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Old March 6th, 2014, 07:08 PM   #1
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Been considering a purchase. But I don't know what's what out there. Been looking at places like gander mountain, cabellas etc.... I don't know what brands to consider. I don't want junk but don't think I need a higher end either.

Mostly just recreational planking, maybe if shit hit the fan protection. But mostly just stress relieving recreational target shooting. I don't hunt.

What say you? Suggestions. What's available under $1k? What should I stay away from.
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PSA has good deals, a little slow to arrive after order is placed, but seems to have a fair reputation for you get what you pay for in the $700-1000 range.

Then there's this:
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index...sportical.html

I couldn't bring myself to spending $900 on a Bushmaster, or a S&W Carbine.......


I was patient and found this for about $1100 shipped/FFL transfer, the Aimpoint is about $400. http://palmettostatearmory.com/index...2-carbine.html
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what ever you want i wouldn't but from cabellas or any big box store, i was in there a week ago and the wanted 300 buck more for a m&P then what you can get it for from buds or another online retailer
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If your patient enough you can find a Colt 6920 for around $1100 or so. Just gotta keep 'diggin' to find one. Join MGO, Michigan Gun Owners and keep your eyes open.
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call me a tin foil hat bozo, but these are the type of guns I prefer to purchase used.

that being said, I am a big AR10 and CETME fan due to the 7.62 NATO round instead of 223

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I'd say the first thing is to figure out if you want a carbine or a rifle, and a fixed or collapsible stock. No matter which way, get a flat top.

I think the Diamond Back AR's are a good value, and at worth a look.



I've got a 20" Bushmaster for $800. I haven't listed it anywhere yet, but I probably will be soon.
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You can pick up a s&w mp15.223 flat top for like 650 new. Gander and jays sporting goods both. Take a trip to r&v and swing into jays. They have like 5-6 different brands on the floor right now stacked up in boxs. 10-20 of each ranging from 600-1200 in price. Smith,bushmaster,dpms,colt, windham to name a few. All good guns
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If your patient enough you can find a Colt 6920 for around $1100 or so. Just gotta keep 'diggin' to find one. Join MGO, Michigan Gun Owners and keep your eyes open.
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I've been told to get the 556 over the 223 because the 556 can shoot both where the 223 is only that?

I'd prefer collapsable stock.

Difference between carbine and rifle?

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I've been told to get the 556 over the 223 because the 556 can shoot both where the 223 is only that?

I'd prefer collapsable stock.

Difference between carbine and rifle?

You are correct on the .223/556 aspect
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Purpose of flat top is more accessories. Out side of a scope or red dot I don't see the want to add a lot more to it. I went and held a few, and this one stood out to me.




I held the bushmaster, I didn't like the composite lower. The steel of the smith feels better to me. Kinda felt like I could easily break the bushmaster.

Thoughts on the model and price?
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Seems fair to me! Mine's a different model, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick another one up..... funding provided.
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Gander seemed close to same prices but a better selection.

Seems the
Bushmaster
Smith Wesson
Stag

Were around my price range. Which would be more reliable/better?
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I have a Smith and Wesson M&P upper that's been good, although I only have about a 1000 rds through it. I would avoid a poly lower.
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That M&P sport is still overpriced. Step out of Gander MTN and go try some local gun shops. Gander has been and always be a rip off on everything. A quick internet search on http://gunwatcher.com shows they are over $100 more than most on line places.

The M&P sport is cheaper because they do away with the dust cover and the forward asset. You aren't fighting in the desert so the forward assist is really needed, but the dust cover can keep crap out when in storage or during transportation.

S&W has a wide range as do most companies in AR15s. I would probably stay away from Bushmaster as well. They used to be decent, but quality has went down. Most people say that about DPMS in the small pattern ARs. Their AR10/308s are a different story and are very nice for the money. Stag Arms makes good ARs at reasonable prices and I own a Stag myself. It started out as a model 2T, but the only things left stock are the upper, lower, barrel, buffer, buffer tube and buffer spring. ARs are like legos for adults. Once you buy a base/mid range model you can upgrade it as your finances allow.
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The M&P sport is a decent rifle the one we just sold had the dust cover but no forward assist. We were 699.99 on that model and we sell at least one a week.
I said this before and it wasn't aimed at anyone in particular , If your an occasional shooter or take more pictures of you rifle than shooting it any of the bottom end rifles will do. We shoot at least once a month and lately every two weeks. We have had every brand mentioned here out with us and none of them have had problems.
Bigmatt above is right on once you buy one you will end up modifying it . It's a sickness with no cure.
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