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Entry AR price range???

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by AGAF, May 28, 2011.

  1. AGAF

    AGAF On a Journey

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    I am very new to black rifles, but have been bitten by the bug. I realize that this is a very difficult question because there are so many different types, parts, mods, accessories, etc. that the range can be quite large.

    What I am looking for is an entry, novice level AR that is either used, or just some lower end "brand" that is quite functional, but maybe not something that you are paying for the name alone. I'd like to find either a built AR with the basic parts or a kit of some sort that will allow me to build my first AR "project".
    I don't have the money to trick one out right now.

    This may seem very vague, but again, I am brand new to the AR world. I don't even really know where to start.

    I appreciate everyone's help!
     
  2. mixflip

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    Excpect to see usual BCM, Daniel Defense, Spikes recommendations which is good advice. $800 to $1000 is the usual price for the (now cliche) top tier featured AR's. I personally prefer Stag Arms just to be a little different and I like that they proudly offer a lifetime warranty and now offer top tier features on their guns. I hope they make the plus package their standard features in the near future.

    When browsing the site to see the plus package, just click on any rifle and there will be a drop down box for a plus package option.
    http://www.stagarms.com/information.php?info_id=13

    You could always go with a cheap AR for $499 such as a Hesse/Blackthorne but fit & finish might be spotty and the parts may not last as long over time and more importantly under heavy use, than a better quality AR? But they will poke holes in paper just fine if thats all you want to do? Trust me though, you will learn more and more and end up wanting a better gun anyway so you might as well educate yourself on what features you really want now just to save you time and money.

    Who knows, you might get bit by the BRD (black rifle disease) really bad and want to take your gun to a carbine course which will definitely require a quality gun.
     
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    S&W M&P 15 Sport. $630.
     
  4. Jeepnik

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    I'll second Stag. Heck most AR's are built using CMT (Stag's parent company) parts.
     
  5. Fabius

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    +1. Got mine for $599.
     
  6. GunHo198

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    Yep. Anything complete with a Flat top receiver for under $700-$800 is a good price. I piece mine together for around $700+. But thats the cheap buddy price without any frills. If you go with a voltar butt stock, and magpul grip, free float rail etc.. The price starts to climb.
     
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  7. AGAF

    AGAF On a Journey

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    Thanks for the suggestion guys. I'm going to check each of these out.
     
  8. South Fla

    South Fla ©South Fla 2017

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    Where?
     
  9. RyanNREMTP

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    For starters, what are you planning on using it for?

    Just range plinking?
    Home or self defense?
    Hunting?
    Going to war?
    Safe Queen?
     
  10. GunHo198

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    Zombie's???

    Keep in mind that even with a great deal on a basic rifle. They will eventually soak up your cash fast. All the accessories and upgrades tend to eat at the wallet especially if you want a nice optic.

    Off the top of my head piecing one together is something like:

    Stripped lower $130.0 + background check
    Lower parts kit $75.00?
    Upper receiver $100.00
    Barrel $300.00 + With handguards and front site
    YHM free float rail Tube $100.00+
    Magpul grip $30.00
    Buttstock (Cheap $50.00 Voltar $150.00)
    BUIS $50.00 and up
    Decent optics $200.00 and up
    ANPVS $xxxx.xx

    These are not 100% accurate. Just off the top of my head as my catalogues are at work. LOL
     
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    S&W M&P 15 Sport 599.00
    Spike's Tactical ST-15 LE Carbine 799.00
    M&P M4 799.00 on (cdnn)

    By the way spikes cost less than your Stags do and for the price point Spikes can’t be beat, no extra 100 dollars for their mp/mpi tests just comes with it.

    Or spend a little more on a colt 6520 from cdnn for 899.00
     
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    I guess maybe I see an "entry level" AR a little differently...I don't see it as mid quality brand, I see it as a top quality brand, but in a basic configuration. Shoot a case or two through, then decide what upgrades you might desire. I don't see the need to buy an inferior product just because you are new to the platform.
     
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    You are absolutely correct. And for the record you will never see me say Stag is the best bang for the buck. I just like Stag because of their lifetime warranty.

    I have to admit the S&W M&P does seem like a good bang for the buck for a plinker/home defense gun.
     
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    No muzzle break or bayonet lug? Is that still ileagal in some states?
     
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    It’s Californian except I think you also need to make it so you can't remove the mag.
     
  17. bonetown

    bonetown Ralph pls go

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    you can put together one for about $500 if you're on a budget (without optics)

    $120 for a plum crazy polymer lower

    $375 for a JSE surplus upper

    $495 before shipping
     
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    The picture of the Sport on Bud's website doesn't have a flash hider. My Sport and the other one's that I've seen in stores have standard A2 flash hiders. Might check with Bud's before buying to see what you're getting.
     
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    Purchased a M&P Sport yesterday at Bud's for $568.00 plus tax-($602.00 out the door, I live in Ky.) It had the a2 flash suppressor on it. Great deal on a lower end AR with a good warranty.:cool:
     
  20. AGAF

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    Man, I sure appreciate everyone chiming in here. I'm just looking for another gun hobby/plinking rifle. Wouldn't be for home defense. I'm not LEO, Military, or any other private contract operator, just a guy who enjoys guns and would love to tinker around with another one.