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Old 09-29-2012, 01:50 PM   #11
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Buying is your prerogative. You can enjoy it immediately with a factory warranty.

I'd recommend a few rifles.

BCM.
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Daniel Defence

PSA patrol. An AMAZING deal for $1000 with and Aimpoint Pro optic AND Magpul rear buis.

I have a Rainer Arms RUC that I got for $1199. Its seci and come with just about every option under the sun. Daniel defense barrel, milspec bolt, MI hand guards, muzzle brake, Diamondhead buis x2, VLTOR stock, Geissele trigger, Magpul MOE+ grip and trigger guard. Its fully loaded but lightweight.

I'd also take a good look at Troy. They are the new kids on the block. But they have a sterling rep and long history selling accessories.

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Also browse the AR porn I mean picture threads. See if there's a particular style or look that you like. Most of us on here will be able to tell you what's on it if you link the picture or repost it.

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I'm gonna throw this in. The search feature doesn't work very well on here. So I use Google.

If I'm looking for, say, sling options, I type this in:

AR-15 sling options site:firearmstalk.com

The key is that last part. It will only search FTF.

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Read a lot. Then ask some questions. Then, read some more.
Start here:
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f20/ar15-primer-beginners-guide-59600/

Much will depend on you knowing what you want/need, and shopping with that in mind. Figure out what your going to do with it and work from there.

I bought my first one assembled. My next one will very likely be built up from separate parts, at least to some degree.
I bought a Rock River for right around 1k.
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f20/range-report-review-rock-river-arms-tactical-operator-2-a-70067/

I was pleasantly surprised at the overall feel, the trigger & the accuracy. Is it the "best" or even the "best value?" Hell I don't know, probably not. It runs good & it's a heck of a lot of fun. I don't care that it isn't an LMT, or a LaRue, or whatever. My previous experience was USAF M-16s. Which worked ok, but never really inspired that "I gotta get me one of these" feeling.
Be advised: It doesn't matter what you buy. Someone will have a problem with your choice. In some ways, (some) AR people are like (some) 1911 people, in that there are strong opinions about brands (Brand X rules, everything else is crap.) Some opinions are more justified than others. Educating yourself will help you know who to ignore.

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Forget the build one idea if you have never fired one. Buy the Colt AR 15 system even if it cost a few more bucks. Decide if you want a rifle or an M4 and go shooting. Don't be concerned about never having shot an AR platform. Millions of military recruits learn very fast they are user friendly.

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I bought a Rock River Operator for 1k before taxes. I love it. It's a bit heavy, but it shoots like a dream. Accurate, 2 stage crisp trigger, awesome stock, partial quad rail. I put a magpul sling magpul rear biu and a vortex strikefire rds. I love it. Be sure to study up and see what accessories you would want before buying. There is a lot to them and many routes you can go. Do your homework to prevent buyers remorse.

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