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Old 07-15-2008, 09:20 PM
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More AR-15 info pls

Checked out 3 AR's today.
1st was made by Panther 835.00
2nd Smith and Wesson 1045.00
3rd Bushmaster 903.00

Any opinions out there on these 3 makers of this weapon?

Thanks,
Craig
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:26 PM
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well bushmasters are always good ...try looking into stag arms they make a good ar.......mine is all bushmaster except the lower witch is d.s.arms ....because i live in california we have the off list lower thing here where we have to have a 10 round fixed mag
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:28 PM
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personally i use a DPMS @ work, no issues at all we have 9 of them. we have 6 bushy's no issues. But some of the newer Bushy's have ejector issues but its an easy fix bout 5 bucks. THe smith is really nice i played with one the other day. they all shoot about the same. its just fit and finish and such.
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im assuming the panther was a DPMS. Out of the three you cant go wrong . get the one you like the best
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DPMS is great, Smith's are great too, Bushmaster - eh, they're not bad.

My choice would, was, with colt Of the three you listed I'd take the Panther first, then the smith, last choice (although still a good weapon) the bushmaster
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:38 PM
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to be honest all companies that make ar's are all the same ....they are a based on the same design all parts are interchanable ...like i said i have a dsa lower with bushmaster parts in it and a bushmaster upper ...so find one you like and get it
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they are not all the same. they are based on the same design. you can tell the difference, always go mil spec. Colt is great but hard to get, can never go wrong with a LMT (lewis machine and tool) awesome gun....Panther is great as well like i said i use a DPMS @ work with no issues
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to be honest all companies that make ar's are all the same ....they are a based on the same design all parts are interchanable ...like i said i have a dsa lower with bushmaster parts in it and a bushmaster upper ...so find one you like and get it
Same design? YES. Interchangable? YES. But not all parts that are interchangable and of the same design are made to the same QUALITY

I'm not tryin' to start any $h!t here, I'm just sayin', Some companies make good parts, some make great parts. IMO of course.
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personally i use a DPMS @ work, no issues at all we have 9 of them. we have 6 bushy's no issues. But some of the newer Bushy's have ejector issues but its an easy fix bout 5 bucks. THe smith is really nice i played with one the other day. they all shoot about the same. its just fit and finish and such.
what do you guys do to fix the bushmaster ejector issue?
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to be honest all companies that make ar's are all the same ....they are a based on the same design all parts are interchanable ...like i said i have a dsa lower with bushmaster parts in it and a bushmaster upper ...so find one you like and get it
in basic design, yes, but there is a difference in quality of the final product. For the basic sport shooter, there isn't much advantage, but in a duty role, there is a reason some manf. have contracts, and most do NOT. Of what was mentioned, the DPMS is prolly the best bang fo the buck. I have put 22 of them in service with the local PD here, no problems. In the last 4 years, I have seen only 2 BUshmasters come back, both with lose bbls. hard to say what caused it.

IMHO the best for the dollar is RRA, factory 2-stage trigger, Houge grip, oversize selector, unbeatable fit and finish, lifetime warranty and a pleasre to shoot.
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