Re: Want an AR15, what's the best out of box?
I should start by saying there is no best but there is a standard MIL SPEC you will see it claimed but only the compaines below deliver. Pick any rifle from the following companies and you will be good to go for life. LMT, Daniel Defence, Noveske, Colt, BCM, knights armerment.
Any other maker is just a cheep copy and they dont use the same materials or manufacturing standards the goverment calls for in the data package for the M4 or M16 series of rifles.
If you want to build you own any stripped lower thats in spec will do as long as you fill it with a quality lower parts kit (LPK) and top it out with mil spec parts from companies of known quality.
The BCM website has the most options and they sell all the companies I mentioned another good source is G&R tactical Grant the owner is a good guy he has great prices and a lot of great deals like colt rifles under 1k.
You will here a lot of guys say it does not matter and there is no diffrence between a colt and a bushmaster but let me tell you from first hand experience there is a hugh diffrence in quality. Buy once cry once no hobby guns for me. Start with a base model and add parts as you learn to run the weapon. Buy upgrades based on need not looks.
I will make a few suggestions on rifle choice. If your looking at a 16" barrel get a mid length gas system it has a longer dwell time a less recoil impulse. Whats that mean faster more accurate follow up shots. I personaly prefer a 14.5" barrel and a pinned and welded flash supressor it is lighter than the 16" barrel. Additionaly we make body shots at 800M all the time with our issued M4 carbines in the ARMY so the accuracy is there.