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Need Advice on Purchasing First AR-15

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Shaka, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. Shaka

    Shaka Idaho New Member

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    I would like to purchase my first AR-15 within the next 2 months or so. I am looking for something that is a solid platform and would be suitable for an entry level shooter to the AR platform.

    After searching a bit and reading online, I think I am leaning towards purchasing the Ruger SR-556.

    My question is this: would that money, be better spent on another rifle if so which and why?

    Thanks!
     
  2. eldbillbo

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

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    You should use the board search engine this has been discussed many times.

    Hopefully this will be answered by someone with lots personal experience with both platforms .

    You should google SR-556 reviews .

    It has been reviewed and discussed on this board as well.
     
  3. Shaka

    Shaka Idaho New Member

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    I think you missed the part where I've already stated:

    ;)
     
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  4. billt

    billt Glendale, Arizona Active Member

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    While there is nothing "wrong" with the Ruger SR-556, you might be better off considering something else for your first purchase for several reasons. The Ruger is a gas piston operated weapon, not direct impingement. That means for the most part it is a proprietary system. If you stick with a D.I. gun like say Colt, Bushmaster, DPMS, Stag Arms, S&W, Rock River Arms, and several of the others, parts are interchangeable. Not to mention the weapon will be about one third cheaper.

    You can buy a nice AR-15 rifle now a days for around $800.00 without a lot of add ons. That is about $700.00 less than the Ruger. $700.00 will buy you a fairly nice scope and mounts, or a lot of ammo and other accessories. It's up to you, but with that kind of money you can do a lot. With the economy bad, and everyone spent out from the Christmas holidays, there are a lot of deals out there to be had. Take your time, check out a lot of places, and have fun shopping.
     
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  5. Shaka

    Shaka Idaho New Member

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    Excellent input, gives me a bit more to consider. Thank you sir!
     
  6. matt_w

    matt_w Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Just one persons opinion, but don't pay more than $800. You can get a rifle that will fit (probably) all of your needs for that much. ARs are very cheap right now, even for good ones.
     
  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Shouldn't have much of any problem or need another thread then should you?
    :thumbup:;)
     
  8. Hamtaro1085

    Hamtaro1085 Seattle, WA New Member

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    but what about high end companys like LMT or Noveske? you can get a DI gun that cost around 1500. From what I hear they are the best ARs around.
     
  9. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Three words:

    Vulcan


    And load it with:


    Straight killin mofos.
     
  10. datguy

    datguy Vancouver, WA Member

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    I was in your shoes a short month ago. I started out really wanting the Ruger. I liked the looks. I visited every gun shop from Albany to Seattle looking at AR's. Talked to a lot of people. Read a TON online. There are a few basic schools of thought on this stuff. In the end it comes down to this - buy what you want. It will be your rifle. You have to live with/enjoy or hate your purchase. So, get what you want. The advice above is very good advice. I wanted a gas piston AR. I arrived at this decision after helping a friend clean his DI rifle after a day at the range. He also has a gas piston AR. The DI gun took a lot more work to get really clean. To me, it is worth a little more cash for the piston system.

    When you ask for people's opinions, you are going to get their opinions and advice. I don't think you will be unhappy, at all with the Ruger. You could get the E model that is optics ready for $400 or so less and spend that money on optics. A couple of other very, very good options that I found on my journey..

    1. Curt's Discount Shooter's Supply has a very nice budget AR for about $600. Curt is very knowledgable and can give you a lot of info. I bought a few things for my rifle from Curt and couldn't be happier.

    2. MK Tactical in Hillsboro sells Black Rifle Company's rifles. BRC is in Clackamas, OR. The guys at MK were also very helpful. They have great prices.

    3. The guys from TNT Weaponry (they advertise here on NWFA) had a nice AR setup at the last gun show I went to. It was in the $600 range as well.

    All said and done, I am very happy with my rifle. There are plenty of guys on here (and other places on line) that will point out that I probably spent more than I needed to. I bought an LMT MRP gas piston rifle. I am very happy with it. I have put over a thousand rounds down range already. I love the rifle. I enjoy shooting it. It really got me back into shooting sports.
     
  11. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Holy crap $1500 on a ruger- you could pick up an LMT MRP for that kinda coinage and have a friggin TITS rifle!!!!
     
  12. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    While I have a personal preference for my Spike's Tactical middy, either of these recommendations would be a very good first AR and still leave some serious $ for a good optic.
     
  13. Toxic6

    Toxic6 Higher then a PDX hipster (~10,000 ft higher) Active Member

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  14. Eric911

    Eric911 WA Member

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    $1,500 gives you a lot to work with. First off, what role will this fill?
     
  15. billt

    billt Glendale, Arizona Active Member

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    $1,500.00 on the Ruger SR-556 rifle is MSRP. The street price on these guns runs around $1,100.00 to $1,200.00. I've seen Cabela's run sales on them cheaper than that.
     
  16. rds801

    rds801 Portland Member

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    When I was looking for my first AR I didn't have the money right away so I started by purchasing a LPK from PSA then waited for their lowers to go on sale for $50. Put the LPK and lower together and waited for a while then got a Spikes mid-length upper.
    $1500 can buy you a really nice AR. Have you looked at BCM?
     
  17. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up a S&W M&P15. I got it for $874 with free shipping and shipping insurance, but that was with my LEO discount.... I don't know how much they go for without the LEO discount. But it's a very nice M4 and it came with a rear flip up sight.... it's a flat top and it also came with one P-Mag. If you get something like the M&P15, you have a nice quality rifle and you still have money left over for ammo, mags, other stuff to pimp it out. You can also maybe get a decent red dot on it too.... like an EOTech 512 for $399 on aimsurplus.... just saying :)