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Old 08-10-2020, 11:11 AM
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I own plenty of guns, but not an AR-15.. Made a commitment to get one before this election. I'm not looking to do any crazy builds or anything like I see people doing. I just want a decent one that shoots .223/5.56 NATO. Have my eye on the S&W M&P15. Opinions? Wanna stay under $1000. Thanks
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Problem is finding one without a long wait.
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The S&W is fine or a Palmetto State Armory either one...Not a Fan of Ruger or Sigs as they tend to do proprietary stuff to their rifle, making some of the weapon not standard mil spec and easily fixed by the owner..
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Originally Posted by Manoverboard123 View Post
I own plenty of guns, but not an AR-15.. Made a commitment to get one before this election. I'm not looking to do any crazy builds or anything like I see people doing. I just want a decent one that shoots .223/5.56 NATO. Have my eye on the S&W M&P15. Opinions? Wanna stay under $1000. Thanks
The M&P is a good no-frills rifle. If it's available at a reasonable price, go for it.
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The S&W is fine or a Palmetto State Armory either one...Not a Fan of Ruger or Sigs as they tend to do proprietary stuff to their rifle, making some of the weapon not standard mil spec and easily fixed by the owner..
Totally agree. Get a basic rifle that roughly conforms to the original design and rock on.
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Windham Weaponry.
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Thanks so far guys. I've heard good things about it, no thrills but solid.. And that's what I want
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I have had great luck with DPMS for a well priced entry level AR platform and then made it how I wanted from there .
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I have had great luck with DPMS for a well priced entry level AR platform and then made it how I wanted from there .
I was thinking of that one, just never heard much about them
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PSA has a few of em on their site as of now. A few are pistols. They are PSA builds. They are out of stock on Colts as is Bud's Guns.


https://palmettostatearmory.com/ar-15/ar15-guns.html
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Originally Posted by reelin in the keys View Post
I have had great luck with DPMS for a well priced entry level AR platform and then made it how I wanted from there .
They are good, my dept had many as our long gun for years, very few issues, very reliable..i own one of their AR 10s...
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Originally Posted by reelin in the keys View Post
I have had great luck with DPMS for a well priced entry level AR platform and then made it how I wanted from there .
Me too got one under $500 a few years back, changed the trigger, added a scope and it goes bang every time. Or at least it did, before losing it in that tragic boating accident...
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I've got a PSA and a Savage Patrol...PSA has fluted match barrel that adds a good bit of weight to the gun. It's a good gun, but I'm surprised at how much I like the Savage. I did luck up and get it for sub $400, IIRC, when Gander had a few ARs left when they finally got to the 40% off firearms part of the store closing sale. That was a good month for gun purchases for me

Just looked at the receipt...$377
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i currently have a PSA and it is pretty nice gun, looks good and have not had a malfunction yet.

however, i find that i just dont use it. maybe its just the old farm boy coming out in me, but id rather have my Remington 223 or my savage 22-250! obviously the AR is going to have a larger mag capacity, other than that, those are my comfort guns. and yes the AR can be in 223 caliber, but your not going to reach out and touch with a STANDARD off the shelf AR like a redneck and his hunting rifle!

i thought i would like the AR for coyotes, i found i do not!
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I have a custom upper for sale in .300 BO. Not sure where you live but it needs to be made into a pistol since it’s 7.5” barrel.
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I just picked up a Springfield Armory Saint Victor....very nice action. Was about $1100
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
i currently have a PSA and it is pretty nice gun, looks good and have not had a malfunction yet.

however, i find that i just dont use it. maybe its just the old farm boy coming out in me, but id rather have my Remington 223 or my savage 22-250! obviously the AR is going to have a larger mag capacity, other than that, those are my comfort guns. and yes the AR can be in 223 caliber, but your not going to reach out and touch with a STANDARD off the shelf AR like a redneck and his hunting rifle!

i thought i would like the AR for coyotes, i found i do not!
Not gonna use it for hunting..

Again, wanting to buy one before this election ought to show why I want one!
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I have 2 stags, couldn't be happier.

Should be able to pick up the basics for under 1k.
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Go with the suggestions above. For under 1K you can get a version with free float rail (no A2 sight). It makes a big difference in accuracy and will be optics ready. You will want red dot and/or scope eventually.
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PSA Builds a budget AR. That’s why they are cheap. Standard barrel, standard bolt, Gas block has no loctite, the barrel is not dimpled and has a standard trigger with 6lb+ of pull. Their guns will work and go bang every time you pull the trigger, but they are budget guns. Buy once, cry once.

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