Which AR brand is best for 1st time buyer?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by ar15noob, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. ar15noob

    ar15noob New Member

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    Sorry if that question is about to set this forum into a tizzy, but researching this is a monster task I know with so many different brands and models and options. I'm looking for a fair and objective suggestion, knowing that it is still on me to decide. Just looking for some ideas and questions I should ask. Thanks. Much appreciated.
     
  2. mjkeat

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    PSA, BCM, Colt, LMT, and Spikes for sub $1K ARs. I personally would stay away from anything else. Seems like a lot of the others have problems making them picky when it comes to ammo.
     

  3. Jpyle

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    A little more info would be helpful. For example what's your budget? What features are a must have? What do you plan to use it for? What caliber, sights, stock type, barrel length, foregrips are you looking to have? How much work are you willing or comfortable doing yourself?
     
  4. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    From the other thread he started.

    Sounds like he's wanting a general purpose set-up.
     
  5. Jpyle

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    That being the case then I would agree, a grand gets a nice upgraded PSA, Spikes or Stag...or an entry level Colt or LMT.
     
  6. mjkeat

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    Nothing entry level about a Colt 6920 ;) and at $985 or so it's a great value. One of those you can give to your sons son.
     
  7. 19cowboy88

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    I just went and got my first AR-15 last week. And after a lot of research I got the S&W M&P 15 sport for 700. The only thing it doesnt have is forward assist and dust cover but I didn't see any reason for it. And it seem like I good shooting gun. I put 200 rounds thur it the first week and love shooting every round
     
  8. mjkeat

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    Where did you get your Sport?
     
  9. silverado113

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    How is your sport? I was thinking about getting one but picked up a PSA instead and love the PSA.
     
  10. 19cowboy88

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    I Like it so far. I only put 200 rounds thur it gonna but another 500 or so next weekend and will let y'all know more then
     
  11. PrimePorkchop

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    My first AR15 is a Colt LE6940. I paid more than I thought I was going to, but it was absolutely worth it IMO.

    You can ask this question to 100 different people and you're going to get 100 different answers. The best advice I can give based on my personal experience: Pick a rifle. Buy it. Learn about it through hands on, and learn from there. Only then will you understand the things you need to look for in an AR15 that match the things YOU want in a rifle.
     
  12. jjfuller1

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    have no doubt, a day will come when you wish you had a forward assist. lol
     
  13. Jpyle

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    Didn't mean it as a knock against the Colt...just that $1,000 gets you a stock rifle with little left over for extras or upgrades.
     
  14. mjkeat

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    Didn't mean to portray that. IMO a quality AR like a Colt is better than some dressed up pig. A fancy rail doesn't do much when your rifle is out of spec and won't cycle correctly.
     
  15. fsted2a

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    Why? I never use 'em. If the rifle is built right, there won't be a need. If the bcg doesn't go all the way forward, quicker to pull the charging handle and eject the round. Then fix the gun later. One of my uppers is an SP1, with no forward assist, and I have not missed it one bit. Gene Stoner's original M16 didn't have one, and didn't need it. The prototypes were every bit as reliable as the AK 47. He built it right the first time. The only reason the military needed them is when they were mass produced during wartime in vietnam, and the quality control went down the crapper.
     
  16. 19cowboy88

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    I'm from ft worth and had 2 call about 10 different places. But found it at a local gun store
     
  17. mjkeat

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    It depends on who you ask. You can ask 100 guys at the LGS that stocks DPMS and Oly or ask 100 guys who shoot people for a living and get two different answers. One will be useful, the other not so much. You need to know who to ask.
     
  18. PrimePorkchop

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    But you're still getting 100 different answers. Everyone has their own opinion on what makes a great rifle. They can ask me, and i'll say _______ is what I look for, and they can ask you and you'll say _________ is what I look for.

    The person asking the question is the one who has to define what they're looking for in order to validate either opinion for themselves, and the only real way to do that is to drudge through the opinions, learn the facts, buy a rifle, and figure it out for themselves.
     
  19. mjkeat

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    You said 100 different answers not 100 answers, big difference. Like I said you need to know who you ask because the usefulness/quality of the reply will vary.
     
  20. Quentin

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    Getting the right answer for you is up to you. There is no single answer for everyone. You can't count on what others like best, you have to decide for yourself.

    Don't be lazy like most new buyers, don't trust as gospel what others say, spend days, weeks learning everything you can about ARs and figure out what appeals to you and what doesn't. Go out and rent/handle/shoot different models. Take as long as necessary until you've got your mind wrapped around these rifles. Finally zero in on your applications for such a rifle and choose accordingly. Understand the differences in the basic rifles and the accessories. The more research you put in before the purchase the more you will like the end product.

    Given enough time most of us finally do just that but the smart ones figure it out after their first or second AR, finally realizing what they want. Many still have no clue. Sorry, maybe this is blunt but it's true.


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    And after all the above many people will decide to choose their components separately and assemble their own rifle. I'd say that's THE BEST AR.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012