View Full Version : Good first AR - Something like a S&W M&P15 Sport

04-11-2012, 8:08 PM
So I was about to buy a S&W M&P15 sport online, and they're all sold out! All over! What gives. I have been checking on it so often, and I blink, and they're sold out.

I was wondering what is a good alternative for a good entry level, relatively cheap AR15 for general plinking at the range/desert as well as home defense.

I would rather buy my first AR than build it.

I would say my budget would be $800.



Jason P
04-11-2012, 8:11 PM
Build you own, not hard to do for around that price unless you want special gear/optics. A good solid basic AR with high quality components can easily be assembled for that.

04-11-2012, 8:16 PM
Any brand will be fine for plinking. If you just want something for plinking a DPMS would do the job just fine or any number of brands.

04-11-2012, 8:44 PM
What gives.
They are good rifles for a good price!
If you want one on the cheap[er], but don't want to build it, you can get a complete lower for around $300. Find a complete upper for $500 (shouldn't be difficult), and you're done.

You can build your own with better than the basic parts/furniture, and still be right around $800.

Obviously a Plant
04-11-2012, 8:48 PM
Try DS Arms. It is best to call and confirm that they have items in stock before you place your order on the web, but it looks like they have basic rifles starting at $800.
Depending on what your FFL charges for accepting delivery from another vendor, you might consider buying a complete lower locally and attaching an upper with a bolt, bolt carrier, charging handle and rear sight yourself- only slightly harder than Legos.

04-11-2012, 8:50 PM
My friend got a Windham Weaponry for $850 two weeks ago. It is a good quality brand for the price.

04-11-2012, 9:01 PM
I've had a couple, and I'm sorry every time I sell one and think I'm going to "upgrade", but IMo the best bang for the buck AR is a CMMG. The 16" middy, gov't profile, 1:7 FTW.

04-11-2012, 11:22 PM
stripped lower: $80-120
basic carbine kit : $485

ammo and rangetime: $200

joy of putting together your own weapon while learning bare bones AR lower gun repair: priceless :D