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Posted: 6/9/2003 4:56:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/10/2003 4:54:02 PM EDT by craicshooter]
I am looking to buy my first AR15 I qualified marksman in the USAF 20+ years ago with the M16 and have shot many AR15's since. I own several high powered bolt (.300 Win Mag) and semi auto rifles (.308) and shoot as time permits. I am interested in getting into tactical shooting with the AR15 and want to buy my first AR15 and have looked at a lot of different manufactures and right now am leaning toward either the Colt M4 MT6400C or the BushMaster XM15 E2s M4, PCWA2X 14M4MY. I would like to get feed back on who is the best AR15 manufacture and should i consider others? If I stick with the above 2 selections, beside price what else should I consider? Which is the best and why?
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 4:57:39 PM EDT
Welcome, and IBTL! Aviator
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 4:59:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 5:02:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/9/2003 5:03:11 PM EDT by marvl]
If you buy a rifle of recent manufacture, the differences in quality among the major manufacturers is minimal. Both Colt and Bushmaster are fine choices. Many people will say to buy only ABC (Armalite, Bushmaster, or Colt) but that's just jingoistic elitism. [;)] They're all pretty good. One consideration might be whether or not your rifle has a chrome bore. This is one area where there ARE differences from brand to brand and model to model.
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 5:08:10 PM EDT
I prefer Colt, but whatever you buy make sure it has a chrome barrel & chamber and is 5.56 so you can shoot cheap commie Wolf ammo. I own a Colt MT6400C and a Colt MT6601 that have had no problems except with the factory 10 round mags. Do yourself a favor and get several USGI mags before you go shooting the first time.
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 5:19:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 5:26:12 PM EDT
i'm partial to Bushmaster
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 5:28:52 PM EDT
For a basic AR, go for price. They're all good. Think about it, competition is hot. For a match rifle, go custom. IMHO, ask on the competitive forum if you want the most king-hell accurate AR, but be prepared to have your eyes opened pretty damned wide! 3-6 " groups at 600(yes, 1800') are possible. Lew Tippie and John Hollinger are some prety seriour gun plumbers.
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 6:48:20 PM EDT
Get Both! [:)]
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 8:06:15 PM EDT
Troy's AR [url=ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=6&f=2&t=163620]Brand Comparison[/url] chart.
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 8:29:02 PM EDT
[url]http://www.odcmp.com/Services/Programs/AR15.htm[/url] If the prices here are a good deal (and they ususally are with the CMP), you likely qualify.
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 9:09:19 PM EDT
I have plenty of experience with Colt and Bushy AR's and both are highly accurate and reliable in my opinion. BUT I am planning on buy 2 new rifles one of which will be a 24" Ultra Accurate model and the other a 16" tactical type but both are going to come from DPMS. I have read and heard too much good stuff about the reliablity and insane accuracy of their rifles not to mention their outstanding rep for customer service.
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 9:11:58 PM EDT
Also if you got a fat wallet then check out the new issue of shooting times and look at the LBC Thunder Ranch AR. 1/2 MOA and 100% Reliability. But is cost $2500!!! For a 16" !!! Ooohhh the insanity!!!
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 9:25:33 PM EDT
I have both a DPMS and Bushmaster both are very good. DPMS is the only manufacturer that also sells a left handed eject upper. I'm a lefthanded shooter left eye dominant
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 9:28:34 PM EDT
Any of above mentioned, but avoid HESSE ARMS at all costs.
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