20 Best AR-15s Under $2000 – Mar 2020

Christensen Arms CA-15 Recon. The best AR-15 for sale under $2000.

Update: Coronavirus means cheaper AR-15s are already sold out, and we’re starting to feel the effects of the rush on the higher end guns too.

If you can’t see the gun you want, then these are live links to what the dealers actually have in stock and can sell you right now.

It’s the best system we could come up with in an emergency, but we are updating posts every day. If we stop, it means we’re zombies now too, and you might have to make do with a bolt action rifle…

If you’re on the lookout for a premium AR-15 for sale for $2,000 or less, it’s a pretty sweet time to be alive.

These days you can buy an AR-15 for $2000 with a short-stroke gas piston, lightweight materials and you can pretty much bet it’s beyond Mil-spec at this price.

Buy online with the USA Gun Store and we’ll keep finding the lowest prices and even better guns.

So what is the best AR-15 under $2000? Here are our picks.

Daniel Defense DDM4V7 Pro Rifle on sale - a Bargain of an AR-15 and the best sub-$2000 AR-15 on sale in 2019.

1. Daniel Defense DDM4 V7

  • Price: $1,649.99
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/5.56 NATO
  • Action: Gas-Piston Operated
  • Barrel length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32.25-36 inch
  • Weight: 6.2lb

Update: If you’re prepared to back order and wait, Euro Optic will sell you this Daniel Defense rifle for $1,349.00. No joke. They won’t even show you the price until you put it in the cart. Do that here.

Pretty much everybody has named the DDM4 V7 as the best AR-15 rifle for sale at any price, in some form or another. Who are we to disagree with that verdict?

All we can really do is try and find you a good price for a rifle for sale you knew you wanted to buy anyway.

If you’re looking for validation then yes, you’re right about the DDM4 V7. Buy this gun online now and it will be your favorite AR-15 rifle by this time next week. Unless you have some very serious hardware in your gun safe.

Mil-Spec and Beyond

Both receivers leave Mil-spec well behind. They’re CNC machined 7075-T6 Aluminum with a hard coat anodized finish. The Bolt Carrier Group is an M16 profile, it’s chrome-lined and it comes with a properly staked gas key.

There’s a low-profile gas block that is CNC-machined from hardened steel, then given a heavy Phosphate coating. There is also a new free float handguard, and it all contributes to a final weight of just 6.2lb.

That’s right in the sweet spot and to get lighter than that you normally have to start chopping the barrel and losing range. Check our lightweight AR-15s post, which includes a chopped down version of this rifle, for conclusive proof.

Premium Finish Everywhere on this Rifle

The chrome lined barrel is produced from hammer forged CMV steel. The Magwell is flared all the little touches are just right. Almost like an established tuner made this gun…

It’s optics ready, so you can fit your own preferred iron sights or a red dot up top for complete precision.

Even the proprietary flash suppressor is stainless steel and gets a salt nitride bath on the production line. And the grip and stock come with that consistent design and stippling that lets you know this is a complete rifle, not a DIY AR-15 build that didn’t work out.

It’s a perfect rifle for home defense or out in the field and even the charging handle fits like a glove. It’s accurate, solid and lightweight. The NRA members gave it the Best Rifle of 2018 Award, and it’s hard to argue that it’s still the flagbearer…

Daniel Defense DDM4 V11 Pro - A longer barrel, competition trigger and more add up to a seriously good rifle and one of the best AR-15s for sale.

DDM4 V7 Pro: A High-Value Upgrade

The Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 Pro is a solid upgrade for not that much money. Again, if you are prepared to wait then Euro Optic will take a back order for just $1,599. That’s less than some charge for the base rifle.

You get a Geissele trigger kit and a few other subtle upgrades in the AR-15 parts & accessories department.

Honestly the upgrade makes sense. As well as that trigger set that you may well end up doing yourself at greater expense, you get an 18 inch barrel and a much more accurate long range patrol weapon.

This rifle is a little less wieldy, but that is a personal choice and personally I would go for the more expensive gun and get the value added extras. It really might be the best of the AR-15s on sale in 2020 in terms of bang for buck.

Get the Fully Loaded Version

This is like buying a fully loaded car for just a few bucks more and it looks like a good investment. With a decent scope or red dot sight up top, this Daniel Defense DDM4 is a medium-range sniper rifle.

Of course, you might want a short barrel version of the Daniel Defense DDM4V7 and we’ve got you covered in our lightweight AR-15s post.

Then there’s the AR pistol… And this is why we’re broke…

Where to Bulk Buy Ammo – 5.56 NATO

5.56 NATO ammo is some of the first to run dry in a crisis, as we have learned in the great Covid-19 scare of 2020. So stock up right now, in advance of the next one, here.

Also, remember that expensive Wylde chamber you paid for and never use? Don’t forget the .223 Rem in times of crisis. It can be good bulk buy ammo that keeps your gun from becoming an expensive club.

The Patriot Ordnance Factory 415 Edge. One of the best AR-15s for sale in 2020. Get your piston driven POF now.

2. Patriot Ordnance Factory 415 Edge

  • Price: $1,929.99
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/ 5.56mm NATO
  • Action: Gas Piston Operated
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 34-37.5 inch
  • Weight: 7lb

The Patriot Ordnance Factory 415 Edge is essentially the unbreakable battle rifle, according to the manufacturer.

More than 10 years of development has gone in to this piston driven AR-15. You can have a direct impingement POF Renegade + for slightly less money, but this is the flagship rifle.

There’s a modular free floating rail platform, and you can attach almost anything to that handguard. The Picatinny rail isn’t full length, but you can’t have everything and there’s enough real estate for optics, scopes & accessories.

POF’s E2 Dual Extraction technology helps push out the spent casing with the magic of air pressure. That reduces the wear and tear on the extractor mechanism.

Durable, Nitride Coated Barrel

A button-rifled 5R barrel gets the Nitride heat treatment to finish the CMV steel to Rockwell 70 levels of hardness. The average lifespan of a POF match-grade barrel is tens of thousands of rounds. Some go well into six figures.

Then there is the Nickel coated Bolt Carrier Group. To infinity and beyond, and all that…

An oversized heat sink barrel nut helps to provide 17 times more heat dissipation than the average AR-15. The aluminum draws the heat from the rifle, which helps keep your rifle firing now and long into the future.

Christensen Arms CA-15 Recon rifle, from just $1,495. This lightweight AR-15 was $3000+. It's a custom AR-15 for basic money.

3. Christensen Arms CA-15 Recon

  • Price: $1,395-$1,695
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/ 5.56mm NATO
  • Action: Gas Piston Operated
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 34-37.5 inch
  • Weight: 6lb 2oz

We have to admit we got suckered in by the sale price and we don’t know how long that’s going to last, but just look at this thing. Is it the best in this price range? It’s close.

If this best price for the Christensen Arms CA-15 for sale survives, then this is a wildcard we think you should really have a look at.

At the RRP of $3,395 it’s going against some very serious opposition, but the sale at gunbroker Euro Optic has thrust it right into contention here. So I hope they keep it going. I don’t want to pull it from this list of the best modern sporting rifles for sale in 2020.

So what do you get for your money when you buy this gun online?

Carbon-Fiber Barrel Sleeve Looks Sexy

Well you get a carbon-fiber barrel. I’m not even lying. This is about as sexy an AR-15 barrel as you’re likely to see. It’s a thin wall of cold hammer-forged steel wrapped in a tight fitting sleeve of carbon fiber tubing.

The grip is carbon-fiber, too. That’s fancy, but the whole rifle is still basically the same weight as the class leaders.

And they didn’t build their semi-auto rifles from Vibranium and aerospace grade materials. So what gives?

The truth is, though, that Christensen Arms have redistributed that weight to beef up the receivers and balance this Modern Sporting Rifle. So it’s better than you are.

Fresh Look at AR-15 Design

There is a weird, almost fetishistic attention to detail. The Titanium flash suppressor is kind of inevitable on the end of a carbon barrel. But hand stoning the Mil-spec trigger kit to give the cleanest possible break is some next-level shiz.

The Bolt Carrier Group is nitride coated and you get an ambidextrous mag release and oversized bolt release. Inevitably the gas block and the whole gas system are top class and this really is shaping up to be one of the top AR-15 rifles for sale at any price.

Magpul Furniture on Lightweight Rifle

A Magpul CTR stock and Magpul MOE pistol grip does basically nothing wrong, and it’s a smart if slightly heavy choice. If you wanted to go even further then you could go for some kind of basic tail-hook stock and strip a few more ounces from this magnificent weapon. But we wouldn’t. It’s balanced like this by expert marksmen in the R&D phase.

That’s what you’re paying for, if we’re honest. This optic ready rifle comes guaranteed sub-MOA, but then all these rifles really should deliver that kind of performance. This one should just do it that little bit better.

A Range of Exotic Colors

It’s a full Cerakote finish and you can get every color from Burnt Bronze through to Tungsten. You know you’re shopping for an elite AR-15 when the color schemes sound like optional extras when you’re buying a Porsche.  Don’t ask for stock black, they might get pissy.

This is a great carbine rifle and right now it’s cheap. That’s all we do here at the USA Gun Shop. We’re not a traditional gunbroker. We just want to find you the best prices on guns for sale and beat the prices at the gun store near you.

This time, we think we did it well…

Ruger SR-556 Varmint Rifle for sale. An AR-15 with a long barrel that is a Designated Marksman Rifle without the price tag.

4. Ruger SR-556 Varmint Rifle

  • Price: $1049.99
  • Barrel: 20 inch
  • Action: Gas Piston, Mid-length Gas System
  • Total Length: 32.75-36 inch
  • Weight: 7.1lb
  • Capacity: 5+1

Are we having fun yet or what? A Ruger finding its way into this exhalted company? Hell yes. The Ruger Varmint Rifle is so good it has featured on two of these lists. We’re not even sorry…

We bent the rules to get the SR-556 into the best AR-15 under $1000 list, because it’s awesome and the price was close enough. Now it’s coming in here as well, because this rifle still way overdelivers for the money. It’s a long-range rifle on a budget.

In the original piece we said that the Ruger Varmint rifle could so easily have come with a Designated Marksman Rifle badge and double the price tag in other manufacturer’s hands.

I invite you to look down the list and see the proof for yourself. FN, we’re looking at you…

More Reach, For Less Money

The point is this. If you want a little longer reach on your AR-15, but you’re not actually a professional sniper, the Ruger is pretty much all the gun you need.

It’s a two-stage patented gas-piston operated system, which should come at a much higher price point. If you don’t like the simple polymer stock, well Ruger has a few parts for you to choose from. You can make your Ruger SR-556 into a DMR or full-bore sniper.

The Ruger AR-556 doesn’t quite have the long-range accuracy of some of the best here, but then it’s a kit rifle that gets you going on a piston-driven build. You can make it better, there are web communities devoted to it, and you’ll have fun.

You also have $1000 to spend on custom AR-15 upgrades. That’s a lot…

Faxon Firearms lightweight AR-15 with a 14.5 inch barrel and pinned muzzle brake. Buy your guns online now.

5. Faxon Firearms FX5500 Ultralight AR-15

  • Price: $1,353.75
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington
  • Barrel Length: 14.5 inch (NFA Compliant: pinned and welded muzzle device.)
  • Weight: 4.95lb

Faxon Firearms has made a name for itself in the crowded custom Glock parts & accessories space of late, which means the parts have to be good. Now it has branched out into custom firearms, much like ZEV Tech, Grey Ghost Precision and more with a lightweight AR15 rifle.

You can buy Faxon Firearms Glock accessories and aftermarket fluted barrels for your AR-15 and other rifles here. Inevitably, these are cold-hammer forged barrels with the twist rate to suit you, and button rifling.

Right now we are more interested in this super lightweight AR-15 rifle, though, which looks like an absolute winner at this price. It’s a semi-auto rifle with real sex appeal and really it’s a Short Barreled Rifle without the NFA problems.

Lightweight Barrel For Your AR-15

Inevitably there’s a proprietary fluted barrel in there. The Faxon Firearms FX5500 Ultralight is essentially built around it, with a free-float naked Streamline carbon-fiber handguard. That can either look wicked bad for years, or just bad, depending on the scratch and heat resistance.

We’re led to believe it’s the former, but inevitably you’ll have to refresh or, more likely, replace the high-tech furniture more often than good old fashioned steel. Factor that into the running costs, and then marvel at the 4.95lb overall weight that is the result of this maniacal weight-saving mission. Suddenly the trade-off becomes tempting.

Short-Barrel Saves Weight

There’s a slight caveat, in that this gun has a 14.5 inch barrel with a pinned and welded muzzle device to keep the NFA at bay. Of course, you can always get a second barrel with a thread to switch out according to your shooting technique and gun range.

At this price point you might want machined receivers and I would be inclined to agree. But these forged aluminum receivers are matched, lightweight, and proving durable in customer reviews on the online gunbroker sites.

The parts and accessories are spartan, and yet that costs money. Lightweight AR-15 connoisseurs will recognize the Superlative Arms Adjustable Bleed-Off Gas Block and Radian Raptor LT Ambi Charging Handle, safety and MFT Minimalist stock. The mags, meanwhile, come from Lancer.

This is not hastily thrown together garbage, I think it’s reasonable to conclude. It might not be the best AR-15 overall, but it’s a great home defense rifle thanks to the light weight.

Faxon Sentry, a great AR-15 under $1000. Check the full Faxon Firearms line up from the new AR-15 manufacturer here.

Shots Fired by Faxon on the Rifle Market

Faxon Firearms is working its way towards the same impact it had on the Glock world with each and every one of these custom AR-15s.

They produce bespoke guns, in limited runs to keep the costs down. Essentially that’s what this is, a custom AR-15 for one theoretical enthusiast, which just happens to be our kind of guy.

When we say limited numbers, we mean it. Faxon Firearms has officially sold out of the FX5500 Ultralight rifle, but we found one on one of our favorite online gunbroker sites.

Rainier Arms has a range of Faxon guns on offer, from the sub-$1000 Faxon Ascent home defense special through to more exotic competition and custom rifles. See the whole line here.

The FN FN15 DMR II for sale, one of the best AR-15s under $2000 now on offer at the USA Gun Shop.


  • Price: $1,679.99
  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO
  • Action: Direct Impingement System, Mid-Length Gas
  • Barrel: 18 inch
  • Total Length: 35.7-39 inch
  • Weight: 7.03lb

This optic ready semi auto rifle is a bit of a wild card, but it looks the business and FN don’t really know how to make bad rifles. The military might be grumbling about the FN SCAR, but the general public love it.

Still, that’s a little outside the budget. It’s hovering around $2,900 on Euro Optics, but it is a beautifully ugly rifle and one of the most instantly recognizable semi auto firearms for sale in 2020.

Another Stressed Handguard For Accuracy

The FN FN15 DMR II Tactical Carbine is just beautiful, though. It’s the evolution that features the stiffer FN Rail System that reduces deflection and gives the gun better torsional rigidity. The lower receiver is officially Mil-Spec, too.

This system ensures the weapon won’t shift its zero, theoretically anyway, and you’ve already read about a similar concept with other guns on this list.

The Surefire ProComp 556 muzzle device sits up front, the match-grade Timney trigger joins forces with a Magpul MOE grip and buttstock.

This is a match-grade barrel with a 1:7 twist rate and all the parts to take advantage for just a couple hundred bucks more than the 16 inch barrel patrol weapon. It’s good business to go for the longer barrel gun.

DMR Means Designated Marksman Rifle. You Know This…

This is more of a marksman’s AR-15. That 18 inch barrel is set up for shooting sports and serious 5.56 NATO hunters. Get a proper reflex sight on this and you should be able to decapitate a pin at 150 yards.

This FN rifle for sale comes with a match-grade barrel with a chrome lining and a recoil reduction system that should make it a more comfortable rifle to shoot. The business end comes with a 3-prong flash hider and the furniture is Magpul’s finest.

It’s a Magpul MOE pistol grip and a six-position MOE SL butt-stock. In this company it feels like another edgy choice, alongside the CA-15, in an otherwise fairly predictable list of the best modern sporting rifles for sale, and I quite like it for that.

Niche Firearms Are Awesome.

We want to challenge you and show you just what’s out there, rather than just hitting the same old guns. You might think we’re batshit nuts for some of the rankings, and even we change them from time to time when the noise gets too much.

But the truth is we like unusual firearms and we love the Christensen Arms CA-15 Recon and the FN most on this list because of their left-field status.

Smart Piston and Recoil Reduction Tech

FN has gone to town on the gas-piston system and the recoil reduction system should save your shoulder. So should the lightweight AR-15 rifles for sale like this one. A pound doesn’t sound much, until your rifle has been on your shoulder all day.

This rifle is optics ready, which is the polite term for fit your own iron sights or red-dot. It would have to be a reflex sight for us, then you’ve got the best version of a rifle that military specialists and law enforcement officers around the world count on every single day.

It’s an AR-15 sniper rifle, which is lightweight and flexible. It’s one of our favorite rifles on sale in 2020.

Noveske Gen III N4 Light Recce for sale at a bargain price

7. Noveske Gen III N4 Light Recce

  • Price: $2,199.97
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 16.1 inch
  • Total Length:
  • Weight: 7.2lb

You are seriously looking at a Noveske AR-15 for less than $2000. Or you were until the sale ended and the price bumped.

It was third at that point on pure value for money. We expect the price to drop again soon, too. So we don’t want to throw the Noveske out just yet.

The Noveske Gen 3 N4 Light Recce has been with us for a while, but it used to be much closer to $3000 and we never expected it to feature on this list.

For that reason alone, we’re happy to give it star billing. Even though the Gen 4 is out now, including the almighty Ghetto Blaster PDW AR pistol that is basically the Q Honeybadger in disguise.

But the Noveske Gen 3 is still a great gun.

And if you decided this custom rifle brand was for other folks long ago, well this might tempt you into trying one of their exceedingly good rifles.

Company founder John Noveske, one of the industry’s great innovators, is no longer with us. The company is still finding its feet again, but if it can retain the same quality at this price then it will scale the giddy heights once again.

Machine Gun Steel For Barrels

Noveske goes above and beyond at every stage of the manufacturing process. That’s part of the joy. The OCD madness includes using machine gun-grade M429 steel for the barrels. It then applies a chrome lining that it claims is one of the thickest in the industry.

That lower receiver is machined aluminum, not forged. There’s an extended feed ramp, Raptor supplied the charging handle and the whole gun gets a Cerakote finish.

Big Spec For this Money

An ALG Defense ACT Trigger and Magpul STR stock, pistol grip and other furniture join a Mil-Spec and beyond buffer tube. It’s all awesome and again it’s a complete rifle.

It’s an overspecced gun for this money and then a crack engineer makes all these parts sing in a way only the best gunsmiths can.

A Noveske is one of those bucket list guns and this is an affordable way to get there. It pretty much depends on how bad you want to own a Noveske, just once in your life…

Where to Buy Noveske Rifles and Parts

Noveske rifles, pistols and SBRs aren’t cheap. Never have been, never will be. But you can find discounts out there.

Our favorite Noveske dealer is Rainier Arms and you can check their current stock here.

ZEV Tech Core Alite AR-15, match-grade rifle ready for 3-Gun Competition

8. ZEV Technologies Core Elite AR-15

  • Price: $1,686.25
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • Barrel length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 33-37 inch
  • Weight: 6.67lb

This is our dark horse, the match-grade AR-15 off the peg that you could take into 3-Gun Competition, or just about any other arena, tomorrow.

It’s a hugely under-rated rifle and the user reviews are nothing short of gushing praise. This is a lightweight AR-15, a reliable AR-15 and a supremely accurate AR-15.

With high-quality ammo this is a sub-MOA rifle, whereas most AR-15s don’t even claim less than 4 MOA. This is serious stuff.

The ZEV Tech Core Elite AR-15 is easily a match for the bigger names here and if we had more courage it might just be the winner.

3-Gun Mods Everywhere on the ZEV

Both the upper receiver and lower receiver are machined from billet aluminum. The trigger guard is integrated, the flared magwell assists fast reloads and an ATC AR Gold trigger set is tuned for this rifle.

The ZEV Wedge Lock handguard is a stressed member that improves rigidity, accuracy and consistency. The full-length top rail and M-LOK rail system means you can attach what you like as well.

ZEV makes legendary drop-in barrels, triggers and complete tuner Glocks. The influence is clear here with the fluted match-grade barrel that comes with a bronze PVD coating.

The H3 Carbine buffer reduces recoil and helps the rifle shoot flatter and extract smoothly by reducing port pressure. You get a Radian Weapons Talon ambidextrous safety selector, chrome-lined Bolt Carrier Group and other goodies.

Custom Rifle at Mid-Range Price

You would struggle to build a better rifle if you went shopping in the parts bins of the best gun stores online. ZEV Tech has been tuning firearms for a while now and it has created a finely balanced AR-15 that works perfectly in the field or field sports.

With a healthy blend of its own parts and some of the best aftermarket AR-15 upgrades money can buy, ZEV Tech has created a custom rifle, off the peg, that you really should buy.

Buy ZEV Tech Parts, Pistols and Rifles

ZEV Tech will sell you an upper receiver and lower receiver matched set, but the bulk of the business should come with AR parts and supplies.

Just like the Glock business, custom handguards, a lightweight Bolt Carrier Group and new trigger set will form the backbone of the company’s drop-in aftermarket parts.

ZEV also makes custom guns now, too, starting with the all-metal, striker-fired ZEV Tech OZ9 and this Core Elite line of rifles and AR pistols.

Check out a complete range of pistols, rifles, parts and more here.

Lewis Machine & Tool CQB MARS Rifle. A breakthrough in AR-15 design and a 500 yard rifle.

9. Lewis Machine & Tool LMT CQB MARS Rifle

  • Price: $1,889.10
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total: 36.5
  • Weight: 6.5lb

This rifle is the New Zealand NZ16 military rifle, which has now won legions of fans around the world.

It used to be double the price, too, and we still liked it. Now there’s a massive price dip and we love the Lewis Machine & Tool CQB MARS rifle.

A Monoforge Upper Receiver, an integrated one-piece handguard and receiver, is the main USP here. Noticing a pattern? This is a big trend in AR-15 design that started with a major price tag, but the tech is starting to trickle down

A 500 Yard AR-15? Seriously? Again?

This is the technical breakthrough that apparently turns a 250-300 yard gun, which has been the stock AR-15’s limit for decades, into a long-range rifle with a 500-yard reach.

All thanks to a stiffer upper receiver and M-LOK Rail System. Science is crazy huh…

A lobster tail double spring extractor works with venting holes to basically balance the system and recoil without adjustment. You can also switch out the barrel and zero it in seconds, in the field. That’s a cool touch for all of us.

This semi-auto version of the fully automatic machine gun that the New Zealand military will take into action is one of the best AR-15s on sale.

Get yours now, and see just why the rifle built by an Iowa company for troops halfway across the world is making such an impression with American gun buyers.

Bravo Company Manufacturing Recce AR-15 For Sale

10. Bravo Company BCM Recce

  • Price: $1,299.99
  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO
  • Action: Direct Impingement System, Carbine-Length Gas
  • Barrel: 18 inch
  • Rifle Length: 34-37 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb

Bravo Company Manufacturing was born in Wisconsin in 2005, when a combat veteran Marine returned home with a wealth of knowledge about the right firearm for each specific job.

Now the company works with Law Enforcement Officers, military personnel and government agencies. The smash hits, it sells to the general public in semi-automatic form too.

This was a special request from the Navy SEALs. They wanted a little more range and pinpoint accuracy in a simple, light AR-15. Funnily enough, that’s what a lot of us want too.

This is a semi auto rifle built for a specific job, though, and that means it’s a gas system built for simplicity. It”s right up to the top of the price range for one of those. It could also work in some shooting sports if you can slip under the radar of a budget rifle competition’s regs.

It’s a great rifle, super accurate and it comes with some neat engineering touches.

If you’re looking for a lightweight AR-15, then this optic ready Bravo Company Manufacturing rifle is good enough for better men and women than you and me. It’s at that price cut-off, though, where we start to expect a more advanced gas system.

Colt LE6920 for sale. You can still find Colt rifles, but you need to act fast. Buy this gun online now.

11. Colt LE6920 – Colt M4 Carbine

  • Price: $1,599.95
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Action: Direct Impingement, Mid-Length Gas System
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total length: 32-35.5 inch
  • Weight: 6.6lb

Colt’s decision to pull out of the civilian AR-15 market has made the rifles more desirable, not less.

That means stocks are a nightmare, they’re cropping up individually, and the prices are basically what your local gun store wants to charge.

So if you want an authentic Colt LE6920, and lots of people do, the best way to do it is to search online. And still, prepare to pay a premium.

This was a $1000, mid-range rifle. Nothing fancy. Now we find this one at more than $1,500. Get used to it.

Where to Buy a Colt M4 Carbine

We find guns and we shout, but the evergreen way to do this is with direct search links. So here they are…

Can You Still Buy a Colt M4 Carbine AR-15?

The discount Colt LE6940 models are out there box fresh and they seem like the best 5.56mm NATO Colts you can buy on the open market right now. It’s the semi auto Colt AR-15 you know and love and it really won’t spring too many surprises.

It’s exactly what you’d expect from an M4-style rifle. It has a collapsible stock, it’s light and you do at least get flip-up iron sights in with the deal.

Colt AR-15s are getting harder to find, that’s a fact of life. But there are so many pattern parts for the classic M4 Carbine that you can build your own Mil-Spec AR-15 pretty easily.

Law Enforcement and MIlitary Colts Still For Sale

It’s a rifle that LEO often rely on and the military rely on in full auto machine gun spec, but it’s 100% the consumer-grade version. It’s the last of a dying breed, so if you see one then grab it.

Colt M4 Clone Wars Are Inevitable

When the biggest name in the sector takes its legendary ball and goes home, inevitably others will rush in to fill that space. So we are going to get busy with the Colt M4 clones in the coming months.

It was hardly an underserved market in the first place. But now rest assured you’re going to see a glut of premium rifles in the Colt M4 style.

Aero Precision has some solid options and one of those is down below, while Brownells retro rifles do a great job of reproducing the iconic Vietnam era weapons that we all seem to love.

Mossberg MMR Tactical, a great rifle for hunting, plinking and defending your home.

12. Mossberg MMR Tactical

  • Price: $1,039.99
  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO
  • Action: Direct
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Weight: 7lb

The Mossberg MMR just slithers into this price range, too, along with the Ruger, and it’s good enough for both. In this category you can have the Pro version with the 18 inch barrel, or this Mossberg MMR Tactical.

We’ve simply got some Designated Marksman Rifles here, so decided to go with the shorter barrel all-rounder. It’s a great mid-range rifle that punches above its weight thanks to Mossberg’s market share and the magic of mass manufacturing.

This rifle is surprisingly well-equipped, despite its price tag, and it could easily form the basis of a competitive AR-15.

Free Floating Barrel is Properly Accurate

You get a free float barrel with a fearsome reputation for accuracy and repeatability. As part of the MMR upgrade package you also get the JM Drop-In Match Trigger, which is kind of cool.

The Magpul grip and stock are solid and the A2 flash hider will do for now. You have to install your own front sight and rear sight, so they can be as amazing as you like.

If you want a varmint rifle then the Mossberg MMR Hunter is the one you want and you can take this basic rifle and trick it out. Thanks to modular design and a massive spares department, your Mossberg MMR can turn into almost any rifle you need.

Aero Precision M4A1 Carbine rifle. A modern reproduction of the classic Colt M4A1 Carbine rifle that is standard military issue in the US.

13. Aero Precision M4 Carbine

  • Price: $1,049.99
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32 inch
  • Weight: 6.6lb

If you want a Colt M4 Carbine, but can’t find one, this is the rifle you should buy. The Aero Precision M4A1 Carbine is a cut price faithful reproduction of the classic military issue Colt M4.

Aero Precision is legendary for its AR-15 barrels and naked rifles. All it had to do was add the Knights Armament RAS period furniture to create a solid AR-15 that kinda looks like the fully automatic assault rifle icon.

With Colt vacating this space entirely, it’s an easy smash hit for one of the best AR-15 manufacturers at the lower end of the price range. Aero Precision has seized the day…

Are there better rifles here? Yes, of course. But if you want an old-school M4 Carbine to wade through your local swamp, well that’s just fine by us.

Griffin Armament Mk1 Recce .223 Wylde. A great AR-15 with a carbine length

14. Griffin Armament MK1 Recce

  • Price: $1,699
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/ 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Overall Length: 32.25 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

Look closely at the Griffin Armament Mk1 Recce and you will see a very serious rifle that can go against anything here.

The company is well known in the firearms industry for precision engineering work on suppressors and high-end firearms. This is a foray into the mainstream and we have to say we’re loving it so far.

Serious AR-15 Parts in a Pre-Built Kit

You get a lot of proprietary kit, including the 416R barrel, a Mil-Spec trigger, well, competition spec trigger. There’s a Griffin Enhanced Bolt Carrier Group, which is Magnetic Particle Inspected, as well as beefed up to all Hell.

There are ambidextrous selectors, a suppressor-optimized buffer tube in the Maritime Receiver Extension and Extreme Condition Stock.

The M-LOK Rail up front also comes with an intriguing extra RailShield. It’s a simple addition that gives you added purchase on your rifle. Yeah, we like it.

POF Renegade Plus Rifle For Sale, Buy Guns Online and Save Money at your favorite gunbroker, the USA's best online gun store.

15. POF Renegade Plus AR-15

  • Price: $1,766.99
  • Caliber:.223 Remington/ 5.56 NATO
  • Action: Direct Impingement
  • Barrel: 16.5 inch
  • Total Length: 34 inch
  • Weight: 6.3lb

The Patriot Ordnance Factory Constable is a star in the best AR-15 for $1000 category here at the USA Gun Shop recently and the POF Renegade Plus is another great rifle.

Barrel is Match Grade Plus

A nitride finish means the chrome lined barrel should stand the test of time and it is precision machined for the last word in accuracy. The chrome alloy barrel gets a 1:8 twist rate and if you miss at 100 yards with this rifle, it’s probably on you. With this tactical rifle, 5.56mm NATO should go further than it has in your hands. Possibly.

This is a premium AR-15 tactical rifle and Patriot Ordnance Factory has refined each and every detail until we’re left with a near-perfect AR-15 for less than $2,000. Home defense, general plinking and small game hunting: it’s all good.

Machined Billet Receivers, Not Forged

The totally ambidextrous Gen 4 lower receiver is machined from billet and the gas-piston system is the stuff of legend.

Its 9-position Dictator gas block helps you fine-tune your rifle for the ammo and silencer set-up. This gas system is up there with the best in terms of adjustability, but might just have too many options for the casual shooter.

There’s a Phosphate-Nickel coated one-piece bolt carrier and the legendary E2 dual extraction system that uses the pressure to help eject the spent cartridge. POF claims it’s a no-fail design.

M-LOK Rail System Up Front

The 14” Renegade forend comes with an M-LOK system and a full-length Picatinny rail runs right down its spine. The parts that do need pins get KNS Anti-Walk Pins and it’s just a badass AR-15 that will serve you well for years.

The Geissele trigger upgrade that comes as part of the Renegade Plus upgrade package is set at 3.5lb, but it gets a roller cam pin for arguably the smoother single-stage trigger set-up in the top 3 AR-15s for sale. It’s a touch on the light side, but the flat face trigger is predictable and you will get used to it.

It’s heavier than the Daniel Defense, slightly, but we’re splitting hairs here, You can barely separate these two. So pick your poison and either way you’re buying one of the best guns for sale in 2020.

Get POF AR-15 Parts & Accessories

If you want to customise, upgrade or just repair your AR-15, POF has a great line of Parts & accessories that will make a tangible difference to the average rifle.

Some shops suck with AR15 rifles, some are awesome. So if you’re looking for Patriot Ordnance Factory rifle parts & accessories, here are a couple of great options.

Armalite M15 Piston for sale. Get the next gen AR-15 from the original AR-15 manufacturer at the USA Gun Shop

16. Armalite M15 Piston 5.56

  • Price: $1,399
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Action: Gas Piston
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Overall Length: 33.6 inch
  • Weight: 7.3lb

Who made the first AR-15 and what does AR-15 actually mean? These are two of the favorite Leftist failures at gun control rallies, and the answer to both questions is basically the same.

The Armalite Rifle started it all with the classic Eugene Stoner design in the 1950s. Despite changing the American firearms landscape forever, ArmaLite didn’t do so well financially out of the AR-15 and sold the design to Colt, which turned it into a winner. In 1963, Colt sold ArmaLite’s good work to the military and the rest is history.

ArmaLite could and arguably should be up there with Colt, Smith & Wesson and Ruger, but it didn’t happen. Still, Now you can get a piston driven AR-15 from the same company that started it all.

This particular gun, the piston driven flagship, is down from almost $2000 right now at gunbroker Euro Optic. That’s a huge saving, and brings a solid piston AR-15 for simple mid=length gas system money. You get a Magpul STR stock, forged aluminum receivers and a QPQ coated CMW steel barrel.

20 Best AR-15s Under $2000 – Mar 2020

17. Sig Sauer MCX Noctis Patrol

  • Price: $1,899
  • Calibre: 5.56mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 26.5 inch
  • Weight: 7.9lb

One AR-15 to rule them all? This might just be it.

The Sig Sauer MCX Patrol 5.56 NATO rifle isn’t the lightest AR-15 for sale. Not by a long shot, but it will just keep going like the Energizer bunny and that added heft feels like reliability.

This was a rifle built for the Special Operations team, in full auto rifle spec of course. It’s all about a modular rifle that’s tough as old boots and it should be a better shot than you are.

It’s a mile-past Mil-spec and the only penalty you’ll pay is that it’s a little heavy on the shoulder. Law Enforcement loves them, but then they do carry them in the boot of a car. They’re rarely hunting all day with one on their shoulder.

The Sig Sauer MCX Patrol has a gas-piston system with two simple settings for going sub-sonic, with a suppressor. You don’t really tune this rifle, but it’s got two solid set-ups that cuts complexity. That’s good for reliability and repeatability when it matters.

The Sig 5.56 Patrol rifle for sale comes with Sig Sauer’s patented internal recoil system, together with the weight, mean it’s a consistent rifle to shoot and it won’t beat you up. That’s important too.

You can adjust the Matchlite Duo trigger from 4-5.6lb and you get an M-LOK alloy forend and a full-length Picatinny rail. So you can hang more or less anything on this rifle, and that’s just another reason to buy this military spec AR-15 for sale now. That and the flip front sight and rear iron sight that will probably give way to a red dot.

The signature Sig forend grip looks like a longer version of the Sig Sauer Rattler, which sits on top of our list of the best AR-15 pistols for sale.

20 Best AR-15s Under $2000 – Mar 2020

18. Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P15

  • Price: $1,499.99
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/ 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 18 inches
  • Rifle Length: 38.5 inch
  • Weight: 7.38lb

We actually love the Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P15, and it was much higher on the list. Availability and the launch of the M&P15TS means this gun has dropped off for now.

But expect to see this 5.56 NATO legend, a 3-Gun Competition winner out the box, to return with a vengeance before long.

This was always a custom gun, with the very best engineers at S&W putting their heart and soul into a production line rifle to make it that bit better. The longer barrel is just the start. This is just a great rifle thanks to the input of great engineers and even the Quality Control is worth the additional dollars.

We guess they’re doing the same things now with the M&P15TS, and a new PC rifle will be along shortly.

Performance Center Handguns Are Awesome

S&W hunting revolvers are right up their at the top of their game and the Performance Center has gone to work on the striker-fired line and a tuner SW1911 that is one of our favorite 45 ACP 1911 pistols too.

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Here, the skunkworks engineers have turned the humble M&P15 into a sniper rifle with a world record for speed shooting in the hands of Jerry Miculek.

TTI AR-15 from John Wick 2, an AR-15 on sale

19. Taran Tactical Innovation John Wick TR-1 Ultralight

  • Price: $1,999
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Barrel: 14.5 inch + Welded muzzle device.
  • Rifle Length: 32 inch
  • Weight: 6.4lb

Update: The gun is discontinued, but we still think it was awesome you can buy all of John Wick’s guns. So we’re leaving the link so one day people will believe us.

John Wick asks the Sommelier for ‘something robust, precise’, and the TTI John Wick TR-1 Ultralight is the answer. The world’s favorite super assassin uses this weapon to devastating effect in the Catacombs after despatching another underworld crime boss in inimitable style.

John Wick is so badass, his targets commit suicide. Think about that for a moment Chuck Norris…

Wick Uses a Benelli and 2 Glocks

Getting away is another matter and Wick has to use all of his guile, together with a Benelli M4 shotgun, his trusty TTI Glock 34 and this almighty AR-15.

I mean we said we’d stop shoehorning this into posts, but here we are again…

Taran Tactical Innovations had their way with all the star weapons in the film as Taran Butler has been Reeves’ firearms coach since the start.

TTI basically designed this gun around the world’s greatest hitman and then made it street legal.

The NFA Wants to Speak to John Wick

If the NFA knows about his firearms, Wick is in trouble. And they go to the movies too. But he literally kills more than 400 people in all three films. He has bigger legal issues than an SBR with no papers, or even a full auto machine gun.


But for this rifle, TTI has pinned and welded the muzzle device to the 14.5 inch Bravo Company Manufacturing barrel to make the shorter barrel NFA compliant. The handguard is a BCM KMR and the stock is anothre BCM unit with an integrated cheekrest.

Taran Butler is a sport shooter at heart and most of his modifications on Wick’s guns, at least in the first two films, gave them a real competitive edge. A VLTOR MUR-1 upper receiver and Hiperfire trigger tells you what you need to know. TTI went to town on this gun and the version you can buy really does come with the Jon Wick seal of approval.

Springfield Armory Saint Edge rifle for sale, a bargain AR-15

20. Springfield Armory Saint Victor

  • Price: $1099.99
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Action: Direct Impingement Mid-length Gas System
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32.5-35.75 inch
  • Weight: 6.3lb

The Springfield Armory Saint Victor is another relatively cheap rifle with a serious punch. There are better here, but you won’t be disappointed with this AR-15.

This is a direct impingement mid-length gas system AR-15 full of custom parts from the likes of BCM and an SA multiport flash hider, for just the wrong side of $1000.

It’s just a spectacular deal and it’s worth taking a punt on Springfield Armory. You have a designer, lightweight AR-15 rifle for $1,000 or close enough, and that’s basically a no-lose situation.

Value at the Core of this AR-15

This is an absolute bargain of a semi-automatic rifle.

The receivers are Mil-spec 7075 T6 Aluminum that are hard coat anodized for longevity. The’re’s a cold hammer forged barrel that is then chrome-lined.

There are touches like a heavy Tungsten buffer tube, a Carpenter 158 Steel M16 Bolt Carrier Group that has been shot-peened and gone through a Magnetic Particle Inspection. It gives exotic coatings and processes at a price point that should not be possible. Even the triple port muzzle brake is sexy.

You even get flip-up iron sights in with the deal, rather than a fixed front sight. Springfield Armory has fitted its own single stage trigger. It’s a short reset, match-grade trigger kit. The internals have been micro-polished and Boron coated as well, so they should stand the test of time.

A Bravo Company Sopmod buttstock and pistol grip join forces with a lightweight M0LOK handguard and a Mil-Spec gas tube to produce a flyweight rifle with an almighty spec list.

It is just an absurd amount of rifle for the money and the only problem is getting one. If you can, snap it up. This price dip can’t last for long.

Do you want a cheap AR-15?

If you want to spend less, then we have covered $1000 and $500 AR-15s before.

We have to leave the elite world behind and go to the simpler gas systems of the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport, the POF Constable, Rock River and even the super cheap DPMS Oracle gets its moment in the sun. Stag Arms and Adams Arms get a look in too.

You can read all about them here before you buy a gun. We try and keep them up to date and add new guns all the time.

So check back when the time comes to buy a rifle and you might find we’ve got the perfect firearm for you. Maybe we can even talk you into an upgrade on that Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport.

Now check out cheaper options

These are premium AR-15s, not quite designer but certainly top quality rifles.

So if you want to look at something a bit more affordable from the likes of Adams Arms, Stag Arms, Sig Sauer and Rock River Arms. Alternatively the classics like the Smith & Wesson M&P15 or Ruger AR-556 are always an option. Check out our other lists and get your low-budget AR-15 now. Grab a sporting rifle bargain…


  1. Eric M Lautz February 23, 2019
  2. Travis Adams May 5, 2020
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