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10 AR-15 Rifles You Can Buy Right Now for Under $1,000

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Stock: Collapsible

Sights: A2 front, carry handle rear Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $895

Colt Expanse M4: When people talk about the AR-15, many consider Colt as the gold standard. Colt proves, however, that being the standard doesn’t mean unaffordable. For less than $750, you can buy an Expanse M4 rifle. This is a true 5.56mm NATO rifle with a 1-in-7-inch-twist barrel and hardcoat anodized 7075-T6 receivers. The flattop upper allows for the easy installation of an optic. Colt rounds out the gun with an adjustable stock, a single-stage trigger, a forward assist and a dust cover.

Caliber: 5.56mm NATO

Barrel: 16.1 inches OA Length: 32-35.5 inches Weight: 6.44 pounds (empty) Stock: Collapsible Sights: A2 front Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $749

Dark Storm Industries DS-15 MOE Standard: This rifle uses a carbine-length gas system with an M16 bolt carrier group. Matched with Magpul gear, this gun gives you a lot of desirable upgrades in its standard package. This is an optics-ready rifle, and the gas block is railed for the installation of a folding front sight.

Caliber: 5.56mm NATO

Barrel: 16 inches OA Length: 34.13-37.5 inches Weight: 6.38 pounds (empty) Stock: Magpul MOE Sights: None Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $895

DPMS AP4 Carbine: As the best-selling rifle in the company’s catalog, the DPMS AP4 Carbine must be doing something right. This AR-15 rifle has a chrome-lined, government-profile, 16-inch barrel with a 1-in-9-inch twist rate and an A2-style muzzle device. The carry handle is removable should you opt for a scope instead of the iron sights. Keeping your support hand cool is the Glacier Guard handguard. An adjustable stock rounds out this carbine.

Caliber: 5.56mm NATO

Barrel: 16 inches OA Length: 32.5-36.5 inches Weight: 7.15 pounds (empty) Stock: Collapsible Sights: A2 front, carry handle rear Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $959

Mossberg MMR Carbine: Mossberg is well known for building defensive shotguns, so it only makes sense that it would also build a high-quality AR-15 suitable for protecting your home. The MMR Carbine has a free-floating, 16.25-inch barrel with a 1-in-8-inch twist rate for good accuracy with a range of bullet weights. The slim handguard has M-LOK attachment points, and Mossberg equips the MMR with the Magpul MOE pistol grip. The sights are adjustable and set far apart to help increase your precision at longer ranges.

Caliber: 5.56mm NATO

Barrel: 16.25 inches OA Length: 35.75 inches Weight: 6.75 pounds (empty) Stock: Collapsible Sights: Adjustable Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $938

Ruger AR-556: With the AR-556, Ruger proves that price and quality do not always increase proportionally. This is a top-quality rifle that has several great features, including a milled gas block, a Rapid Deploy folding rear sight, a crisp single-stage trigger and a cold-hammer-forged barrel. Ruger also designed a barrel nut and delta ring to ease handguard removal yet retain compatibility with most carbine-length handguards. Ruger’s pistol grip feels great in the hand and offers good control over the gun. The gun comes with a 30-round PMAG.

Caliber: 5.56mm NATO

Barrel: 16.1 inches OA Length: 32.25-35.5 inches Weight: 6.5 pounds (empty) Stock: Collapsible Sights: A2 front, flip-up rear Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $799

Savage MSR 15 Patrol: Respected rifle-maker Savage Arms is now fully in the AR game with a range of enhanced carbines like this MSR 15 Patrol model. The gun uses a .223 Wylde chamber that arguably offers improved performance over both the .223 Remington and 5.56mm NATO while still being completely compatible with both. Additionally, the gun has a mid-length gas system, a 5R-rifled barrel with a 1-in-8-inch twist rate and a flip-up rear sight. The gun uses an enhanced mil-spec trigger while the pistol grip and adjustable stock are provided by BlackHawk.

Caliber: .223 Wylde

Barrel: 16.13 inches OA Length: 32.5-35.75 inches Weight: 6.5 pounds (empty) Stock: BlackHawk Axiom Sights: A2 front, flip-up rear Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $868

Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II: Smith & Wesson’s M&P15 rifles are very popular with shooters, and it is easy to see why: They offer a lot of gun for the money. The M&P15 Sport II is a direct-impingement gun with a 16-inch barrel that includes all of the typical AR-15 features: an A2-style pistol grip, an adjustable stock and an A2-style front sight. Smith & Wesson then adds a Magpul MOE handguard and rear sight, and backs the gun with a lifetime service policy.

Caliber: 5.56mm NATO

Barrel: 16 inches OA Length: 35 inches Weight: 6.45 pounds (empty) Stock: Collapsible Sights: A2 front, Magpul MBUS rear Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $739

Springfield Armory SAINT: When Springfield Armory unveiled the Saint late last year, the blogosphere blew up. Some asked, “Why do we need another AR?” while others applauded Springfield for bringing a really cool rifle to the market. While it is another AR, it is not just another AR! The SAINT features a 7075-T6 Type III hardcoat anodized aluminum upper and lower; Accu-Tite receiver tensioning system; 16-inch chrome-moly-vanadium steel, Melonited barrel with a 5.56mm NATO chamber and a 1:8, right-hand twist rate; A2-style gas block and front sight; BCM's PKMR handguard, Gunfighter stock and Mod 3 pistol grip; flip-up rear sight that offers dual apertures and 0.5-MOA windage adjustments; M16 bolt carrier group machined from Carpenter 158 steel; single-stage, nickel-boron-coated trigger group and much more.

Caliber: 5.56mm NATO

Barrel: 16 inches OA Length: 32.25-35.5 inches Weight: 6.69 pounds (empty) Stock: BCM Gunfighter Sights: A2 front, flip-up rear Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $899

Windham Weaponry Carbon-Fiber SRC: If you want a lightweight rifle at a reasonable price, it is tough to beat the Carbon-Fiber SRC from Windham Weaponry. This AR uses a molded carbon-fiber lower receiver that helps keep its weight down to 5.85 pounds while maintaining high strength and durability. The barrel is chrome lined with M4 feed ramps. Like the upper, the low-profile gas block is topped with a Picatinny rail to offer flexibility in choosing iron sights or glass for sighting.

Caliber: 5.56mm NATO

Barrel: 16 inches OA Length: 32.38-36.13 inches Weight: 5.85 pounds (empty) Stock: Collapsible Sights: None Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $846

Whether for field use, home defense or just an afternoon of fun, the AR-15 is a fantastic weapon system. There has never been a better selection of quality carbines at affordable prices than right now. For your first AR, or your 10th, the following rifles from Springfield Armory, Bushmaster, Ruger, Smith & Wesson and more all come in under $1,000.

 

 

To learn more about the AR-15 rifles featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.

 

Bushmaster XM-15 Standard

bushmaster.com

 

Colt Expanse M4

colt.com

 

Dark Storm Industries DS-15 MOE Standard

dark-storm.com

 

DPMS AP4 Carbine

dpmsinc.com

 

Mossberg MMR Carbine

mossberg.com

 

Ruger AR-556

ruger.com

 

Savage MSR 15 Patrol

savagearms.com

 

Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II

smith-wesson.com

 

Springfield Armory SAINT

springfield-armory.com

 

Windham Weaponry Carbon-Fiber SRC

windhamweaponry.com

 

This article was originally published in ‘Personal & Home Defense’ Spring 2017. To order a copy, please visit outdoorgroupstore.com.

 

The post 10 AR-15 Rifles You Can Buy Right Now for Under $1,000 appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews.

 

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