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    Default How much should I pay for a entry level AR?

    I'm looking at my first AR and I have found a few companies I like. I would like to know what you guys think about my choices and about how much I should pay for each

    Palmetto state arms
    S&W m&p15 sport
    DPMS Panther
    Spikes tactical ar15

    I'm looking to buy a complete. I don't want to have to mess around and build an upper and lower for my first gun. And I would like to spend in the $600-800 range

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    On the economical side Gander Mountain sells a Bushmaster for about $700, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    I would likely go that route.

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    dont look passed a Stag or Rock River Arms either, my RRA is awesome and it was like a lil over $800. The bad thing about AR's tho is that u never quite finish them lol. Buy what you want with what you want on it and research research research. I spent 950 on my RRA thinking it had all i wanted on it and after a new grip irons eotech and soon to be magnifier im almost at 2k at least get a flat rail tho they r better for optics.

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    sry, a lil over 800 for the base gun

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    That bushmaster posted above is great. Hell, Im kinda wanting one now. They are light, strong, and feel good. But theres no FSP, so you are out of luck if you want to use irons. Only downside IMO.
    Sometimes, I feel like waiting for the right one is like waiting for a boat at the airport.

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    And dont forget about Wal-mart!! LOL They also sell the Bushmaster M4A3 with the collapsible stock and it is the base model. I priced one the other day as I was curious how much they go for. The price was $757. You most likely would have to order it in, but thats a good price for a starter .223!!! Cant hardly build one for that!
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    What would you guys recommend in an entry level AR? Trying to stay below 800 like the Bushmasters in this thread. I notice both are .223, instead of 5.56, which kinda limits ammo use. The Carbon15 is a poly receiver, which makes it lighter, but has no iron sights. Would a 14.5" barrel with permanently pinned flash hider be preferable to a 16" with a threaded?

    I am interested in recreational shooting, probably never more than 100m.
    Sometimes, I feel like waiting for the right one is like waiting for a boat at the airport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cy5018 View Post
    What would you guys recommend in an entry level AR? Trying to stay below 800 like the Bushmasters in this thread. I notice both are .223, instead of 5.56, which kinda limits ammo use. The Carbon15 is a poly receiver, which makes it lighter, but has no iron sights. Would a 14.5" barrel with permanently pinned flash hider be preferable to a 16" with a threaded?

    I am interested in recreational shooting, probably never more than 100m.
    The .223 and 5.56 are essentially the same ammo kind of. I believe you can fire both .223 and 5.56 out of an AR15 from what I have read. Although I have red that you shouldn't fire 5.56 out of a .223. A for the barrel length, that is your preference for what you will be doing with it. The longer the barrel, the better it is in long range shooting I believe. I just got me a Colt AR. I did all kinds of research before I bought it. I decided to go with Colt because they had the best reviews around. They also hold their value more than any other AR that I could find. Found mine on gunbroker, 6920 with two 30 round mags, 2 20 round mags, red/green dot scope, fore grip, collapsible stock and a sling for $1250 shipped. Great deal in my opinion. I hope I have helped some.

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    My problem is that I cant justify spending 1100-1300 on an AR when I could for the same money get a SSG556 or 556r that is piston operated, or a PTR91 (G3) in .308, the Keltec RFB in 308, or even a HK94 (MP5) in 9mm. Ive been looking at S&W M&P15 sporters and Bushmaster carbon's. I have no plans on selling it if i get one. Heck, I would prefer used if possible and in good condition.
    Sometimes, I feel like waiting for the right one is like waiting for a boat at the airport.

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    My experience is Palmetto state armory is an excellent AR for the price.
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