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Suggestions for an Ar-15

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Harrydawg, Jul 13, 2009.

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  1. Harrydawg

    Harrydawg Member

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    I'm looking into buying an Ar-15 what would be the best manufacturer??
     
  2. wbtrunx

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    Depends on how much you're looking to spend.
    Rock River and Stag Arms are good at the lower end of the price list.
     
  3. Harrydawg

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    im not worried about price
     
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    if u want a good milspec clone for not too much that will perform on par with an army issue m4 get a cmmg u won't be dissappointed, I know I wasn't ;)
     
  5. Pony Express

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    hot dog, now we get to hear what kind of AR everybody has! :neener:
     
  6. sarduy

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    first: what will be the main use of the AR?

    Home Defence
    Target shooting
    Range fun
    Varmint Hunting
    Gun Matchs
    Hunting....

    second: what caliber you want it in? .223, 7.62x39, 5.45, .50 beowulf...

    then... what kind of setup/profile you want...

    HBAR
    Rifle lenght 20''
    Carbine 16''
    SBR 14.5 and under...
     
  7. C-grunt

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    Colt is usually the yard stick by which others are measured. You can get better and you can get worse. But a Colt will be, baring a lemon, a good rifle.

    My low price (around 1000 or less) list would be:
    Bushmaster
    Armalite
    Stag
    Rock River Arms

    More expensive (1000 and above) would be:
    Colt
    Lewis Machine and Tool
    Noveske
    Daniel Defense
    LWRC

    I am missing a few, especially on the expensive list. Of my lists, Ive owned a couple Bushmasters that were great and currently own a Colt thats great. Ive shot all the rifles on the cheap list and they performed well. On the expensive list I only have experience with the Colts, but have never heard a bad word about the others.
     
  8. AgentAdam

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    Bushmaster,CMMG,Rocker River Arms, Colt
     
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    S&W.
     
  10. sarduy

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    another vote for CMMG
     
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    I have a DPMS, but... I did care about money... if I didnt I think the S&W would be my choice.
     
  12. TurboFC3S

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    I've answered these questions the last 3-4 times, now I'm gonna be one of 'those' guys that says SEARCH!

    It's been covered at length many times lately.
     
  13. Z-Michigan

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    I think it's time to put a sticky for this general topic, and stop responding to individual queries.
     
  14. jackdanson

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    +1 to the search

    SW aren't really that much more than the DPMS, I paid 800 for a SW about a year ago.

    To answer the OP Noveske, colt, or LMT if price is no issue. I've honestly never handled a CMMG, so I won't comment on them.
     
  15. P.B.Walsh

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    Really we NEED a "suggestions for an AR" sticky!! :)
     
  16. Mt.Traverse

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    Buy my, new LMT Defender, $1,250 shipped to your FFl, or meet in Dener
     
  17. taliv

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    if someone put together a thoughtful, well-written post or two, I'd be happy to add it to Bartholomew's library sticky. Sticking a string of posts consisting of nothing more than people shouting whatever brand they own... seems suboptimal.
     
  18. CoRoMo

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    For those who don't have a deep knowledge of what makes an AR "good", "better", or "best", I usually tend to send them to 'The Chart'. It is not the end-all/be-all source on the subject, but it is a good tool for a beginner to start out with because rob_s did an excellent job of explaining features and specs in layman's terminology. I think what 'The Chart' does best, is to inform the novices what the tip of the iceberg looks like.

    It should be noted that 'The Chart' only compares a small number of M4 direct impingement rifles, and there are a lot of things rob_s could not include there because of the vast family of variations that exist under the "AR-15" title.

    chart.jpg

    hth
     
  19. FlyinBryan

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    i have to question the credibility of the chart, and have since i first saw it.

    the first (and thus as a result only) category i ever checked out in the chart in more than a sample size of 1 rifle, turned out to be false.

    im not going to expend effort into verifying anything else on it, ive seen enough.
     
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    Clyde Armory in Bogart/Athens Georgia has used Colt LE 6920s on the rack for $920.00
     
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    I personally own, Colt, LMT, Daniel Defense.

    You can buy and excellent Bravo Co Manufacturing for less the $1000.

    I owned a Bushmaster, I don't have it anymore.

     
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    and if your not worried about price i would say a noveski or a knights armament.

    ive never owned one of either so it should indicate there are still people out there whos opinions should count.

    i have a bushmaster (actually 2) with over 7k rounds each, and still, never a single hiccup from either, and both will shoot moa here and there (more often than not) but im not suggesting them because i dont feel like defending them.

    when i first got into the ar rifles, i didnt ask anyone which kind were best. i knew what that revealed. not what is best, but what everyone has (see above). which honestly is fine, theres nothing wrong with that, but is that really what your after?
     
  23. CoRoMo

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    Then I suppose when you find one bad egg, you'll never eat breakfast again.:rolleyes: The chart has been revised many times now over the years. Like I said, what it does best is introduce beginners to the many features of the rifle.
    Those who don't know, ask. But those who know, don't need to ask.
     
  24. FlyinBryan

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    lol, funny analogy

    i just wont cook that egg, and if eggs ever cost 1500 dollars and it happens, i might buy eggs from a different company if i still want breakfast. no matter how you slice them, some eggs just arent right for some people
     
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    Bravo.
     
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