Bushmaster xm15 A2

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by kmglocks, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. kmglocks

    kmglocks New Member

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    I recently acquired this rifle in unused condition it was bought brand new in 2004 and NEVER fired. It's a Bushmaster with a 20 inch barrel, no flash suppressor, A2 stock, removable carry handle with a heavy barrel. I looked it up on the Bushmaster site and they have one the same config with an attached carry handle for around 1300. Just curious if anyone can put a rough estimate on what it's worth, by the way it's in perfect condition.
     
  2. Quentin

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    That's an inflated MSRP price. Being a post-ban AR it's worth closer to half of $1300 as there is little to no collector value in a 2004 model. In ban states it might be worth a little more but most other people want new ARs configured as "pre-ban". Even current Bushmasters don't sell for anything near MRSP listed on the website.
     

  3. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    IMO it's worth $800 if a buyer happens to value that particular design. $700 otherwise.
     
  4. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    BTW, this AR has a few things going against it today. Besides being post-ban, the 20" heavy barrel is not in demand, nor the A2 stock or carry handle. You'll have to find someone who does want these features but most want a 16" lighter barrel, collapsible stock, modern sights, threaded barrel for a muzzle device, etc. Even the Bushmaster name has lost some luster over the last 10 years.

    Oh, being unfired doesn't matter much in this case - so go out and have fun. Shoot it!
     
  5. sweeper22

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    Wanna hear something crazy?

    300 days ago that gun was probably worth upwards of $2000! False inflation due to media hysteria and such, but people were getting $2K for $750 rifles wearing the Bushmaster name. Know what they were getting for legitimate $2K rifles (say, Noveske)?....about $2000 for those as well.

    The AR marketplace can be a little crazy at times. What you have is a decent entry-level rifle, in a mildly eclectic package.
     
  6. kmglocks

    kmglocks New Member

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    Actually, I love the configuration, almost like my issued weapon in the army. I was only curious about the price. Thanks guys!
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i'd definately spent $2K for a rifle that was worth $2K, but not one worth about $750!

    i started to sell my Bushmaster Carbine whrn prices got stupid crazy, and then buy another one later on when they got reasonable again. decided to just keep mine and not play the game.
     
  8. Mercator

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    I agree, this is an authentic setup except the naked muzzle. It actually may be seen as a plus because, lets face it, most civilian owners shoot from supported positions. The utility of the A2 flash suppressor is also debatable. What you got is a good rifle and a good platform for precision shooting.

    BTW the pre-post ban labels are obsolete. What has been described as postban here could in fact be a legit configuration by choice. Local state regulations are a different matter. Some people on gunbroker are still trying to sell you "pre-ban" as something special. Almost a decade past the sunset.
     
  9. kmglocks

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    Whole heartedly agree! Personally I like the larger setup, nothing against the carbines but I like to know I have a tough, durable rifle at my disposal. Yes, I would like a flash suppressor but that's more of a cosmetic thing for me. Also, the length of the A2 style stock fits my arm length helps me aim better. I never really liked the carbine stocks, weak, shaky and not long enough for a guy like me with gorilla arms. I actually feel like I have a viable rifle against my shoulder as opposed to a tiny little carbine. Different strokes for different folks I guess.
     
  10. Quentin

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    Pre-ban and post-ban are common terms to describe firearm configurations so not obsolete at all. The former just describes legal configs before and after the 1994-2004 Federal AWB while the latter concerns neutered guns during those ban years.

    In a state that still enforces the ban "pre-ban" is more specific, referring to firearms before the ban that don't have to comply with the ban. They tend to be quite valuable in ban states. Post-ban still describes neutered guns during the extended ban, 1994 to the present.
     
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  11. sputnik1988

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    My dad has that exact same rifle with a fixed carry handle made in 1999, it's a great shooter, go out and have fun with it.
     

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  12. kmglocks

    kmglocks New Member

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    That's the one, minus the attached carry handle!
     
  13. sputnik1988

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    I've found I prefer the 20" rifles over the carbines anyway, don't get my wrong I love my 16" mid-length but there is just something about a full sized rifle. I'm actually putting together an M16A1 clone at the moment, maybe an A2 after that.
     
  14. longunner

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    I want to build both too...I've seen rifle build kits for the A1 and I think there was a thread on here about it being hard to find correct barrels :confused: ...not like it matters for me though I live in NY so I won't be building another AR until I leave :mad:
     
  15. sputnik1988

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    Yeah they are I posted a link for some from McKay in the deals, deals, deals thread. The kits don't come with barrels anymore.:(

    A lot of people end up having A2 barrels reprofiled. Sportsmanship guide has the A1 parts kits, but they advertise them as 'like new' and they're beat to crap:mad:

    Whatacountry and sarco also have kits, in better condition. Apex has individual parts.

    Sorry to hear about you living in New York, getting out anytime soon?
     
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  16. Mercator

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    Don't listen. We need our people in New York :D
     
  17. longunner

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    Well I plan on going to gunsmithing school in PA in a couple years so you still have one more 2A supporter until then :D Hopefully before I leave I'll get to see some positive changes but something's making me doubt it :eek: