Which brand of AR to purchase?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Shade, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    I am looking to purchase 3 AR's in the foreseable future. I want to
    purchase the equivalent to Rock River Arm LAR-15 Standard A4 Model.
    I will be equiping them with red dot optics and the detachable carry
    handle and 8 magazines each.

    The LGS all have their favorite brands. The 3 names that keep coming
    up are Rock River Arms, DPMS and Bushmaster. I already own one
    Bushmaster and I am happy with it.

    These rifles will be for my family members in case the SHTF. I have a
    local support group in case the SHTF and we have standardized on 5.56
    Nato for our common rifle and .45 ACP for pistol. Most of us have AR
    and 1911 platforms

    But what are your thoughts, input and ideas on the matter?
     
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  2. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    what's your price range? Have you given any thought to building your own? Of the 3 listed I would go with RRA, but if I had my choice I would opt for a STAG over all 3 ;)
     

  3. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    RRA of the three given. I would stay away from Bushmaster. Ideally you should do like Dog suggested and build your own. Maybe you could get a deal on three of them.
     
  4. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    3 Standard A4 LAR 15 I can do $840 plus tax ea. which is a
    total of $2520.00 plus tax let me know what you want to do.

    This pricing seemed very reasonable to me. I am still waiting on
    quotes from the others I asked for.
     
  5. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Price range, keep them reasonable, I am not going to build them out as
    $2000 rifles. Basic KISS.

    $840 for the LAR- 15 A4
    ~$200 for a decent Red dot.
    ~$100 for a carry handle

    Thats close to $1150 I do not figure tax in, it is there and just has to be
    paid.

    I will likely as chrome lined barrels that will make it $1200 a rifle, my orignal
    thought was $5k for all three, right now I am at $3600 so I have some room
    to move.

    I will look into the STAG, what is it about the STAG that you like over other
    brands, if I may ask?
     
  6. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    I built my first AR based on a STAG receiver set, fit and finish are excellent and the rifle has performed beyond expectations. $840 for a RRA AR is pretty good considering the political climate plus you'd be hard pressed to build an AR for that price. But if the final price for each is $1200 I would look at STAG as well - http://www.stagarms.com/product_info.php?cPath=13_22&products_id=208 $995 with Plus package
     
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  7. Shade

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    I would go with the STAG Model 4. I will get a quote on those also


    Thanks,
    Ron
     
  8. bige91603

    bige91603 New Member

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    My last build game to 700 total with optics
     
  9. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Well between travel, work, Power steering pump in the F-350, farming,
    kids, wifes todo list, life, reloading, running for School Board, hunting, etc.

    I did some digging and decided to order the Stag Arms Model 4. I have
    3 coming. $894 +tax delivered.

    Now what Red Dot to stick on them...

    Thanks for the assistance.
     
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  10. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Might I ask why you need to have the carry handle ?
    I understand you already made your decision and I never really saw this thread . Here would have been the route I would have went in your shoes and saved some $$$$ for ammo

    http://palmettostatearmory.com/inde.../psa-16-mid-premium-patrol-rifle-package.html

    http://palmettostatearmory.com/inde...ory/psa-16-m4-strikefire-premium-carbine.html


     
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  11. Shade

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    I am a prepper.

    I have no need for a 16" barrel, longer barrel better range better accuracy.
    I do not want to get that debate going here, but a carbine is not my choice
    of weapon. Rear sight in the handle, does not need batts and if very
    rugged, and is tough to break, it is the final back up when red-dots fail and
    they will; and passive optics break, and they will.

    Good preppers know the rule of 3.

    Ammo I am pretty good on...

    Also quality and reliability was key in the decision. Colt and Stag gave me
    the warmest and fuzziest feeling after researching and talking to a lot of
    shooters, RRA, DPMS, Bushmaster (and I own a Bushmaster too) all were
    near the top of the list. Could I have gotten them cheaper yes, but price was
    only part of the criteria.
     
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  12. Quentin

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    The usual configuration is to have an optic and a fixed or flip up rear sight mounted at the same time instead of a carry handle that you have to pull out of a sack when your RDS dies. Even a cut carry handle will give you this option
     
  13. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a Bushmaster. In my experience, it's about as good as a cheap AR gets. I'd suggest spending $200-$250 more and getting a Colt.

    Why not acquire them one piece at a time, as you are able to afford them, and get top quality?? What's your life worth?? What's a family member's life worth??

    And BTW, you're not going to get a decent RDS for $200. Sorry, but a decent RDS will set you back $400+
     
  14. fsted2a

    fsted2a Active Member

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    Dog, looking at your avatar, you have waaaaaaayyyyy too much time on your hands.:D:D:D
     
  15. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Kind of a final follow up in this thread.

    First thanks to everyone for all the input.

    The first two Stag Model 4's showed up yesterday, very nice quality, seem
    just like the M16A1 and M16A2 I got to play with in the service. A step up
    from my Bushmaster (that I do not have any complaints with). Hopefully
    we will get some nicer weather and I can get out and shoot them.

    I was looking over some Colts at the gun show this past weekend, and
    other than the stamping on the Lower, you would be hard pressed to tell
    a difference between them.

    Also going to hold off on optics at this point, so the top handles are needed.
     
  16. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I think the appropriate answer to the question should be:

    Any that you can find. There could be a shortage coming.
     
  17. flglocks

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    I would get Rock river arms. If you want to stay in budget, then bushmaster may be the choice to go with.
     
  18. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    By your request Dog.....
     

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  19. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    OMG :eek: ... somebody call the Feds ... Shade is way too young to own those AR's :p


    ;)