Which Choice for New AR

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    Which Choice for New AR

    I've decided to get on of the AR variants. Three that I was looking at were the DPMS $600, Sig Sauer M400 $900, and Colt M4 $1100. Which one of these would you choose or do you have other suggestions. Also, I was wondering if on the AR variants are the parts are interchangeable or does each company have it's own design. Probably a stupid question but I'm just starting to look at these.

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    I'll preface my remarks by saying I do NOT own an AR platform yet, but I'm going to get a Colt. I carried both an M16A1 and later an M4 for my Uncle Sam and those Colts served me well. I also own two Colt 1911's so this 3-gun set,if you will, will go to my paratrooper son one day(hopefully a long time from now!-LOL)
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    What is your budget for the rifle? Probably the first question you need to answer.
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    Out of those three, with money being no object, the Colt wins hands-down. It is far more durable than either of the other two, though the SIG isn't terrible. The $600 DPMS...well at least the price is about right on it. If you just want a plinker it'll be fine; if you want something that can take some serious use, and is just as much fun out on the range for some casual shooting, the Colt is what you want. The SIG includes a commercial bolt carrier, has an odd barrel profile, and they are pretty new to making the ARs. If you're considering them, I would just cough up a little more and get the (much) better Colt rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khukuri View Post
    I've decided to get on of the AR variants. Three that I was looking at were the DPMS $600, Sig Sauer M400 $900, and Colt M4 $1100. Which one of these would you choose or do you have other suggestions. Also, I was wondering if on the AR variants are the parts are interchangeable or does each company have it's own design. Probably a stupid question but I'm just starting to look at these.
    I'd go with the Sig or Colt. I've seen great reviews for both, and you probably have higher-quality parts in those than the DPMS. The parts are interchangeable, Colt is no longer making its uppers and lowers with weird pin sizes just 'cuz - they use the same size stuff as everybody else.

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    Look no further: http://www.gandrtactical.com/cgi-bin...ction&key=6920

    I've actually seen them at Walmart for a comparable price.

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    What about Windham and bushmaster. I saw them for $800 and $900. It was strange at Walmart because they have a case full of all different kinds of ARs and a big center display of bulk 223 ammo. I'm noticing though besides price theres differences in features like sights, scopes, handles, etc

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    Out of the 3 I'd pick Colt. But I would seriously take a look @ Spikes tactical I have a few of them and they are all flawless.

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    With prices for Colts right now, Colt hands down. Spend the $100-$200 more and get a better gun. 6920s under a grand is ridiculous.
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    Dont know what your budget is, but I recently picked up a Stag Arms Model 2 T. T meaning tactical, Quad rail, 40L MOA .75 Low profile Flip up site ($120.00 alone) etc. I paid about $1,000.00 If your not too concerned about the rail space, you can pick one up for about $800.00 . I'm in love with this rifle. Solid
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    Colt is the glock koolaid of the AR world.

    My AR is a Frankenstein of sorts with parts from half a dozen manufacturers, that being said the important ones (bolt and bolt carrier group are Colt and barrel is Daniel defense) are from reputable companies.

    Look in to Daniel defense or bravo company machine (BCM) as well, very high quality parts and guns.

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    There's BCM and PSA for about the same price point as the Sig, and much better quality. Troy Industries kicked one out this year (can be found at Dick's Sporting Goods) for $1000ish - a pretty sweet deal given all it comes with, and all reports thus far seem to be very positive (although the two that I molested had excessive play in the integrated front flip up sight).

    If your goal is a rifle to only run 500 rounds a year through at the range and nothing more, then you would be fine with the other brands or rifles under the $700 value (Bushmaster, CMMG, DPMS...), though I would still recommend paying the $$$ and getting a high end rifle. Holds the value better, and reliable if you choose to put it to more work. Refer to the sticky on M4 comparison chart to see what you are really getting.
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    Take a look at the Smith and Wesson M&P 15 Sport, it's a very good mid tier AR and you could use the money you save to trick it out and buy ammo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by longhornfan6 View Post
    Take a look at the Smith and Wesson M&P 15 Sport, it's a very good mid tier AR and you could use the money you save to trick it out and buy ammo.


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    Are these the same design as the other AR and accept the same parts and accessories?

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    I vote Windham, I have the SRC and love it!
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