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Lightweight AR-15 recommendations wanted

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by gearheadbill, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. gearheadbill

    gearheadbill Everett area Member

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    Hello. I am looking for a really light weight easy-to-handle AR-15 for the grandson to use when he's out with me. I want a .223 (already have LOTS of ammo) and I also think I want to put some brand of red-dot or other laser optics on it. Kicker is I don't want to spend much money. The gun will be used for plinking etc out to 100-150yds.

    I already have a nice Bushmaster long barrel w/Bushnell Tactical 10x40 for varmits etc. Just want something light and cheap yet reliable to bang around with. Probably never get 1000 rds through it.

    Any of your recommendations/opinions are wanted and welcome. Thanks
     
  2. halmbarte

    halmbarte PDX Active Member

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    BCM lightweight barrel upper, Magpul MOE forearm and CTR stock. It will be under 7lbs w/o the optic.

    H
     
  3. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Build one. Standard lower, flat-top upper. Lightweight 16" pencil barrel, carbon fiber handguard. Choice of buttstocks. Small red-dot. Based on budget desire, perhaps a Vortex sparc...
     
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  4. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Go to Curt's in Oak groove, he sells a M4gery for about $550+/-, not going to get any lighter/shorter. Plus you have local support if there is a problem down the road.
     
  5. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    OP says he doesn't want to spend much, has a "nice bushmaster", and reccomendation is BCM? Their excellent but not exactly budget.

    PSA sells FN CHF barrels, as well as standard barrels. Just pick up a lightweight profile barrel
     
  6. lamrith

    lamrith tacoma Active Member

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    SSA has a 16" M4 Upper builders kit for $175. Cerro Flattop stripped Upper, Upper parts Kit, Charge handle, barrel nut, 16" M4 barrel. Just add your gasblock/A2 site, handguards and BCM.. AR-15 Upper Receiver Builder's Kit: Stripped Upper, Forward Assist, Dust Cover, Charging Handle, M4 Barrel, Barrel Nut, & Gas Tube - Surplus Ammo

    Then pick your lower. There are cheap Poly lowers out there, want to say they are under $60?

    PSA has a Lower builders kit for $87 SHIPPED. Entire lower parts kit plus Mil spec 6 position buffer tube assembly, castle nut and stock...
    Palmetto State Armory Premium Classic Lower Build Kit - Lower Build Kits - Lower Parts - AR-15

    They have a sale on Mbus flip up's too, or did a week ago. <$40 each sight,
    Magpul MBUS Back-Up Sight GEN 2 - Rear - Black MAG248-BLK (notice the picture for a discount code!)
    Magpul MBUS Back-Up Sight - Front GEN 2 MAG247

    The had a package $75ish for the pair, but I cannot seem to find it now..
     
  7. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Bushmaster ultralight with the poly lower
     
  8. nextgenar

    nextgenar roseburg Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Have u looked at the Bushmaster Carbon 15 its really light and my daughters shoots about an inch and a half groups at 100 yards with a lueupold ar 1.5-4 x scope they are around $699 at cabelas and come with a red dot scope.
     
  9. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    That's the one
     
  10. Dengoose

    Dengoose Philomath New Member

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    RBid Wilsonville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Nextgenar nailed it.
     
  12. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    S&W Sport is very light, accurate, dependable. About $600. I've shot one and liked it. Felt like my M&P 15 only lighter.
     
  13. BigNickShooting

    BigNickShooting Centralia, WA Active Member

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    If he is very young I would recommend .22LR that looks like an M4 ... Colt M4, S&W MP22, or the sort. Ammo is cheap, with a good red dot you can go 50-75 yds with no problem, and he'll learn the ropes of a M4 carbine until he's old enough to handle a .223

    If you want a .223 go with Bushy's Carbon 15 ... very light .. I had one and was weighing 4 lbs. empty ...

    Just my 2c
     
  14. EmperorMA

    EmperorMA East Side of Lake WA Member

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    There you go. All metal.....no plastic. Great rifle for the money.

    You can always find some very nice "frankenrifles" for great prices that are often comprised of nicer parts than the low-end, name-brand rifles. I've bought a few of this ilk that were AMAZING ARs.
     
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  15. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I agree, but not the Colt M4, it has a less than stellar rep. Get the S&W MP22. They are about $425
     
  16. gearheadbill

    gearheadbill Everett area Member

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    I really appreciate all the advice. I've not really paid much attention to the world of AR's. Man, is there a lot of choices or what. I have ordered a New Frontier lower and am looking at DPMS upper through Midway USA; also one from Surplus Ammo in Lakewood, WA ($60-80 more). I'll be about $550 (including WSST) with no optics, sling or whatever else. I like the idea of "building" a rifle vs. something like a Carbon 15 or M&S Sport. Maybe learn something in the process.