Thinking about an AR type rifle , i dont know s#@t about them. is there a top shelf vs. run of the mill. what do i need to look for on a entry level gun. i dont want to have buyers remorse after $1000.00 + on a gun .so help me out guys.
Is $1000 your budget? Cheaper than Dirt has some $699 rifles right now.
A high end top of the line AR (POF, LWRC) will run about $2000+
I have built 4 CCMG lowers with Del-Ton kits for about $560 each but they are lighweight no frills guns.
Go to cheaper than dirt and just handle the different varriants. Talk to some of the older gun guys and get a feel for what costs what. After that you can compare prices between them, Cabellas, Military Gun Supply, etc.
You can get the colt 6920 for around 1000-1100. It really depends on what you are going to be using it for. Figure out what things you would like the rifle to have as far as barrel length and thickness, chrome lined or not. There are diff options as far as gas length and even piston conversions. If you are looking at really entry level del-ton makes a good rifle and they are caught up now from what ive read. Rock river arms makes a good rifle as well. Spikes tactical makes a good rifle that id say ='s the quality of the colts for less money. The one thing i like about spikes to is If you buy a whole rifle from them it ships with a case and as a standard its either one or two 30rd pmags. I'm not a big fan of the gi mags.
As said tho all the info you could ever want is on the ar-15.com site but beware its all about the bandwagon over there. Its whatever flavor of the month is what they will tell you to buy.
If you will be buying the rifle and plan on holding onto it for a while id buy the colt. Simply because everyone knows the name and everyone holds them to a higher standard. You could buy one and shoot the shit out of it and 5 years from now still make money on it. Right now im building a new rifle with a spikes lower and will be ordering a upper from bcm. After that is done i'll buy a colt.
On the last note If you want to try and put one together yourself. It is super easy, as i think a 3 year old could do it. If you had a del-ton lower and got one of their 16inch rifle kits add the chrome lined option and figure out if you want a 1/7 or 1/9 twist barrel rate. You could have it done for a little over 600 or close to 700. As far as the twist rates go 1/7 will do heavier grain ammo but for general range and use 1/9 is the way to go imho. My rifle with 1/9 shoots 69gr very well.
Hope this helps.
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As long as the receivers are forged and machined to mil-spec dimensions and they take mil-spec parts, you can't go wrong.
If I were to buy a complete rifle right now, I'd be looking at Stag and Rock River Arms. Both of those companies offer lifetime warranties on their complete rifles. Some others may as well, but I can't name them off the top of my head.