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Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Working 4 U, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Working 4 U

    Working 4 U Eugene Active Member

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    OK OK I know this is an old topic and I have done some searching here as well as the web but I would like to get a some input/list of quality on ARs. I am looking to spend about up to 1K + or -. Use will be home distance (hopefully never) short to medium distances at the range, and alot of fun shooting.
    So here is what I have found what do you think? Again I am an AR Newbie and am looking to get info about the quality/warranty.
    Thanks in advance to all the AR experts out there. Oh what is a good ammo to shoot as well?:D

    Noveske
    colt
    LMT
    BCM
    Troy
    Stag
    Olympic Arms
    Rock River Arms
    Bushmaster
     
  2. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Ruger has some in the 1k+ range.



    Disagree with using an AR for home defense, but I'll just leave it at that since it's likely to open a can of worms.
     
  3. gaijinsamurai

    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Personally, I think BCM is about the best AR for the money.

    I love my Noveske, but be prepared to spend a lot more $$$ for one.

    Daniel Defense, S&W, and Colt are good too. Look at the classifieds on this forum or local retail places in your area for the best buy.

    If you want an LMT, LWRC, Noveske, KAC, or other AR in that class, save your $$$ and do some research on what's best for you and why you want it.

    Bushmaster, Rock River, and Stag are fine for the occasional shooter who is mostly going to do recreational shooting. If your time at the range justifies your spending more, look at the higher tier rifles later on. Also, you can always buy new parts and accessories to make improvements/adjustments.
     
  4. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    This pretty much sums up what I've read on the dedicated AR forums.

    Walmart, Northwest Armory and Curt's Discount all have Colt LE6920 carbines for a few bucks under $1,100...that's probably the best deal in ARs out there right now. Paying for the Pony also means that your resale value will generally be higher as well.

    Keith
     
  5. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    There's multiple threads on this same topic all within the last couple weeks. Search button should answer all your Q's!
     
  6. Working 4 U

    Working 4 U Eugene Active Member

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    To clarify my first choice of home defense is my shotgun so this would be more of a zombie/have fun gun.

    Thanks for the input very helpful, when I buy something I like to purchase a good quality firearm. I have been looking at this forum and I think I have seen some good prices for the rifles offered no matter the brand.

    Are there any thoughts on Troy? How do they stack up? Again many thanks for your advice.
     
  7. oneharmonic

    oneharmonic Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    If you're talking about the Troy 5.56 Carbine for $799 at Dick's Sporting Goods, that's an excellent deal.

    But if you missed the boat on that price, look around for a Colt 6920 for ~$1000.

    PSA also has some good deals for the holidays. This one caught my eye: http://palmettostatearmory.com/inde.../psa-16-mid-premium-patrol-rifle-package.html

    It comes with an Aimpoint PRO, which runs ~$350 by itself, so the rifle/optic package for $999 is a good deal.
     
  8. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Look at the stickies and threads on AR15.com and M4carbine.net to answer your in-depth questions. There's no way one thread here will be able to answer all of the questions you can think of (as well as those you didn't) for you to make a truly informed decision. I'm still going to recommend the Colt LE 6920 as a good first rifle, however others like the PSA/Aimpoint combo above may fit your bill better.

    Keith
     
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  9. Working 4 U

    Working 4 U Eugene Active Member

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    Thanks Keith and everone that gave input.
     
  10. John H

    John H Whatcom County Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't even want my enemy to have one of those.
     
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    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Bet you don't like Del-Ton either?
     
  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I talked to a guy that did 2 tours of duty in the sandbox with an Oly Arms rifle.Said it had no problems that the others didn't have.
     
  13. raindog

    raindog Portland, OR Active Member

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    Keep in mind that if you buy the rifle fully assembled, you're paying the 11% excise tax on new firearms.

    If you buy a lower and upper and assemble it yourself (in 5 seconds)...no tax.

    The AR-15 is one of the most DIY-friendly platforms.

    So You Want to Buy an AR-15 - Features to Consider
     
  14. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Presumably a contractor, no?

    Keith
     
  15. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    I seem to remember in Basic Training some of the guys had Oly rifles (now this was 20 years ago so I could be mistaken)
     
  16. Working 4 U

    Working 4 U Eugene Active Member

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    Awesome artilcle Raindog, I had been to that sight and did some reading but didn't see that info. Thanks
     
  17. Working 4 U

    Working 4 U Eugene Active Member

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    Thanks Raindog I have been there as well as other sites but I didn't see that article. I appreciate it. Workin
     
  18. btownemail

    btownemail Bremerton, WA New Member

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    I have two AR 15s. One purchased about 6-7 years back and the other I just recently purchased a couple years back. My first one was an Olympic Arms and the other is a DPMS. Each one of these firearms cost me less than 700 dollars out the door. I've been very happy with them. No misfires, no failure to eject. just like any other tool you have to remember to take care of your weapon after you're done shooting it and it'll serve you for years to come. good luck with your purchase, and slap some pics up here when you bring it home
     
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    Kevatc Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Everyone has a brand bias. My only suggestion would be to go 300 BLK on the caliber side of the equation.
     
  20. Max19

    Max19 USA New Member

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    Guys, i also want to say something about it, There's several discussions on this same subject all within the last several of several weeks. Search key should response all your Q-s...

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