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Old 06-02-2020, 07:54 PM
btyreprich btyreprich is online now
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Default AR-15 Suggestions for a beginner

Was thinking of purchasing a pistol to get started shooting, but am now thinking that perhaps a rifle is a better option. A rifle is easier to aim at a target versus a pistol.
My son has 2 AR-15 rifles he built from a kit and enjoys these over the pistols.
Any suggestions as to a good AR-15 for a beginner? Would love to get feedback from others on their rifles.

Did a Google search before starting this thread and the numerous manufacturers and options gave me a headache!

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-03-2020, 06:01 PM
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I went with a DPMS Sportical and am VERY happy with it. I went 7.62/.308 AR-10 model, but the 5.56/.223 model is identical besides the round it shoots. Great gun for the price. It shoots about as accurate as other friend's AR's who built their's themselves and their uppers alone cost more than my complete gun. What really sold me was the more traditional handguard as opposed to a rail system. Much better for target shooting and hunting. You can still add accessories to it if needed.

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Old 06-18-2020, 12:26 PM
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Ruger and Rock River make good complete rifles also. I usually look at Sportsmans Outdoors.com (on line gun sales) to see whats out there.
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Old 07-01-2020, 01:53 PM
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I have 18 in barrel Bushmaster. Bought it over 15 years ago. Wife enjoyed shooting when we used to go out to Buffalo range in Ottawa IL...223 feels like shooting 22 ..virtually no recoil
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Old 07-01-2020, 04:00 PM
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All of the above listed brands are good rifles. I bought my wife a DPMS, and it is a great rifle for her. I would not want to put 10000 rounds through it, but she won't ever shoot it that much.

I have a Colt that I have put over 20k rounds through, and other than replacing a few very small items,(extractor, gas rings, firing pin,) the barrel is still good and still a minute of angle gun.

You do not have to spend all the dough, there are lots of companies building AR15 style rifles with good results.
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