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Newbie AR question

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by China boy, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. China boy

    China boy

    Feb 2, 2013
    I bet I'm the first to ask this question. Haha. I want to buy an AR-15 type gun and slowly modify the thing as I learn more about how. I'm patient and willing to take my time reading and learning but do not know where to start.

    What are some brands to look at for a complete gun that would be a nice starter AR-15 to add better parts when I get the funds? One I can enjoy shooting along the way of modifying.

    Where can I educate myself about the subject? I will continue to read this forum's AR section, but I've seen magazines and the like. Where is a good place to read and learn what does what and why you modify a certain part.

    Where is the most cost effective place to buy? I see guns for sale on brand name gun websites, 2nd party websites, dealer websites and stores. And I know to wait until prices go down following the recent law scares.

    Thanks for any help and replies. I appreciate it.
  2. catalyst686


    Apr 13, 2010
    Right now is not the best time to buy an AR. If you don't care about overpaying for one, Colt, Noveske, and Daniel defense have all been great for me. I know there's a few other top notch companies out there, but I don't have any exp with them. I'm sure someone will be along shortly to name the other brands. I'd suggest getting something with iron sites to start off. If you want to add optics eventually, make sure you get a flat top upper, I'd suggest getting a pair of Troy BUIS. Read through the black rifle forum, there's an abundance of information answering all of the questions you've asked and more.

  3. poikilotrm


    Aug 12, 2010
    I would strongly advise waiting 6 months. By that time Feinstein's bill will have either been circular filed or it will be in full force. If it is trashed, AR prices will plunge. If it is in force, then you won't be wanting to have an AR, right?

    That being said, there are a number of good makers out there. Armalite, Bushmaster, Colt, CMT, Stag, DPMS, Windham, and a ton of others can provide a good lower.

    I have built every AR I have ever owned with one exception. I use for my parts kits. When the insanity dies down, get a kit from them. You can tailor it to exactly what you want.
  4. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA

    Original poster, I would agree with waiting a few months for prices to come down if you can. If you want a basic complete rifle your best option is a Colt 6920 or a Smith&Wesson M&P15.

    There is a wealth of knowledge online about Ar15s, modifying and upgrading them. Take your time and do your research.
  5. China boy

    China boy

    Feb 2, 2013
    Hey guys, thanks for the replies. I appreciate it. I hate asking the newbie questions on forums but this is going to be my new project. Last years was this. A custom crosman pellet gun built from the bottom up!

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    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  6. sappy13


    Sep 30, 2007
    Bremen, GA
    I third waiting a couple months unless you can find a steal of a deal. The chances of the ban passing are slim and people are going to be dumping ar's at some point. At that same time hopefully lgs will have dropped their prices back to pre panic as well. Same for mags, dont even consider buying any now unless they are a decent price.
  7. is a good place to get info on the AR-15 platform. Check it out.