View Full Version : AR-15: If You Had One Choice?

November 16, 2012, 09:26 PM
I was going to purchase a S&W M&P-15 Sport model... As we all know (hopefully), Obama has intentions of reviving the assault weapons ban. I live in NY, a state where it is still active. The thing is, we all know about Barack Obama's "hatred" of these (deadly assault rifles). I don't want to get too political, as I believe it is against forum rules... What if Obama were to not just go for a ban, but a ban against actual weapon systems, such as the AR/AK platforms and the like?

If I were to go to my local shop, and order a solid, well built, reliable, basically no corners cut AR-15, what would I buy? Something that is a step up of the already solid M&P-15 Sport, but not as fancy/expensive as one of those piston driven rifles. MSRP, preferably about $900-1100, but hopefully no more.

Of course, this means it would have to have a NY compliant model, and I know Smith and Wesson has several models that are both NY ban (eastern states) along with California compliant models.

The M&P15FT http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_786045_-1_757785_757784_757784_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

There's also an "optics ready" model, but I'd probably lean more towards the above. You've already got nice rails and less to do to the gun out of the box. Also, those magpul sights seem pretty damn solid. http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_765628_-1_757785_757784_757784_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

I know the RT is above my price range, but out the door, it shouldnt be too bad. Before, I kinda leaned away from rails, I wanted to stick to a standard grip (not sure on terminology) but now, I guess you could say I'm getting paranoid and it's better to get a railed gun now, then want one later and have it be hard to get... What are some other brands/rifles that are NY compliant and similar to the above as far as quality and price? Thanks. :D

November 16, 2012, 09:42 PM
If you can get a CMMG or spikes tactical, that is the rifle to get.

November 16, 2012, 10:32 PM
Ah, right, I hear extremely good things about spikes... Now that I looked, I didnt realize they had options for pinned stocks, etc for compliance. Spikes has been added to options list!

November 16, 2012, 10:40 PM
Check out Windham Weaponry. MSRP is $1040, I got mine for $770. Great rifle, been told from reliable sources that it is near identical to a more expensive Colt.

Art Eatman
November 16, 2012, 11:19 PM
I'm quite content with my Colt A2 20" critter, and with the CMMG upper I set up for varmint hunting/truck gun.

November 16, 2012, 11:25 PM
As we all know (hopefully), Obama has intentions of reviving the assault weapons ban

I bought one from a company in S fla, getting close to 5k rounds, no issues. Rifle was around a grand. Well worth it. Feed it some brass but mostly russian steel and never one FTAnything

November 17, 2012, 01:05 AM
Needing a compliant AR ruins your whole thread title. I know what I'd get in my state, what I got actually, but can't comment on a NY compliant model other than to say be 100% sure it's legal. For that reason you might be best to buy something off the shelf in a LGS not online.

A NY compliant S&W should be a good choice

November 17, 2012, 09:27 AM
As a fellow NY'er with a half dozen AR-15's, I have found it's easiest to get the AR you want is to purchase your upper and lower separately. I also find I have saved hundreds of dollars by purchasing online and having my lowers shipped to a local FFL.

Since uppers can be shipped directly to your home, you have the ability to make your upper AWB compliant relatively easily by grinding the bayonet lug off and pinning on a brake. If you buy a lower with a fixed A2 stock, there is no need to do any work on the lower.

Here is an NY compliant lower (http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=317196778) that will not break the bank. I would also recommend checking out PK Firearms (http://pkfirearms.com/) Palmetto (http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/complete-uppers.html) and BCM (http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/AR15-M16-M4-Barrel-Assemblies-s/3.htm) since they have excellent quality uppers to go with your lower.

November 17, 2012, 11:46 AM
I don't think you can go wrong with either a Spike's, S&W or PSA. Spike's uses M16 BCGs and you can get a FN CHF barrel. Both mine are great shooters.

My Spike's (Florida Lower)


My M&P OR (Modified with Low Pro gas block and Samson Evo Rail)


November 17, 2012, 11:57 AM
BCM. You won't be disappointed.