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Who Makes The Best AR 15?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by rugerman07, Nov 21, 2008.

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Who Makes The Best AR 15?

  1. Colt

    80 vote(s)
    30.5%
  2. Bushmaster

    29 vote(s)
    11.1%
  3. Stag Arms

    12 vote(s)
    4.6%
  4. Armalite

    8 vote(s)
    3.1%
  5. DPMS

    20 vote(s)
    7.6%
  6. Smith & Wesson

    14 vote(s)
    5.3%
  7. Olympic

    5 vote(s)
    1.9%
  8. Vulcan Arms

    4 vote(s)
    1.5%
  9. Other

    90 vote(s)
    34.4%
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  1. rugerman07

    rugerman07 Member

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    What do you think?
     
  2. longdayjake

    longdayjake Member

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    probably whoever you bought yours from. Or atleast that is what most people are going to say.
     
  3. CountGlockula

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    Other...Rock River Arms.
     
  4. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    This really belongs in Rifle Country, but before anyone can answer that question we must ask you another: For what purpose?

    A Colt 6920 is a great M4 style defensive carbines for heavy use. A Sabre Heavy Bench Target model is a great bench rest / varmint AR. Using either for the other's role wouldn't work too well.
     
  5. Samgotit

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  6. rugerman07

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    Sorry if I posted this on the wrong thread, feel free to move it to Rifle Country.

    I'm talking about overall quality of AR 15's.
     
  7. |0O0y

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    LOL the dude forgot rock river :D

    I'm rarely proud to be an American, but the very fact that there are so many AR manufacturers in this country that a gun dude on a gun forum forgets a major one in a list, makes me VERY proud. Take THAT canadia. In your FACE my ancestral home of Great Britain! :neener: Eat it obama admin.

    He remembers vulcan but not Del-Ton or Les Baer. Hmm. Just givin' grief. Kuna matata.
     
  8. bglz42

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    Rock River.
     
  9. Justin

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    White Oak Precision for High Power. JP Enterprises for Multigun. Rock River for everything else.
     
  10. big_bang

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    What about LMT or Noveske?
     
  11. gvnwst

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    You for got POF, LMT, and Noveske. Those are better, IMO.
     
  12. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    For overall quality in the widest variety of configurations I'd say Sabre or Smith & Wesson. For hard use defensive carbines Colt and LMT are two of the best out there. Bushmaster, Rock River, Armalite, and DPMS offer some great target AR-15s. Noveske is supposed to be great, but I no experience with them.

    Sabre, and LMT are the only two manufacturers who currently make every critical component (receivers, barrel, bolt carrier group) in house. Smith & Wesson has gone from having Stag / CMT assemble guns for them under contract to making almost everything in house. S&W will soon be manufacturing their own bolt carrier groups; making sights and plastic furniture the only parts they outsource. Stag / CMT is one of the largest suppliers of receivers and BCGs to the rest of the industry (I'm not sure if they make their bbls or purchase from another manufacturer). So, outside of those four - Stag / CMT, S&W, Sabre, and LMT - everyone else is assembling AR-15s from other companies' parts.

    Some make more of their own parts than others though. Bushmaster makes their own barrels and BCGs, as does Colt. Colt has the capability to make their own receivers, but frequently outsources to keep pace with contract demand. Others, like Olympic with their match barrels, can make some excellent individual components in house.
     
  13. Thermactor

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    Vulcan/Hesse, no question.




















    :p
     
  14. biggiesmalls

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    Rock River if you're talking an assembly line gun that doesn't look or feel like one.
     
  15. Frog48

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    AR's are like ice cream. Whats "best" depends on personal taste.

    I have a Bushmaster and a DPMS. I cant say that I like one any more than the other. I love them both. :D
     
  16. HOLY DIVER

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    i voted outher
    DEL-TON was not on the list
     
  17. Javelin

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    Noveske....if you have the $ to spend.

    :)
     
  18. Bozo

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    Fulton Armory was not on the list. Although they no longer make the AR15.
     
  19. Flatbedder

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    Les Baer
     
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    I do :neener:

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    20" Schneider hand-lapped SS 7-twist 5-poly SPR profile .096" gas port
    Genuine Colt M4 Upper
    MEGA Machine Shop lower (The best there is)
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    Sorry not for sale :)
     
  22. SpeedAKL

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    "Other", if you wanna pay....

    Noveske, JP Rifles, LWRC, Sabre, etc
     
  23. Spyvie

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    I'm no expert, but I'm happy with my Rock River middy...

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  24. Erik

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    Colt and FN are the Top Tier vendors; Colt is available to the general public, FN is not. Everyone else is a compromise from the milspec standard, with Noveske and LMT coming closest to "the standard."

    Rob S (www.tacticalyellowvisor.net) has earned himself acclaim for his peer reviewed carbine chart. Expect the points to be valid regardless of barrel length, configuration, etc. Quality being quality, and lack of it... lack of it..

    http://www.tacticalyellowvisor.net/69016/68995.html

    Perhaps the best thread on the net concerning the topic:
    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=6642

    Note: A search there reveals plenty of "off the chart" model comparisons. So if your pet AR hasn't made the chart, and you're curious as to where it stands, the info is a search, and some reading, away.

    Speaking of best threads, here's another:
    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=7355
     
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  25. H2O MAN

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    I will :cool:

    NOVESKE 16" N4 Light Recce Low-Profile Upper
    POF Billet Aluminum Lower from 7075-T6 Aluminum.
    Geissele DMR Trigger... maybe the SSA
    Colt lower receiver parts kit and A2 butt stock kit.

    I hope to have everything assembled soon :evil:






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