GUN What's a good, cheap flattop AR15/M4?

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  1. Mugatu

    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    I want to buy one to upgrade.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Ford4Life

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    Define cheap.
     
  3. Hooligan

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    SW M&P15OR
     
  4. Mugatu

    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    I just want to change out quite a bit so I don't want to spend more than I have to on a basic rifle.
     
  5. Mugatu

    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    :o

    I was bitten by the gun bug.
     
  6. Mugatu

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    Dumbstixlars Ron Paul/AR-15/Glock/old car/Scooby/R/C croo OT Supporter

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    lobstradomus New Member

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    What all are you planning on changing out? You might be better off just building one exactly how you want from the start depending on what you have planned.
     
  10. If you're looking to upgrade to a good, cheap AR, what did you have before?
     
  11. mephistopholes

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    I just started assembling my first AR. I put together an FAL a few years ago and decided to try another build. There are many different configurations available for the AR. If you have some specific things you want the gun to have you will likely be money ahead to put one together from scratch than buying a complete rifle and then replacing parts on it. That way you get exactly what you want rather than spending money on parts you don't need.

    I've only got the lower complete so far but it was very easy to put together. The only special tool I picked up was a wrench for the castle nut on the stock but even that could be pretty easily improvised. It's also kind of nice to know how all of the parts in the rifle interact in the event you want to work on it later or have any issues with it.
     
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    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

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    Every week it gets harder and harder to not come out to your shop and buy one. :o
     
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    What all are you going to upgrade on it? If you're just going to swap out the stock/handguards/grip I'd say pick up a M&P15. If it's anything more than that, why not just do a custom build?
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Those "optic" risers are worthless. My first AR is a BM. It has been 100%. Hard to go wrong with them.

    If you can get it for $800. Might as well.
     
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    i'd go LMT. you can get a full rifle for $1000 or less
     
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    Thats what our local police department issues to rifle qualified officers..
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    if you are going to upgrade it, especially lots of upgrades, why don't you just buy a stripped lower and/or stripped upper and build from there? It will probably be cheaper to build it than buy it and start replacing parts.

    Unless you will be upgrading over a long period of time and want to still shoot it.
     
  20. Mugatu

    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    Well that's probably what I'll be doing - I would like to build from scratch but this will be my first rifle since I left the army so I want to be able to keep shooting it in between upgrades.

    Once I'm done then I'll build one from the ground up.

    Thanks for the suggestions all!
     
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    KNYTE I'm Not Kidding.

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    Go to Shooter's Vault on 32nd and Greenway.
     
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    My DPMS wasn't too bad.
     
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    Ditto, I like my DPMS, pretty accurate as well. Like $700, no chrome barrel though.
     
  24. Mugatu

    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    I've heard some bad things about DPMS though - have you guys had any problems?
     
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    Not yet, but I am a stickler on cleaning and lubing my guns as well as what ammo I shoot through it. The thinner non-chrome barrel does get really hot, but I haven't noticed any accuracy issues with a hot barrel
     

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