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How much would you pay for the best AR-15?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Taurus 617 CCW, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Northern Idaho Member

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    How much would you pay for the highest quality AR-15 money can buy? What features would it need to have and what would your expectations be?
     
  2. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    If I liked the way it came, and did not forsee needing to change anything (buying new parts, furniture, BUIS, etc.), I would be willing to pay around $2500. That would be assuming that it came with a floating rail system, sights of some kind (nothing worse than having to buy sights after the fact on top of an expensive gun), and a good stock. My thought on the best gun would have the following. Good trigger, top of the line barrel, rail system, BUIS, good finish, grip with changable inserts (like the MIAD) and a buttstock like the Magpul CTR, ACS, UBR, or PRS. Something that has a friction lock to keep the stock steady. I must admit, I'm a magpul whore, but Vltor or CAA works okay too.

    I also want to see attention to detail. Little things. Fit, finish, small parts, etc. I understand a small break in period, but after that, I want it to be 100% reliable. Small parts may break, but nothing other than freak accidents.
     
  3. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I'd happily pay ten grand for an early 60's fully auto version. :laugh: :laugh:
     
  4. Bruce

    Bruce Jefferson County, Wa Member

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    The cost of the rifle is becoming not as important as what you put on the rifle.

    Bruce.
     
  5. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    ain't that the truth
     
  6. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    i'd spend half as much and get something better than a ar like a daewoo:laugh:

    i love ars but i have been around them long enough to know they are not the best rifle on the planet dollar for dollar. They are just the most fun on and off range

    Held a hk416 for the first time last night must say got the rock star feeling just holding it probably would have shot like any other ar15 but I would have looked like a rock star doing it.
     
  7. Bruce

    Bruce Jefferson County, Wa Member

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    I had a chance to buy a Daewoo (thumbhole stock) last year for a steal but got side tracked and lost out.
    Do you have one? Do they run good?

    Bruce.
     
  8. Boats

    Boats Flicking A Switch To Open My Third Eye Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't vote because I wouldn't spend my own money on an AR.:winkkiss:

    I would spend about $1800.00 of your money before I'd begin to be somewhat happy with a DI semi-auto rifle.
     
  9. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't.
     
  10. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I really can't see why an AR should cost more than $1500. My AR is an Eagle Arms lower mated to a new M16A1 upper assembly with a Bushmaster BCG. I guess it really depends on what you want to do with it or how much you want to attach to it. It is modular so if you want a heavy target barrel you can get a new upper assembly and do that. Go short and light with a M4 or carbine upper. Switch out stocks and buffer assemblies if thats your thing. Rail or fixed you can do both. Try doing that with a Daewoo, AK, HK93, or even my new AUG clone. The AR is here to stay.
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  11. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    you should have bought it

    The Koreans took features of the ar15 ak47 fnfal and HK and put them all together in one rifle . its what the ar15 is trying to be with the new piston systems . i had a K2 and a Dr200 (the K1 is same gas system as the ar15 yes cool looking but still a DI) i owned the dr200 before i owned a ar15 it ran like a champ ate everything it was fed . the reason i bought it was a friend of a friend of mine had one and ran 3000 rds through 1000 of which was in one day and never cleaned grant it i would never do that but he bought the rifle for $400 and he was a tattoo artist back before there was a bazillion tattoo artist and he had money to blow. I was always hearing such stories at gun shows about how these things kept running and running

    the only problem with daewoos is the limited importation and the fact parts are hard to get (now certain parts are being made or imported ) its not that the parts would break or ware out its just that some people would loose them like a guy who took his apart while out camping and a small pc shot out and was never found

    i knew a gunsmith who was going to reserrect a US version or the K2 but he died in a motorcycle crash and it never came to life he was also working on a piston system for Armalites ar10 when he died hopefully Armalite will finish the work but his wife was totally in the dark on his projects and he was a one man show.

    the dr200 i owned is my most missed rifle that i wish i would have never sold the K2 was cool but it was a big chunk of change and worth more that i could afford to keep.

    I sold the dr200 to buy my first ar15 a colt ar15 sporter 2 carbine wish i still had that one as well.

    the dr200 and K2 used a ar15 a1 rear sight system ar type fcg and mag catch system using ar15 mags the bolt carrier group was unique a fn type charging handle and handgaurds and grip and other features as well. rotating front sling swivel prebans use ar15 bayonets.
    ak type gas system but again different i would a cross between what the ak uses and what the current ars are using. the front sight was a hooded hk type sight the thumbhole stock was just for import compliance the preban k2 had a side folder that had a locking mech that resembled the HK choate pdw stock
    the finish was colt gray anodising i heard colt actully worked with them on the development but that internet rumor.
     
  12. shakazulu12

    shakazulu12 Portland, OR Member

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    Not sure I could spend much more than 1500 bucks either. Above that and I would simply start looking at other weapons platforms.
     
  13. Murphy

    Murphy Oregon Member

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    Whatever the going rate for Noveske or MSTN is.
     
  14. itgoesboom

    itgoesboom Hillsboro Member

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    I've got about $2,500 into my current setup, but that number also includes most all of the peripherals.

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    $2,540 got me:

    Bravo Co. 16" Midlength Upper
    Global Tactical Lower
    V-LTOR Emod stock
    Daniel Defense Omega 9"
    LMT BCG
    MBUS rear sight
    Trijicon TA-33 HG ACOG
    VTAC sling
    13 Mags (10 PMAGs, 2 Lancers, 1 USGI)
    Mag-Pul Moe grip
    320 rounds of Prvi 75gr Match
     
  15. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    The best AR-15? That's like saying the best Honda Civic....there are better guns out there. I wouldn't pay a dime over $2K
     
  16. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    I paid $634 for my Colt H-Bar New in the Box back before the first ban. By all rights all of them should cost about this much but good luck in whatever you buy.

    jj
     
  17. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    You guys must not be able to read. The OP didn't ask if there were better guns out there. He asked what you would pay for the best AR. Answer the question, or post elsewhere. Daewoos, etc. He didn't ask that. If you think a different platform is better, post that in your own thread.

    Incidentally, the poster I quoted sort of answered the question, but his better guns out there quote annoyed me. C'mon people. Some people like the AR. If you don't, post a different topic to talk about your favorites...
     
  18. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    well bust my britches and call me db cooper :partyman:



    so back on topic the most i have spent just for the ar15 it self and it was a true ar15 (it said so on the side of the mag well) was the colt sporter 2 carbine $900 in 1998 probably the second best rifle ive ever owned tied to the colt goverment carbine i traded it for in 99

    i would never spend more than $1000 for a ar15 even a for a colt

    even if it went to


    Now most i have into a ar15 is a whole other question
     
  19. drand

    drand Stayton Member

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    I bought my Next Generation for $1500 and put another $1k into rails, optics, etc. Including optics I wouldn't go over $3k
     
  20. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Ok Mr. Cooper, but my point remains valid...