I have yet to purchase my first AR type weapon, and as such am looking for suggestions from the guys actually shooting them. Throw out some information, and get me up to speed please. Brand and model suggestions are what I am looking for here. Thanks for the help guys.
Given no stated purpose for the weapon (as it HP competitions, varmint hunting, plinking) it's as easy as ABC.
These are the most popular 3 (order has nothing to do w/ how I'd rate them), and while others will argue which is best, if you stick w/ one of these choices you'll be getting a first rate AR.
These are also available choices:
Rock River Arms
I would rate these in the order listed.
Give the guys a hint at where and how you want to use the weapon and they will give you more specific reason why one would be better for your use.
This one will just be used for plinking and the occasional pasture popping. (Family land) To put it as simply as possible, This is purely a pleasure gun.
The Bushmaster M4 is very popular, but for my money which I'm tight w/ I'd look at a Rock River Arms lower purchase from Pete-in-NH, (just type in "search" Pete-in-NH and pick topic authors) and then purchase a RRA upper from Donnie here:
1117 Deer Run Rd.
Port Byron, IL. 61275
I'd also check out the Eqipment Exchange as you may find a Bushmaster or other bargin there.
If you're looking for a pleasure weapon, you'll certainly want to purchase a sub-cal conversion kit. The Ceiner kit runs about +/-$125 and it allows you to run .22lr through your weapon.