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Old August 13, 2017, 12:31 PM   #1
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Best AR under $600?

Can anyone recommend the best (most reliable and good quality) AR for under $600? I am not an AR guy so have no idea what is currently offered, other than there are a ton of companies making them now and prices have fallen dramatically on them.

Looking for a home defense gun and plan to add an AimPoint PRO or other quality red dot, BUIS, and a good flashlight such as a Surefire or Elzetta. I plan to add nothing else, trying to keep it simple.

So whats the most dependable and best for under $600 in the AR world?

PS: No I don't want to build the damn thing, just buy it.
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Old August 13, 2017, 01:20 PM   #2
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PSA.

Built at 450 right now. Better metal than the Ruger or S&W M&PII and mid length vs their carbine.
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Old August 13, 2017, 01:25 PM   #3
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Might as well get this out of the way. http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts...38-174289.aspx

Add an ALG Defense rail and the butt stock of your choice and you're golden. A touch over your budget...
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Old August 13, 2017, 01:38 PM   #4
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Old August 13, 2017, 03:15 PM   #5
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Might as well get this out of the way. http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts...38-174289.aspx

Add an ALG Defense rail and the butt stock of your choice and you're golden. A touch over your budget...
And there is this option for $550.


http://www.brownells.com/firearms/ri...RO%2bPRECISION

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Old August 13, 2017, 04:30 PM   #6
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You can put a blem CHF 1:7 PSA together (fully assembled upper and lower no tools needed) with nickle boron bcg for under $500...to me that's the best deal going by a long shot

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Old August 13, 2017, 04:49 PM   #7
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Check out Palmetto State Armory. They have some smoking hot deals.
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Old August 13, 2017, 05:02 PM   #8
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Smith & Wesson M&P 15. They're crazy accurate, durable, and have an excellent warranty.

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Old August 13, 2017, 08:19 PM   #9
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PSA. Enough said.
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Old August 13, 2017, 09:02 PM   #10
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The basic Aero Precision midlength is around $550 at Brownells... I would say it is the best rifle at the sub $600 price point.

Currently PSA has what is basically the same rifle as the Aero, but with magpul furniture... For $450...

Both are using proper alloys and steels in the right places... I believe both have MP/HP tested bolts as well. The barrels are Nitrided, not chrome lined, but that isn't a bad thing... Some prefer nitrided.


While I would argue that the Aero is overall a better made rifle than the PSA... And if they were the same price, to choose the Aero... The difference isn't that large, and $450 is a dang good price, making it a better buy overall, more so with the magpul furniture thrown in with the price.
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Old August 14, 2017, 08:43 PM   #11
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I bought the S&W M & P 15 Sport II for $559 with a lifetime warranty. I like it a lot and I have seen in cheaper since I bought mine. I would buy it again as it is accurate and has performed flawlessly.
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Old August 14, 2017, 10:54 PM   #12
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I bought the S&W M & P 15 Sport II for $559 with a lifetime warranty. I like it a lot and I have seen in cheaper since I bought mine. I would buy it again as it is accurate and has performed flawlessly.
$430 here!

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Old August 15, 2017, 12:18 AM   #13
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VERY COOL!!!!!!!

Are the Smith & Wesson M&P-15 IIs good guns? Seems like a good price!!
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Old August 15, 2017, 01:01 AM   #14
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Disclaimer: I do NOT own an S&W AR but folks I know that do have them have been generally pleased.

If you want to go to a store like Cabelas or Fleet Farm and just pick one up I've seen the following name brands in your price range.

Ruger AR-556 ($550)
Bushmaster ($500)
DPMS ($500)

That Brownells Aero Precision sure looks good though...
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Old August 15, 2017, 07:40 PM   #15
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I'd definitely choose the Aero over the Smith, Bushy, or DMPS. Aero stuff is finished very nicely, I love their receivers and barrels.

For the $450 price tag for PSA rifles right now, they're the best bang for the buck.
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Old August 15, 2017, 08:24 PM   #16
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The S&W is a good rifle... But the BCG is a bit lower end... Its also a carbine length gas.

The PSA for $450 is the best deal going ATM, and the Aero is the best made under $600... The particular PSA model they have on sale is close though.
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Old August 15, 2017, 10:38 PM   #17
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Krikey! If those things drop to $399, I might have to order another one! (Four is a nice round number. One for me, one for my wife and one for each of he dogs, I guess.)
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Old August 16, 2017, 07:53 PM   #18
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Try CDNN sports website. I believe they have an AR for about $450.00.
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Old August 17, 2017, 09:56 AM   #19
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First, understand that 'BEST' and 'Under $600' are mutually exclusive as the cheap bottom end ARs are made up of . . . . . . . . . . . you guessed it, cheap and bottom end parts using cheap and bottom end labor.
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Old August 17, 2017, 01:06 PM   #20
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^I'd assume that's why he said "best under $600". As in what is the best rifle under $600. Not "what is the best rifle".

Rifles under $600 can fully functional and nice rifles. Ever seen one of the Aero's? Very nice fit and finish.
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Old August 17, 2017, 03:37 PM   #21
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First, understand that 'BEST' and 'Under $600' are mutually exclusive as the cheap bottom end ARs are made up of . . . . . . . . . . . you guessed it, cheap and bottom end parts using cheap and bottom end labor.
I disagree. The $600 rifles are more than serviceable for the vast majority of shooters. What separates a $1,200 rifle from a $600 rifle usually comes down to the barrel, a free float handguard, furniture, mid-length gas (on a 16" barrel), and possibly (but not always) an upgraded trigger.

While all of those are great features, none of them are at all necessary.

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Old August 17, 2017, 05:33 PM   #22
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If you want a carbine gas with M4 unlined handguards and you are going to shoot mainly 55gr and 62gr 556/223 then you cannot go wrong with a S&W M&P Sport II. They are available for $429-$469 online with free shipping so you can get out the door for under $450 depending on what you pay for transfers.

It is not the best rifle but unless you are planning on shooting 10,000 rounds out of your budget carbine, which most people are not, then it should serve you well. Its downside is the A2 front post so if you want to swap the handguard for a FF rail later you will need to redo the gas block.

If you want to do a Semi build I really recommend the Areo OEM rifles. You can get one for $499 + $10 FFL fee - $30 coupon from Brownells.



http://www.brownells.com/firearms/ri...RO%2bPRECISION

From there you can add whatever rail you want. A great 12" keymod or M-Lok will set you back $85 from Aero. Magpul MBUS will cost you $75. So for a little over your budget will have solid gun. Better on paper than the Sport II and a bit more customized.
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The prices are so good nowadays I've even been tempted...especially the PSA setups. Very tempted to just buy an MORE lower from PSA, which is going blemished for $150...then finding the upper I want later.
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None of the lesser priced AR's by major companies are produced of inferior parts or cheap labor, the differences as mentioned above come in the absence of free floating rails, barrel finish (phosphate vs melonite/chrome bore) GI stock etc. The Sport, Ruger, Delton and the like are all nice rifles and if you look deeply some offer mid length gas (PSA, Aero, Delton) M-16 carrier group etc.
Today your purchase price is dependent upon your good shopping skills as the merchandise is available and priced right.
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The last thing I need is another 16" AR-15 but palmetto keeps sending me the email with the $449 mid length with magpul furniture. I don't know if I can resist much longer.
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