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Posted: 6/13/2003 1:13:07 PM EDT
Greetings all,

Apologies if my question has been asked before, but I would like to get some experienced feedback on my next AR purchase. I am looking to get a carbine and have heard great things about both Armalite and Bushmaster. Which would you consider better in quality? Price is no objective. :)

Thanks in advance!
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 1:14:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 1:56:27 PM EDT
Armalite: ALOT more $ Bushmaster: 1 year warranty instead of lifetime Otherwise it's a wash.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 2:02:02 PM EDT
Saw them both at Quantico Arms and I bought the Armalite.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 2:09:42 PM EDT
A big difference is the handguard length and sight radius of the carbine versions. Armalite has a longer handguard on the carbine and a longer sight radius. The report from the muzzlebrake of the Armalite is deafening, sometimes even with just earplugs under the roof at the range. My Armalite has never jammed and shoots to the minute of the red dot.......ha!
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 2:23:18 PM EDT
Handle both. Look real close. Both do the job. I have a Bushmaster and love it. [8D]
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 2:26:44 PM EDT
im new to the ar15's but i love my bushmaster.best money i ever spent on a gun.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 2:58:59 PM EDT
I'm also pretty new to the game. I originally bought a 20" Bushmaster, and on a seperate occasion I saw the 16" M4 and had to have it. I'm very happy with both my Bushmasters even after shooting some other brands. Can't go wrong with Bushmaster!!!
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 4:32:09 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Green_Furniture: They're both top notch. I've got an Armalite and I love it.
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Agreed - I have the ArmaLite M15A4 carbine and love it.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 4:36:54 PM EDT
You can't go wrong with either one so like Green Furniture said, flip a coin. Wait a sec...get a Bushy. [:D]
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 4:48:35 PM EDT
I have had better luck with Bushmaster products than with Armalite products. I would recommend Colt over either however. PAT
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 4:52:26 PM EDT
Since money is no object, get one of each and you tell US which one you think is better. [:D] I have never owned an Armalite, but I have three Bushies and I love them all. If the Armalite is better, it is sure be one hell of a rifle! DILERT_556
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 5:12:02 PM EDT
Bushy ultralight.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 6:29:39 PM EDT
I have Armalite, Bushy,and Colt Carbine, all about the same to me. Let us know what you choose.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 8:12:27 PM EDT
Maybe this will influence you :) [img]http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid63/p9d7e778ebf95999212a85b1761b76347/fc18cc34.jpg[/img] Armalite...but I bet bushmaster is just as good. Im not sure about the finish difference though.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 8:22:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By W-W: Saw them both at Quantico Arms and I bought the Armalite.
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Dave at Quantico Arms is good people. I refer practically everyone looking to buy an ArmaLite to Quantico.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 8:44:19 PM EDT
I have an Armalite, a Colt, a Bushy and an Eagle Arms (Armalite with a different name). Truth be told, I like my Armalite the best, and it's a post ban!
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 8:56:15 PM EDT
The quality is equal; Price would be the determining factor.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 9:36:16 PM EDT
Bushmaster uses 4150 steel in their barrels. This is the milspec and slightly better than the 4140 steel armalite uses. For this reason, I usually stick to Bushmasters. I admit the difference is probably rather slight indeed, but if given the choice, I figure why not go for the better steel?
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 10:30:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/14/2003 5:06:21 AM EDT
I got both. Didn't have to make the either/or decision.
Link Posted: 6/14/2003 8:41:23 PM EDT
I've got one of each and it's a coin toss as far as I'm concerned.
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