A buddy of mine at work has a $1200 budget and wants to get his first AR configured for home defense/range use. My first thought is a Colt LE6920...thoughts?
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I have owned a couple Wyndham Arms AR-15s and always liked them. Great fit and finish and never gave me any problems. Mine were the M-4 style with collapsible stock and detachable carry handle so I mounted aimpoint sights on them.
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I'd start with a Ruger or Springfield and move up from there.
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You won't find a LE6920 for 1200.00, unless you know someone who's got a used one and wants to sell it.
Save your money and get a Ruger, Springfield or S&W MP15.
I've had excellent experience with a 700.00 Springfield SAINT. Then he's got $$ for a nice red dot, ammo.
For the money S&W and Ruger make great guns. They offer a good gun and with the money you save, you can buy other things like extra mags, ammo, an optic, charging handles,etc..
Colts are nice but to me, they offer nothing more than a name. As many brands that are on the market now, there are the same or better options. Spikes, Daniel Defense or BCM rifles can be had for $1200.00 or less, if you want to go on the higher end of the market without breaking the bank. Just my 2 cents.
My first thought was M&P Sport II. Would leave some budget available for accessories & ammo.
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paired with a complete lower from Aero or Anderson sub $200
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I have had experience with the Windham, Colt 6920, and S&W M&P Sport. I don't have any experience with the Ruger. None of the three gave me any problems.
My preference among the three would be the Windham due to the fit and finish. As mentioned, the Colt would be hard to find unless you are willing to pay a premium. The Sport II is a bargain at their current prices (~$500).
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I used to say colt was just a Rollmark but after spending time working on a fleet of guns I'll say I think they are a great bar. I expect what comes out of the box to be well put together and function properly for many moons. Bcm is also a good one if you can find either in the price range. Just be aware there's a similarly named Colt competition brand that is not colt to my knowledge.
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Ruger AR556 & use the difference to buy ammo
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I’d wait until a few hundred more is saved up and get a BCM or DD. Or a colt 6920 or 6720.
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Pick out a lower of his choice and have an excellent rifle.
Tell him to spend the extra money on a good optic. Unless he already has a separate optic budget.
If the $1200 was his total budget, I wouldn't even consider spending it all on the rifle alone.
I'd recommend a Ruger AR556 MPR - it is several steps above the base economy models, and only slightly more $$.
Colt makes a good AR-15. However, so do many other manufacturers / assemblers. Putting together a serviceable AR isn't rocket science or nuclear physics -- it's been done for decades. Buying a Colt is fine if your buddy plans to resell it. Ask how many people sell their ARs. Cue the cricket sound....
Some things to consider in an AR-15:
- Assuming this will be a 16" barrel AR, look for a mid-length gas system. The carbine-length gas system needs to go away.
- Look for a free floated barrel. Non-free-floated systems need to go away.
- Assuming a free floated barrel will be purchased, look for a modern rail system. Quad rails need to go away. I recommend MLok system.
- Look for a barrel with a twist rate of 1:8 or 1:7. The 1:9 barrels need to go away.
- Assume that unless a good trigger is listed with the rifle, budget for a quality replacement trigger.
- Have your buddy consider if he wants to use iron sights, a red dot, or a low powered variable optic. Consider this in the purchase price.
- Budget for a reasonable supply of magazines. Buy good magazines -- Magpul, USGI, Lancer are a few options.
Budget for reasonable-quality ammo to learn how to shoot an AR15. Buy a bunch and practice, practice, practice.
When your buddy shoots enough that he wears out gas rings, wears out a bolt, bends a firing pin retaining pin, shoots out a barrel --- then we can discuss premium-priced ARs.
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This right here.
Plus, buying mags, etc.
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Except I would urge any first time buyer to skip the iron sights entirely, or add BUIS later, if they feel they must, as budget allows.
I bought into it, and I built a KISS rifle first.
I learned a few things when I went to a decent quality optic:
- You can't shoot what you can't see. People often evaluate iron sights based on bright, highly contrasting targets, and ideal lighting conditions.
- It is dark almost half of the time. Iron sights (with a few small exceptions) suck when the sun goes down.
- Add a white light. Any firearm without one is lacking for home defense. Target identification is crucial.
I would much rather have a $600 AR, 10 PMAGS ($100), 1000 rounds of ammo to get acquainted with the rifle ($300), and to squeak in under that $1200 budget I would probably look for a gently used LPVO. That might be tough for $200 to get a quality unit so I might acquiesce for a red dot sight.
Spending $1200 on a rifle and only having money left to take 50 rounds of ammo to the range doesn't sound appealing to me.
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BCM. I built my first few Bravos with PSA lowers and lower parts kits. I upgraded to better triggers after a while. I now have a Bravo lower to go on it, but I never regretted that decision. BCM is really good stuff.
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I would suggest he option out several different directions and weigh his preferences...
This is slightly over budget. He could go with a lesser optic and still be fine. Or he could buy half as many magazines and half a case of ammo. He will need to source a local stripped lower for this option. $40-$50...
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