Originally Posted By mdean2011:
Ive had my Oracle for almost a year now and its been a solid rifle. Ive never had a single FTE or FTF of any sort. It has been well worth its money.
The Oracle is not the best rifle by far. Colt, Daniel Defense, BCM, Noveske, Spikes Tactical, Stag, RRA, you get the point, are some of your top tier brands. These are mostly all 100% mil-spec rifles that already come with solid and reliable parts you need like a great bolt and BCG, good quality barrel, nice triggers, the works. The Oracle doesnt really have these things going for it. Really I think the only thing in spec with an Oracle is the lower receiver. The trigger is not the best quality, the barrels lack "life expectancy", the BCG does not pass strength and reliability tests, and some other things are sure to be added by others.
Given this, I still went with the Oracle because I got a good price for it, 600 bucks for a starter AR15. Over the last year, its received a new Daniel Defense 10.3" barrel, Daniel Defense M4 Rail, EOTech 512 Holosight, good Magpul products, and a good tac light. I more than likely would not have most of those things had I went with a more expensive brand and sold the old products from the original Oracle I had bought. I put what I wanted into the rifle and did my own work on it so I know I can trust it. The only thing I am looking to do to it now is sell my current BCG and buy a new BCM or Daniel Defense BCG and might get a new mil spec buffer tube assembly sometime soon to complete my rifle.
The Oracle has been a great rifle for me with no problems whatsoever. Its allowed me to shoot and practice fairly cheaply and also allowed me to buy my own products to put into the rifle. Ive been very happy with it and I would recommend this rifle to anyone who is looking for a cheap solution to an AR15 or to someone who is looking to get into the AR15 world. The most important thing to remember is that if you take care of your rifle, it will take care of you. Practice regular cleanings, make sure all components are lubed, search for signs of any defects, and be sure to practice up.
I will also add, if you are looking for a rifle in the price range of the DPMS Oracle, the S&W M&P15 is a great rifle. Not complete mil spec, but it gets the job done. Also, check out Palmetto State Armory. They offer complete mil spec rifles for a price that is nearly similar to the Oracle depending on what model you get. They also have a lot of deals and sales throughout the year.
Thanks so much for the feedback. I am considering purchasing an AR for a bit more money just to get a mil-spec rifle assuming that I can find a decent holiday sale!