Originally Posted by alex2
thanks porkchop thats some food for thought. AR's seem like it's just a whole 'nother ball game. You mentioned colt as a good brand name, what are some others that a real high quality make?
Well, again this is just my opinion, based on things I read and people I talked to when deciding which rifle to go with...also, based on a few responses in my most recent thread (where I was worried I got ripped off on the price of my Colt) i'm even more proud to own the Colt LE6940 =)
What the overwhelming majority of people who I talked to recommended to me was to "build your own AR15". So I did a lot of research on this, and it is by and far the best way to get what YOU want in a rifle (aesthetics, performance, etc)
I shy'd (shied?) away from this in the end because it seemed pretty intimidating up front. All of my experience with firearms since my first shotgun as a kid has been 100% handguns and shotguns...never owned a rifle, and knew nothing about AR-15s...build your own seemed like something a total newbie shouldn't be tackling on their own to me
After I ruled that out, I kept bouncing back and forth between several different rifles:
"I like the looks of this one, but I love the price of that one"
"This one comes with a red dot"
"That one comes with ________"
"I like the brand name on this one, but lots of reviewers said they weren't too enthused"
Basically, I ran the gambit because I did NOT want to be disappointed a month down the road.
So I set down and made a list of everything I wanted in a rifle, and forced myself to make a determination...after all, the more time I spent thinking about it, the less time I spent holding it in my hands
I decided first and foremost on my budget, but next the most important thing for me was the way it looked (call me shallow...just being honest
Sure, you can switch out all kinds of parts on an ar-15 to get the look you want...but i didn't want to da'Vinci it and make my own masterpiece...I wanted a great looking canvas that was paint-by-number where I could fill in the details and make it look badass my own way
I really liked the look of a few rifles:
Smith & Wesson M&P15T
Black Rain Ordnance PG-8
Those were my top 3. The Next step was to decide where within my budget I wanted to be. The S&W was on the low end, Colt was spot on and BRO was a little outside my budget, but I was willing to go that route if necessary (my budget was $1400)
Another brand I considered based on looks was Bushmaster. And I know
someone will want to kick me in the ass for saying this, but I read a lot of reviews on product pages where people were disappointed with jamming on their Bushmaster rifle...I looked at a few different places (buds, cheaperthandirt, etc) and lots of people were saying they had issues with jams on certain models of BM. Whether or not that's true, I will not be the judge of, but it was enough for me to not consider them as an option (look around for yourself, however, before/if you rule them out...you might find a model I didn't that people are glowing over!)
So I asked around both to people on here, and people IRL, and what I learned is that everyone loves different AR-15s for different reasons...I was going to have to make this decision on my own.
My final determining factor was Brand Name...again I know that sounds shallow, but hey...You gotta be honest about what you want, or you'll regret it for all time (at least thats what I decided for me)
So I threw out the BRO...firstly because until i accidentally stumbled upon it in a Google Search, I had never heard of them (not saying they're not a great company...but to me "Name Brand" should almost be household name (Colt, S&W, Remington, Winchester, etc) and BRO was almost $400 out of the budget I told myself to stay within.
So it came down to the S&W v.s. the Colt. Both great names, both great looking rifles (almost identical in look if you ask me) and I settled on the Colt mainly because nobody
in my inner circle of gun buddies owns a Colt AR-15...they are always complaining about how expensive they are. I've got the money saved up and I can own one...might as well make them jealous (aren't I a great friend, lol)
For a few days I regretted my decision because a good friend of mine whose word I took too much to heart told me I got ripped off...but after some great advice from other members here on firearmstalk, i came to realize my buddy was basically just trying to make himself feel better for buying a different, less expensive rifle =)
...I know that was a LOT to read...but I hope in some way it helped