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Old May 13, 2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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DPMS Sportical

i have been looking at this rifle for a while now and was wondering if anybody could tell me anything about it. is it a good rifle, are there any problems with it. i have never fired one and was hoping there was someone on here who has.
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Old May 14, 2012, 05:15 AM   #2
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Worked on one, but never fired it.

I didn't care for the non-standard cast upper receiver. I helped the owner replace it with a Bravo Company upper. The gas block on his worked itself loose.

I think it shot okay.

Unless it is dirt cheap, I think you could do better.
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Old May 14, 2012, 06:33 AM   #3
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I didn't care for the non-standard cast upper receiver.
A cast upper? Are you positive about that? I know DPMS makes a extruded upper for the .308 AR's. I didn't see anything at there web site to indicate any cast uppers.
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Old May 14, 2012, 09:22 AM   #4
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I think the high quality & low-cost ARs from manufacturers like PSA and Spikes just makes the DPMS rifles pointless, but that's just my opinion.
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Old May 14, 2012, 11:16 AM   #5
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A neighbor bought one at a local Walmart for under $600.
He graciously allowed me to try it out and even supplied the ammo.
It seemed just fine, in all regards.
It digested the inexpensive, steel cased Tula ammo, was very accurate at the 50 yds we were trying it, with a cheapie dot sight.
It doesn't come with sights at all on the flattop version that he got.
No complaints.
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Old May 14, 2012, 12:20 PM   #6
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It's a budget AR-15. No more, no less. For those without much money but wanting an AR, it isn't bad. It isn't the equal of more expensive rifles, but it beats no rifle.

IMO, the S&W M&P Sport is probably a better choice, but I don't know how the price compares to the Sportical.
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Old May 14, 2012, 06:13 PM   #7
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Agree with the above. I don't have first hand experience with DPMS but have read reviews both good and bad. On the flip side, I haven't read a single bad review on the Smith & Wesson. In fact, reviews seem to be better than they were just a year ago and it's becoming a very reputable Carbine. I have the Smith M&P OR and couldn't be happier.
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Old May 14, 2012, 07:16 PM   #8
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If you could manage to save an extra 200 or so dollars, you could build a nice high quality AR. Buy once, cry once.

Also, if you build you dont have to buy in one lump sum. Easier that way for most of us.
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Old May 14, 2012, 09:00 PM   #9
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Is this your first AR15 and what purpose would do you plan to shoot it?

For a starter AR, it is ok granted the low price. Some local Walmarts are selling them now and I've seen them going for about $587.

As a very basic AR15 it doesn't come with any sights, dust cover, case deflector, and battery assist - thus the affordable price. If you are using this as a plinker or range only rifle that is just fine. For anything more serious like competition or duty use, it will not cut it.

So if you're looking to buy this just to get into the AR platform, its ok. You will have to buy/add the extra equipment like iron sights or a scope at the very least. If you can save up another ~$100 I believe the Smith and Wesson M&P15 Sport goes for about $699 and is a much better choice IMO.
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Old May 15, 2012, 06:45 AM   #10
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cast upper? Are you positive about that?
No, I'm not sure about it. It could have been and extrusion.

I am sure that it didn't strike me as being a particularly high quality component.
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Old May 15, 2012, 11:12 PM   #11
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IMO, the S&W M&P Sport is probably a better choice, but I don't know how the price compares to the Sportical
I bought my M&P 15 Sport for $599.
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Old May 15, 2012, 11:35 PM   #12
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My cousin has one and it is unbelievably accurate!!, with cheap Tula ammo at that... Now he dont army crawl thru mud and sand , and it hasn't had any problems feeding or fireing either. That being said.. I would suggest you spend a couple dollars more on one with a dust cover and forward assist. They have came in handy acouple of times with my AR, but I tend to be rough on mine..
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Old May 16, 2012, 02:42 PM   #13
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thanks for all the replys, i always thought the s&w's were more expensive i will have to look into those
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Old May 16, 2012, 04:08 PM   #14
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The S&W M&P 15 Sport has a MSRP of $699 but can be for $599. The next S&W M&P 15 is the Optics Ready (OR). It retails for around $829.
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Old May 16, 2012, 04:45 PM   #15
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I own a DPMS. It is a fine gun. Do not let the naysayers convince you to buy one of their "Brand" guns. Buy the cheap DPMS, shoot it and have fun.

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Old May 16, 2012, 05:16 PM   #16
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or apparently a remington
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Old May 24, 2012, 10:00 PM   #17
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Haven't put that many rounds thru mine as of yet, but I have ZERO complaints. I put a Nikon M-223 3x12x42 BDC on a Burris QD PEPR mount. So far so good. Im not real crazy about the Pardus stock, doesnt fit my shoulder pocket, so I might end up with a Magpul ACS stock, MOE handguards, and MOE grip...all in the dark earth color.

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Old May 24, 2012, 10:03 PM   #18
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Meant to say I'll probably polish the trigger too

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Old May 26, 2012, 06:19 AM   #19
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I had a sportical and foolishly was talked out of it. I convinced myself that i was flush with ars and wouldnt miss it. thing is it was a handy gun. One of the lightest ars ive owned. It was dead reliable and easily shot moa. What more could you ask out of an ar. Wish i wouldnt have let it go. Ive got some higher dollar ars and they do nothing the sportical didnt do just as well
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