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I am looking into buying an ar. I do not know a whole lot about these rifles as what brands are good and bad,etc. I don't want to spend a ton of money one one, I would like to stay around $800-$1000. I am looking to be schooled on the ar to help with my purchase. I don't want to run out and buy the first one I see. What are all your guys thoughts? Thank you for your time
 

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Most are relative in quality. Some good, better, best.Stick with milspec. Staked gas keys, m4 feed ramps, etc. Is this for fun like a plinker, home defense, shtf, long range, etc? Lots of questions to start asking yourself.
IMO stay away from carbon/polymer lowers.
 

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What is your intended use? Home defense, plinking up to 50 yards, 300 yard target shooting, hunting? Will you ever strap it on your back and carry it for a few miles, or just tote back and forth from the range. How much shooting will you do? 5k rounds per year, or maybe a few hundred per year?

Any idea on optics so far? Could give a recommendation once we know what you intend to do with it.
 

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What is your intended use? Home defense, plinking up to 50 yards, 300 yard target shooting, hunting? Will you ever strap it on your back and carry it for a few miles, or just tote back and forth from the range. How much shooting will you do? 5k rounds per year, or maybe a few hundred per year?

Any idea on optics so far? Could give a recommendation once we know what you intend to do with it.
As you can see the options are endless. You'll need more than one.
 

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like was said...you gotta decide what you want the gun for and how you want it setup....


you could have a basic type rifle...you could have a SBR...you could build a long range rig...the sky isnt even the limit anymore with ARs...

heck...you gotta decide caliber now...not too long ago that wasnt even something you had to think about...
 

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As you can see the options are endless. You'll need more than one.
I like many other have said the same thing, but Dogface has included a key piece of advice.

On a serious note. It wouldn't be a bad thing always having extra lowers and uppers in case you have the bug to start building.
 

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As stated, options everywhere. For a grand or less you can find a Colt or Sig 400. I can't recommend a new Colt ( I hear too many things about the Colts made in Canada) but can recommend a Sig. I have two. Purchase a M400 and you will be happy. I don't want to start a argument, but a Sig is better. I my opinion. Doc in Pa.
 

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I've had a Bushmaster M4 for about 10 years, have fired A LOT of rounds out of it and NEVER had a problem with it. I had an Olympic Arms M4 and it was junk, so with my personal experience and some others I've talked to, stay away from Olympic Arms.
 

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The bad part is in PA you are pretty limited to plinking of competition. A varmint rig is pretty useless here until the powers that be can grow spines and not be afraid of a 223.


That said there are a lot of good manufactures out there. I picked up a Rock River National Match that is extremely accurate and I can ring steel at 600 with junk ammo, but it depends on what you want to do. A 12 lb AR would not be a great 3 gun match rifle, and a 16" bbl collapsible stock carbine type wouldnt cut it for service rifle competition. Kind of like a "what is the best deer rifle" question. It depends on what you are going to do with it.
 

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Like has been said in nearly every post... lots of options.

You should have NO PROBLEM getting one today in your price range.
Just shop around a bit. As far as suggested features, I'll share my opinion...
For your first (I have several)...

Your probably limited to a standard gas impingement system due to your price.
(Though I recently got a screaming deal $799 on an Ruger SR556 piston rifle)

Get a flat top receiver, and if possible a top rail on the fore grip.
(It will give you more options for sights & optics) and should have a free floated barrel.

Go with a milspec system with a cast or forged lower receiver.
Don't get all hung up on trigger pull... they are horrible and easily upgraded.

Get a 1:7 to 1:9 twist (1:7 will give you more options in shooting heavier bullets)
but 1:9 should not be a deal breaker at all if you like the rifle.

I would stick with a 5.56 chamber for your first... (NOT .223) you can buy other uppers if you want another caliber.
(think .357 Mag vs. .38 SPEC) with 5.56 you can shoot 5.56 & .223...

Some quality guns to consider:
S&W M&P15, SIG556, Ruger SR556, Stag Arms, Spikes Tactical, and about 50 more...

ETA: You could buy a stripped lower and build one, which is easy, fun & educational, but I doubt you'd save any money in today's market. I personally am NOT a fan of Olympic Arms. That opinion is based SOLELY on a .22LR upper I have of theirs and am NOT impressed.
 

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Like others have said, you need to consider what type of shooting you want to do and start there. This was my 1st purchase of an AR, it's a Smith and Wesson M&P15-OR and I bought it bare for around $900.
16" barrel, 1-9 twist, just under 7lbs bare weight and it will shoot 5.56 or .233. I added Vortex StrikeFire Optics, quad rail for different attachments (Lights/Lazer) and also added Yankee Hill BUIS (BackUp Iron Sights). Now, obviously I cant use it to hunt and I dont expect the world to end anytime soon but I always wanted an AR. I mostly just use it for plinking at the range but I dont have a problem hitting a target at 300 yards with it.

 

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I been deciding which ar15 to buy past few weeks. I work hard for my money and want to spend it wisely. I like the s&w m&p15, colt 6920. Than i came across the stag arms model 1. Awesome weapon i like the features on it and lifetime warranty.

I did review dpms, the new colt 6900, bushmaster My local dealer has them and i held both. Nah not what i looking for. The mp15 is a great ar15, wish it was mil spec and had chrome lining. The colt 6920 is top of the line but the 4 figures steers me away. Now the stag model 1? Now i like that has the specs i looking for at a good mid range price.

I talk to couple buddies who builds them and claims they can build cheaper than new. I did look into it myself watched videos on you tube. LOL forget that to many small parts.

I always wanted a m16 growing up, now at 50. I just want to have one to full fill my dream. Yeah I will shoot it. I reload for a 223. Got plenty of ammo. I will not shoot mine (when i get it, when it is available) rapid fire. I have several rifles and know how hot the barrel gets in the summer after 3 rounds.

My mind is set on the stag arms model 1. Couple hundred dollars more than the m&p15 and couple hundred dollars less than the colt 6920. I can't go wrong with the stag.
 
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