DPMS A3 vs Sig M400

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Traumabrew, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Traumabrew

    Traumabrew New Member

    I am going to purchase my first AR. Looking for a good rifle for target and HD. I have come to see that there is a plethora of makers and then there is the build your own. I will build my own, eventually. However, I want to get one with a warranty and get familiar with it before building one. Makes it easier.

    I have seen S&W, Bushmaster, DPMS, RRA, Sig in stores and handled them. I do not like the bushmasters too much. I like the Sig M400 and I also like the DPMS Panther A3 16". The sig is about 200 more than the DPMS.

    I am trying to keep it under 1000, plus optics. The guy at the store is trying to set me up with an Eotech holosight. Any input?


    BTW - I am not new to firearms, I have a H&K .45 for carry plus my hunting weapons.
  2. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

    I like the sig better, never been a fan of dpms. IMO the sig is well worth the extra 200

  3. bkt

    bkt New Member

    An AR may not be the best option for HD unless your neighbors are pretty far away. Also, if there are others in the home, an AR may not be the best. Penetration through interior and exterior walls is the concern; a 12ga might be a better bet for HD.

    If you live alone in the middle of nowhere, an AR is fine.

    You can do whatever you want, but my first AR was one I bought in pieces and put together. It was easy enough that I came away with the thought "if you can't drop a lpk into a lower, add a stock and buffer and attach a completed upper, you probably shouldn't be handling an AR in the first place." Seriously, it's not difficult at all. And building your own gives you some flexibility you might not otherwise have. AND it will probably save you money. Just something to think about.

    Sig makes great handguns, but their AR isn't particularly wonderful and not worth the price IMO. I never had any problems with Bushmaster, DPMS or RRA. My Stag Arms has been rock solid - that's one to consider, too.

    I have a Bushnell holosight on mine (Bushnell makes EOTech sights) and it's great. For me, it seriously improved my grouping out past 100 yards. I don't have a scope on mine.

    You should be able to do what you want - a complete AR with a decent holosight for around $1000, but assembling your own will almost certainly help keep the costs down.
  4. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

    The Smith & Wesson M&P-15 sport is a great new rifle just introduced and is amazing for beginners with an AR. The only big difference is that it doesn't have a dust cover or forward assist on the side. But comparing it to the regular M&P-15, it's about $200-300 cheaper depending on where you look. I am in love with mine