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The AR-15 has become a modern-day icon and there are so many on the market that it’s easy to get confused.
A lot of the time, it comes down to the specific deal on offer. So if you don’t want to build an AR-15 just yet, and we don’t recommend inexperienced shooters go that way, then you really have to keep an eye out for the bargains.
We have decided to do that for you and come up with at least five great guns a month that we think represent the best AR-15 on the market at the right price.
Don’t expect a rocket-launcher slung underneath, or the infamous chainsaw attachment (we know…)
But we will show you a variety of different AR-15 rifles for every budget and hopefully help you make an informed choice.
1. Sig Sauer MCX Vertus Patrol
Sig Sauer promised to shake up the world with its MCX platform and with the 16-inch barrel, this lightweight AR-15 is a beast of a gun.
It’s much smaller than a traditional AR-15 and it’s almost like the pistol line. It comes with an extendable, lightweight stock and 16-inch barrel. An internal recoil system suppresses the sound and it weighs in at 7.9lb.
You get a 30-round magazine and a versatile gun that you can scope up for hunting or use for home defense.
This is a radical approach to the genre, but we like it. It’s also expensive, but not crazy money for such a compact gun with the Sig Sauer seal of approval.
Treat her right, and she’ll serve you well for years.
It isn’t a gun for a novice, but is one for the gun connoisseur.
2. DPMS Oracle A3
This gun is an absolute steal at around $450, and it’s actually got a 4.8 out of 5 stars on Brownell’s review section. That’s not easy to do.
It weighs just 6.4lb, it’s a classic AR-15 with a rail on the top so you can fit an optic for hunting or a laser sight and a lap for closer quarters. It’s made from forged aluminum and the furniture is pretty basic plastic.
That’s why it’s a great starter gun, though, as you can add your own stock and buffer guard when you know what you want.
It’s an extremely accurate,well-screwed together and honest AR-15 that you can spend money on over time.
3. Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport 2
It’s a 6.5lb classic AR-15 that you can shoot straight out of the box.
You get the guarantee that goes with the Smith & Wesson name and that alone is worth the slight premium for most of us. It’s a lifetime service guarantee, so the company is pretty sure it’s given you a gun that won’t let you down.
The barrel is lined with Nitride, pretty much everything is finished to perfection and you get a great example of a simple AR-15, rather than an overblown and poorly finished alternative.
4. Daniel Defense M4 A1 Lightweight
This is a whole new ballpark price wise, but if you want the best AR-15 and you really use it then the Daniel Defense M4 A1 Lightweight could be the gun you’ve been looking for.
This actually is a military-spec weapon and has been used by SOCOM since 2005. So when the Liberals cry about military-grade guns, this is the real deal. That means it comes with a 14.5 inch barrel, which could complicate things for you.
It’s a mid-length gas system, which is best for lower recoil, and the plastic furniture is lightweight. The whole gun is Cerakote-finished and it will last forever.
In some ways it’s the ultimate modern-day AR-15 and an an evolution of the other guns here. At this price, it really needs to be.
5. Colt Law Enforcement Carbine
Colt was right there at the start of this whole movement. It was the brains behind the iconic M16 machine gun that the US military, John Rambo and a good few others took into battle.
In 1964, Colt released the first semi-automatic version of this military hero to the public and it has just got better since then. The basic design isn’t that different,so Colt has had more than 50 years to work on the details.
It’s a great tactical gun with folding sights and a full-length rail that means you can dress it up as you want.
Colt is an American legend and it’s easy to see why officers and law enforcement agencies around the country rely on them when times get tough. If you’re going to have one home defense rifle, this would be the one I’d get.
How To Buy Guns Online
When you buy guns online, you just need to provide your local dealer’s details. You can then take advantage of he best deals and do the transfer paperwork at your local gun dealer as normal.
That should cost less than $30, so you’re not just limited to your local dealer’s stock and buying guns online really is that easy now.