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Old 01-21-2011, 14:31   #1
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Looking to get an AR

Hey all,

I'm interested in joining the black rifle club, but want to do so without breaking the bank. Does anyone have any suggestions of some good bang for the buck brands of rifles? I'm quite technically capable, so building one from parts is an option also. Would a used AR be better to start with? A kit? As with most things, I know that you get what you pay for, but I'd like to keep the cost down as low as possible since this would largely be a hobby project for range and plinking use. I am somewhat familiar with the design, but don't have any hands on experience. Any info or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 01-21-2011, 14:34   #2
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What's your budget?

What is the rifle's intended use?
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Old 01-21-2011, 14:44   #3
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Budget I'd say is in the $500 to $800 range.

Use will be mostly range/plinking and maybe some occasional varmint hunting.

I've just always been facinated with the design and would like to own one. More of a glorified toy than a practical tool for me.
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Old 01-21-2011, 14:46   #4
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The "I'm new please tell me what to buy" threads are becoming really common. Use the search function and check out the existing threads on this overly vague and over done topic.
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Old 01-21-2011, 14:51   #5
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^This. Search my posts. You should find a ton on what I have recommended to others. Do research. Don't settle.

BCM, DD...

Cheaper to buy separate upper and lower.
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Old 01-21-2011, 15:25   #6
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Maybe this will help you in making your selection:

http://forums.officer.com/forums/sho...y-an-AR-15-huh

Even if your rifle is just for "fun" there are things one should consider, and this may help you do that.

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Old 01-21-2011, 17:38   #7
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Maybe this will help you in making your selection:

http://forums.officer.com/forums/sho...y-an-AR-15-huh

Even if your rifle is just for "fun" there are things one should consider, and this may help you do that.

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Very informative link
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Old 01-21-2011, 22:45   #8
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Very informative link
I've always been meaning to keep that bookmarked. It really is a great bit of information and it's a bit more helpful than just throwing the dreaded "chart" at new people.
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Old 01-21-2011, 23:07   #9
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There are several very good rifles out there just look around, and don't just settle for anything. Make sure its the best rifle for the price. If you have a question ask. Don't just assume you know what you are looking is right.
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Old 01-22-2011, 00:48   #10
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Spike's Tactical M4LE-$799.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:49   #11
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The top tier Spikes for only $799 is a very hard deal to pass up.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:38   #12
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The Spikes for only $799 is a very hard deal to pass up.
The midlength is a harder deal to pass up
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:31   #13
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I usually vote for the Smith and Wesson M&P 15 as a first AR that won't break the bank.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:38   #14
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The top tier Spikes for only $799 is a very hard deal to pass up.
For a little more a BCM or DD could be had.

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The midlength is a harder deal to pass up
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Old 01-22-2011, 16:12   #15
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For a little more a BCM or DD could be had.



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The BCM would be better and only $50 or so more than the Spikes.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:56   #16
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definitely not a dpms
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:51   #17
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I built mine in an effort to save money, and get the parts I wanted. But be warned, your budget will go the way of the DoDo Bird once you get it....they don't call it the Black Rifle Disease for nothing.

BCM uppers can be had for a decent amount....then just add the standard handguards....rails add $$$$$

Find yourself a deal on a lower....even a blem lower from a quality company like BCM will look damn good and cost you less without taking away from function.

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Old 01-25-2011, 13:07   #18
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I built mine from scratch as well and it is true when you start its hard to stop. My first step total cost was $600 for a functional AR15 which could be stored in a trunk for long periods of time and still work when I pulled the trigger. after about a year later, I'm about $1K into it with all accessories and case. Including mags and I'm about to buy a tac light.
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Spike's Tactical M4LE-$799.
Where did you fine one for that price? That sounds like a really nice deal.
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