LMT Defender or M&P15T

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    LMT Defender or M&P15T

    Assuming equal price and limited funds (so no rails for a while for the LMT) which one works out to be the better deal.

    I understand how they rack and stack on the chart but are the differences worth a 300 dollar rail?

    Just looking for the best deal overall...Do I go for a solid basic rifle and build up from there or do I get a lesser quality on that's already tricked out with the stuff I want

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    I have been happy with my M&P15A. LMT has a good reputation.

    Not having the funds for your dream AR now. Getting a good base rifle, and building as funds permit. You may pay more in the long run but you will at least have a good rifle now just in case it hits the fan in 08.

    If you like railed hand guards you should check out JP's modular hanguard. I have one on my AR-10, and like it. Plus it cost less than the typical rail hand guard.
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    Yes, I'm trying to get a nice rifle before its illegal. I think LMT may be it.

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    The only thing keeping me away from the M&P15s is that the warranty is not lifetime, the LMT does, IIRC have a lifetime warranty.

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    LMT seems to be very highly spoken of.
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    The lifetime on the LMT is for a factory rifle, not a put together. Even as a mil guy I can save around 250 by getting the lower/upper vs getting the LEO deal from AR15sales.

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    I have handled both. The LMT is a better made weapon.
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    I am very happy with my M&P honestly. I guess you could get a better AR, but I can't guess as to what would be better about it.

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    For the same price I would get the LMT. Better fit & finish, tighter tolerances, proper stakes, etc.

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    LMT is a better choice. New chart:



    Why it matters:
    Comparison Chart of Major AR Brands - M4Carbine.net Forums

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    Do be aware about "Lifetime Warranties."

    Aarmalite will warranty the rife if it is the same configuration as it was when it was purchases. So if you change some part, even if it is not the cause of the failure, they will charge you for the repair.

    Don't know if all or any other manufacture dose this but be aware.
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    I seem that by the time you pay for the shipment of the rifle you could probably fix the problem yourself for less.

    This is why I'm buying the upper/lower separately. No tax...! but no warranty.

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    just sent funds for my first LMT. I am excited to see what a quality AR is like. My Bushmaster may be my beater / paint job gun!!

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    LMT every day of the week.

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