AR-15 recommendations

JeffDJeffD New MemberPosts: 8 New Member
Ok, I know this might start a war but here goes. I am looking at purchasing an AR-15 and I am looking for suggestions. One of the primary requirements must be reliability. I am not looking for "fancy" but rather a more "traditional standard" type weapon (accessories later maybe). I know this has been discussed at least 1743 (+/-) times but putting all of the information together would take a lifetime. I am looking for action type recommendations - brand/model - with a reasonably short reasoning and prices (approx. if you have it). I am only interested in 223/5.56 AR-15 platforms. Uses are HD, limited hunting, and target (plinking type). I will use this information to begin my research with. I currently use a Mossberg 500 (18.5) and Ruger LC9 for HD. This will be more of a fun gun and a sidekick to my Mini 14. Thanks in advance to all.

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  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Why did you think this topic would start a war? Plenty of AR owners here but not as rabid as AR15.com.

    Just about any AR these days are reliable out the box.....and prices vary by location and brand. A Bushmaster might be found cheaper in Georgia VS Colorado..........same rifle, just different economies.

    IMHO........if you pay over $1000 for an AR type rifle in .223..........you're either stupid or you have no choice. I've built a couple that push the $1200 mark.....but they are custom projects with all the bells and whistles that suit me. You can build a very basic AR for around $700 if you shop smart.
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • JeffDJeffD New Member Posts: 8 New Member
    Quick addition - I am not looking to build an AR but rather a currently available "out of the box" option.
  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,527 Senior Member
    Well being the owner of an Armalite AR-15 and a AR-10 this would be my recommendation .
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 9,357 Senior Member
    DPMS, the local boys in my neck of the woods.
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 8,452 Senior Member
    I have a Rock River, and so does my stepson. They are really nice IMHO and worth another $200 over the cheaper brands. There are some on Gunbroker for $800-$850...

    Otherwise, I would get a real Colt. You can even get a real COlt AR at Walmart...... at least you can around here.
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  • LerchessLerchess Senior Member Posts: 550 Senior Member
    You can't go wrong with a Colt 6920.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 7,312 Senior Member
    If you want basic check out DPMS.

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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 25,043 Senior Member
    Diver43 wrote: »
    If you want basic check out DPMS.

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    The list would be a lot shorter if you asked what to avoid. LOTS of good ones out there. Colt, RRA, DPMS, Stag Arms will all do what you need. Just look for a model you like at the price point you want it at.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,571 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    The list would be a lot shorter if you asked what to avoid. LOTS of good ones out there. Colt, RRA, DPMS, Stag Arms will all do what you need. Just look for a model you like at the price point you want it at.
    Yep :agree:

    Not real wild about the Double Star I have, it's got the loosest upper to lower fit of any of mine.

    For your stated purposes, I'd look for a H-Bar model, either "standard" or free-floating fore end and NOT a "quad rail", Flat top, and probably a low profile gas block.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • BarrydBarryd Member Posts: 186 Member
    I have a Del Ton that has given me good service.
    Barry
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Not real wild about the Double Star I have, it's got the loosest upper to lower fit of any of mine.

    Accuwedge fixes that. I have a Double Star upper (20" .9 barrel with integrated break) on a Bushmaster lower that shoots dime size holes with boring accuracy. My DPMS M-forgery is a Franken-gun made up of mostly DPMS and YHM parts.....this leaves me with an H-Bar A2 Bushy upper with no home........so you know what that means.......:tooth:
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,571 Senior Member
    Accuwedge fixes that. I have a Double Star upper (20" .9 barrel with integrated break)
    Not when the looseness is from the lower's dimensions around the FRONT pin :nono:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


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