there's no trolling, its just real facts about RRA i admit this thread almost made me feel like i bought a bad AR until i did some hard research and learned about the quality of RRA. and how people on here dont talk about it like colt is just amazing to me. all aside i dont care really im happy with my rifle and thats all that matters, plus the fact its just has exspensive has colt BCM, and spikes if not more.
Please, just stop. Stop trying to convince people that RRA, DPMS, Bushmaster and other low end AR-15 patterned carbines ar "just as good as" Colt, BCM, DD, etc. They ARE NOT! Don't get me wrong, they do have a place and their owners can get enjoyment out of them, but they are not of the same quality as Colt, BCM, DD. As a matter of fact, I would place them below Smith & Wesson, Spike's and Palmetto State Armory. RRA, DPMS, Bushmaster and the likes are made of substandard materials compared to Colt, BCM, DD and have nowhere near the level of QC or testing. This is evidenced by the out of tolerance components produced by these manufacturers, from uppers and lowers that fit so tight that a punch is required to separate them, to LPK pins that damn near require a sledge hammer to seat them. Now, as far as the TDP goes and how close civilian manufactured carbines come to meeting it (or meeting what it is reasonably suspected of being), it is just a starting point. It lays out the MINIMUM acceptable materials and processes for a weapon to be deemed "battle worthy". Obviously, the closer you come to meeting this criteria, the closer you are to being on equal ground quality wise (minus the fun switch) with a true military weapon. By the same token, there is some sort of MINIMUM standard, and there are some manufacturers that exceed the standard in some areas. Exceeding the standard would make a weapon that is superior to it's military counterpart, but not meeting the MINIMUM standard would make a weapon that is inferior to a military weapon and and also to all civilian competitors that do meet or exceed the standard.
Where do the RRA, DPMS, Bushmaster and the likes carbines belong? What purpose do they serve? Well, with the likes of Spike's and PSA available, they belong solidly in the sub $500 price range. Where they can effectively hit their target market of entry level AR-15 buyers or budget buyers that want to see what the platform has to offer and only intend on shooting a couple hundred rounds a year.
There is no justification on the face of the Earth to buy an RRA, DPMS or Bushmaster at the prices being charged for most of them, when you can get a superior carbine on the high end, in the form of Colt (~$1050) or a DDM4V3 (or other version ~$1150), or on the low end in the form of a Spike's ST-LE(~$750) or PSA carbine (<$600).
Bottom line, in today's market, with the many quality choices available at very reasonable pricing, there is no justification to buy a substandard AR-15 patterned carbine, no matter what your budget is.