View Full Version : What is the best AR-15 manufacturer?

M1A Owner
January 20, 2010, 07:29 PM

I'm wanted to buy an AR-15 M4 and looking for the best manufacturer. What do you think? If you have pics, post them. Thanks

M1A Owner

January 20, 2010, 07:33 PM
This is done once a week and is too subjective..

I'll throw out the usual suspects and I am sure **** someone off that I forgot their favorite brand.


Out of these BCM is my value pick, most bang for your buck.

January 20, 2010, 07:58 PM
There are plenty of good ones. This is rather like saying "what's the best V8 sports car" as you'll get peoples opinions.

I personally like Bushmaster though there's no real feature they have you cannot get with other brands. I like having a Chrome lined barrel, a staked gas key, a good firing pin retaining pin that actually stays put (I had a DPMS with one that didn't stay in by itself).

I've cycled a cheap Olympic Arms AR15, the action was rough and gritty and the entire gun seemed poorly made.

For me:
Rock River

January 20, 2010, 08:17 PM
Noveske, LaRue, BCM, LMT, Colt, Daniel Defense...
You'd be very well served with any of those.

January 20, 2010, 08:52 PM
i like s&w but that's just me

January 20, 2010, 09:48 PM
I have had many over the years, and the ones that remain are BCM and Stag.....

Not that the others weren't functional, the ones I have kept just function and feel right when I am shooting them.....you know when a gun shoots good. You trust it.


Never had either a Noveske or LMT

January 20, 2010, 10:05 PM
You should check out the SIG556.

That is more AK than AR

January 21, 2010, 12:42 AM

After that, Colt, LMT, BCM, etc...

January 21, 2010, 01:27 AM
Of all my AR's Colt has been the best for me.

January 21, 2010, 01:42 AM
LWRC but get one with a gas piston if money is no object

January 21, 2010, 10:12 AM
I'm going to go with doughboy racing:) I have an LWRC M6A3 and have not had any issues with it so far. They have a great forum and customer service. There are other out there that are good: Noveske, LMT, Colt, POF, LaRue, etc.



Art Eatman
January 21, 2010, 12:35 PM
For those who are bored with this subject: Don't waste my time with noise.

January 21, 2010, 12:56 PM
I'd go with Noveske if you have the cash, second choice would be a Colt. I've always wanted a Colt, but that's just because I carried one for a few years while in the Army. I've never seen any of the other top tier AR's in person so I really can't comment on them...

I've had good experiences with both BCM and with Bushmaster. The Bushmaster might need a few things to bring it up to speed but they are minor. The BCM rocked the Casbah right out of the box.

January 21, 2010, 01:06 PM
If I was buying my first AR, I'd get this
However, it's currently out of stock.
Or maybe snag this upper
and put it on an LMT or BCM lower

March 20, 2012, 11:41 PM
Maybe creating a sticky will help everyone with the "best" AR. Seems to come up about every day.

March 20, 2012, 11:46 PM
The best for what? In what price range? Using what ammo? I guess if you want less biased opinions you could go to different company's websites (especially the custom ones) and see who's parts they use.
I decided to build my own. I'm pretty sure its going to cost me more than a knight's Armory would, not have the name brand, warrenty, or tested components that work together, and instead of being put together by a gunsmith is going to be put together by yours truly. But hopefully the ranger god will smile upon me and it'll be the best frankenrifle in the world.

March 20, 2012, 11:50 PM
Knights Armaments

March 20, 2012, 11:53 PM
I always get the A wrong. I did the same thing with rock river. I blame old age... I don't care if I am 28.

March 21, 2012, 12:11 AM
BUY it in parts the way you want it,Let yourself be the builder & youll know your rifle better. good luck.

March 21, 2012, 06:59 AM
Expensive (top tier)

Knights Armament
A few others...

Others that have good reps

Spikes Tactical
Daniel Defense

I recently decided to put two together and went with RRA because I like their triggers and barrels. Went with BCM for the other because of their rep and use of Milspec everything.

March 21, 2012, 08:05 AM
If you really want a high quality AR-15 instead of asking for manufacturers you need to find out about the difference between piston impingement and the legacy gas impingement. On the outside both look the same but the piston impingement is the current generation of technology.

This talks about the HK416 but there are lots of manufacturers out there http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3LHEYUha9c

Additionally, within the piston manufacturer there are some that use special NP3 coating that reduce friction and increases hardness.

Before spending your money on the wrong rifle spend $20 and get this book it has lots of good info and even has chapters on 18 specific AR-15s and their manufacturers. Highly recommended.


Since you are a current M1A owner, you may be interested in something like mine in .308 It is a piston rifle and a totally fun to shoot out to 700 yards. POF 308 20" Barrel, Swarowski Z6 5-30x50


March 21, 2012, 08:27 AM
So many AR questions have come up on this forum in the last 6 months, many the same ones over and over, it might be a idea to start a whole new sub-section under rifles just for the AR platform. I suppose those that are not interested in the AR are a bit tired of the same questions being asked over and over in the general rifle section. I know everyone has the option of not opening threads they are not interested in but many subject lines do not give a clue as to what the actual question is inside.

Art Eatman
March 21, 2012, 09:14 AM
Utopia, I generally agree, but then we'd have to consider other "brand lovers".

My problem is that "The best...?" is a silly question--at best. :D There ain't no such animal.