This is a discussion on Choosing an AR-15: Which One & Why? within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; there's this: http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ml#post1411686...
High-Quality AR: Daniel Defense DDXV w/$250 Gift Card Rebate
Good-Quality AR: S&W "Deal" at CDNN
Average-Quality AR: CMMG Bargain Bin
Do It Yourself: Stripped Lower from Spikes Tactical for Half-Price
There's a price difference for a reason. Get the best you can afford.
I'm partial to Armalites.
You can get one of these right now off Gunbroker for $900
( carbine or rifle )
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"If I walk in the woods, I feel much more comfortable carrying a gun. What if you meet a bear in the woods that's going to attack you? You shoot it."
First read this website.
So you want to buy an AR-15, huh? - Police Forums & Law Enforcement Forums @ Officer.com
I learned more from this than anything. Then I chose differently than the author, but I knew why.
I picked a Colt, because I didn't want to wonder if a Colt would have been better. S&W is fine, Bushmaster is fine. But learn first.
I didn't know about chrome lined barrels, staked gas keys, magnetic particle testing, bolt carriers, buffers. The list goes on. I still don't know much, but the Colt was near the top of the list.
"There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you." William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)
Best Choices for Self Defense Ammunition
I voted Daniel Defense - with the $250 you can get a good rail system (or whatever else your heart's desire from DD is) and come out with a great rifle that's partly tricked out.
Out of all your poll options, this is the only one I'd look at - it's the only one that is built to the basic specs/testing/QC of the M4 TDP... Then again there's those on this forum that have all but called me retarded for wanting a rifle built to some kind of specification...
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The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare. -Thane Yost
I have 3 Spikes Tactical rifles. A .22, 9mm and 5.56 and they are as good or better than rifles costing significantly more. I shoot with a local PD and some of the officers have Colt and Noveske and they are envious of my Spikes rifles. One officer remarked that if he knew that the Spikes was going to be so damn perfect he would have kept the additional $800 in his pocket instead of getting the Noveske.
The 9mm and the 5.56
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