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femalefanantic
October 4, 2012, 11:22 AM
I am a novice about assault rifles and shopping for an AR. Which ones should I consider shopping for in the $2,500 price range.

5.56RifleGuy
October 4, 2012, 12:39 PM
What are you looking to do with the rifle? Is that for a rifle and optics? Do you want to spend your whole budget or be able to get a nice rifle and some ammo?

checkmyswag
October 4, 2012, 11:04 PM
I was going to suggest buying the "standard", a Colt, until I saw your $2500 range!

Will leave that up to others. Enjoy!

raimius
October 5, 2012, 03:28 AM
(Nitpick incoming) An assault rifle will be out of your price range, as M16s tend to go for about $15,000. An AR-15, which is semi-auto only (thus not an assault rifle), will be in your price range, and not have so much paperwork with the ATF involved.

If you want a "duty rifle," I'd suggest looking at Colt, LMT, BCM and a few others.
If you want a rifle for the range, and don't require mil-spec or above components, there are a lot of manufacturers that will work nicely.
If you desire a hunting rifle, that will change things a bit.
If you want a target rifle, that's going to look very different from the common 16in carbines.

dos0711
October 5, 2012, 04:17 AM
First post and it's a highly debatable topic...hmmmm

madcratebuilder
October 5, 2012, 08:05 AM
Which ones should I consider shopping for in the $2,500

Colt 6920, few thousand rounds of LC 5.56 NATO and some training.

kraigwy
October 5, 2012, 08:38 AM
Depends on what you want to do.

If you just want to plink..........pretty much any AR will do. (Colt if you want the best)

If you want to get into Service Rifle, any lower with a good trigger, and a White Oak Upper. Good to 1000 yards. (Just an example, my service rifle trigger cost a bit over twice what I paid for the lower). $800 will get you a super White Oak upper.

If you want to do some 3-Gun style shooting then one of the flat top shorties or Civilian style M4 with some sort of red dot sights.

All will with in your $2500 budget, So take the rest, buy some reloading gear and components and load good bullets.

No AR or any other rifle is worth a hoot if you shoot crap ammo.

femalefanantic
October 5, 2012, 09:03 AM
Colt AR 6920 is what I'm looking for. Like to have fun at the range.

Mobuck
October 5, 2012, 11:33 AM
For 90% of users, any functional AR is good enough. If you're one of those logo ego guys, blow a big wad on a "prancing pony" logo but that doesn't mean you've got a better rifle than many other brands.
I can lay 6 rifles with the brandname covered on a table and let you fire them each 10 times. I'll bet a fair bit of change you can't determine which is a Colt and which is one I assembled in my basement.

Strafer Gott
October 5, 2012, 01:36 PM
Say MILSPEC three times and click your heels. They all disappear but the COLT!

griff383
October 5, 2012, 02:02 PM
You really cant go wrong with any of the ones suggested, maybe you want to look into a modular one like the LMT?

Justice06RR
October 6, 2012, 05:20 AM
$2500 range? :eek: You really have that much money available for an AR? If so I'd suggest Noveske or Daniel Defense.

Colt AR 6920 is what I'm looking for. Like to have fun at the range

Then go ahead and buy the Colt. its actually the gold standard for AR15's and should serve you well. it'll leave you with enough money for a ton of ammo too!

Metal god
October 6, 2012, 06:19 AM
+ 1 on the colt and a 1,000 rounds of ammo . That right there is only $1,600 . Then maybe red dot , extra mags , nice case and your budget is just about gone .

Amsdorf
October 6, 2012, 07:53 AM
$2,500 to spend?

Wow, I'd buy a Daniel Defense M4, an Aimpoint Micro and spend whatever you have left on ammo.

Here's a DD demo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9g5QErEfqY

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Amsdorf
October 6, 2012, 07:58 AM
" First post and it's a highly debatable topic...hmmmm "

How about you lighten up and simply welcome a new member to the Forum?

Hmmmm??

:mad:

curmudgeon1
October 6, 2012, 11:36 PM
Colt AR-15A3 Model 6721 HB, Nikon Monarch scope and ik rounds of ammo.:cool:

Powderman
October 7, 2012, 02:25 AM
Did someone mention the horsey?:D

Here ya go...


http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc9/jjawa3/6920wbipod1.jpg

This is the Colt LE6920, with an Aimpoint CompM2 and a YHM back up iron sight, co-witnessed to sight right through the optic. I have also mounted a Fenix TK11 as a weapon light--the bipod has been replaced with a Harris bipod. I also installed an Ergo grip--very comfortable.

If you wish, you can also remove the rear sights in this configuration, and install a scope, with the proper mount and rings.

It is utterly reliable and very accurate. I currently use it as a patrol rifle. Buy it with confidence!

BerdanSS
October 8, 2012, 10:31 PM
Strafer Gott

Say MILSPEC three times and click your heels. They all disappear but the COLT!

Really? Can I have all the GM H&R FN Lowers that disappear? So is that why the Mk18 block IIs are Daniel Defense?:D

OP,
LMT 16" patrol
Ammo
More Ammo
Class
;)

FYI the correct term for a semiautomatic counterpart to a machine gun (assault rifle) is an assault weapon...petty? yes but some people get hung up on that stuff and will string you up for it.

9mm
October 8, 2012, 10:51 PM
$2500 price range? thats top dollar for an AR, why not because you are new to AR's. Buy an Colt 6920, great deal and value. Colt has been making them from the 70's and thats who I went with for my first AR. $1200 OTD.

Unless you are going to fight a war, or shoot comp I don't see why waste $2500 on an AR. When you can have a great AR for $1200 and 2k + rounds and a nice scope for $2500, which you will probably never shoot out.:D


Colt AR 6920 is what I'm looking for. Like to have fun at the range

Answered your own question. :p

Tangentabacus
October 9, 2012, 06:47 AM
I got a 6920 (I think anyways) Colt and I LOVE it... All my friends wish they'd have bought a nicer rifle. Keep your sights on a Colt, put the rest of your money in some good gear for your rifle and ammo. Reloading? Well... Maybe not yet... Maybe an Aimpoint and some MagPul gear.

Strafer Gott
October 9, 2012, 09:03 AM
I must be out of touch, but I haven't seen an H&R lower since 1973. Forgive my ignorance. Where might these lowers be found? Are they resuscitated dmilz or what. Same for GMs, which I haven't seen in ever so long. Just for nostalgia 's sake.

Father Time
October 9, 2012, 10:50 AM
FYI the correct term for a semiautomatic counterpart to a machine gun (assault rifle) is an assault weapon...petty? yes but some people get hung up on that stuff and will string you up for it.

FYI "assault weapon" is NOT the correct term for a semi auto counterpart to an assault rifle. "Assault Weapon" is a bs term made up by activist to scare people into supporting gun legislation.


The correct term for a semi auto counter part to a military weapon is "semi automatic carbine/rifle"


Petty? No.
Accurate? Yes

bbamericanb
October 12, 2012, 02:46 PM
In the 2500 dollar price range I would go with a LWRC or a Barrett rec7.

Coltman 77
October 12, 2012, 03:52 PM
You'd be surprised how the required accessories add up for a nice AR. I certainly was.

Colt 6940 for about $1500.00 then add Magpul CTR Stock ($79.95), LaRue Tactical Sling ($69.95), Aimpoint Red Dot M4S ($756.00), LaRue Forward Grip ($107.00).

And don't forget plenty of decent range ammo. 1,000 rds. of Lake City XM855 ($400.00).

I've described the rifle at the bottom of my picture, the only difference is the top Colt has an Aimpoint Micro T1 ($650.00) so it's a bit less expensive.


http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo220/cashbailey_photos/DSCN0407.jpg

I wish you the best of luck with your purchase. :)

mySig229
October 12, 2012, 04:05 PM
Get an FN SCAR, (5.56 or .308 NATO) or a Remington ACR for that price range. Better than ANY standard AR

DasGuy
October 12, 2012, 04:05 PM
If you don't want to buld one (which is a ton of fun); I'd go with a Daniel Defense mid length rifle. Larue also makes a really nice rifle. Those would leave you with plenty of money to buy a nice optic (around $500 for a non magnified aimpoint / eotech, or $1,000 for a magnified optic).

I'd go with a mid length gas system if you're getting a 16in barrel (standard). Carbine gas systems just look goofy with that barrel length.

Coltman 77
October 13, 2012, 04:31 PM
So female fanatic, you've gotten a lot of knowledgeable, well written, seriously considered responses....

What are you going to do? All of us posters look forward to your response and with all respect I think we deserve one asap. :)

Coltman 77
October 14, 2012, 03:36 PM
See the above post. :)

What's your decision? How about the courtesy of a reply?

Coltman 77
October 15, 2012, 03:53 PM
Never mind. I really don't care what you do at this point, if you even read this.

We have so many people enter this forum, ask questions about what they should buy. They get 20+ well thought out replies from seasoned members with years of shooting experience trying to help.

Then, the OP never shows back up to give us an update or even a simple "thanks".

raimius
October 16, 2012, 12:00 AM
Colt AR 6920 is what I'm looking for. Like to have fun at the range.
Seems like she decided about a page ago.