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BlockaBlocka714 03-08-2013 11:49 PM

AR Newbie, what do I need/should I buy?
 
As the title states I'm somewhat of an AR noob, I grew up shooting pistols and shotguns but I had never shot a rifle until I rented one at the range last week. I instantly got AR fever and have made a few purchases since then :).
This is my build so far:

PSA lower
PSA parts kit
Fulton BCG
BCM Gunfighter CH mod 4
BCM 16" CL upper 1/7 twist (complete)
Magpul MOE Stock/grips/handgaurds FDE
MAD flip up iron sight (rear)
Boonie Packer Sling
4 10/30 pmags
600 rounds Ammo

I recently received a $100 Cabelas gift card and I'm wondering what you'd reccomend I put it toward....I realize I'm lacking on Optics...but I'm not sure i can justify an Eotech as this is going to be a basic range/self defense gun....any suggestions?

jj805 03-08-2013 11:55 PM

If you are planning on shooting relatively close range... http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunti...3Bcat104526180

http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/c...CLXisMomdpyAW8

BlockaBlocka714 03-09-2013 12:02 AM

I am...but is it worth it to throw a couple of bucks on top of the giftcard? I've been eyeing the Vortex Strikefire or possibly the Burris AR Prism. I'd rather spend a little more up front if I'll be happy with it in the long run....or should I just sack up and spend a few hundred more for a lower end EOtech and call it a done deal?

jj805 03-09-2013 12:13 AM

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Originally Posted by BlockaBlocka714 (Post 10758507)
I am...but is it worth it to throw a couple of bucks on top of the giftcard? I've been eyeing the Vortex Strikefire or possibly the Burris AR Prism. I'd rather spend a little more up front if I'll be happy with it in the long run.

I have the Burris AR Prism 5x32, and it is a really good scope for the money.I really like it. I also have a Primary Arms microdot. It is very similar to the Bushnell I linked to earlier. I switch out from one to the other depending on what I plan on shooting. For under 300 yards I prefer the microdot because I can keep both eyes open when aiming. Anything over 300, I use the Burris 5x32. It is entirely up to you what you want, both are good choices in the under $500 budget. Just my $0.02

BlockaBlocka714 03-09-2013 12:20 AM

Thanks I really appreciate your input...now only if Primary Arms would get their microdots in stock sometime soon :grilling:

jj805 03-09-2013 12:32 AM

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Originally Posted by BlockaBlocka714 (Post 10758587)
Thanks I really appreciate your input...now only if Primary Arms would get their microdots in stock sometime soon :grilling:

No problem. I am sure more people will give you their input soon.

desertexplore 03-09-2013 5:32 AM

Tagged, I'm a newbie too.

OCD41911 03-09-2013 6:00 AM

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Originally Posted by JohnP (Post 10759309)
Ammo. Start hunting for it now

Better yet, get started reloading.

baih777 03-09-2013 6:17 AM

Maybe some tools. Even a case. Do you need a muzzle brake ?

russt 03-09-2013 6:22 AM

If you haven't shot it yet then go shoot a couple hundred rounds and get the feel of it and then decide what it needs. I'm thinking it really only needs more ammo. :D

dieselpower 03-09-2013 6:25 AM

You have the rifle. Buying an optic based on what others tell you now is like asking other people what color car to buy. The choice is a personal one.

I'd buy the extras noobs forget about, like an extra Bolt, Spring / pin repair kit, a high quality bag/case and some high end eyes and ears.

Beelzy 03-09-2013 7:28 AM

AMMO.........DAMNIT!

600 rounds ain't chit.

tanner127 03-09-2013 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by dieselpower (Post 10759409)
I'd buy the extras noobs forget about, like an extra Bolt, Spring / pin repair kit

Agree. Find a "Repair Kit". You may not it, but stuff happens. I stripped my rifle and lost the buffer retaining spring once. Didn't have a spare and couldn't take it out the next day on my trip. :mad:

tanakasan 03-09-2013 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by tanner127 (Post 10761734)
Agree. Find a "Repair Kit". You may not it, but stuff happens. I stripped my rifle and lost the buffer retaining spring once. Didn't have a spare and couldn't take it out the next day on my trip. :mad:

^^it will shoot fine w/o the retainer&spring...just be careful when disassembling it!

OP, get ammo!

Rifle with no ammo is like a car with no gas. A giant paperweight. Does not go bad, easy to store or sell and only goes up in value...a good investment!

Robert

Agent 0range 03-09-2013 12:35 PM

Like others have already stated...ammo. Another 400 rounds (1000 total) to store and 500-1000 rounds to shoot. Check the Marketplace but take your time to find a good deal cause they're out there if you're patient.


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