Thread: ar 15 brand questions
03-04-2010, 02:46 PM #21
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09-01-2010, 12:45 AM #22
Where I'm from we call it BRD (Black Rifle Disease) and I got it bad brother. For my 2 cents I like my Ruger SR556 (piston setup) the best. A piston AR combines a cleaner, more reliable system, like an AK, with the accuracy and ergonomics of an AR, all IMHO of course...and I have found every Ruger I have owned or known of to be accurate, reliable, and over-engineered like a tank. She's not the lightest rifle I own, but she's the one I'd want to have if I could only have one ever again. As for the caliber debate, in most instances shot placement with a 5.56 will do as effective a job as a 7.62 and I can carry twice as many rounds for the same weight.
09-01-2010, 08:06 AM #23
I'm primarily an M1A fan for no other reason than my early experience with them in the military. I didn't have the benefit of picking folks brains prior to purchasing the black rifles .... that said .... in the past two years I've bought a Rock River AR and a DPMS AR .... both are good shooters but the RockRiver has a real nice two stage trigger. I've also gotten the DPMS Panther .308 LR which is a good shooter but the trigger is pretty rough .... I just finished honing the trigger and hammer and its much smoother but still not as desired. I had ordered an upper from a local gun shop and specified a RR or DPMS but instead was handed a doublestar .... I drew the charging handle to examine the bolt .... the bolt was bound in the chamber .... I suspect the problem was a headspace issue but handing me a disfunctional upper? I didn't complete the purchase and with limited research will give doublestar a wide berth .... enjoy your search.
I just noticed the date of the OP .... I imagine you have one or two by now aye?
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05-10-2011, 05:08 PM #24
In my opinion the best AR15 receivers are made by Sun Devil in Tempe, AZ. They are machined from CNC billets. In my opinion the best stock is a MagPul PRS. In my opinion Krieger makes the best 5.56 barrels.
07-31-2011, 11:08 PM #25
07-31-2011, 11:14 PM #26
Those Sun Devils are nice....very nice....top tier to say the least.
I've been thinking of building another with one....
Right now I'm running a standard Bushmaster and a SOCOM Mfgr Diamond Series Billet machined...shown here....
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11-13-2011, 05:48 PM #27
The AR market will make your head spin.
I prefer an "M4" type mid-length carbine. I stay away from gas piston systems since parts availability could be a problem post SHTF. There is nothing wrong with a gas impingement system no matter what you hear, parts are universal too. Just keep it wet with lube and clean it when it gets real dirty and you're gtg.
I think a 7.62 is overkill for what I need. You're trading weight for a larger round. Today's 77-grain Mk 262 Open Tip Match ammunition (MK262) has earned a great reputation in in Afganistan for a very accurate and lethal round. Plus you can carry a lot more 5.56 than you can 7.62.
When selecting an AR be honest with yourself. What are you going to be using the weapon for. Are you shooting it only at the range? Will you take part in any live fire training? Will you use it as it was intended, as a fighting weapon. Be honest with yourself here. If you only plan to use it at the range and for home defense then most any manufacturer will most likely do. If you intend to use it in an environment that involves dust, dirt, water and banging it around all while shooting 500 rounds a day then only a rifle that meets military specs will do.
Here's a quick run down of the high points that you're looking for in an M4 type carbine
-Shot peened bolt and barrel that has been MPI and HPT tested
-Black extractor spring insert
-M16 bolt carrier
-Properly staked gas key
-4150 ordinance steel barrel
-Chrome lined barrel and chamber(not to be confused with Chrome-moly, which refers to the type of steel that has about 1% chromium and molybendum)
-1 in 7 twist if you ever plan on shooting a 69 grain or 77 grain projectile like those that are gaining popularity.
-M4 feed ramp
-Properly staked castle nut
The brands that I like that meet these specs are Colt (if you don't mind their politics), Daniel Defense, Spike's Tactical, CMMG, Noveske, LMT and BCM.
Major brands like DPMS, S&W, Stag, Olympic, Rock River etc fall short in the at least one area of the above specs. Sorry that's just the way it is.
For my money CMMG and Spike's tactical are the best deals out there. I just built a stripped lower using a Spike's upper for right around $1000 ready to shoot, no optics. Which BTW is right about the minimum needed to spend on a proper fighting M4.
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When i built mine I went with the Stag lower and it's gone through many rounds without a hiccup; i think you'll be happy with it. Now you just gotta find the ammo to feed the beast lol. Grats on joining the Black Rifle group.Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum