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What's The Best AR Bang For The Buck ?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by Glocker08, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Glocker08


    Sep 22, 2008
    I'm new to AR's and I'm looking into possibly getting my first one. The thing is,I will be on a budget when I go to buy it. I'm only looking to spend around $700. Yeah, I know that's a tall order, as most new AR's go for around $1k at least.

    Can anyone recommended a good,reliable AR that meets my criteria ? Thanks in advance.
  2. Depends on the usage really.

    If you want a rifle that can be pounded in the dirt and run like a champ then I would recommend you save up a little more.

    If you want a rifle for purely recreational or sporting purposes, then a Stag should meet your needs. Here is a link to one on Gunbroker near your price range. :thumbsup:


    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    In my shop
    Can't agree more. Op never said if he wanted a blaster, a varmint gun, or ?????

    But again, the advise with going with a STAG Arms is spot on too.
  4. OUSooner


    Jan 22, 2004
    You can get a brand new del ton for that. Might check out the Cmmg bargain bin too.
  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    oops,......misread the OP's question.

    Would be very hard for me to recommend a sub-$700 AR.

    CMMG bargain-bin?
    Model 1 Sales?

    I would highly suggest saving a few more $'s,
    you can get very good quality for a bit more money.

    I recently picked up a Colt Sporter Target with a Colt 6920 barrel assembley.
    ALL Colt parts, unfired, for $850
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2009
  6. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    Del-Ton is probably your best bang for the buck these days. This is coming from a guy who has two dozen ARs that includes Colt, LMT, Noveske, BCM, Sabre Defence, CMMG, Del-Ton, DPMS, and a few others.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2009
  7. banger


    Nov 8, 2005
    Where evil lives
    If you pump up your price point those few dollars, the world of QUALITY opens up.

    If you insist on trying to buy the rifle "on the cheap", it is much more of a "crap shoot".

    Buying a "cheap" AR is like buying a cheap pair of shoes. They might cover your feet, but you will never be happy or comfortable.

    Buy quality and buy once.


    Nov 4, 2003
    Southwest PA
    Doublestar $649 @ Buds Guns although I agree, save alittle more and get quality.
  9. Norcal911


    Aug 1, 2007
    The lowest tier I ever recommend to people on a budget is Stag or S&W, both are solid. Buy once cry once. You never know when you are going to get BRD and start going to classes, loading it up for HD, and shooting 3 gun matches with it. If you buy Stag or S&W, at least you will have a solid foundation to built on as you progress. BCM is absolutely top tier but I think you can get some of their no frills rifles pretty reasonably. I generally don't recommend Delton, DPMS, Olympic, Bushmaster, doublestar, etc. This is my opinion and my opinion only, I don't want to start another one of our daily brand pissing matches. I run Colt, LMT, and lots of BCM stuff in some parts guns and I carry an AR daily-Norcal911
  10. BrandonG17


    Dec 27, 2009
    Olympic Arms? I know those go for around $600, because I have one
  11. USMC03


    May 3, 2001
    Southern Colorado
    Just something to think about. Is it better to spend $700 on a AR that may or may not be reliable or save another $200 - $300 more and get a carbine that is reliable?

    Save your money, do some research, and buy a quality firearm. In a few years from now if you have a reliable firearm, are you going to remember that it took you a few extra months to save for a quality carbine? No.

    If you buy cheap and get somthing that's not reliable, how long will you regret that purchase?

    I bought a DPMS in 1994. I still regret that purchase.

    rob_s' M4 comparison chart shows in black and white the difference in features between different manufacturers:


    Hope this helps.
  12. internal


    Feb 9, 2006
    I'd find a COLT 6920 for $1000-$1100 or put together my own lower and buy a complete BCM upper.

    There's been stripped lowers on sale for $50-$75 lately and then I found this today:
    It's a complete MOE lower kit for $150.

    That $150 lower kit and a $50-$100 stripped lower is all you need to get to complete a lower then just buy a complete BCM upper when you get the dough.

    Seriously those two options are you best bets if you want to do things right from the get go.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2009
  13. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    The cheapest I would go is Stag Arms.
  14. Brian Brazier

    Brian Brazier

    Jan 20, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Doublestar makes a great rifle, Centerfire Systems has them for $750
  15. Glocker,

    This is just my opinion, but I would consider the previous pard's
    messages. Don't just settle for getting something fast that you won't
    be happy with. Save just a little extra and get a really top line
    AR that will last you for years. I have been down this road and I tell
    you this from experience. I'm not trashing the other guns that have
    been recommended, there are some fine entry level firearms out there,
    but the prices are coming down and for just a little more you can
    have an A1 rifle to build on, you're not that far off. has a Colt Match Target 16 for $982.00
    and that's the delivered price. They have 2 more Colt models for about
    $50.00 more. Just my 2 cents. Good luck and good shootin'.
  16. My first was a stag and It still runs great. They really offer a dang nice rifle for the price.
  17. Randolph da man

    Randolph da man

    Nov 12, 2006
    I would recommend taking up a hobby you can afford.

    Matchbox cars or beenie babies.
  18. rockapede


    Sep 3, 2009
    There's no reason to be a jerk.

    To the OP, I agree with the Stag and S&W recommendations. If you can save up for something like a Colt, you won't regret it.


    Feb 2, 2005
    Thomasville, NC
    Wow. I would recommend staying out of threads that you can't give decent advice in.

    No need to insult someone just because their price point isn't yours.

    OP, I'd recommend looking for a used AR from whomever. Don't worry about staking everything, MPIing the parts, or making sure that your rifle has 47lbs of lightweight crap hanging off of it. Pick one up. Do some research online as to what is 'right' (maybe not best; you can't usually get a cadillac at chevy prices) and make yours like it. Stake the bolt carrier; make sure the extractor is solid (black insert and an o-ring around the spring), pick up some magazines and ammo, and shoot the heck out of it. Break it; you'll learn how to fix it. You'll learn what YOU like, not what eleventybillion internet guys like.

    Buy what you can afford; shoot it as much as you can, enjoy it. If you want/need something for home defense, pick up a shotgun.

  20. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005