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gordo993
01-21-2011, 10:11
I am researching the cost effectiveness of building an AR-15 set up the way I want it versus buying a complete AR and fine tuning it. Both ideas have positives and negatives, but my most pressing question involves Rock Rivers...

On their online catalog, the LAR-15 midlength can be had in either the A2 or A4 varieties. Aside from price - the A2 is $35 more than the A4 - and weight - the A2 is 7.5 lbs and the A4 is 7.1 lbs, what's the difference?

Tia!

WayaX
01-21-2011, 10:21
Different upper receiver. A2 has carrier handle built in A4 has a top rail. A4 would be better.

As far as buy or build....

You can build a better rifle. You can build rifle cheaper. You cannot build a better rifle cheaper.

The best deal right now is BCM as far as cost for quality. Don't let people fool you, not all AR's are built equally.

gordo993
01-21-2011, 12:37
What about the Smith & Wesson M&P-15? Or should I save up and go with the Ruger SR-556?

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

ColdBlooded
01-21-2011, 13:04
S&W makes good mid tier ARs. I like my carbine, and I have made a few mods. If I had to do it over again, I would look at building a midlength from Bravo Comp. I would get a Direct Impingement LMT before I bought the piston SR-556 if I was spending that kind of money.

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WayaX
01-21-2011, 13:24
What about the Smith & Wesson M&P-15? Or should I save up and go with the Ruger SR-556?

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

For the money the Smith is okay. The Ruger is not worth the price. For the money of the Ruger you could get a Noveske or a BCM with optics. Seriously though, look at BCM (bravo company manufacturing).