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Buying first AR, need help.
« on: August 29, 2016, 01:43:45 pm »
Hi everyone.  I'm new to this board and need help.  I live in California and want to buy an AR before they are illegal.  My budget is under 900 so I was looking at a Ruger 556, S&W sport 2, or any comparable models.  I was about to buy the Ruger until I read a few complaints about them.  Do all brands have issues right now or is Ruger having specific quality issues?  Which brand do you recommend?  All info helps.  I'm wanting to order sometime very soon.  Thanks everyone.
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    Re: Buying first AR, need help.
    « Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016, 02:03:28 pm »
       I know a TON of people with the AR556.  I'd pick it any day over the M&P.   If you do have a problem, Ruger will take care of you.  And the ones I have seen have been very nice, and have a few features I do like.

       
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    « Reply #2 on: August 29, 2016, 02:24:10 pm »
    The Ruger 556 or the Sport 2 are both excellent rifles. 
    Either one is going to do well... So find a good deal on one or the other and take the money you save and buy a few spare magazine and lots of Ammo.

    Or...

    Find some AR Lower Receivers, buy them.   Buy a few, and you can finish them down the road.  And the money you save there, turn into Spare Mags and Ammo.
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    « Reply #3 on: August 29, 2016, 03:29:30 pm »
    I gotta agree with the build over buy.  AR's are truly tinker toys of the gun world, and you can save a good bit of money this way.
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    « Reply #4 on: August 29, 2016, 05:04:06 pm »
    Right now you can find a lower for under $100.  I'm not sure if California is the same.  You can theoretically build an AR for under $600.

    Take a look at http://www.joeboboutfitters.com/ or http://aeroprecisionusa.com and you can buy complete lowers and complete uppers if you don't want to tinker too much.   Once you get the lower, you can then decide what you want to do.
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    « Reply #5 on: August 29, 2016, 07:39:41 pm »
    What about Colt and Del-ton?  How do those compare to Ruger? 
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    « Reply #6 on: August 30, 2016, 10:29:29 am »
    You pay a good bit for the Colt name.  Nothing wrong with a 6920, but to me they seem to command a premium that is better spent in ammo.  I don't see how they are really any better than an AR556 from Ruger.

    Del-ton has a wide range of ar-15 models.  If you buy a cheap one you will have a gun that will run, and will be a good base as you learn what parts you actually wanted.  If you buy one of their more expensive models, then you will get better parts.  They may or may not be the ones you actually wanted.

    I would add this comment.  My first AR was a Rock River, about 10 years ago.  It was a great gun and it never gave me any issues.  But, after I had it, shot it, and started learning about who I was as an AR shooter, I found out I didn't like some of the parts.  It had a commercial buffer tube, not mil-spec.  It did not have a free float barrel, but typical front hand guards.  It had an A2-F front sight base, which was seen in the optic I mounted.  The gun would have done everything I ever needed an AR-15 to do, no doubt.  But it wasn't quite what I wanted.

    I sold it and got into M1 Garands with the proceeds.  Very happy I did.  And, as the AR bug came back, I knew enough the second time to build, and to buy multiple lowers.  Because I realized that I wanted several different guns in the AR platform.  An SPR, a 20" A2 Service Rifle build, a beater 16" carbine, a 300 blackout.  And next up will probably be a 6.5 grendel.  And then maybe a big bore small AR in 450 Bushmaster.

    You may be different than me, and than most AR guys I know.  You may be happy with the one you get.  But general joe AR buyer ends up with several, because they want incompatible things in their AR's.  A long range, short barreled, carbine length, scoped, iron sighted, big bore, cheap ammo, collapsible stock, light weight, has a bipod and flashlight, AR-15.  Some guys buy several and build out different guns.  Other guys use a quad rail to hang an entire cheaper than dirt catalog on their gun.

    I would suggest jumping in knowing this probably isn't a one gun venture.
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