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stevetinman 08-23-2011 01:27 PM

First AR
 
I am getting ready to purchase my first AR type rifle. There are so many different brands out there, so I asking for some suggestions. My main use would be for target and protection. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks

Snakedriver 08-23-2011 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by stevetinman (Post 568391)
I am getting ready to purchase my first AR type rifle. There are so many different brands out there, so I asking for some suggestions. My main use would be for target and protection. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks

A list posted on another not-to-be-mentioned site recently indicated that there are over 140 different suppliers who distribute AR-15's. Some are good and some are not so good. Many of them do not make the AR's, but rather assemble the parts made by someone else and have their name put on it.

Much of your decision making process in your AR search has to do with your budget. The spread goes from about $750 to $4,000 for a complete rifle. There is also some economy and satisfaction in building one from parts yourself.

Right now, the favored brands are Colt, Bravo Company, Spikes Tactical and Palmetto State Armory. Finding one of these brands in-stock anywhere will be your biggest problem.

Good luck with you AR quest. :cool:

jgand72 08-24-2011 02:49 AM

I have a Stag Arms Model 2 and I have nothing but good things to say about it

mjkeat 08-24-2011 04:50 AM

Daniel Defense and Colt are a great choice if you're looking to spend a little over $1k. For under $1k BCM is by far the leader although you can find Colts for under a k if you look.

Lots of good choices and lots of bad ones as well. Do your research.

Bushman 08-24-2011 04:15 PM

Another + for Stag Arms. I have a Model 2T I got new, out-the-door for $950.
It has some nice features that many rifles in that price range don't, such as an A.R.M.S. 40L Rear BUIS, which is very nice. Also a Sampson Star-C Free float quad rail which is outstanding. Another plus is the addition of an extra side-sling mount on the front.
I would get another If I was ever in the market for another rifle. Have shot about 1K rounds thru it so far without a malfunction. Great rifle.

mjkeat 08-24-2011 04:48 PM

What materials, such as barrel steel and BCG, does Stag use on the 2T. What length is the gas port on the 2T? Staking? Those are the important things. You can always add a rail. You can't change the materials the firearms is made of.

Bushman 08-25-2011 05:04 PM

I believe it's 4150 steel chrome lined 1:9 twist, don't know anything about the bolt carrier group manufacturing company. That can be a cryptic subject. Kind of hard to tell who actually makes bolt carriers and components for the different companies sometimes.
As far as staking, here's a pic of mine.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...s/DSC02731.jpg

Here's a link to my post about the rifle.
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f20/new-rifle-metamorphosis-36622/

I think it's a great rifle. YMMV...

stevetinman 08-29-2011 01:48 PM

Well I just purchase my new AR-15. It is a Smith & Wesson M&P-15. Came with a 30 round mag and flipup sites by Magpul. I looked at 5 different makes, including Rock River, Stag, Bushmaster, & Colt. The Smith just felt the best of all of them. I think the fit & finish were pretty much the same on all. They seem to all be very good and the dealer confirmed that. To me the Smith felt the best. I have always purchased a firearm by the way it feels in my hand first, then the other stuff comes into play. The whole package was $1095.00. Now it is time to get some accessories. Any suggestions?

JonM 08-29-2011 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by stevetinman (Post 571464)
Well I just purchase my new AR-15. It is a Smith & Wesson M&P-15. Came with a 30 round mag and flipup sites by Magpul. I looked at 5 different makes, including Rock River, Stag, Bushmaster, & Colt. The Smith just felt the best of all of them. I think the fit & finish were pretty much the same on all. They seem to all be very good and the dealer confirmed that. To me the Smith felt the best. I have always purchased a firearm by the way it feels in my hand first, then the other stuff comes into play. The whole package was $1095.00. Now it is time to get some accessories. Any suggestions?

Congrats. I would suggest some good mags. My favorite are usgi with green followers. A little pricey but second choice are the very rugged cammenga easy mags. I also find the CAT M4 bolt tool to be invaluable. A sturdy dewey one piece cleaning rod is a must.


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