27 Best AR-15s For Sale Under $1000 – Feb 2021

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Update: Coronavirus has wiped out stocks, especially with top brands, and we can’t guarantee you’ll get exactly what you want in these torrid times.

Our solution is this, live links to what’s in stock right now at our favorite dealers.

We limited the searches to items that available. So if you can see it then you can buy it. They’re not always the best prices, but it is what is is right now.

This will help save you endless time and help you find a $1000 AR-15 for sale today.

Rock River Arms LAR-15, a great AR-15 for a great price.

Now, Back to the $1000 AR-15s

A $1000 AR-15 isn’t pushing the boat out too far, but it’s not cheaping out either. This is effectively the mid-range sedan, the Toyota Camry class, beneath the piston-operated Ferraris and Porsches.

We all know the premium manufacturers. Knights Armament, FN and more are waiting to take your money if you have more of it to spend. But the standard class is probably more important to the firearms world as a whole.

There’s lots of competition and this is a warzone. That’s good for you, the consumer.

Under $1000 is Fierce Battle Ground

So what are the champion $1000 rifles in 2021? Some of our picks might shock you, we’ve gone seriously off-brand here with some plain odd items.

But we have found real value. We also prioritized a tactical rifle you can actually buy at the height of the Covid madness.

Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport 5.56 for sale. Get the best guns at the right prices, even now with the Covid problems.

1. Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II

  • Price: $826.99
  • Caliber: Rifle 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total: 35 inch
  • Weight: 6.45lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

This tactical rifle is a star in our $500 rifles category under normal circumstances. But 2021 has been anything but normal and now the entry-level Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II is much more expensive.

This is a basic, simple AR-15 to get you started and it just happens to be expensive right now. It’s also one of the few complete AR-15 rifles we can find in the current gun shortage. So that counts heavily in its favor.

If you want an all-rounder, and you want it now, get this one before it gets even more expensive.

Ruger AR-556 - the kind of cheap AR-15 Joe Exotic loves.
Ruger AR-556 for sale, a great budget AR-15

2. Ruger AR-556

  • Price: $827.84
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total: 34.4 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb

This is normally the winner of our $500 AR-15s category, but these are weird times. So one of America’s most popular rifles is now enjoying a price bump. If you can get one at all.

We can’t justify the best-selling Ruger AR-556 at this price, when you could get an MPR version with an 18 inch barrel for not much more not so long ago. Or the piston operated SR-556.

The simple fact is that each dealer has a handful of AR15 rifles, at best. And prices have gone up accordingly.

This is a great rifle, possibly America’s most popular rifle. It’s for a reason, and if you really need one then it’s worth every cent. This multi-purpose rifle covers most your home firearms needs. It’s also easy to upgrade with ready made parts kits.

Add a 9mm concealed carry pistol and you’re good to go.

Colt M4 Carbine MAGPUL SL for sale. The classic Colt M4 AR-15 with that dramatic free float handguard and fixed front sights, folding rear sights and a collapsible stock.

3. Colt M4 Carbine LE6920

  • Price: $1,037.99-$1,800. It’s a wild pricing ride…
  • Barrel Length: 16.1 inch
  • Total Length: 32.5-35.5 inch
  • Weight: 5.95lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

Colt’s decision to pull out of the market only makes the classic Colt LE6920, or close relatives, even more desirable.

It also means they’re a bit harder to find these days. But in the weird Covid-19 times we found one that ranges from slightly over budget to very over budget. Depending on the weather, or something. It might be the best option here.

Where to buy a Colt?

Various brokers are clearing the shelves and you’re going to have to dig through the listings. Or use our link that finds the best deal available right now on Guns.com. That can vary greatly, just so you know.

Get a stock black one and you’ll love it. You’ll love a Flat Dark Earth one too, to be honest. There are many like her, but this is yours…

When you’re looking for a standard issue, stock black AR15 rifle, then you really have to try to look past the Colt M4 carbine.

With $1000 on your Amex card you used to be able to pick up this basic spec Colt Carbine anywhere. It’s basically the stock black classic military spec M4.

That goes to war with foot soldiers, LEOs, special forces and rebel forces around the world.

It is a tried and tested assault weapon. There are no surprises with the Colt LE6920. That’s the point.

Colt Accessories are Everywhere

You can find a vast number of upgrades and custom parts & accessories, and you can build whatever you want, if you can pay.

It’s a great all-rounder even in basic trim. This is a home defense expert, a hunting specialist and a tin can blaster if you’re that way inclined. You know that the bolt carrier group, receivers and barrel are all solid and when Colt says Mil-spec, it really means it.

There are pages and pages of parts & accessories for the Colt.  Whatever modification, custom part or military facsimile you want for your Colt LE6920, you can get out there. Parts supply, then, should never be an issue.

It was the undisputed champion under $1000. And it still kind of is. If only you could find one. Of course you could just build a Colt M4 clone from military surplus parts…

27 Best AR-15s For Sale Under $1000 – Feb 2021

4. Stag Arms Stag 15 M4 5.56

  • Price: $899.99
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Weight: 7lb

This is another company that takes a starring role thanks to decent availability, but Stag Arms has also built a hugely competent M4 carbine for a steal of a price.

You get a transferrable life time warranty, as well as gun that most armies in the 1970s would literally have killed for. And it’s a gun that seems to have survived the Covid-19 supply chain problems.

Kind of…

F-1 Firearms FU King AR-15 on sale here - Buy your rifle now from the USA Gun Shop and Rainier Arms.

5. F-1 Firearms FU King F15

  • Price: $809.00
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length:
  • Weight: 6.1lb

F1-Firearms made its name in custom gun parts for the AR-15 and now it has brought us a budget offering with a comedy name. These new arrivals are going to sell like hot cakes.

The F-1 FU King F15 is basic, but F-1 Firearms says it’s Mil-spec all the way. They’re also lightweight AR15 rifles, which we like a lot. This new semi automatic tips the scales at 6.1lb and when we start to get the feedback and user reviews, which matter way more than site reviews, this could well climb the ranks.

Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts?

It’s a forged FU King F15 forged receiver set that comes off-the-peg, together with most of the other parts. That’s F-1 Firearms’ main business, and they focus on lightweight and largely skeletonized parts.

This one comes with basic and yet totally functional furniture. It’s an F-1 Firearms 15″ M-LOK free-float handguard over a barrel capped with an A2 muzzle device. It’s a Nitride-coated barrel, which isn’t the most advanced finish but it should prove durable.

F-1 Firearms are now within reach for the average customer. And the company’s reputation in the AR-15 aftermarket spares and accessories sector means it has to deliver. They did, and this is getting 5 star reviews online.

ATI Omni Hybrid Max on Sale now. The plastic AR-15

6. ATI Omni Hybrid Maxx

  • Price: $419.99
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO/ .223 Rem
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Weight: 5.65lb

This plastic AR-15 threatens to turn the industry on its head. That’s because the stock ATI Omni Maxx is a cheap and super lightweight rifle that is so far proving reliable.

Honestly a multi-purpose rifle that weighs this much normally features on our lists for custom complete AR-15 rifles or specialist lightweight AR15 rifles. And they normally come with another zero on the end of the price tag.

Using polymer receivers, the ATI has potentially changed the game and we think there’s a lot more to come from this tech.

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge with a plastic rifle, or you just want a lightweight gun without the big bucks price tag, this might be for you. It gives you money left over for a new concealed carry as well.

27 Best AR-15s For Sale Under $1000 – Feb 2021

6. Anderson Manufacturing AM15 M4

  • Price: $864.99
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Weight: 6.3lb

The Anderson AM15 M4 is one of many basic AR-15s on this list. It’s only this high up right now because you can actually buy one at the time of writing.

Anderson Manufacturing has built its reputation on cost effective rifles and this one should do you proud. It’s a good choice, even though it really is one of the crowd.

Armalite M-15 Light Tactical Carbine Rifle on sale. Discount guns at the USA Gun Shop.

7. Armalite AR-15 A4 Carbine

  • Price: $1,099.99
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32-35.3 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb

The Armalite was the one that started it all. It was the first AR-15, but some casual fans don’t even know that the pioneer is still going strong and selling great firearms like the Armalite M-15 Light Tactical Carbine.

A multi-caliber Wylde Chamber is a solid start, together with the mid-length gas system. The optic ready, full length Mil-STD 1913 Picatinny rail is a nice touch and the forged receivers are made from 7075-T6 aircraft grade aluminum.

Armalite Makes Most the Parts

The free-float Key-Mod handguard is Armalite’s own work, the barrel is CMV steel and all the main components on this semi-automatic rifle are present and correct. It’s a solid entry with its own form of brand cache.

The Armalite is not the be all and end all anymore and plenty more have joined the party. But the original is still flying the flag.

Radical Firearms RF-15 PA Exclusive for sale. A slightly more expensive version of the smash hit $500 AR-15. But is it as good?

8. Radical Firearms RF-15

  • Price: $599.99
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Weight: 6.7

Radical Firearms is back with a vengeance in the cheap AR-15 category. This is a slightly more expensive version with better peripherals. So is this hunk of American Defense worth the bump?

Well Radical has brought the window dressing and this gets a proper FCR free float rail and handguard.

Radical Firearms has generated a lot of noise with these entry level 5.56s. We hope this one makes as big an impact here as the SOCOM version did in the lower bracket. It’s the best-selling newcomer by a mile.

The USP isn’t quite as powerful and Radical is swimming with sharks in this bracket. And you might want to upgrade the charging handles, gas blocks and other small peripherals. But it’s still a great rifle and clear value for money.

27 Best AR-15s For Sale Under $1000 – Feb 2021

9. Savage Arms MSR 15 Patrol

  • RRP: $899.99
  • Barrel: 16.1 inch
  • Total Length: 32.5-35.5 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

The Savage Axis is one of the most loved low-budget rifles in the world because the barrel is so damned good.

Now Savage Arms has brought that expertise to the world of American defense with the Savage MSR 15. There is a multi-caliber Wylde chamber, you get precision 5R rifling and a Melonite finish. But not much more…

The fixed front sight and fold down rear iron sights are pretty basic, but that can be useful in target shooting sports. The rail and front end set-up is a set of red dot sights away from ready.

An Axiom Carbine stock joins forces with a Blackhawk Knoxx AR pistol grip. It’s all fairly solid, and light enough to shoulder with ease.

The entry level Springfield Armory Saint. The Victor and Edge are more glamorous, but this is a cheap option.

10. Springfield Armory Saint Victor

  • Price: $1,102.99
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32 inch
  • Capacity: 30+1
  • Weight: 6lb
  • Twist Rate: 1:8

I have a bit of a man crush on the Springfield Armory Saint Pistol, which comes with a 7.5 inch barrel, sexy pistol braces and looks the absolute tits if I am honest.

Springfield Armory Saint AR Pistol for sale. A great AR pistol in 5.56 NATO or .300 AAC Blackout ammunition.

See what I mean? Sexy, isn’t she?

Back to a five star gun for the money and a lot of the reviews online agree with me. But it isn’t as pretty in this spec. That plastic handguard saves money, but it comes with a cost.

Now the manufacturer has been all over the place of late and has reshuffled the line-up with the introduction of the Saint Victor. If you spot a Saint Edge for good money in the online gun sales then grab it, as that is dressed in BCM parts. This is much cheaper, and it shows.

Springfield Saint Perfect Starter

As it is basically the Springfield Saint Victor is basically the perfect all-round starter AR-15. This is a straightforward rifle if you want to spend reasonable money on a reliable, accurate and fun shooter.

It’s sturdy, but not quite heavyweight and that helps you out with reduced felt recoil. More than a few teenagers have bought this as their first AR-15 and they got off to a good start.

In 2016, the company ventured on to the AR-15 battlefield. The Springfield Armory Saint has done it proud in the end, even though it has gone round the block to get there.

Aircraft Grade Aluminum and CMV Steel

The anodized aircraft-grade 7075 T6 aluminum forged upper receiver mates to a chrome moly vanadium barrel, a mid-length gas system to further reduce the recoil and a SA proprietary trigger group that is always going to be crisp, clean and near perfect.

The iron sights flip out the way if you want something a little more high-tech and this ticks all the boxes.

It’s a tempting proposition, even on this list.

Ruger AR-556 MPR. A great AR-15 under $1,000 that will serve you well as a defensive rifle, range plinker and all-rounder.

11. Ruger AR-556 MPR

  • Price: $1,149.99
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Barrel: 18 inch
  • Total Length: 35-38.25 inch
  • Weight: 6.8lb

We have 3 Rugers on this list now, but they are some of the only rifles you can find. .

It’s a relative bargain, too, considering the current craziness.

Ruger AR-556 MPR is a Legend

The Ruger AR-556 MPR offers a cold hammer forged barrel with precise button rifling for improved accuracy. There’s a carbine-length milled gas block with a low glare finish, chrome-lined BCG and properly staked gas key.

The MPR version has significant upgrades that is, essentially, a starting point for your AR-15 modding life. Start with red dots, end with silencers and bipods.

The longer barrel comes with an integral radial muzzle brake. The free-float handguard comes with an M-LOK rail system. That handguard is virtually skeletonized, too, with a series of additional cuts.

POF Constable - Entry level AR-15 from Patriot Ordnance Factory for sale. Is this the best AR-15 for $1000? Yes, we think so. Buy guns now!



12. Patriot Ordnance Factory P-15 Constable

  • Price: $1,119.00
  • Barrel: 16.5 inch
  • Total Length: 32 inch (Collapsed)
  • Weight: 6.1lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

You can spend thousands on a POF and you won’t hear many people saying they feel short changed in the online user reviews. It’s a premium product that normally comes with a premium sticker.

The entry level POF Constable is an absolute steal. This is a fantastic deal for what is, in essence, the entry-level POF Renegade.

You get carbine-length gas blocks. And a Wylde Chamber that can handle .223 Remington as well as 5.56 NATO. That’s a good start for all semi auto rifles in the classic Eugene Stoner mold.

This one comes loaded with Patriot Ordnance Factory’s patented E2 Dual Extraction technology, an anti-tilt buffer tube and some other premium touches. These are serious items.

POF founder Frank DeSomma is particularly fond of the roller cam pin that is a rare treat in this bracket. He talks you through it in this 1 minute video and it’s well worth a watch.

Everything on the POF is Quality

The upper receiver, lower receiver, bolt carrier group, trigger and furniture is all top grade. The barrel is a Nitride-coated special in carbon-steel and you get a hard chrome BCG.

A POF drop-in trigger for your AR-15 costs more than $150 on its own. Even the muzzle device looks the highest quality.

It’s optics ready, so you’ll have to install your own front sight, rear sight or something more exotic.

This is one of the hottest deals we have seen in a long time and the POF Constable is clearly one of the leading lights.

A Gateway Drug for POF Customers

This is a way for POF to snare the budget conscious with its wares, before upselling the hell out of them. That sounds plausible, to be honest.

Whatever the reason, if you’re in the market and have $1000 burning a hole in your pocket and just do not want a Colt, get the POF and never look back.

Primary Weapons Systems Mk116 Pro For Sale - A Great AR-15 under $1000.

13. Primary Weapons Systems Mk116 Pro

  • Price: $994.96
  • Caliber: .223 Remington/556 NATO
  • Action: Gas piston
  • Barrel: 16.1 inch
  • Total Length: 32.75-36 inch
  • Weight: 7lb

Idaho-based Primary Weapons Systems has based its reputation on CNC machining almost every part from billet.

It also makes AR-15 upgrades, items, gun parts & accessories. So this is a shop window, a marketing tool, as much as a profit center.

So they have to be amazing.

The Top AR-15 For the Money?

It would be so easy to give you a shopping list of Mossberg vs S&W vs Ruger, and they’re all coming on this list. But we wanted to find real value and actually earn our keep.

With the Primary Weapons Systems AR-15, we think we’ve done it. It gets absolutely stellar reviews and they all say the same: this stock black AR-15 for sale outperforms much more expensive and exalted hardware.

Is This The Winner Under $1000?

So if you’re here looking for the dark horse, the secret bargain, this is it. There are limited numbers from these new arrivals, though, so if you see it then just buy it.

You get a Wylde chamber that handles the 5.56 NATO/223 Remington. Whether you end up using that feature or not, it’s generally a hallmark of quality. It should be, as this is a forged PWS Mk1 MOD 1-M lower receiver produced from finest aircraft aluminum. The upper receiver is a PWS Proprietary Piston unit. It’s good.

So is the 416 stainless steel barrel, with a 1:8 twist for optimum accuracy. This is all high-end gear,


Smith & Wesson M&P15T Tactical AR-15 for sale. A great all-round starter AR-15 for $1000, or very close.

14. S&W M&P15 T M-LOK Handguard

  • Price: $1016.99
  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO/223 Rem
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32 inch
  • Weight: 6.7lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

Some folks would put the M&P15 T higher up the list, especially above the cheaper S&W M&P15 Sport versions that do start from just over $600. But this isn’t readily available, that is. So yeah…

This is a higher spec, with Milspec M-LOK handguard in the form of a 10.5 inch quad rail up front. You also get Smith and Wesson quality control and customer service.

Outgoing Line, So it’s a Bargain

The company has released the new M&P15 TS now, which is much more expensive. So this is a rare big name performance bargain.

You get Magpul flip-up iron sights, 5R rifling and a 1:8 twist rate in that cold hammer forged barrel. There’s nothing groundbreaking, but S&W has done the basics well.

Sig Sauer M400 Tread. A great mid-range AR-15 rifle for hunting, home defense or general plinking.

15. Sig Sauer M400 Tread

  • Price: $799.99
  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO/223 Rem
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32
  • Weight: 7.3lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

Did you know you could get a Sig Sauer AR-15 for less than $1000? Well you can and it’s brilliant.

It might get overshadowed by the more glamorous MCX/MPX carbine platform.

Don’t forget the M400, as it’s built to the company’s legendary standards and is a razor-sharp AR-15 for sale. It isn’t the lightest in this company, but there is a feeling of quality that goes with that added heft.

Quality AR-15 in the Bargain Bin

This isn’t much more money than the bargain basement $500 AR-15s we covered recently, and this is a different league entirely.

Just look at the pistol grip and the slimline shape. It’s a work of art, even within these tight parameters.

It’s an accurate, sturdy, solid AR-15 that you could technically depend on for decades. There’s no creep to the single stage trigger, it resets positively and it’s eager.

A 1: 7 twist rate to the barrel means it can stabilise heavier rounds and give you more options when it comes to your shooting and home defense set-ups.

Cheap Sigs Don’t Happen Often

There is a flared magwell and a raft of other top touches that we would think should put this rifle into a higher range altogether.

As it is, a company that isn’t exactly known for undercharging, has made this a  bargain.

I would upgrade the muzzle brake in short order. Fit a suitably killer reflex sight or red dot and you have got a weapon on your hands…

27 Best AR-15s For Sale Under $1000 – Feb 2021

16. Brownells BRN Proto

  • Price: $999.99
  • Barrel: 20 inch
  • Total: 34.4 inch
  • Weight: 6.5lb

We always liked these retro rifles, but we never expected to include them here.

Simple availability means we’re casting a wider net in 2021, though. Suddenly this tribute to the original AR-15 5.56 NATO rifle looks way more than a nostalgia piece.

Now this is designed to look like the original, without the drawbacks. It has a trigger style charging handle under the carry handle, it doesn’t have every modern feature by design and it is brown polymer.

It is also a functional AR-15 that is worth every cent of that $1000 price tag and more. How do we know? because other dealers are starting to sell them.

You get a 20″ barrel, too, and that makes this a marksman’s 5.56 NATO rifle for target shooting. You also get a rifle-length gas tube and chrome-plated BCG. These are luxuries, and the sign of good build quality.

So put the nostalgia aside. This is a very good shooting rifle, right now…

Brownells also have very solid own-brand gas blocks, charging handles and other spares. Take a look here.

The Bushmaster XM-15 M4. A classic Colt M4 clone AR-15, complete with Vietnam era carry handle, and a modern quad rail.

17. Bushmaster XM-15 M4

  • Price: $799.99
  • Weight: 6.7lb

The Bushmaster XM-15 has wedged itself firmly into any debate about cheap guns in the modern age.

Now they aren’t that cheap at the moment. After starring in the sub-$500 category, Bushmaster has steadily moved upmarket with XM-15 variants.

The M4 clone is a tried and trusted recipe, but if that’s exactly what you’re looking for then this is a great stock black rifle. Not much more, certainly nothing less.

Rock River Arms LAR-15 Entry Tactical for sale. A great mid-range AR-15 under $1000.

18. Rock River Arms LAR-15

  • Price: $1,199.00
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 36 inch
  • Total Weight: 7.5lb
  • Capacity: 30+1
  • Twist Rate: 1:9

Rock River Arms made its name in the AR-15 parts & accessory sector, but has quietly kicked ass of late.

The FBI, DEA and more have adopted these products in recent years and they’re sitting in gun safes around America. 

Now there are a few to choose from, but the stocks aren’t consistent and we’re honestly kind of happy to find any kind of steady supply. The company does a lot of direct sales, though, and has cut back on dealers for a reason.

This Rock River Arms LAR-15 semi auto rifle is chambered for .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO. That Wylde chamber is a big deal if you want to flip between 5.56 NATO/223 Remington. And people do.

5.56 is Cheap Ammo

This mass-produced ammo is cheaper than ever, though.

So that dual ammo capability for the more expensive Wylde chamber is one of those features only a few people truly exploit. 

The receivers are forged aluminum effort, the 16″ barrel is Chrome Moly Vanadium steel and the black stock has the full six positions.

Read the user reviews and you will hear it’s accurate, it’s reliable and it isn’t overly complex. That’s why it’s in gun cases around the land.

DPMS Tac2. Can DPMS replicate its amazing form with cheap AR-15s with a bigger budget? Find out here.

19. DPMS Tac2

  • RRP: $899.97
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32 inch
  • Weight: 8.5lb
  • Capacity: 30+1
  • Twist rate: 1:9

DPMS earned its place on this list with its $500 DPMS Oracle, which is a legend.

So what happens when you give the company more money? Well you get the DPMS Tac2 AR-15. Does it replicate the success of the Oracle? Not quite, but it’s close.

In the Biz Since 1986

This is a company that has been in the AR-15 business since 1986 and it knows what its doing. But suddenly it’s going into battle with POF and Sig, not other no names. That’s a much trickier fight.

You get top of the line Magpul furniture. You get a top quality muzzle device and everything looks to be top quality. Even the collapsible stock is solid as a rock.

The stretched out look is no accident. It’s designed for the longest possible sight radius. That’s the USP here and the company has billed this as a 3-Gun AR-15 that makes better use of iron sights than the competition. We guess, but we think there are better options.

Barrel Comes With a Twist

It comes with a 1 in 9 inch twist rate and there is actually a unique tech touch here that we like. Even the flash hider is a beefed up unit designed to handle 300 AAC Blackout ammunition.

It’s a full-length carbine gas system, compared to the mid-length gas system that features in most of these. It’s a premium touch that most others on the list avoided like the plague.

Could this be the USP? The front of the gas system finishes just a few inches shy of the flash hider and it’s something new at least.

Low Felt Recoil is One Surprise Benefit

In theory, this should offer softer recoil than a lot of the others on this list, but recoil is a subjective thing and it’s all about the feel. It isn’t really that big a deal on an AR-15 either, at least a well screwed together one like, well, all of these.

You also get a few nice extras, like the folding rear sight and fixed front.

Indeed, on a purely technical level, the DPMS is a close match for most and possibly even had the edge. It’s just you can have a Sig for the same money. That makes it a tougher call.

Cheap AR-15 Maker Goes Upmarket

To go back to the car analogy, Kia does awesome business in the economy sector. But this feels like its mid-range offerings.

Absolutely specced to the limit, it offers more than other rivals in its class. But it never sells in big numbers, because prestige, heritage and cache really start to matter.

Aero Precision M4 Carbine for sale. It's as close as you'll find to a replacement for the Colt M4, now Colt has pulled out the AR-15 game.

20. Aero Precision M4 Carbine

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

If you’re looking for an authentic Colt M4, you can basically forget it now that Colt has stopped selling the AR15 rifle. But if you’re looking for a Colt M4 replica, then this Aero Precision M4A1 is a pretty good start.

The company made its name in precision barrels and then with its innovative naked guns that you can dress up with your own furniture.

The RRP has crept up of late, but they’re still worth a look.

See the full range here.

If you’re too lazy for that, though, they will sell you a complete X15 that is ready to go.

Anti-Rust Treatment for CMV Barrel

Under the skin it’s that solid engineering that has made the company famous. The 4150 CMV steel barrel with a mid-length profile gets a hard-wearing QPQ corrosion resistant finish.

The M16 BCG is made from 8620 steel and phosphate-finished, with a chrome lining for additional durability.

The major parts are pressure tested and go through Magnetic Particle Inspection, too, and it’s all good.

Faxon Firearms Ascent for just $688.75. This entry level rifle from the lightweight AR-15 and custom AR-15 specialists looks a steal.

21. Faxon Firearms Ascent

  • RRP: $688.75
  • Barrel: 16″
  • Weight: 6.12lb

Faxon Firearms has made an impact on us of late. The parts were always good, but the company now has a range of lightweight AR-15s and custom AR15s that are phenomenal.

The Faxon Firearms Ascent is a completely new, low budget offering.

The company makes no bones about it. This is affordable, cheap even. That’s the point, not lightweight parts, titanium flash hiders and skeletonized BCG here.

So you get a pretty basic Colt M4 clone with everything you would expect and nothing you wouldn’t. But that’s not a bad deal at all you know.

It’s a direct impingement system done well and this is a solid looking starter.

We will wait and see what the owner reviews turn out like. But we like the company and we’ve got high hopes.


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22. Spike’s Tactical ST-15 M4 LE

  • Price: $877.50
  • Barrel: 14.5 + Muzzle Device inch
  • Total Length: 32.5-35.75 inch 
  • Weight: 6.5lb
  • Capacity: 30+1

We know this one blows the budget, but Spikes Tactical is getting some serious love and this 5.56 NATO semi-auto rifle is only $50 too expensive. We gave others more leeway…

You can also choose a cheaper Spike’s Tactical. There are some great semi-automatic rifles and you can score a bargain if you hit the right day.

Spike’s are High Spec, Low Cost

These are awesome semi-auto rifles, overspecced in almost every area. It’s still direct impingement, but the gas system is as slick as you’ll find in the sector.

The upper receiver and lower receivers are 075 T6 aluminum, it has full Magpul furniture and folding sights that give way to a much more serious optic.

The front sight is the classic stand-up affair, while the rear is a nicely engineered Magpul folding rear sight that really gets out the way.

Space Age Coating for Spike’s Rifle

The barrel gets a 1:7 twist and pretty much everything gets a space-age coating. The M16 bolt carrier group comes covered in lashings of Phosphate and the upper and lower receiver is Cerakote finished in Flat Dark Earth.

This Spike’s Tactical is seriously good looking, and if you dig the color then you might already be on the order page. Our work here is done, Or something…

Diamondback Firearms DB15 SSB for sale. A great low budget firearm to get you started with AR-15 ownership.

23. Diamondback Firearms DB15

  • Price: $500-1000
  • Weight: 7.2lb

In the good old days, pre-Covid happy times, the Diamondback FIrearms DB15 was a big hitter in the $500 AR-15 class. It still is, but finding one of the base level rifles at the right price is more of a challenge.

The Diamondback Firearms DB15 has branched out, though, and you really have to see the full DB15 range to get a grip on how many rifles you can choose from. Of course, that means the price can get pretty spicy too.

Check the full line at Sportsman’s Warehouse here. And get the Diamondback Firearms DB15 at Guns.com here with a premium Covid price tag.

Mossberg MMR Tactical for sale. A great AR-15 for $1000 that does everything you want your Modern Sporting Rifle to handle.

24. Mossberg MMR

  • Price: $1039.99
  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16.3 inch
  • Total Length: 33 inch
  • Weight: 7lb

Mossberg has produced a contender for America’s most popular rifle that works for home defense, hunting and most other basics.

The Mossberg MMR Tactical doesn’t excel at any one thing. But it is durable, simple and reliable. It’s everything you would expect from Mossberg then.

The trigger is a JM Pro Drop-In Match trigger with a clean 4lb break that Jerry Miculek supposedly had a hand in. The M-LOK rail forend is a 13 inch, slim line unit over the Phosphate coated barrel with a 1:8 twist. It’s a fluted barrel too.

An A2 flash hider, an ejection port cover and a rail on that flat top are all good ingredients for an all-rounder of an AR-15. The Bolt Carrier Group is right up there too.

Magpul Furniture on This Discount AR-15

A Magpul MOE grip and trigger guard join forces with a Magpul six-position stock.

It’s an honest, safe and solid alternative.

27 Best AR-15s For Sale Under $1000 – Feb 2021

25. Palmetto State Armory PA-15

  • Price: $699.99
  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 33 inch
  • Weight: 6.8lb

PSA might be known for the cheaper than dirt rifle kits that give you the basic tools for a DIY AR-15 project. But they also will sell you a complete rifle, 5.56 NATO ready, that normally comes with a ludicrous spec sheet for the money.

Here you get a carbine-length gas system, Chrome Moly barrel. And you get that classic polymer handguard that gives it a vaguely military look.

Palmetto State Armory rifle kits and cheap AR-15s have given many Americans an introduction to firearms generally. For that, we salute them.

They are also reliable, if a little rough round the edges, and a good cheap rifle. The rifle kits can teach you a lot about building your own guns, too.

Two Wildcard Entries You May Not Have Considered…

Ruger Mini-14 Tactical. It's a left-field AR-15 alternative if you want a different way to shoot your 5.56 NATO.

26. Ruger Mini-14

  • Price: $949.00
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 16.12 inch
  • Total length:
  • Weight: 7.2lb
  • Capacity: 20+1

Yeah, I mean we know. But the Ruger Mini-14 Tactical is awfully close to an AR and does indeed get listed with them on many an online store. Leftists hate the ‘full semi-auto assault’ version too.

The folding ATI stock, Picatinny rail up top, box magazine and pistol grip are all very AR-style. The design may differ, but in spirit they are pretty close.

So you might prefer to ignore the modern classics and stick with the best-selling Ruger Mini-14.

Is it as good as the leaders? Well that’s a different question, and the answer is no. Modern AR15 rifles have largely rendered this obsolete, but it’s still fun.

Kel-Tec RDB 5.56 NATO is an AR-15 alternative that is winning friends and influencing people

27. Kel-Tec RDB 5.56 NATO

  • Price: $799.99
  • Caliber: .223 Rem/5.56×45 NATO
  • Barrel: 17 inch
  • Total Length: 27.4 inch
  • Weight: 7lb
  • Capacity: 30+1
  • Twist Rate: 

We know, we know, it’s not strictly an AR. But the bullpup design from Kel-Tec has a lot going for it, so hear us out…

Now the big news is that it fixes the age-old issue of bullpups firing spent casings into your face. It’s not a big issue, but this is evolution.

This rifle ejects the shells downwards after sending them on a diversion over the top of the mag, which is quite clever. But it really shouldn’t be grabbing the headlines and turning this into America’s most popular rifle.

It’s the cherry on the cake of what is a sensational rifle for this kind of money. It’s basically the same length as an AR pistol, but much more accurate. This Kel-Tec is hot…

A Proper Gas System

The Kel-Tec is a compact 5.56 NATO semi-auto rifle and it comes with an adjustable gas block to tailor the rifle for a suppressor or different kinds of ammunition. That’s a serious gas system, even in this company.

We like the stock black finish, but these come in FDE and Olive Drab green too. Olive Drab green, is the worst.

Whatever the color, you normally have to choose between direct impingement semi-auto rifle and a big bill.

Number 1 Bullpup in America

The flat top receiver and barrel sub-assembly is all steel and the actual rifle gets a polymer frame to save weight. It is accessories, optics ready, you get a standard A2 flash suppressor and you probably want to go for a red dot up there.

You Could Spend a Little More, Couldn’t You?

Of course, you know the game by now. Start out with a simple best-selling Smith & wesson m&p 15 Sport II in your online basket…

Suddenly you have a high price, high spec Daniel Defense in your hands, some Mil-spec Bravo Company parts, and a big bill. Maybe a Seekins Precision, Rise Armament or Black Rain Ordnance? It happens, you don’t need to explain it to us…

Well you know that quality does cost and the likes of Wilson Combat, Daniel Defense, Rise Armament and Bravo Company have earned their reputations. Their items are always going to cost more, when they are in stock.

Big names are coming through all the time as well. We particularly like ZEV Technologies, Strike Industries, and more. Battle Arms Development, Bravo Company too. Seriously, you can find Battle Arms Development rifles on all our prestige AR-15 posts.

If you want to step into the world of gas pistons with a pixie dust coated bolt carrier group, then prepare to spend a little more money and feast your eyes on these items:

Predictably, the Daniel Defense DDM4 is one of our picks at any budget. But we do have some you might actually prefer in the same range.

Spend Less on Your AR-15

Of course you can spend less on your rifles, AR-15 rifles, pistols and all that stuff. Start here with this great post on $500 AR-15s here.

There you’ll find the likes of the Del-Ton Echo, Windham Weaponry, the cheaper Smith & Wesson and one or two examples of generic matte black American tactical gear.

The Del-Ton 316 in particular is gaining a rep and Troy Industries is one of the 2021 up and comers.

You might need a lightweight, straightforward, Modern Sporting Rifle, though. In that case, cheap can be great. But there are rifles that punch above their weight in that price bracket too. DPMS, Troy Industries and Aero Precision all delight in embarrassing more expensive options.

Of course you can get parts kits from PSA, which would be our preference over Bear Creek Arsenal and other budget brands. Bear Creek Arsenal in particular seems to have issues. If you just Google the name you can see it.

What to Find Ammo, Parts & Accessories Online?

Hiperfire triggers, Patriot Ordnance Factory everything and now ZEV Tech are absolutely top drawer items in stock.

Geissele has been knocked off the top spot by Hyperfire of late, but its competition triggers are still more than solid. All these items are worthy of consideration.

Barrels, Triggers, Weapon Lights Etc

Aero Precision, Grey Goose Competition, Franklin Armory, Bear Creek Arsenal, Wilson Combat, Faxon Firearms and more are waiting. They want to sell you an upgraded cold hammer forged barrel, bolt carrier group, gas system, charging handle flash suppressor, pistol grip, rifle scopes and everything else.

You’ll basically never run out of ammo, parts, accessories, optics and more to buy online. Brownells alone has thousands of items in stock, Primary Arms probably has the same. Both stock triggers from the likes of Geisele Automatics and Talon Armament too.

Will all of these items be actual upgrades? That’s another question, and the answer is no. But you know you want a heavy barrel and a Geissele Automatics trigger group at some stage right?

What are the alternatives?

We’d like to start with an honorable mention for the likes of Adams Arms, that offer decent alternatives and stellar customer service. Alex Pro Firearms also do some stellar work for precision shooters.

But you don’t have to stick with just the standard AR-style layout, or even a 5.56 NATO semi-auto rifle. Or listen to us talk about Adams Arms, like at all.

A Different Kind of 5.56 Ready Rifle?

You could go with a bolt-action rifle, single shot rifles, lever action rifles, semi-automatic rifle, short barrel rifles competition ready rifle and more in stock. We got all kinds of items in stock for you. What about a side-by-side, single shot? It’ doesn’t always have to be a NATO semi-auto.

We found an AR with a bird’s head grip not so long ago. A single-action revolver? We can fix you up, sort by price and you can buy a gun online right now.

300 AAC Blackout pistols and rifles are also a real option you might want to look at. Also check out our shotguns, pump and semi-auto, here. Freedom Ordnance and the like have also impressed in the 9mm carbine class.

What About a Plain Color Black Powder Gun? While You’re Here…

We got single shot black powder rifles if that was makes you happy. In fact they might be the only thing left if the Covid crisis keeps going.

So get a muzzle-loader 50 cal rifle and get ready to meet ‘protestors’ on the battle field, old school style. Get gun cleaning supplies, knives, tools, parts, rifle barrels, optics, ammo, parts, accessories and more.

Or, before you have to rely on black powder, or a lever action 22LR, you might want to invest in proper 5.56 NATO semi-automatic rifles now. No pressure, but firearms, rifles and pistol caliber carbines are all under threat from the Left…

With that in mind, stock up on ammo. Handgun ammo, rifle ammo, pump action shotgun ammo, a barrel, 30 rounds mags, more shotgun ammo, just about everything.

Check here for quick links to the best places to bulk buy handgun ammo, rifle ammo, bolt action rifles and more. You want 308 Win Mag rifles? 7mm Rem Mag? Pistol braces?

Remember to sort by price, these are strange times. Also look at the return policy, because you might find a better price tomorrow. A tough return policy might mean you’re stuck.

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