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#4513942 - 09/12/17 07:04 AM Which entry level AR is best?
callbay Offline


Registered: 05/29/05
Posts: 814
Loc: Ozark Mountains
I was thinking Ruger, Core, or DPMS but I am open to suggestion. I want to get one soon before the prices go back up.

Which would you buy and why.

Thanks guys.

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#4513953 - 09/12/17 07:13 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: callbay]
FordBroncoVWJeta Offline


Registered: 04/16/16
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Loc: KS
I've been looking at these two.
Smith and wesson is uner $500
https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/...ounds?a=1919678

Ruger AR-556 is under $500 too.

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/...ounds?a=1815207
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#4513955 - 09/12/17 07:16 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: callbay]
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Any currently produced AR-15 platform rifle from the major manufacturers is going to give you satisfactory service. You most likely are not going to put enough rounds through it where brand choice will make much, if any difference. Shop for the best price, and buy what you like. Prices are going to continue to remain low for the near future. As distributors are trying to unload a lot of inventory they stockpiled in anticipation of a different election outcome that never materialized.

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#4513992 - 09/12/17 08:05 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: callbay]
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I was looking at that S&W rifle in a local shop, I'll have to ask around about that Ruger at a similar price point...good info.
Paying the delta for a shop vs. online might be worth it for me as the salesman I talked to (former Marine) told me he'd show me how to break the rifle down and clean it...that would definitely be worth something to me.
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#4513997 - 09/12/17 08:07 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: callbay]
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Go shoot them all. Get the one you are most accurate with.
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#4514002 - 09/12/17 08:12 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: callbay]
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The problems with the AR is no one owns just 1.
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#4514040 - 09/12/17 08:46 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: callbay]
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I built several Palmetto State Armory AR kits in the last few years, both the Freedom series and Premium FN, CHF barrel kits. They are as good as good or better than any of the others!
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#4514072 - 09/12/17 09:17 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: billt460]
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Originally Posted By: billt460
Any currently produced AR-15 platform rifle from the major manufacturers is going to give you satisfactory service. You most likely are not going to put enough rounds through it where brand choice will make much, if any difference. Shop for the best price, and buy what you like. Prices are going to continue to remain low for the near future. As distributors are trying to unload a lot of inventory they stockpiled in anticipation of a different election outcome that never materialized.



This has been my understanding of it too.

Short of buying something that is hilariously cheaper than everything else, these things are basically a commodity item. That being said, the S&W ones are consistently popular and well-regarded in various tests. If you are skeptical about buying a no-name or "cheap" one, the S&W seems like a safe bet.
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#4514080 - 09/12/17 09:25 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: callbay]
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#4514086 - 09/12/17 09:36 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: EricG]
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Registered: 10/10/10
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Originally Posted By: EricG
I built several Palmetto State Armory AR kits in the last few years, both the Freedom series and Premium FN, CHF barrel kits. They are as good as good or better than any of the others!


Me too! Very happy with the mid-length gas, 18" CHF kit I did last year. Inexpensive way to get into an AR, while learning the details of its construction.
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#4514126 - 09/12/17 10:17 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: callbay]
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One other thing I would suggest regardless of which brand you buy. Be sure to field strip it, and lubricate all the parts liberally before shooting it. Most all AR-15 rifle manufacturers ship their weapons dry. I don't understand why they do this, but the fact is they do. AR-15 rifles like a lot of lube. So if you take the few minutes to break it down, and lube it up well, it will assure you a trouble free day at the range with your new rifle.




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#4514138 - 09/12/17 10:35 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: CT8]
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Registered: 02/09/15
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Originally Posted By: CT8
The problems with the AR is no one owns just 1.


? Reliability problems? smile So you need 5 of them to scrapheap one good out of them? grin
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#4514142 - 09/12/17 10:42 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: Kamele0N]
Astro14 Offline


Registered: 10/10/10
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Loc: Virginia Beach
Originally Posted By: Kamele0N
Originally Posted By: CT8
The problems with the AR is no one owns just 1.


? Reliability problems? smile So you need 5 of them to scrapheap one good out of them? grin


In Slovenia, you'll never know.

But, and I mean this, if you ever make it over here, I'll gladly take you shooting, and then, you'll understand...I only own two, but I've got four lowers waiting to be built...
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#4514154 - 09/12/17 10:51 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: CT8]
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Registered: 06/03/05
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Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
Originally Posted By: CT8
The problems with the AR is no one owns just 1.


Yup that is the truth. I think I have 10.
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#4514164 - 09/12/17 10:57 AM Re: Which entry level AR is best? [Re: callbay]
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I think the S&W M&P 15 is a great entry-level firearm.

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