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I am looking to purchase my first AR. So far I am I am interested in a Bushy c15, because of the decreased weight. I am at the beginning of my research so please share you opinions.



What recommendations do you have for a good value AR and why?



What features should I look for?



What should I avoid
 

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I have the Bushmaster XM 15 . I chose it because it offers a lot of the features I wanted and a lot of versatility for future add ons

You might want to think about what you are going to use it for. And work from there.
If you are looking for target AR, you should consider match grade. If you want an HD/ Plinker You might want to look at ones that offer rails or flat tops.

Also there is the build your own option.

Good luck.
 

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You have excellent suggestions thus far. I would have given you two out of three of the same links the above poster has given, and I'll agree with varob on the Bushmaster rifles. I'm on my fourth one near as I can remember, and I've traded up to what I really wanted and stuck with them. Excellent customer support (if you need it). Flawless functioning with magazines and ammo in good condition (you need to do your part). Closest thing to my former M16 while under the employ of our federal government, familiar in that way, fully fit and operational with good fit and finish. All I need is the basics to survive, and if my life is on the line with my Bushmaster, then that's where I'm at. Best "value" in my opinion for what you'll get.
 

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I have a Bushmaster too with 16in heavy barrel
Mine does not have a flat top but wish it did.
Its been very reliable. If you get one I would suggest
putting on a telescopic stock and a flashlight grip on the forend rail
just to name a few add ons
 

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As mentioned there are a lot of good values out there as in the Bushmaster, but also check the DPMS for a quality M4 as well. Good luck in your quest.

Remember --- Front Sight
 

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Best AR's...
Colt, Noveske, BCM, Larue, LMT, Daniel Defense, Sabre Defence, FN...

OK AR's...
Stag, Bushmaster, Smith and Wesson, Rock River...

AR's to stay away from...
Oly Arms, DPMS, CMMG...

Get an AR that's as close to mil-spec as possible. Anything less is exactly that. Enough research on your behalf will prove this advise to be absolutely true. Check with the pro's on M4carbine.net and verify my post.

Good luck in your choice.
 

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DPMS makes EXCELLENT AR's, and they're reasonably priced.
 

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First off, let me state that I am not an AR-15 fan.

I have used one at work for the two agencies I have worked for. With that said, both have been Colt. Earlier this year I wanted to get an AR so that I could train on my own time. I can't use the agency's guns for personal training, so I had to buy my own.

I decided to get the same thing I use at work, the Colt 6920. Besides being what I use at work, I know that it is Mil-Spec, well made, reliable, has good warranty service and most important to me, holds it's value better than any of the others I was looking at.

There is truth to the old statement, "You get what you pay for." Now that I have the Colt, I may buy a second AR just "because". I'm not as concerned about the second one being "all that and a bag of chips". So I may get something a little less exspensive, but also a little less quality.

Get the Colt, you won't be sorry.

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All AR15's are "parts guns" meaning that even Colt buys their parts from another vendor. I do not believe that Colt manufactures anything. They assemble and do the Quality checking, which is what you pay for. If you do enough research, you could probably build your own weapon, with as good of quality, for less.

Personally, I built mine from a Superior Arms lower and an LMT upper and have been very happy.
 

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My 2 cents:

I love the carry handle on top

I like a lightweight rifle that can fire both .223 and 5.56mm

I would want rails on it

I would definately want an adjustable (collapsable) stock

I would want the ability to add optics, laser, light, bayonet, silencer

Any color as long as it is black

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All ARs may be "parts guns", but each company sets the standards on what parts they will allow on their rifle and how they are assembled. The drunk monkeys at DPMS and Oly do not have the same standards as the guys at Colt, BCM, or LMT.

Personally, I'd read up a lot at m4carbine.net and find out what's important to you. Those guys run their guns for a living and know what works and what doesn't.

What they seem to be recommending most lately (especially since it's in the same price bracket as lesser Bushy rifles) are the following:

BCM 16" Mid-Length Complete Rifle at G&R Tactical

BCM 16" M4 Complete Rifle at G&R Tactical

Daniel Defense XV M4 Carbine at G&R Tactical

Daniel Defense 16" M4 at G&R Tactical
 

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The LMT Bolt Carrier group is probably the best deal on the market. Particularly the Full auto version. ( A bit beefier, legal for normal ARs)
 

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I built a Spikes Tactical dedicated 5.56 AR from 100% Spikes parts and it is flawless. Excellent build quality and component quality. I am currently building a Spikes dedicated 9mm AR and once again I am truly BLOWN AWAY by the build quality. Since the 9mm variant does not use the gas impingement system, thus no need for a gas tube, the Spikes 9mm upper is milled out of a solid billet of aluminum. Everything about the gun so far screams quality. The new Spikes 9mm magazine well adapter is also the best I've seen so far. It accommodates a wide variety of magazines and has a very attractive price point. I'm waiting for a few more parts to arrive before I get it assembled. Range report to follow...
 

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I just purchased my first AR and I wanted something that was built with quality parts and ready to rock right out of the box. This is what I ended up with....

DDM4


DDM4.COM - Daniel Defense M4 Carbine

very light, nicely built rifle. It fit my needs and the price was right. Now that I have one to shoot, I can take my time building another one myself. Most likely a SBR.

I'm now hunting for optics.. (or should I say , saving up for? :icon_neutral:) freakin optics cost as much as the gun! ugh.
 

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I bought a DPMS a few months ago and I'm very happy with my purchase. No jams, no feeding issues and very accurate. I'm able to place tight groups with my iron sights at 100 yards. And mine cost a fraction of the price of my friends' ARs.
Whatever you decide to get just remember to always run the bolt wet.
 

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I am with the belief that AR's are parts guns. While I think Colt is a good brand, most are way overpriced compared to other top tier manufacturers.

I personally like to mix and match parts. I love my Spike's lower and have looked at many other brands. They are just nice and are well made. Here is an example of a new one that was just finished.

http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulletin/defensive-carry-guns/86187-obama-made-me-do-my-new-dc-gun.html#post1290690

To me you can't go too wrong with the major brands if you know what you want and what to buy.

Examples

Daniel Defense
Stag
Spike's
Rock River
DPMS
Armalite
S&W
 

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I recently purchased a Daniel Defense lower and upper for an SBR build. I'm really impressed by the workmanship.

The lower mates with my Colt upper better than my Colt lower does! I also really like the flared magwell.

Aesthetically, I like that the "roll mark" is milled instead of stamped and it has "FIRE" and "SAFE" engraved on the right side. There were a few blemishes but nothing major and I've already added quite a few more. :)

If I was going to buy a new complete rifle today, it'd probably be one from Daniel Defense. If you want a KISS, Colt 6920 style rifle, the DDXV is an excellent alternative. It has their slick iron sight instead of a carry handle. In this way, it is ready for an optic:

Daniel Defense, Inc | Browse | Rifles | DDXV

But I spent a lot of money to turn a Colt 6920 into something that looks a lot like the Daniel Defense M4:

Daniel Defense, Inc | Browse | Rifles | M4 Carbine

Both are super reasonably priced. IMHO, Daniel Defense gives the best QUALITY:pRICE ratio at the moment.
 
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