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My wife shot an AR yesterday - God is good, all the time!
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We were walking around the firearms expo at the Lycoming County Consolidated Sportsman yesterday to see what we wanted to shoot.

We passed the table where the silencers (or a "SHUSH" as Sigfried called them on Get Smart) were being displayed and tried.

My wife said that would be interesting.

But first we wandered down by the Barrett big .50 caliber.

For $6 you get to take a shot or two from the Barret.

But the line there was big and the "Over Lord" to the Barrett came walking by saying the rifle needs to cool down (it was the Belle of the Ball.)

So my wife said time to get back to the SHUSH, I mean silencers.

They had silencers on a bolt action rifle or two, on some semi auto hand guns and on a AR style .223.

You could chose any of these you wanted to shoot.

She knew stepping up to the table the AR was what she wanted.

The silencer worked awesome.

But in that one mystical and magical moment, my wife became an AR fan!

So my question to all of you is, not going through the build process, what is a good AR manufacturer to look at where the price won't be outrageously high but the rifle would be upgradable as desired?

I know of Rock River Arms, Stag, DPMS, and Bushmaster as being over at our local gun shop.

Do you people recommend any of these or are there others that may be better?

Thanks for any info.

Most likely this was the only way my wife would have ever come to really like an AR - through actually getting her hands on one up at the line.

Thanks for any info regarding makes/models.

God bless!!

PPP
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I talked my FIL into buying an M&P Sport yesterday. He has shot my M&PT numerous times without fail so i think picking up the same make gave him some comfort. From the reviews I read it seems to be a great entry level rifle. His scenario limited us to shopping at Cabelas to take advantage of a massive stack of gift cards he accumulated through a rewards program at work. Were we able to shop elsewhere I probably would have pushed one of the names in your list though that M&P made for a tough bargain to beat IMO.
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(09-16-2012, 07:50 AM)Pistol Packin Preacher Wrote: We were walking around the firearms expo at the Lycoming County Consolidated Sportsman yesterday to see what we wanted to shoot.

We passed the table where the silencers (or a "SHUSH" as Sigfried called them on Get Smart) were being displayed and tried.

My wife said that would be interesting.

But first we wandered down by the Barrett big .50 caliber.

For $6 you get to take a shot or two from the Barret.

But the line there was big and the "Over Lord" to the Barrett came walking by saying the rifle needs to cool down (it was the Belle of the Ball.)

So my wife said time to get back to the SHUSH, I mean silencers.

They had silencers on a bolt action rifle or two, on some semi auto hand guns and on a AR style .223.

You could chose any of these you wanted to shoot.

She knew stepping up to the table the AR was what she wanted.

The silencer worked awesome.

But in that one mystical and magical moment, my wife became an AR fan!

So my question to all of you is, not going through the build process, what is a good AR manufacturer to look at where the price won't be outrageously high but the rifle would be upgradable as desired?

I know of Rock River Arms, Stag, DPMS, and Bushmaster as being over at our local gun shop.

Do you people recommend any of these or are there others that may be better?

Thanks for any info.

Most likely this was the only way my wife would have ever come to really like an AR - through actually getting her hands on one up at the line.

Thanks for any info regarding makes/models.

God bless!!

PPP
They are all mostly upgradable as they are copies of the same platform. I like A3 flat top receiver because I like to mount my own optics.

Most use the same type of aluminum but different finishes. DPMS makes decent ARs that won't cost too much and are considered reliable. Stag over Bushmaster, but that comes at a higher price. RRA over DPMS, but then again, price.

I built my own, was fun and not hard at all. I went with YHM, BCM, LMT and CMC for parts.
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That is awesome. I bet now she'll want one.
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With AR's it just a matter of what you want to do with it and how much you want to spend.

http://www.pa2a.org/thread-great-deal-ps...le-package

This is a great deal because it has a $400 aimpoint on it. You could sell it later and you will still have a great rifle for only $600.
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I will show my wife the Palmetto link.

Also, would this be an item that there may be some good deals found on in late November or early December?

An extra $100 saved = ammo stash.

The AR she shot at the range had an awesome scope on it.

It produced a red arrow that was very visible.

I have shot one or two red dots but the arrow was really nice.

Is this the optic that comes with the Palmetto package deal?

The overall feel of the rifle, the great weight balance, the great scope, and the light recoil really impressed her.

When I stepped to the line after my wife I looked at the multitude of silencer laced firearms on the table and my wife points to the AR and said; "Trust me, you want that one."

I don't know if a shush, I mean silencer is needed - but it would make for a really tacticool complete package for days at the range.

We got an AK first due to the potential they could be the first to have restrictions placed on by those that feel they can take better care of me than I can.

But now, with her getting this line time, an AR is now officially "On the List!"

Without yesterday, when it comes to ARs, I am still just crying in my beer (root or birch - watch it now!)

The local shop has a Stag 1, Stag 2, and Stag 3 lined right up on the wall.

That really is s pretty sight!

Thanks.

God bless!!

PPP
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Stags are very good quality AR's. I have the model 2, flat top flip up front and rear sights and a Trijicon ACOG. But that is not a cheap package. the scope alone is about $1100.
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#8
I would suggest building one. They are not complex at all, and you have the benefit of learning each part, and it's place.

As for the wife taking that jump, congrats. I will warn you though. The AR platform is not a cheap one.

You get the rifle, then new optics. . . then a single point sling. . . and a grip. But why get the grip. . when you can get the grip pod? And you will need that muzzle break, and those flip up sights, and maybe a spare this or that.

As for sales in november or december, with the election, I don't think they will be going down in price.
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I second the recommendation for the Palmetto State rifle if you are not going to build it yourself which is always the best option. . It has everything the "top" guys advise for a quality rifle with the MPI, chrome linning, and M16 bolt. And for close to there price you also get a great aimpoint red-dot.


The scope your describing sounds like an ACOG. It is fantastic but sit down before looking at the sticker price. If you bought the Palmetto State rifle by itself at six hundred then the ACOG could run you twice as much as your rifle.




PS: good luck in your search. Between the misses discovering the AR and your other thread on you discovering Sig Sauer your in for a new gun wish list thread.
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Another question (or two) for those in the know ...

Is it cheaper to assemble one than to buy one assembled?

My son has been visiting www.ar15builder.com and so I was wondering about this.

How many parts are there to an AR?
Which parts are the most important to get higher quality of?
Where are you people purchasing from (online or local)?
Any special tools or procedures needed to assemble an AR (there is for an AK)?

Thanks.

God bless!!

PPP
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