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Posted:  8/21/2012 9:26 AM #33441

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Subject: Basic, cheap AR-15

I was reading this thread on about a basic AR-15 with a light- as opposed to buying the most expensive “tacticool” one you can. I like the guy’s philosophy… In fact, I know a lot of people who have built their AR-15s with some of the most affordable parts they can find and have had no problems.

What do you guys think?

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Posted:  8/21/2012 1:29 PM #33451
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For regular Joe casual shooting and hunting, cheap build AR's should do fine. Where they have trouble is rough use, high round count situations. Put em through the wringer and the build guns typically won't stand up to good quality factory guns like Colt, Daniel Defense, Larue etc.

Posted:  8/21/2012 2:35 PM #33453

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I see in Shotgun News now and then brand new DPMS AR15s for as low as $599. They're as good, and usually better, than anybody else's - maybe not as well furnished with rails and Mag-Pul goodies as a pricier model, but who cares? That's only about a hundred and a half over an AK 47, and 3 hundred over a Saiga .223. Yeah, Saiga .223 rifles were on sale for $299 from J&G Sales a few months ago. I bought one, added a UTG tri-rail receiver cover (much more solid and stable than the typical AK sidemount), installed a cheap reflex sight, a light, and a hi-cap magazine and I love it. It looks awsesome, and is practically indestructible. Works perfectly with any ammo - even cheap Russian steel cased junk that some AR15 makers warn not to use. Best with lighter 55 and 62 grain bullets because of the barrel's slow 10 inch twist, but that's fine with me. It's a perfect carbine.

Posted:  8/21/2012 6:27 PM #33462

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Dpms or palmetto state armory.

Posted:  9/11/2012 9:44 AM #33936

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As one who definitely believes in the KISS method, I don't see the point in spending very much for parts that will not see that much stress or hard use. I have more than one AR, and each of them have started out as cheap Bushmasters. One has been upgraded moderately, and another has had most of its parts replaced with higher quality parts out of necessity.
Having said that, if I had to trust my equipment with my life (military, law enforcement, security, etc...), I guarantee I would spend whatever I had to in order to feel comfortable with the quality and reliability of all my tools. I would only use items that are widely used by my peers and that have had the least amount of reported issues.
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