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#6260802 - 04/14/16 09:14 PM Battle of the cheap AR-15s
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Looking for a graduation gift for my little bro. We have about $250 to spend between me and my parents, and he has a gun worth about $250 that he's willing to give us to trade in or sell to add to our cash.

I haven't been in the market for ARs for a long time, but I assume I could get a S&W Sport, DPMS Oracle, PSA low-end upper/lower, and maybe a few other off-brands in that price range. Any significant differences between them? Advice on which to get or where to get it?

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#6260857 - 04/14/16 09:49 PM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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Really all about the same. If budget is main concern psa probably cheapest to put together

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#6260935 - 04/14/16 10:46 PM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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For a budget of 500.00 I'd go PSA. I own several of their rifles and have had zero issues.

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#6260947 - 04/14/16 11:02 PM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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Oracle costs $500 at buds.
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#6260963 - 04/14/16 11:26 PM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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I put this one together for about $440.
Anderson stripped upper and lower. Spinta barrel, chi-com quad rail and everything else from PSA.
Vortex red dot was another $185 off amazon.

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#6261016 - 04/15/16 06:17 AM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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I'd go with the Smith.

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#6261024 - 04/15/16 06:23 AM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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PSA has a complete blem lower free shipping for $159 today on daily deals. There complete uppers go $300-$320 plus shipping ffl fee.

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#6261098 - 04/15/16 07:26 AM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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I bought an American Tactical Omni in 5.56 for $500 and it will shoot lights out with zero problems. Look at CDNN, they've had that gun on sale recently in the upper $400's on their email flyers.
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#6261138 - 04/15/16 07:49 AM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: Mister Sir]
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Originally Posted By: Mister Sir
PSA has a complete blem lower free shipping for $159 today on daily deals. There complete uppers go $300-$320 plus shipping ffl fee.


I'd go PSA as well. Keep a look on their daily deals. Also their "Blem" lowers really have nothing wrong with them. Get that lower for $159 and I've seen several of the daily deals being complete uppers with keymod rails minus BCG and charging handle for $299.
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#6261271 - 04/15/16 09:07 AM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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Bought an Anderson Arms for $460.00. Haven't shot it yet.
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#6262234 - 04/15/16 09:20 PM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: kry226]
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Originally Posted By: kry226
I'd go with the Smith.


this 1st

and then keep an eye on PSA

they do have some deals every so often
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#6263136 - 04/16/16 07:15 PM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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The new smith sport

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#6263267 - 04/16/16 08:54 PM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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Anyone like the Ruger AR 556?
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#6263329 - 04/16/16 09:38 PM Re: Battle of the cheap AR-15s [Re: patriot07]
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Thanks!

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