Entry level AR 15

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by lilnoug, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. lilnoug

    lilnoug New Member

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    I'm helping a buddy pick out his first AR 15. I own a couple colts, daniel defense and rock river arms so I'm not too familiar with smith Wesson, wihndam weaponry or dpms entry level AR 15. When I say entry level the prices I'm seeing at the stores are ($600-900). I noticed all the entry level ar15's don't have the castle nut staked. Do they use lock tight or similar or just tighten and leave it at that? If so any issues with castle nut coming loose? I could take the AR apart at cabela's do I'm also curious are the bolt carriers not staked earlier? Any input helps a great deal. Trying to figure out if I should tell my buddy to save a little longer and spend a little more.
     
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    Sorry for some typos. Typing on an iPhone.
     

  3. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    For that price tell him to get a PSA and he'll love it IMO it's a better setup than a DPMS or S&W. You can also look at Core-15 which are a nice AR for that price level.
     
  4. DavidN

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    IMO I really like the S&W M&P sport version. It don't have a forward assist or dust cover but overall it's a shooter. If you don't believe me check them out throughout the net or forums. I added a few MagPul items to mine just to kinda keep up with the times lol. Stock sport out the door ran me $685. They are a lot of really nice AR's out and about but it's all what you want or need. Good luck on finding the right one for your pal.
     

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  5. 1911Jeeper

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    Staking a castle nut or gas key isn't rocket science. If the rifle needs staking, learn how and where to do it, and you're done.

    Zero problems with my DPMS and the gas key was already staked.
     
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  6. purehavoc

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    PSA. Has their 16" carbine patrol rifle with aimpoints optics for $999. That's one hell of a deal
     
  7. tacticalfun

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    How are aimpoint patrol optics? Was going to order this earlier but not familiar
     
  8. Vikingdad

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    I recently helped a buddy build his first one up. You can do that pretty inexpensively. I forget what the total was. Used a PSA stripped lower and LPK, got the buffer tube and a couple of the other parts I didn't have from Midway. I had a couple of stocks that we used.

    In other words I sold a bunch of the spares I had around and built up a nice AR for him.
     
  9. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    2 MOA, 30,000 hrs of battery life 3 yrs. waterproof to 150 ft , NV settings . Great optic
     
  10. kryptar19

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    Smith and Wesson M&P15 SPORT. 16in 1:8 twist mid-weight barrel, staked chrome lined gas key, chrome lined bolt carrier, magpul MBus rear sight. One of the best values for under $800 IMO.
    It is a slick side, but most of the time all a forward assist does is get a shell more stuck anyway.
     
  11. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Joe bob outfitters
    PSA 16" carbine with mbus rear sight and 30 rd Mag . $683 with the ft discount code and free shipping to boot. Gonna be hard to beat that anywhere.
     
  12. fsted2a

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    S&W makes an excellent entry level AR. Not heard any complaints about them so far. If you can get a good deal on one, even better.
     
  13. g17frantz

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  14. connectegr

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    This is a frequent topic... I will second the recommendation for Del-ton. I will put mine against many more expensive options, for reliability and performance.
     
  15. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    I agree. Heres what my DT sport looks like. Kind of a bad pic but ive done a lot to Mr. Pink.
    Magpul stock, moe + grip, rvg, rail panels, flip up front and rear, single point sling,and trigger guard, utg pro slim line free float quad rail, bcm charging handle and EOTech 512
     

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  16. Quentin

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    I'd go for the recommendations of PSA and S&W over Del-Ton and DPMS. It's really hard to beat PSA when it's on sale.
     
  17. connectegr

    connectegr New Member

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    Here's my Delton
     

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  18. louieboots

    louieboots New Member

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    Del-ton rifles are great I love mine I spent a lot on upgrades but now it's just how I want it I'll put it against any other more expensive AR..
     

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