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Thinking about buying an AR, i think its time lol but not sure what to buy, i seen this M&P on Sportsmans for 600, i thought that was a pretty good deal. Any input on this particular rifle? Im too green to build one just yet, ive shot plenty of them, just never had my own and really do love the platform and enjoy shooting it, and also wouldnt mind getting a nice scope for it to lay some deer down as well.
Smith Wesson M P-15 Sport 5.56mm Semi-Auto Rifle Sportsman s Outdoor Superstore
 

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If you can put Legos together you can build an AR. It's a great way to learn the platform and add in any upgrades you want. I'd avoid the MP15 for one reason...no dust cover. Wtf kinda crap is that?

EDIT: That PSA deal is awesome! $499 and you get a CHF barrel? Damn the toll the holidays have taken on my bank account.
 

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If you can put Legos together you can build an AR. It's a great way to learn the platform and add in any upgrades you want. I'd avoid the MP15 for one reason...no dust cover. Wtf kinda crap is that?
Dust cover is not needed in most cases, but is nice to have... And yes ARs are easy to build...
 

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Just build on from PSA.. You will be happy you did and have a great rifle for less$
is their any pros/cons when comparing the two other than the dust cover?
 

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The PSA is the way better deal. The cold hammer forged barrel will give superb service life. It's unlikely you'd shoot out the MP barrel, but you'd have to work to shoot out the CHF barrel.
 

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Nothing wrong with an M&P Sporter .... for $599 you get a quality rifle (backed by Smith) and then after you learn how the platform is you can always start a build for a second rifle. The Sporter doesn't come with a Dust Cover , which is not bad-- considering you don't need one.

For a range AR/First AR a S&W Sport is a great choice.
 

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Nothing wrong with an M&P Sporter .... for $599 you get a quality rifle (backed by Smith) and then after you learn how the platform is you can always start a build for a second rifle. The Sporter doesn't come with a Dust Cover , which is not bad-- considering you don't need one.

For a range AR/First AR a S&W Sport is a great choice.
 

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The PSA is the way better deal. The cold hammer forged barrel will give superb service life. It's unlikely you'd shoot out the MP barrel, but you'd have to work to shoot out the CHF barrel.
So your saying get one of each?:mrgreen:
 
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Just build on from PSA.. You will be happy you did and have a great rifle for less$
This. All the way.

You cannot beat a PSA carbine build for a budget rifle.


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JJ Gun Supply - Bushmaster XM15-E2S M4A2 Patrolman s Carbine .223 5.56mm

$565. And it comes with a $50 MIR.

It's up to you and how you spend your money. PSA offers pretty good deals, but you can build for cheaper if you shop around with just as good or better parts. They are not the end all be all of quality budget parts. You can get a Wilson upper from JSE for $375+ and a complete lower from SAA for $139....$514 plus shipping and transfer for the lower. Watch for specials at JSE too. They have 1 complete upper for $310, add a rifle kit (no frills) for $90, then get a $40+ Anderson lower. Then you have less then $500 (without shipping) for a weapon. Just shop around.
I built this mid length for less then $500 by shopping around with all individual pieces except the BCG and FCG. And don't let the lack of a forward assist of no dust cover frost you, works just fine. And i regularly shoot it in sandy areas as well as swamps, fields, rain....





And don't fall for the CHF barrel hype as a selling point. It really isn't. CHF has been around since before WWII and is nothing special other then being the cheapest way to manufacture barrels. Doesn't mean the quality sucks, you are just getting a barrel that works.
 

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My LGS had the MP Sport for 539 during their thanksgiving sale, but I bought the MP 15-22 instead for 300. I'll be getting or building a real AR next at year's sales if I can wait that long. Haha. Based on what I have already changed on the 15-22 (grips/sights/etc), it probably makes more sense both $-wise and logistically for me to build one when the time comes. I think you should build too @Enjoi829

Edit to add: since swapping out the prp springs and then the sear on my xds, I've really learned how it goes together, etc. If I build my next AR, it'll give me that same type valuable experience.
 

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I would love to build one, i just dont know if i really want to build one RIGHT NOW! I think i would rather buy one, then build another one down the road. Decisions, decisions....
 

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After watching YouTube, I'd build a suppressed SBR AR if I had unlimited $$$. :cool:
$55 for the Anderson lower, $42 for the upper, $65 for the Ares Armor BCG, $49 for the Anderson LPK, $21 for the Umbrella grip (now sold as B5 systems), $74 for the YHM gas block/sight, $64 for the Troy folding sight, $24 for the gas tube and Sage trigger guard, $48 for the MOE handguard and grip, $40 for the DSA stock/buffer kit (swapped it for the MOE off the mid length), $86 for the 10.5" barrel, $28 for the barrel nut/delta ring, and $400 for the Halo-used

Just under $600 for what I wanted, without the halo and paperwork. i could have gone cheaper, but then I would end up spending more to set it the way I want.
 

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Don't know about your budget, but now is the time to get a 6920 if you want one. They are so freakin awesome. $300 more and you have a much better rifle. I held and inspected the smith sport. Quality didn't even come close to colt.
 

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As a new AR guy myself I'll give my advice. I got mine in August. I bought a complete gun. Its a Bushmaster XM-15. Solid gun have had 0 issues with it with about 1000 rnds through it. I would buy another one.

Once you get one you will be modding it and tinkering with it to the point that you may as well have built it anyway. That would be my advice. Just start gathering parts and put it together as you go. You will learn a ton by doing this as well.
 

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I would love to build one, i just dont know if i really want to build one RIGHT NOW! I think i would rather buy one, then build another one down the road. Decisions, decisions....
No decisions. BUY the first one. BUILD the second one. You cannot own JUST ONE AR.

By buying the first one, you can be out shooting it NOW! And you know you will have a rifle that works. If you build and screw something up in the build process, or lose a spring or something, you will get frustrated. By buying the first one, you can enjoy it now and determine what you would want on the second one as far as hand guards, sights, grips, butt stocks etc. etc. etc.

Just my opinion. Good luck with whatever you decide!
 
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