looking to get my first ar

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by rob1990, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. rob1990

    rob1990 New Member

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    Need help I have no idea what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a cheap but good ar for under $900. Local gun shop has a dpms oracle for $720 any input?
     
  2. jjfuller1

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    Check out PSA. You can get a great quality rifle and optic for about 900 to 1000. They often have weekend and holiday sales... its my opinion but I'd rather have the PSA.

    http://palmettostatearmory.com
     

  3. NC1760

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  4. rob1990

    rob1990 New Member

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    Yea I know psa is supposed to be good but I don't know what the diffrence is?
     
  5. kjbcruz12

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    Haha that's my thread :)
    From what I've learned there's a lot you can find for under a grand. It really depends where you look. Windham Weaponry, S&W, PSA, DPMS, Del-Ton, and a few others are easy to find under a grand. Check out my post, there's a lot of good info there and an awesome link to a site that has some killer deals!!
     
  6. AgentTikki

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    Even PSA has different models so it can be tough to choose. Read the stickies and get a PSA model with a Carpenter 158 steel, mp/hp tested bolt and FN made barel.

    If you read the primer sticky at the top of the forums, you can save a lot of time searching around for info.
     
  7. AgentTikki

    AgentTikki New Member

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    Even PSA has different models so it can be tough to choose. If you read the AR primer sticky at the top of the forums, you can save a lot of time searching around for info.
     
  8. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    That was worth saying again! :D

    Seems we're stuck in the twilight zone with double posts yesterday!
     
  9. carnestopher

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    Whatever you get, run it bone stock until you really figure out what you need. I have a huge bin at home full of stuff I thought I needed or liked that will never see the light of day on one of my builds again.
     
  10. sweeper22

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    This type of question gets asked a lot. And almost every time the most popular answer is PSA. If I could go back in time and dictate my first AR purchase (I bought a DPMS, which was okay by the way), it would have been an $800-ish PSA build...probably a 16" midlength.

    A DPMS is not necessarily a bad gun for the money. But PSA offers dramatically better quality/parts (like $200-400 worth better) for a similar price. Apprehensive about building a gun you know little about? That's not uncommon. It's reasonable. I've been there. Fear not, it's really easy. YouTube will make it easy. This board will make it easy. And you'll find it to be about as complex as playing Legos or building a model airplane. And you'll have better parts throughout and gain a superior understanding of the functionality of those parts as a result of the building process.

    That's my advice.
     
  11. fsted2a

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    Save a couple hundred more and get the cheapest Colt available. You will spend your time shooting that others spend cursing. DPMS is not a BAD AR, actually they have improved some over the last few years, but if you get a Colt, everything will be right the first time. Depending on how you apply your marksmanship fundamentals, you should be able to get pretty close to the center at mechanical zero if you have iron sights. They spend a lot more time aligning the barrel (the tool they have just for that purpose is in the thousands) than lower cost brands. It is hit or miss on some brands whether or not you will have to max out your windage knob on your sights because the barrel wasn't centered in the receiver. You may already know you are going to use optics, but don't you really want a rifle in which that much care was put into the assembly?
     
  12. chloeshooter

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    I wonder, does PSA have any more online sale rep positions available? LOL!

    I'm sure it's good stuff - and will be until the company starts to grow too fast. It happens every time!

    Whatever you do (I ended up with S&W and doubt I would have been happier with anything else), remember, you can sell, trade, collect....it's a rifle. Take the advice you wish to, make a decision and enjoy. You don't see a whole lot of posts (some, granted) about people buying an AR15 and being bummed out about their purchase.
     
  13. AgentTikki

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    If you can put together an Ikea cabinet you can put together an AR. There's lots of guys here to help you.

    Lots of great resources and youtube vids too.

    DPMS is not a bad AR. It really isn't. There's just a lot better ones, at a similar price point. I'd wait for another Aimpoint Pro special from Palmetto. Sure its $1100, but its got a $400 red dot on it making the rifle only $700.

    or you can get this....$200 and this $400.

    That's $600 You will need to buy a regular magazine release for $8 if having one is legal in your locale.

    There, I just saved you like $115, my finder's fee is $10 of the money I saved you, or a box of 5.56x45 nato.


    I'm kidding about the finders fee btw :rolleyes: But if you can spare some ammo.....:D
     
  14. AgentTikki

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    good advice.
     
  15. fsted2a

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    Brands to stay away from at all costs: Vulcan, Hesse, Blackthorne, which are all the same company, just change brands when enough people find out how crappy it is.
     
  16. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    Like a compass in the stock and a thing that tells time? (Copyright: You'll shoot your eye out, kid!)
     
  17. okdonk

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    Aim has a Spike's complete mid length ar15 for $800.
     
  18. carnestopher

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    I got that email earlier and wanted to jump on it until I realized I have two projects that need loving until I can jump back in the game.
     
  19. Halfwatt

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    Just bought a Windham SRC for $ 650 at Sportsmans Warehouse.

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