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PeteZaHut 11-29-2011 10:50 PM

AR Pricing
I might be in the market to get an AR in the next year or so. What has struck me so far is the vast price range of ARs around. They all basically look the same (duh). Some have rail systems, some don't. Sometimes the sights are a little difference. But what makes an AR $2000 opposed to $1000?

JonM 11-29-2011 10:58 PM

usually the materials the parts are made of, what sort of method the recievers were constructed of, the quality of the barrel, and attention to the smallest part being milspec grade or better or worse.

the higher end ar15 in the 2000ish range is where you really see cost saving by putting your own together. you can usually build a rifle just as good for 4-500$ less or even more, using the same parts as the priciest custom rigs.

FCross7 11-30-2011 12:28 AM

The same thing that makes one car cost $15,000 when others cost $30,000. One will obviously be nicer or better or whatever adjective you wanna use, you just have to decide what you want, and how much you're willing to spend.

The cheapest rifle that I personally would buy is a Spikes Tactical, they can be picked up for between $800 and $900. From there it would be a BCM at $1000 to $1100. The next would be a Daniel Defense at about $1200-$1300, and about the most I would personally spend on a DI AR-15 is a Lewis Machine & Tool, coming in at about $1500-$1900, depending on model.

There are rifles that are cheaper than these, and those that are more expensive. I personally wouldn't want the cheaper ones, and at this point in my life, I couldn't justify spending any more than what one of the cheaper LMTs run.

This is of course my opinion. Other people may like other brand's rifles and not the ones I've listed. That's ok though, different strokes for different folks. You're best bet is to talk to some people you know that have ARs and see if they will let you shoot them, or see if any local ranges rent them. That will give you an idea of the different barrel lengths, what accessories you like, etc. Then you must decide how much you wanna spend. And there is always the option of building you're own, which is much easier than it sounds, and has the potential of saving you a few pennies.


mjkeat 11-30-2011 01:50 AM

$1K to $1400 will net you one of the best ARs made. No need to speed $2K or more.

Hell you can find a lightly used BCM on the Equipment Exchange for well under $1K.

Quentin 11-30-2011 09:39 PM


Originally Posted by mjkeat (Post 639573)
...Hell you can find a lightly used BCM on the Equipment Exchange for well under $1K.

I think I know somebody who did that! :p

dragunovsks 11-30-2011 09:57 PM

About 4 years ago i bought my century arms a2 for 600 bucks. Ive never had any trouble with it and its fired everything, including wolf brand, ive fed it. The reciever was manufactured by century arms but everything else including all internals are colt parts.

mjkeat 11-30-2011 11:21 PM


Originally Posted by Quentin (Post 640316)
I think I know somebody who did that! :p

Hell a sub $500 BCM upper w/ a $155 muzzle device on it. I still can't believe he sold it for so little.

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