Decisions, decisions....what is the "best" AR ?

Decisions, decisions....what is the "best" AR ?

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    Decisions, decisions....what is the "best" AR ?

    Hi guys. I am planning (hoping) to buy an AR within the next 6-8 months. I get a different answer on the best reasonably priced (~$1500) AR at each gun shop. I have been told Rock River, Olympic Arms, Bushmaster, and S&W are the best. The person suggesting Smith stated that they have a lifetime warranty...which I see as a plus. Basically, my priorities would be reliability, fit and finish, and then aesthetics, i.e. cool looks. When it comes to looks I want to have a collapsible stock, flash suppressor, and I would like to have some type of rail system...to add a front hand grip, laser and maybe a flashlight. At this point I'm looking for a .223. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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    The best AR is the one that you own. *grin*


    Seriously though, I've heard RRA is the company to beat.
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    I almost want say "buy a glock" just to be a snot.

    I have a bushmaster. You are going to get a bunch of different answers here, as does everytime this same question gets asked almost monthly.

    Most all of them are pretty good.
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    I'm a huge fan of RRA. Fit and finish is better than most, and wicked accurate right out of the box. I would stick to bigger main brands such as Bushmaster, Colt, RRA.
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    In no particular order - stick with -

    Armalite , Bushmaster,Colt.

    They all make ARs to suit your needs.
    They are all within your stated price range.
    They all adhere to the Highest MFG. Standards.
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    Colt, Rock River Arms, or Armalite are my picks. Especially the first two.
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    What is the best AR?

    I'd say, one with full auto. That's a bit out of your price range though.

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    $1500 is a lot for an AR... But not if you're buying a Colt. You can find them MUCH cheaper if you're going down the route of Bushmaster. Probably others, too, but I never looked at anything except BMs. I know you can find DPMS's for around 700-800 though.

    I just sold mine yesterday to another forum member for an absolutely SMOKIN deal. I paid $1050 after taxes for my XM-15E2S (M4-Type) when it was new... back in February.

    As for an opinion of the best... Hell you'll get forty opinions on that. Mine is either Bushmaster or RRA.
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    I would recommend a Bushmaster as that is what I chose. I like mine a lot!!
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    Had a Stag 15 3L .223 for awhile. Loved the looks, simplicity, reliability. As this had been my first AR-15 that I lived with for any great period of time, I finally came to the realization that the AR platform simply wasn't my cup of tea. Still, I came to appreciate how well-made the Stag is. Definitely should be on your list, particularly if you're looking to spend less than $1500.
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    The best? The ones with the gas piston are about 5% better than the non-gas piston ones.

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    When it comes to AR's it 's ABC ;Armalite,Bushmaster,Colt or what
    you own.I like crome line barrel and it's built in Maine where I live
    so I have a Bushmaster.

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    Think about building your own???

    I have a Bushmaster lower with a upper from a company called JT Distributing out of KY. I paid under 400.00 for a 16 in flat top bull barrel upper.
    It's going to be a tack driver once I get the optics sighted in. I made a group that could be covered with a 50 cent piece while sighting in.
    Of course, it was in the neck while I was aiming at the X...but...it shows what it can do with some more work. Once I get the C-More mounted and replace the BSA green dot I've got on it now.
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