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Old 07-05-2011, 01:18 PM
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What of type of AR?

So I am looking for an AR-15, but not too sure which manufacture to go with. Right now I can get a brand new Bushmaster AR-15 LE for $800. Is that a good deal to go with or no?
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good price! my shop has them for 940.00
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Depends on the type of shooting you'll be doing, and what you expect out of the gun.

If you just plan on having a nice gun to take to the range and make noise with, the Bushmaster, especially for $800, will suit you fine. Keep in mind that Bushmaster is technically no longer in business, so you may run into issues should you need warranty work.
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all i can say is that i have alot of money in my and i really wish i had gone with a piston operated AR but i have a bushmast with a LeRue tactical upper pmag stock pistol grip a eotech optic custom charging handle and lighter trigger lazer and light on it all said and done i have about 5500 in it haha but with the 11'' barrel i can put five round in a nickel at 300 yards
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:24 PM
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Main purpose would be to go to the range with. And of course to use during inevitable zombie apocalypse.
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Are Rock River Arms Operator2 series any good?
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I built two. First was a "complete rifle kit" minus stripped lower (which I got for $100. This is the part with the serial number, "The gun" legally, and the part you pay the gun tax on, so the smaller you get it the lower your tax) I got a Stag lower but there are many MilSpec makers (or rather, vendors- I guess there's only a couple of companies that actually "make" them, then put other names on them) and the kit was made up of Viet-Nam and later parts, I wanted the lighter 20" A1 barrel that came in the kit, didn't particularly care about twist so 12:1 was fine, for shooting milsurp 55gr that was just right anyway. They used an upper with A2 sights, not what I would have preferred but acceptable (and most people would prefer it). I'm not remembering or finding easily where I got the kit from but it was in the neighborhood of $300 several years ago, I'd suspect $500 these days. As long as you're using milspec it doesn't matter whether you buy it as a kit, you could assemble the parts you want from different sources, that's what I did with my second one- I wanted a lightweight 9:1 mid-length and a slick-side upper for that one. It cost more in the end but it was precisely what I wanted. Just an old-school carbine without all that tactical-Tommy crap hanging off it, built to carry, not for bench shooting.

You'll need a hundred bucks worth of tools, I personally don't count that as part of the cost of the rifle since I can re-use them or sell them and still have the rifles. You can borrow them or do a group-purchase if you have friends who want their own too.

Assembling the lower is an absolute piece of cake, many say you should just buy the upper already assembled but I'm glad I did my own. And of course you can swap uppers.

AR15.com is where you start, they have specific instructions with pictures, you really can do it. You may not save much $ on the first one but you get exactly what you want and you know how it's put together, to me that's worth something.
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Are Rock River Arms Operator2 series any good?
RRA makes pretty decent ARs as well. But honestly, for your intended purpose and the cost of that Bushmaster, it'd be really hard to beat. My cheapest AR cost me around $800, and I built it with mostly used parts, and not even high quality used parts at that.
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IMHO:

Ruger SR-556 is one of the best AR-15 platforms out there, Made in the USA, and comes fully loaded. The only thing you need it the 100 rd double drum and a scope/red dot.

I had one, put hundreds, if not thousands of rounds through it, never jammed. Those piston systems are something else.

I miss that gun.
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So I am looking for an AR-15, but not too sure which manufacture to go with. Right now I can get a brand new Bushmaster AR-15 LE for $800. Is that a good deal to go with or no?
Build your own. If your close I could help. [/IMG]


I have about $525 in this. Delton 16" upper with Double Star lower.

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