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    Question Just one AR, suggestions please

    Ahh yes, a noob AR question for everyone.

    I have plenty of non-AR rifles, but until now no AR. I am not biased against them, I just never saw a need. Of late I noticed the prices becoming decent again and figured I may as well add one to my collection.

    I want an AR that is:

    1.) Average priced (No need for a gas piston setup)
    2.) Rock solid (No super cheap upper/lower made of poorly finished material

    I have access to most of the major dealers to buy wholesale, which may help. Putting together my own upper and lower seems like the way to go, need input on that.

    So please, suggestions on brand, components, sources, etc. Thanks!

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    If you want to put your own together, there's literally tens of thousands of configurations you can do, but since your looking to keep on the lower end of the price scale you've lowered that number a lot.
    You could get an actual parts kit, need to mount the barrel and do some work to it, a few venders have them.
    https://www.apexgunparts.com/product...oducts_id/1483
    Colt M16A1 Parts Kit, w/ new 20in barrel. Very good to excellent condition.
    Or you could got a kit that has the upper already assembled and you just need to do the lower.
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    if 'I' was just gonna have 1, I would buy a Colt, that being said the internet is awash with cheap parts and kits starting with Rock River ect. its like a kid in candy store, gonna be tough decision. r/r

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    probably bang for buck a 16" 5.56 carbine would be the best bet.

    there are plenty of shops that sell good AR-15 parts for reasonable$$.

    JSE and DSA have been good to me. though delton and DPMS have been good too.

    can't say a bad thing about rock river either. just shop around and i am sure you will find a good deal somewhere on the set up your looking for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by j427x View Post
    probably bang for buck a 16" 5.56 carbine would be the best bet.

    there are plenty of shops that sell good AR-15 parts for reasonable$$.

    JSE and DSA have been good to me. though delton and DPMS have been good too.

    can't say a bad thing about rock river either. just shop around and i am sure you will find a good deal somewhere on the set up your looking for!
    Bump on both JSE and DSA
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    Go for the Real Thing - 20" barrel, triangular handguard, and one piece fixed stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRX View Post
    Go for the Real Thing - 20" barrel, triangular handguard, and one piece fixed stock.
    This is how I started. Having a clone of my service rifle was attractive to me. Of course, one thing does lead to another....

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    If you are talking about just one rifle then I would go with an A1 and be done with it. I prefer the 1 in 7 twist so I can shoot the widest range of bullets and a 5.56 chamber. Those are my only concessions to that rule. Having said that I currently own 3 AR rifles. A much more intelligent way to handle it is to have just one lower and a couple of different uppers.
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    I built
    Spikes Lower $80 (aimsurplus)
    Spikes LPK $63 (aim)
    MOE KIT $100 (hand guard, pistol grip, stock, and buffer tube kit)-DSG Arms...i think
    What ever Upper you want $350-600
    TA-33 ACOG $760 (botachtactical)
    5 P-Mags $80 (botach)

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    Not trying to upset the AR guys, but is there anything I should consider if I am looking for the most mechanically reliable AR? I realize they need more maintenance, however I want to minimize that requirement. Knowing it will never be a "drop in the swamp, pick up and fire" weapon, I want the best change of it being reliable when it needs to be.

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