Originally Posted by leam23
I already own a rra elite operator 2. I love it . But like all gun junkies I'm looking to diversify. Any recommendation on a next make? Bushys are too generic for me no offense to those that take a liking to em . Thinking along lines of lmt or daniel defense
I would recommend either a build or a DD. Either way, go light.
You have a RRA Elite Operator. I had one. I literally never shot it before selling, but had shot my friend's Operator quite a bit. It's a good gun and plenty accurate, but mine weighed darn near 10lbs!!! My equally awesome $1200 builds typically check in around 7lbs, with superior parts throughout. And my DD M4v3 is about 6.5lbs.
I would recommend setting yourself up with a similar platform (to the 9-10lb RRA) that weighs 7lbs or less. Then you'll get a good feel for whether that weight discrepancy actually matters to you. It does to me.
I really like DD for factory rifles. There are others that are plenty good, but they're my strong preference. And I really like to use BCM, PSA, AIM, and JoeBob's for my builds. Uppers at the latter two are awful tough to come by due to extremely good pricing. But the former two also offer very fair pricing and post a pretty steady stream of products online. These are 4 companies (5, if you count DD) that I am extremely loyal too...and for good reason. They've all done right by me over and over with regard to quality, value, and service.
You can build a pretty great 7lb, 14.5/16" ML, flip rear sight, M16 BCG and upgraded CH, Magpul furniture, maybe a handguard upgrade...for $1200 or so. The toughest part to come by will probably be the BCG, especially if you've got a specific brand/finish in mind.