Originally Posted by JuniorRanger
Sorry I was a little unclear. I wanted to know the top companies that only cost around $1000. I don't care to know the ones that cost $3,000. And I want to use this gun for SHTF/ home defense and some fun target shooting. I hope this makes it easier to know what I'm looking for now
In that case, look into something along the lines of a midlength 16" milspec rifle.
IMO, this is pretty close to the best rifle you can build for your needs:
A decent stripped lower: $130
- Upper + BCG + CH: $650
LPK + MOE kit: $180
MOE Rear Sight, handguard: $90
You can get cheaper with some very serviceable kits from PSA
(essentially everything but the stripped lower
and rear sight
). But if you end up upgrading very many points on the PSA kit, the price jumps rather quickly.
If you have no interest in building it yourself and want to keep it under $1K, look hard at S&W or Stag. Or Daniel Defense, if you're willing to spend a few hundred more.