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    Anyone own an AR-15?

    I am looking to buy an m-4 setup ar-15 and am looking for some suggestions. I currently own a mini-14.

    I am looking at the 800-1200 range and I am looking for something reliable. I have heard horror stories about guys buying parts or buying customs that were problematic.

    Any suggestions?

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    I just bought a Bushmaster M4 A3 a couple of days ago. I have not fired it yet but from comments here and on other fourums it seems the concensus is the Bushmaster is one of several brands you can't go wrong with. I like the removable carry handle with the A3 which gives me more options if I decide to mount optics down the road. I paid $916 for mine. I'll post a range report as soon as I get a chance to put some rounds through it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craze View Post
    I just bought a Bushmaster M4 A3 a couple of days ago. I have not fired it yet but from comments here and on other fourums it seems the concensus is the Bushmaster is one of several brands you can't go wrong with. I like the removable carry handle with the A3 which gives me more options if I decide to mount optics down the road. I paid $916 for mine. I'll post a range report as soon as I get a chance to put some rounds through it.
    Did you buy it local or online?

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    Man, all I have to say is you guys are blessed to be able to buy these. In Kalifornia we are stuck with the non-removable ten round mag.
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    I bought it through Davidson's gallery of guns. They work with local participating dealers in your area. Basically you put %25 down and they ship it to a dealer in your area where you pay the balance and fill out the paperwork. It was my first purchase this way. All went very well. I ordered it at lunch at work on Tuesday and picked it up from my dealer on Wednesday evening. This is the link.
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    Thanks a lot craze!

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    http://www.combatcarry.com/vbulletin...ad.php?t=23938

    That thread has some pretty good AR info. A lot of the reliability problems can come from people building their own, get one from one of the reputable dealers. RRA, Bushmaster, and S&W all seem to put out nice rifles.

    I would get one with a removable handle or no handle for the ease of installing optics, and also make sure it was for 5.56 instead of .223. There are tons of options available, so find a model from a good maker that fits your needs and price range.
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    A friend of mine, who works at a store and sells a lot of AR's, recommended the S&W, which I bought and really like, or Stag arms. Bushmaster does seem to be a good value, while Rock River seems about the most expensive and trendy right now. Check out AR15.com for some more research if you haven't already.
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    I ended up with the S&W 15T and am really happy so far. Accurate and reliable through 500 rounds. Good luck with the search. Oh, and I second what buckeye said about getting 5.56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craze View Post
    I bought it through Davidson's gallery of guns. They work with local participating dealers in your area. Basically you put %25 down and they ship it to a dealer in your area where you pay the balance and fill out the paperwork. It was my first purchase this way. All went very well. I ordered it at lunch at work on Tuesday and picked it up from my dealer on Wednesday evening. This is the link.
    http://www.galleryofguns.com/
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    http://www.combatcarry.com/vbulletin...ad.php?t=23938

    That thread has some pretty good AR info. A lot of the reliability problems can come from people building their own, get one from one of the reputable dealers. RRA, Bushmaster, and S&W all seem to put out nice rifles.

    I would get one with a removable handle or no handle for the ease of installing optics, and also make sure it was for 5.56 instead of .223. There are tons of options available, so find a model from a good maker that fits your needs and price range.
    As long as the weapon is rated to fire the higher velocity/pressured 5.56 round then it can fire both.

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    Yes if its chambered for 5.56 then your good to go with .223 as well.
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    love my pantherII by DPMS!!

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    This is good info. I have not been to AR-15.com because everyone there is biased hardcore AR fans. I ask on my other forums so I can get a clear response.

    It is like asking if I should buy a 1911 on a 1911 forum :)

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    I've got a bushy... It's been a good, solid rifle. I bought it slightly used, and have put a good number of rounds through it over the last 2 years, with 0 problems. Bushmaster has gotten mighty proud of their rifles over the last few years. Used to be a solid quality to price basis for a bushy, but it has disappeared.

    If I were going to buy a new one, I'd buy a DPMS. They seem to be the best quality for the money now. Parts are every bit as good as anyone else's, at a lower cost than the high end.

    Then you'll always find a few true Colt believers that will tell you that if it don't have that magic prancing pony, it's got to be junk...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugerman View Post
    Man, all I have to say is you guys are blessed to be able to buy these. In Kalifornia we are stuck with the non-removable ten round mag.
    Huh? Non removable? How the h3!! do you load it...?
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    I think the California AR have to be partially disassembled and top loaded.

    I bought my lower (RRA) pre-assembled, then mated it with an upper from Model 1. If you want it to be semi-customized, that's the easiest way.
    I really don't like the "M-4" style ARs for these reasons:
    1. The M-4 has a 14" barrel, the M-4gery has a 16"
    2. The sight radius is shorter than it really needs to be
    3. The only reason for the shorter handguards on a real M-4 is attachment of a bayonet. My theory is the barrel length was specifically picked so they could use the XM-177 handguards and the M-9 bayonet.
    4. It limits potential rail space, and provides less grip area.

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