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#5884933 - 08/18/15 06:47 PM New AR
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I would like to buy an AR but I'm having trouble picking a make/model. I'm not a huge gun enthusiast but I would like one to shoot for fun on occasion. Problem I'm having is the research and literature online for these things is frankly overwhelming.

Does anyone have any suggestions for make, etc that I can narrow down my research? All I'm looking for is something cost effective to shoot, probably 223, something reliable, and made in USA is a plus. The best I've found so far is a colt but they seem considerably higher than others. If colts are worth the extra money I'll do it. Basically narrowing down my research would help tremendously.

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#5884943 - 08/18/15 06:52 PM Re: New AR [Re: gasman777]
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To simplify

How much do want to spend?
What optic?

Colt is not the best

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#5884953 - 08/18/15 06:55 PM Re: New AR [Re: Brother in-law]
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I'm thinking just a good simple red dot scope. As for money, less than 1000-1500...it's one of those things, if 600 is mediocre but 1400 is awesome, I'll do 1400....but if 600 is adequate for a newb like me that's fine too.

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#5884976 - 08/18/15 07:05 PM Re: New AR [Re: gasman777]
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Colt Model 6920...$800 - $900 range.



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#5884993 - 08/18/15 07:15 PM Re: New AR [Re: gasman777]
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Go to slickguns and find a deal you like. Any one of the big makers will run fine.

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#5884995 - 08/18/15 07:16 PM Re: New AR [Re: gasman777]
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Not much difference in the $600 and $1400 guns for someone new to ARs IMHO. I just saw a windham at wal mart for $650 on clearance. Might be hard to beat that. Looked like a 16" or 18" standard profile barrel flat top with standard adjustable stock.

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#5885049 - 08/18/15 07:50 PM Re: New AR [Re: gasman777]
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DPMS Panther at the gunshow this past weekend was $499.95 BNIB. S & W M & P's were mid 5's. Lot's of options. Take your time, and no matter which one you choose, I'd opt for the .556.
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#5885135 - 08/18/15 08:35 PM Re: New AR [Re: janie]
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Originally Posted By: janie
DPMS Panther at the gunshow this past weekend was $499.95 BNIB. S & W M & P's were mid 5's. Lot's of options. Take your time, and no matter which one you choose, I'd opt for the .556.
Those are both good options too. One piece of advice in this price range: I would avoid the lite profile barrel.

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#5885195 - 08/18/15 09:04 PM Re: New AR [Re: gasman777]
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Whatever you do, do not purchase a fixed carry handle.

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#5885236 - 08/18/15 09:28 PM Re: New AR [Re: gasman777]
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There's a good M&P Sport with 10 30 round magazines for $600, they are good guns for a newb
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#5885285 - 08/18/15 09:50 PM Re: New AR [Re: SouthWestIron]
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Originally Posted By: blazin
Whatever you do, do not purchase a fixed carry handle.


Why?
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#5885294 - 08/18/15 09:54 PM Re: New AR [Re: gasman777]
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Because they mostly suck

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#5885301 - 08/18/15 09:59 PM Re: New AR [Re: Buckeyesgt]
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Originally Posted By: Buckeyesgt
Originally Posted By: blazin
Whatever you do, do not purchase a fixed carry handle.


Why?
Hard to mount optics on it. No benefit to the handle. Flat top is much more versatile.

I would never buy an AR with a fixed carry handle personally.

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#5892730 - 08/23/15 11:55 PM Re: New AR [Re: gasman777]
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Only fixed handle I would consider buying is a real M16. But those are so expensive now that the price would talk me out of buying it.
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#5893183 - 08/24/15 11:06 AM Re: New AR [Re: gasman777]
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DPMS Oracle at Buds for $500. Put a good trigger and decent scope on it and you're around $800.
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