S&W Sport vs. Stag 2 AR buy for 1st timer?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by ar15noob, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. ar15noob

    ar15noob New Member

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    So I am admittedly still very much a NOOB at the whole AR thing, but after a number of weeks on this and other blogs, I am feeling comfortable with the amount of learnings I am getting. Not that it's all about me but a buddy of mine is about to spend $1'100 all in delivered for a Stag Arms 2 with 1.7 twist chrome barrel and no other bolt ons. My thought was to get S&W Sport for way less than $700 delivered and use the other money for rails, optic, mags or other accessories. He is only shooting like 300 rounds every other month. I am all for making good investment and not wanting to start a brand war in responses but am I off base in that he is going to spend way more than he should for a first time range/plinker?
     
  2. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    my wife and i each own a stag. mine is a model 4. hers was just purchased last week and is a model 2t. i have been super happy with the results they produce. not super familar with the sport. but quality wise i think the stag has S & W beat after comparing them in store. my vote is to spend a little extra and get the stag. BTW stag also has a lifetime warranty.
     

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  3. kryptar19

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    Yep, better off with the Stag. I havr a modle 1 and couldn't be happier.


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  4. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I dont own a stag or S&W but I would rather have the STAG over the sporty , the sporty doesnt have a dust guard , no forward assist and is slick sided . The price is a little bit high but buying from a dealer they pretty much name their prices with AR stuff seemingly being short . Resale on the stag is going to be better down the road , and I believe STAG now has a lifetime warranty on their barrels .
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  5. Quentin

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    It's hard to believe the Stag with "no other bolt ons" is going for that much money. You should put a link to the exact model configured the way he's getting it. Surely it has some expensive add-ons, maybe a rail, etc.

    Anyway, the S&W Sport would be a good low cost choice. I've only heard good reports of them. Seems to be a real bargain as an entry level AR.
     
  6. dog2000tj

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    Something doesn't seem right about the $$'s you are stating. I'd find it hard to beleive that comprable AR's from STAG and S&W would be almost $400 apart. :confused:

    First I would make sure you are comparing apples to apples, not apples to oranges. Then I would shop online for both rifles to find the best price. Lastly I would check with you LGS to see if they can price match what you found online. Even if they come in a little higher I would be inclined to support a local business and purchase through them.

    Good luck :)
     
  7. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Quentin,

    I am with you! I think someone is taking his friend for a ride regarding a Stag Arms with no other accessories for $1100.00. He needs to shop around as far as who he is purchasing a Stag from. I also would rather have a Stag over the S&W. They are still built individualy at a bench by a builder not an assembly line process. Not that the S&Ws are bad guns because I have a theory that if a Black gun works and functions properly it is still a good gun. Kind of like the old saying "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder."

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  8. BenLuby

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  9. AgentTikki

    AgentTikki New Member

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    If you can afford an $1100 Stag get a BCM.


    Do not get the stag model 8 piston.
     
  10. ar15noob

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    I will look for the link I've sent me and figure out how to paste it into the iPad. I do know he absolutely has no bolt ons....even mentioned he doesn't want rails to add extras outside of a. Scope down the road using already available upper rail spot.
     
  11. ar15noob

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    He definitely said Stag 2 and NOT the 2T, as I thought that was a lefty shooter, which he is. I don't think he bought from Stag directly or shopped anywhere but the local gun store in his neighborhood. As for the S&W, the deal at Hoffmans I found was $699 special for the sporty. That link is now gone....but I know that was the price.
     
  12. ar15noob

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    Ok....now I am even more excited......looks like they have the sporty for $649. Here is the link

    http://www.hoffgun.com/Merchant2/me...de=811037&Category_Code=FEAT&Product_Count=20
     
  13. hawkguy

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    they are $649 at academy as well. but sold out for an unknown time in our area. i paid 679 at cabelas, more than i wanted to. but they were gone everywhere else and actually sold out at cabelas as i picked mine up. sheesh! :confused:
     
  14. roddog45

    roddog45 New Member

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    I have a S&W M&P15 sport & it's a very nice AR for price. It shoot well very upgradable . A great beginner AR & range gun