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Old 06-28-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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Today i was at walmart and this was at my walmart for only 617$!!! Is this to good to be true? Right next to it was a diamond back ar15 for a little more it looked alot nicer should i consider buying one? There was a couple of boxes of 223 on the shelf too!

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Old 06-28-2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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DPMS rifles are not bad, but there are far better rifles at the same price point. You should be able to get the S&W Sport for about the same price, or if you are willing to spend in the $750 range you can build a PSA.

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DPMS are economy AR-15s. They are reasonably accurate, very reliable and a little crude in fit and finish.

If you're a true AR enthusiast, then no. You don't want one. OTOH, if you're looking for a low cost shooter for taking out on the weekend and shooting a box or two of ammo, they will serve you well.


Definitely no snob appeal, but a solid rifle. I'd rather have one DPMS AR than a dozen Mini-14s.

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Id like to only own one in my lifetime and pass it down to my kids is this dpms worth buying or should i keep looking and spend a little more?

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DPMS are economy AR-15s. They are reasonably accurate, very reliable and a little crude in fit and finish.

If you're a true AR enthusiast, then no. You don't want one. OTOH, if you're looking for a low cost shooter for taking out on the weekend and shooting a box or two of ammo, they will serve you well.

Definitely no snob appeal, but a solid rifle. I'd rather have one DPMS AR than a dozen Mini-14s.
Easy on the mini hate lol

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Id like to only own one in my lifetime and pass it down to my kids is this dpms worth buying or should i keep looking and spend a little more?
I don't own one but personal opinion, If I was going to buy a complete AR in the 6-800$ range it would b a psa or m&p.
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Lot of us have been handed down rifles and pistols from our dad or grandfather, uncle, etc that may have had little value, even at that time, other than familial. If you are on a budget and want something that is cheap, shoots, and good enough for LEO, then go for it. Chances are, most people won't know the difference if you told them it was a dpms or a 6920 or a wyxz.

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DPMS does make a few top end guns, but their lower end line of guns have a reputation for jamming, a lot. If you get one that is jam free, then it was made to do what they do.
Now that AR's are coming back down to even below last years scare prices, there can be some good deals out there.
If you want a better quality one, watch this sight daily and get a local FFL dealer ready to transfer one for you. They had a Stag for 777.00 3 days ago, a rock river for 749.00 and a Palmetto for 697 a week ago. All of these blow away DPMS in quality.

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My DPMS A2 Classic has never let me down. Like any other tool, it's performance and life span depend on how it's cared for. You can spend thousands for a high end AR. Abuse and/or neglect it, and it'll fail.
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I have owen and/or used Colt, Stag arms, DPMS, S&W, Bushmaster, Ruger, Armalite, American Tactical, some individually built ones, and probably some I have forgotten (old fartitus) and I have never had any major problem with any of them. It is just a matter of individual preference as for brand. Unless you are definitely going in 'harms way' I would not have a problem with any of them. If I were ask to go back into harms way I would 'customize' whichever I had to be 100% reliable and accurate. I am now using a SR-556 and am very pleased with it.

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Depends on what you want out of it.

For accuracy i would look at something closer to an A2 type from rra with a full 20" barrel. For sheer quality bcm.

Dpms is kinda like that old sears single shot shotgun grandad leaves you in his will. It was grandpa's its an all beat to hell piece of junk but it was grandpa's gun.

I really dont think i would tag my memmory of me for my kids if i had em to a dpms budget gun. I would prolly do some shopping and hunting for a nice winchester model 70 classic in 30-06.

The dpms budget will make a decent weekend plinker but i lump into ar15 clone category. They look like one and accept most ar15 parts and can be upgraded but they are in the same class as the cheap remington autoloading deer rifles.

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