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Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Armed-Citizen, Mar 31, 2012.
Would it be a top tier maker?
I personally think Armalites are great and I'm not into all the brand snobbery that determines whether a particular brand is Tier 1 or not, but generally the Tier 1 AR's are all mil-spec materials and testing with a chrome-lined 1:7 twist barrel. Anything less and you fall to the lower Tiers.
There was a time when Armalite was the "A" in the ABC's of AR-15 Tier 1 ownership, but not so much anymore. Noveske, Daniel Defense, Larue & LMT's are some of the brands that occupy Tier 1 status these days.
Don't get mislead by those that confuse the desire for quality w/ snobbery.
I don't really have an opinion on Armalite per say but most of what I have heard is middle of the road.
I do have an ArmaLite and agree with the above. It's clearly a midrange offering so I'd say it's Tier Two. Not bad but you can do better for the money. I'm hanging on to mine since it's my first build and a flexible, reliable rifle but muzzle heavy.
I also like the old school name and rollmark. If that's why you're considering it you can do like Snake and I did and buy a stripped lower then put a better upper on that.
Bushmaster which used to be the "B" in ABC has fallen by the wayside too. These days you need to think BCD for Tier One: BCM, Colt and Daniel Defense. And of course a few others including Noveske and LMT.
I had an Armalite M15 and it was as good or better than any Colt or other quality rifle I have ever seen or used.
Okay, I just jumped into the AR boat but where do LWRC fall in this group? I know they are fairly new but from what I read and we know how that goes they are almost a bench mark on quality. I may be kind of fan boyish and I would hate to think I spent all this dough on a shiny new turd.
LWRC has been around for a while. But they've gone through a change of ownership a few times over the past few years. So it remains to be seen if the new owners will treat their customers right. They do build a nice rifle.
I would not recommend a piston rifle your first time out tho. Get yourself a nice DI girl, then start a family.........
Honestly if you were gonna drop that kind of coin on an AR get a LaRue, Noveske, or Knights....
Why do you say that? It is my first, I had borrowed a couple from uncle sam but had to give them back after a few years.... so what is the issue with piston rifles or rather your issue just so I know what to expect.