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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-17-2016, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Which AR?

Being a newbie to ar's, I'm looking for a gun that resembles this. Reliable, accurate adaptable for accessories. It would have a 16 inch barrel. I'm not sure where to start and I probably wouldn't put one together my self. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Re: Which AR?

I am also rather new to ARs , probably the 1st question is what is your budget , for me i wanted to keep the price low , so i bought a DPMS oracle. it shot ok , functions well , the trigger was really bad accuracy was ok but i wanted better so after a new timney trigger , a free float forend all told costing several hundred dollars more i have a sub moa rifle but no longer at a budget price. JMO

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Re: Which AR?

I own two; a Bushmaster and a S&W Sport I. I bought my BM around 2009 I think, and it's been ultra reliable. I bought the Sport I last year to have as a back up when I go to training, etc. S&W has since come out with the Sport II.

Colt, Bushmaster, Ruger, S&W, etc. Many, many manufacturers out there now.

I would say, grab a S&W Sport II.......they are decently priced, very reliable. I have not heard anything bad about them. I think they go for something like $650 or so.

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I own two; a Bushmaster and a S&W Sport I. I bought my BM around 2009 I think, and it's been ultra reliable. I bought the Sport I last year to have as a back up when I go to training, etc. S&W has since come out with the Sport II.

Colt, Bushmaster, Ruger, S&W, etc. Many, many manufacturers out there now.

I would say, grab a S&W Sport II.......they are decently priced, very reliable. I have not heard anything bad about them. I think they go for something like $650 or so.
Steve, like the guys above I'll be getting my first black gun in the next few weeks. I looked hard at the M&P Sport II, but had decided on the Bushmaster QRC that comes with the red dot scope. A big part of my decision was great reviews on the M&P Sport II, but mentioning the front site being in the way completely if an optic was ever to be added. It also said it's pretty difficult to get that front site removed if one needed to.

Any input on that?
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Re: Which AR?

Most people just get a co witness or absolute mount if you have an A2 FSB. It's not that big of a deal. I wouldn't make my decision based on that...no matter how much/little you know about the AR15.

Tough to beat the SW MP II.

I would start off with buying exactly what you want from the start, or you will end up spending a lot more down the road to get your rifle how you want it.

You really do want to place your order now, as anything semi auto rifle is going to be OOS very soon due to the upcoming election.

I personally would recommend building it yourself as you learn the ins and outs of the AR15 and you get exactly what you want.

I'm in the process of putting together an AR15 for my friend's boss.

I will highly recommend spending most of your funds on the barrel as it is probably the most important item if precision is your #1 goal.
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I run an Aimpoint PRO on my Bushmaster and have no issues with the front sight. Front sight is a non-issue.

My son and I shooting my AR with the PRO and my son shooting his AR with an Eotech.






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Steve, did you mean you run an optic on your M&P Sport II or on your Bushmaster? The issue I heard about was with the M&P Sport II.
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There would be no difference between running an optic on either a Bushmaster or M&P Sport.

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A big part of my decision was great reviews on the M&P Sport II, but mentioning the front site being in the way completely if an optic was ever to be added. It also said it's pretty difficult to get that front site removed if one needed to.

Any input on that?
The person who made that statement never handled an AR with an optic.

Right now I think the S&W is the best value for the money.
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Re: Which AR?

Thanks Steve and Dog. I was really leaning towards the M&P Sport II to begin with, but then I read that review and it turned me off since I planned on putting an optic on. It was actually a Field and Stream review on budget/starter AR's that mentioned the issue.

http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/g...p;dom=fb#page-5 (I hope the link is allowed for reference)
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