thinking of buying my first AR-15

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by tsnyder88, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. tsnyder88

    tsnyder88 New Member

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    i am thinking of buying an ar-15 and what i am looking for is recommendations for a good one in the $1,000 to $1,200 price range
     
  2. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    Colt LE 6920...as good as it gets (IMHO) in that price range...

    Why not start a build? Will most likely save you a few bucks...
     

  3. tsnyder88

    tsnyder88 New Member

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    i would but i dont know thing one about ar-15's i have not even shot one
     
  4. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    I'm far from an expert myself but have shot one or two...[drooling]...:D

    It's not hard, you can just get a complete lower, separate upper, assemble and plink away, (I think) or you can go the full nine an order every single part custom to your liking. It's a great idea, if you have the time and patients, to do that. Kind of like on the job training, you get to learn as you go.

    Check out the stickies at the top of this sub-forum by Agent Tikki, he knows his stuff, that may give you a little better idea of how you want to go about it...:cool:

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f20/ar15-primer-beginners-guide-59600/
     
  5. tsnyder88

    tsnyder88 New Member

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    cool thank you for that info
     
  6. tsnyder88

    tsnyder88 New Member

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    where would be a good place to get parts?
     
  7. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Definitely read the AR Primer sticky. I'd digest it before buying parts.
     
  8. CHLChris

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    Building an AR is the way to go for that price range. Building, in my view, is much less about saving money, as it is about getting the rifle that is exactly what you want.

    You can buy any stripped lower for about $100, buy a lower parts kit without a trigger, and a milspec stock assembly. You can put a little more money into a trigger and a nicer stock with your budget...there's your lower

    Then, buy a pre-built upper. With some companies you can specify what hand guard you want, what charging handle, and what bolt carrier group you want. Add back-up iron sights and you got your upper.

    Put them together with 2 pins and you are all finished. $1000-1200. If you want some sort of scope or red dot, you could add anywhere from $100 to $1200.

    If some of that terminology went over your head, then just start reading a lot of the stickies on the AR-15 sub-forum. Just a few years ago I had no idea what any of this meant! The terms "1/3 co-witness" or "properly staked gas key" just made my head spin. Now I can build one from a pile of parts and know exactly what I want and need in an AR. You can get there, too!
     
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  9. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Well said. I gained lots of AR15 knowledge from here. Just by reading and asking :)
     
  10. mudpupp

    mudpupp New Member

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    For that much money you will have so many options you will wish you hadn't asked.

    Just decide what your going to use it for, and buy one off of backpage where everyone else who was just thinking about buying one, is no selling there's because the cool factor wore off.

    Just beware of the closet commandos that think theirs is worth more than retail because they invested so much in accessories ..
     
  11. AgentTikki

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    Buying is your prerogative. You can enjoy it immediately with a factory warranty.

    I'd recommend a few rifles.

    BCM.
    Colt
    Daniel Defence

    PSA patrol. An AMAZING deal for $1000 with and Aimpoint Pro optic AND Magpul rear buis.

    I have a Rainer Arms RUC that I got for $1199. Its seci and come with just about every option under the sun. Daniel defense barrel, milspec bolt, MI hand guards, muzzle brake, Diamondhead buis x2, VLTOR stock, Geissele trigger, Magpul MOE+ grip and trigger guard. Its fully loaded but lightweight.

    I'd also take a good look at Troy. They are the new kids on the block. But they have a sterling rep and long history selling accessories.
     
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  12. AgentTikki

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    Also browse the AR porn I mean picture threads. See if there's a particular style or look that you like. Most of us on here will be able to tell you what's on it if you link the picture or repost it.
     
  13. CHLChris

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    I'm gonna throw this in. The search feature doesn't work very well on here. So I use Google.

    If I'm looking for, say, sling options, I type this in:

    AR-15 sling options site:firearmstalk.com

    The key is that last part. It will only search FTF.
     
  14. Overkill0084

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    Read a lot. Then ask some questions. Then, read some more.
    Start here:
    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f20/ar15-primer-beginners-guide-59600/

    Much will depend on you knowing what you want/need, and shopping with that in mind. Figure out what your going to do with it and work from there.

    I bought my first one assembled. My next one will very likely be built up from separate parts, at least to some degree.
    I bought a Rock River for right around 1k.
    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/...-rock-river-arms-tactical-operator-2-a-70067/

    I was pleasantly surprised at the overall feel, the trigger & the accuracy. Is it the "best" or even the "best value?" Hell I don't know, probably not. It runs good & it's a heck of a lot of fun. I don't care that it isn't an LMT, or a LaRue, or whatever. My previous experience was USAF M-16s. Which worked ok, but never really inspired that "I gotta get me one of these" feeling.
    Be advised: It doesn't matter what you buy. Someone will have a problem with your choice. In some ways, (some) AR people are like (some) 1911 people, in that there are strong opinions about brands (Brand X rules, everything else is crap.) Some opinions are more justified than others. Educating yourself will help you know who to ignore.
     
  15. nitestalker

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    Forget the build one idea if you have never fired one. Buy the Colt AR 15 system even if it cost a few more bucks. Decide if you want a rifle or an M4 and go shooting. Don't be concerned about never having shot an AR platform. Millions of military recruits learn very fast they are user friendly.:)
     
  16. Kdub

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    I bought a Rock River Operator for 1k before taxes. I love it. It's a bit heavy, but it shoots like a dream. Accurate, 2 stage crisp trigger, awesome stock, partial quad rail. I put a magpul sling magpul rear biu and a vortex strikefire rds. I love it. Be sure to study up and see what accessories you would want before buying. There is a lot to them and many routes you can go. Do your homework to prevent buyers remorse.