In this article, we will try to find and tell you about the most budget AR 15 options on the market. The commercial potential of the Eugene Stoner rifle created a huge stir among firearms manufacturers, it was considered their duty to create their own version of the AR-15 for everyone who had anything to do with the production of firearms, this is not necessarily a bad thing. But the choices that have hit the market have made the choice a lot more difficult for those buyers who don't know which companies make quality guns and who have just moved from selfie sticks to AR-15s. But believe me - even if we exclude those companies that make AR from kitchen foil, there will still be a huge number of proposals on the market, so let's try to figure it out. In this article, we have selected five options, so if you want to add to our list, write in the comments.
I would also like to note that in this article we will talk more about the real market prices of rifles that do not require any additional accessories, thereby saving every dollar earned by limiting the real price to $1000, and not focusing on inflated manufacturer's recommended retail prices.
Well, let's start something like this is our five AR-15 with a price of up to $1000.
Smith & Wesson M&P15 OR
The letters OR in the name stand for "Optics Ready" - "Ready to install optics", and it really is. This sample made the list because you just get for your money a rifle prepared for mounting optics and with backup mechanical sights, without unnecessary decorations and rubbish that you still have to throw away before you start customizing for yourself. It has a bar for the entire length of the receiver, a short bar is also installed on the gas chamber, which matches in height. This facilitates the installation of permanent or folding mechanical sights.
The rifle has a 16-inch barrel with 1:9 rifling, ideal for the bullet weight of standard 5.56mm cartridges. The bore, chamber and bolt frame are chrome-plated for increased reliability. The descent is hard, but not abrupt. The tension on it is quite appropriate, and you will most likely be comfortable working with such an escapement until you decide to change the mechanism to a sports one.
As a result, you get a good mix of core features, and all the key components are good for long-term use. You don't pay for parts that you're likely to modify or replace anyway, so this model is a great platform for future modifications. The Smith & Wesson M&P 15 OR has a suggested retail price of $1,069, but you can find it online for just over $890.
Rock River Arms LAR-15 Entry Tactical
This company has quality products. While most LAR-15 models are over $1,000, you can buy the LAR-15 Entry Tactical.
This model is chambered by Wylde, so you can use both 5.56mm NATO and .223 Remington cartridges without sacrificing accuracy. The 16-inch barrel is chrome-moly coated for durability, and the pistol grip is enhanced with Hogue rubber grips. The trigger is two-stage, which is the Rock River Arms product standard.
You can find this model for under $950.
Colt LE6920 Carbine
Not so long ago, the absence of Colt products in the list of the top five ARs was considered a mortal sin. Given that Colt is trying to remain competitive and profitable as a gun manufacturer, there are reasons to remove this rifle from the list. How can you recommend a product that may be out of stock in a few months?
But the Colt LE6920 has a good reputation, and the design of the AR-15 has become so standardized that there is little risk in buying this model. Even if the Colt name disappears from the market, there will still be no problems with spare parts and repairs.
This rifle is slightly heavier than the others, weighing only slightly under seven pounds, and for some this will be an advantage. It has a standard front sight and an A2 type gas chamber, and a Magpul MBUS rear sight.
Colt LE6920 allows you to take a standard rifle with quality components: barrel, action and frame. Which then you can improve and upgrade as you like, in accordance with your budget.
The suggested retail price of this model is $999, but it will be cheaper in stores.
Sig Sauer M400 SRP
Like the Smith & Wesson M&P15 OR, the Sig M400 SRP is scope-ready. This rifle does not come with mechanical sights, it is assumed that if you buy this modification, then you are spending your money on the platform, and not on parts that you may not use.
A big plus in this instance is that the rifling pitch in the barrel is 1:7 and this makes it possible to use longer (and therefore heavier) bullets. Faster rifling will ideally stabilize 75 and 77 grain bullets. Also, in testing, I found no negative effect of this pitch on the accuracy of standard 55 grain bullets. This model also has a nitrided barrel, which has fantastic reliability and resistance to corrosion. In addition, on the rifle you will find the Sig pistol grip, it will be nicer than the standard military grip of most AR models. The suggested price is $1054, but if you dig around on the internet, you can find this rifle for around $910.
This sample made it to our list for its appearance and characteristics. Moreover, for this money, this company offers advanced functionality. The barrel is free-floating and surrounded by a CMMG RKM11 KeyMod handguard which is . The KeyMod system allows you to directly mount KeyMod compatible accessories and short segments of Picatinny rails only where you need them. As a result, the forearm remains thin and light. Long bars that you don't use don't add weight or get in the way under your arms. Unlike the other models described here, this one has a single long rail on top for maximum flexibility in mounting scopes and accessories. The KeyMod holes in the handguard are made at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. You can buy this rifle for $900.
Another rifle we'll talk about is the FNH USA FN 15 Carbine
Since the price of the model is very close to $ 1000, although it exceeds the price indicated in the article. FN manufactures billions of rifles and machine guns for the US Army and Special Forces, and now they have taken up the civilian market with a vengeance. Although civilian and military orders are made on different lines, the same technologies, raw materials and machines are used, so if you choose the FN 15 you will get an AR-15 that fully complies with the army's "mil-spec" standards.
If you search, you can find the FN 15 for about $1,029, which is close to the limit defined for this article.
We hope our article will be useful to you and even without a large budget you will be able to choose the right version of your rifle for yourself. Good luck!