Bushmaster

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by rb522, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. rb522

    rb522 New Member

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    A friend who works for a retail sporting goods chain just told me that there would be a sale on Bushmaster ARs in the next couple weeks. He's guessing the price to be $799. Is this something worth getting? I know nothing about ARs.
     
  2. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    There are several options at that price and you will hear varying opinions on the Bushmaster from crap to very well worth the money.
    I have one and absolutely love it. It eats everything I feed it. I shoot steel, brass, and most of the time both in the same mag and have not had one jam. Ive put around 2k rounds through it. I cannot speak for any others, but my Bushmaster does exactly what it is supposed to do.
    I paid more for mine during the panic and still do not regret it.
    I would research as much as you can and make an educated decision based on that. Prices arent going anywhere for a while so don't buy just because its cheap.
    I think Smith and Wesson makes one at about the same price point as well. I have handled both and prefer the Bushmaster.
     

  3. Quentin

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    Which model? Carbon 15?
     
  4. rb522

    rb522 New Member

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    It's the optic ready model.
     
  5. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Carbon 15?

    Have you looked at PSA in the same price range?
     
  6. rb522

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    I have not. This would be my first AR, and honestly I haven't shopped around much. It was only after the sale news, and fear of another "executive order" that I started thinking about this. It doesn't need to be top shelf, I just want a solid foundation to build on. Any input will be welcomed.
     
  7. bluez

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  8. rb522

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    LOL. I read that thread. Things got quite interesting there. I'm not out to spend a lot, to be sure, but if this is the one AR that I'm going to own, I'm not willing to cut corners either. I'm also not at all opposed to tinkering and building, I just need a good starting point. As I stated, I have zero AR experience , and need some guidance .
     
  9. MisterMcCool

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    I would not expect equal longevity from polymer/carbon and metallic receivers. The advantage of polymers is weight reduction. I built a low weight carbon AR. I do not expect it to become a family heirloom. If this is the only one you intend to purchase, get aluminum or steel.
     
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  10. rb522

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    That's what I was thinking. While I have a polymer hand gun for ccw, I wanted to stay all metal on a rifle.
     
  11. JonM

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    start here for shtf:

    http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-...Auto-M16-p/bcm bolt carrier group auto mp.htm (currently in stock)

    http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/AR15-Upper-Receiver-Groups-s/1.htm

    or here for accuracy target applications:

    http://www.rockriverarms.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_ID=200

    then add in a lower of your choice.
     
  12. rb522

    rb522 New Member

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  13. Quentin

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    Look at all the YouTube videos. There are stickies here and written guides all free on the web. Very easy to find good guides and videos.
     
  14. rb522

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    Will do. Thank you.
     
  15. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    Yea basically everything you need to know from field stripping to a complete build you can find on youtube.
     
  16. rb522

    rb522 New Member

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    I watched a couple of the build videos, and it doesn't look bad at all. This has opened up some possibilities for sure. The only problem I see, is the need for a set of reading glasses. The eyes just ain't what they used to be after I crossed the 50 mark.
     
  17. sweeper22

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    I'm not going to tell you Bushmaster is terrible. But I am going to tell you there are better guns to be had for the same price.

    Bushmaster's products really benefited from the Newtown incident in a sad sort of way. Their rifles are okay. They're on the cheaper/entry level end of the market, and you can do way better with a similarly priced PSA in my opinion.

    But folks have heard 'Bushmaster' mentioned time and again on CNN and such throughout the past year, and many decide that as a result it must be the baddest rifle out there. The truth is, it's commonly mentioned in the news because it's a mass-produced and relatively inexpensive example...so a lot of people have them. Just like Ford Rangers. And I think that's an accurate comparison. A Ford Ranger isn't a bad truck. But you can probably do better for yourself at the same price.
     
  18. rb522

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    The PSA name has come up again. I'm going to look in to them. Any opinions on Stag or Windham?
     
  19. sweeper22

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    PSA > Stag > Windham/Bushmaster

    Windham is essentially an offshoot of Bushmaster and quite similar throughout.

    All of these can in fact be good guns. A cheaper big-box store AR is still likely to perform well. But a similarly priced PSA can net you $200-500 worth of superior parts. When folks on this board discourage you from buying 'brand X', it's not necessaily because that gun is bound to fail...it's simply because 'brand Y' offers significantly better parts throughout at the same price. And that's why so many here endorse PSA and BCM time and again.
     
  20. rb522

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    I'm very grateful for all the input. As I stated, I'm a rookie here, and there is so much more to this than I was prepared for. I've got a lot of research to do. Thanks everyone for your time and comments. I'm sure ill have more questions as I get into this more.