirs, and the guys who lost their jobs will be selling.

    I agree. I hope you were saying that about the price of gas a few months ago. Or plywood and generators after a hurricane.
    (of course, I don't NEED an AR, so the analogy is not 100% accurate, but still true.)
     
  9. H2O MAN

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    It ain't price gouging if the buyer is willing to pay the asking price.

    Supply is low, demand is high. Expect to pay a premium price if you have to have an AR right now.

    Deals are still out there... I have scored two brand NEW POF
    lowers for below MSRP and I don't even like the AR that much.
     
  10. jpatterson

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    Check out this site (if the KC in your name refers to Kansas City, anyway)

    http://www.kcguntrader.com/default.asp

    I am from around KC and occasionally they will have a good deal on things. Also a good place to put a wanted ad. I have always had good results with this site.

    Keep searching, and you may find a weird deal like I did on an AR.
     
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    It's fair.


    To the OP,
    Buy a parts kit. You aren't 18, so you can't buy the gun itself, but if you buy the parts kit, you can build the gun on a receiver when you turn 18. That way, all you have to worry about is the price of a receiver, which currently runs about $139 due to price gouging. Asside from the receiver, the parts can all be shipped to your door and you won't be in any trouble for being under age.
     
  13. thatoneguy

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    KC Marine, if you are looking for a decent AR, let me know. I am getting a 16" bull barrel upper with a YH 4 rail handguard and 4 rail gas block A3 flattop for $600ish from my ffl. I also picked a built lower from him for around $300 and thats with a CAA grip and CAA stock. Just look for the honest guys and they'll get you taken care of. His name is Darrel out of D9firearms.com. He also has my 18" SDM Grendel upper coming in too.

    Thanks for the rec on KC Guntrader, I'm one of the guys that run the site.

    I have seen a cmmg trash bin guns that sell for $550 go for $1000, ridiculous.
     
  14. kcmarine

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    Problem is guys... when will the market settle down? The way I see it happening, people are going to continue this panic until

    A) Obama finally restricts ownership; or

    B) Obama is voted out of office without any such controls on AR type rifles and the like.

    In case A, I don't get the reasonably priced rifle at all, and in case B, I could be waiting up to 8 years for an AR-15, and at the end of those 8 years, there could be yet another anti- gun president who would AGAIN cause a panic on rifles.

    See the dilemma here? Beggars can't be choosers is what I guess I'm trying to say here.
     
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    Look in your Shotgun news and there are Century AR-15s that are knock-offs of the M-16 A2 service rifle that the real Marines used for $599.99...Just ruffling your feathers a bit, but that is a decent priced entry level AR.
     
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    Oh and in shotgun news you can build a complete AR for around 600..meaning you can pick and choose a bit more..
     
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    I am not familar with the CD , but I would steer you away from the Oly and towards a Bushy,stag , armalite or Rock River.
    Some folks are satisfied with Oly but they are the yugo's of the AR world.
    The oly generally has a lower level of fit,finish and general quality and will never have near the resale of the others.
    If you spend time on the boards you will find folks who swear by one brand over all others but some of that is just brand loyality, ford vs chevy if you will . As I said , Oly is regarded by myself and many others as much lower quality and value.
    Another brand to consider is DPMS. They make some entry level (simple features) AR's that are price competitive with the Olys but a beter all around rifle.
    Don't overlook a used AR . Folks are tradeing all the time to get an AR with different features and AR's are rarely shot to the point of being worn out.

    I also advise you to set aside a couple of hundred for a rimfire conversion. For Any one interested in ARs on a budget they are necessary.
     
  18. kcmarine

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    Hm... any specific, detailed, story- backed reasons why I should stay away from Olympic? Preferably that occurred with a firearm made in the last 5 years...
     
  19. ugaarguy

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    According new instructions issued by BATFE with the revised 4473 FFL Dealers may not sell any frame or receiver only to a person under 21 years of age. Only complete rifles and shotguns may be transferred to persons under 21.
     
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    Sorry to bring this thread back from the 'almost dead'... but I happened to be reading this a few minutes after I saw a WASR 3 (.223 AK) on Gunbroker with a Buy Now Price of $1,007.00!!! Not sure what the Reserve is, but is there actually someone willing to shell out a cool grand for a Romanian AK (a model with more than a few known quality issues at that)? I thought they were starting to become a ripoff at the $400 mark. People need to get a grip!
     
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    I would recommend the CD, only cuz that is what I have and with 18 years in the military shooting different contract A2,s the army uses. Go to the Charles Daly website and check the forum for info and ask questions. My CD15 shoots well with factory, steelcase, and my reloads. FWIW, shop around and do your homework so you wont be disappointed, buy what YOU want and like.
     
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    Buy a mini 14 first, and shoot a few other rifles until you know you like the 5.56 round. Mini 14 isn't as sexy but it fires the same round is a hella lot cheaper, and will run forever if you treat it fair. Puts the zombies back in the dirt just fine as well. If you figure out you really like the 5.56 round graduate to the AR-15.
     
  23. Just One Shot

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    I was at the local gun show Sat. and I saw a complete AR-15 from DPMS in for $995.00 The same vendor had another brand for the same price. I told him that I was surprised he still had them with the run on them lately.
     
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    Are you sure? Do you have any kind of link to this? When I bought my receiver in November, it was run as a Long Gun, since there is no option to just run a receiver as a part. Granted, I'm over 21, but this sounds really obscure to me. Are you sure that it doesn't just apply to receivers marked as "pistol" receivers?
     
  25. kcmarine

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    So... now I can't buy the parts kit... *** man?
     
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