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First AR- suggestions?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by JAS104, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. JAS104

    JAS104 NRA Life Member

    Apr 2, 2012
    So I'm buying my first AR next month from my LGS... Any suggestions? Appreciate the input.

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  2. glockin-45


    Feb 24, 2009
    North Carolina
    Good to hear,i just got one and am new to the format. But not as hard as i thought. Just ask questions,as you are, learn your gun,and have fun.Which one you getting?:cool:

  3. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    What are you going to use it for? Until you give us some ideas of what you want to do with it, it's going to be very difficult to give you solid advice.

    This same subject comes up on a very regular basis, so I would suggest going back through the most recent 5 or 6 pages worth of threads, and doing some reading. Get an idea of what people have suggested in the past, what YOU want to do with an AR, and get back to us.
  4. bullittmcqueen

    bullittmcqueen Gunfighter

    Feb 18, 2011
    Leesburg, GA

    It sounds like you have a LOT of reading to do. I would start with the sticky threads at the top of the forums on
  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
  6. PaLEOjd


    Jun 1, 2010
    How much money are you looking to spend?
    What will you be using the AR for?
    What makes/models does your local guy stock?
    Carbine or mid Length?
    DI or Piston?

    BEFORE you buy, make sure you read as much information as you can and educate yourself.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2013
  7. MARSH1

    MARSH1 Dealer Silver Member

    May 21, 2007
    If you are committed to your LGS we need to know what brands they have available, to give you input.
  8. JerryVO


    Oct 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    This. I was in the same situation about a year ago and asked the same question. It is definitely not like asking which glock. There is so much variety in form and function research is a must. I ended up deciding to build my own to get exactly what I want as buying a base model and adding what I wanted would have between a few hundred more. It was very easy and the cost of the few tools i needed to buy was minimal.

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  9. iLift45's


    Jan 29, 2011
    Daniel Defense is a great company! Love mine.
  10. Crazy KD

    Crazy KD

    Apr 25, 2009
    Lowcountry of SC
    If you have the time call Brownells and have them send you their AR catalog. It's free. That will have pictures of ARs with tons of accessories mounted on them. Then you can use your google foo to play around researching them. What you may discover is you want to customize your AR. When you start that process it is cheaper to build your own rifle. That is what I did. I started out looking at the Colt complete rifle, but quickly changed to a PSA lower that I built with Magpul accessories and a BCM upper/BCG.

    The wild card is availability. Getting a BCM upper and BCG might not be that easy vs. finding a complete rifle right now. If you are not in a hurry then you just buy a piece at a time.

    I am a mechanically inclined individual, but before this I had never done any work on my firearms other than disassembly / cleaning. It isn't that hard to assemble a lower.
  11. Crazy KD

    Crazy KD

    Apr 25, 2009
    Lowcountry of SC
    The first question you will have to answer is what twist rate....1/7, 1/8, or 1/9. Use your google foo as this alone will completely side track this thread.
  12. WinterWizard


    Jan 17, 2012
    The best brand of AR-15 right now is the Wait-9-To-12-Months-For-Things-Cool-Down-And-Don't-Get-Raped-On-Price-Or-Selection model. I heard it's your best option right now from my brother's friend's sister's uncle.
  13. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida

    Fortunately, prices online have plummeted recently. A lot of local shops are still charging an arm and a leg, though.
  14. wired1


    Apr 24, 2013
    LWRC. Expensive but you get what you pay for. No comparison between my Rock River Arms to my LWRC SPR. I can burn through 50 rounds in a matter of minutes and the barrel is cool and the follow up shots are easier to acquire and no mess.

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  15. Gunnut 45/454

    Gunnut 45/454

    Jun 20, 2002
    I highly doupt his LGS has a LWRC!!:faint: And I'd bet there months wait time for them to build one!:upeyes:

    Tell us what the LGS has an then we can help! Most likely they are stripped down basic rifles- as most LGS don't sell optics with the AR's. :supergrin:
  16. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    To prevent buyers alot before you buy.

    Know why an AR15 made by Vulcan, Hesse or Blackthorne costs so much less than a Colt, Daniel Defense, BCM, PSA, M&P etc etc.

    Know the pros & cons of direct impingement vs piston systems.

    Know that an expensive gun with exotic materials and parts wont make you better. Titanium, carbon fiber etc etc mean nothing if you dont have good trigger time.

    Buy the right tool for the job. You wouldnt use a hammer to swat a fly right?
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2013
  17. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    Depends on how badly I want the fly dead, and how much I care about smashing whatever the fly is sitting on...

  18. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
  19. sierrafast

    sierrafast Coleccionista

    Apr 20, 2007
    Southern TX
    Great advice. I will also be in the market soon when the market is flooded with used ones.
  20. WayaX

    WayaX Lifetime Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    If I were in the market right now, I'd do one of 3 things:

    1. Put your name on the DD rifle-builder waiting list. When your number is up, if you haven't found anything else, you can go this route. Read up a lot so you know what you're ordering.

    2. Scout local Wal-marts for a Colt.

    3. Set-up notifications with and put together a lower (check with, then buy an upper from Bravo.

    All 3 require time, and patience. In the end, however, you'll end up with a high quality rifle and a reasonable price.

    I would not compromise on quality, and I wouldn't get something exotic and gimmicky like LWRC or any other piston AR (that includes the piston Colts).
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2013