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Join Date: Feb 2006
Sportbike: 955i Speed Triple, 100AE Road King, AP1 Honda S2000
Years Riding: 1/3rd of my life.
How you found us: Cave Johnson
A few things to amend-
RRA is still a great manufacturer of ARs and components, I just installed a RRA trigger in a friend's AR this morning. All I was saying there is that my more recent RRA rifles tend to have more tooling marks and the fit and finish is not what it used to be. That being said, RRA is WAYYYY more than capable for a plinker, hell, it's more than capable for a daily use rifle that you'd need to trust your life with; all I was trying to point out is that RRA used to be one of the top dogs in the AR world, up there with Colt and they have fallen from grace a little bit. Forget I even mentioned it.
Second, if this truly is a plinker and will NEVER see duty as a HD piece or a SHTF rifle, then get the cheapest AR you can get, Olympic, Delton, etc. Sure it may FTF/FTE every once in a while and only hold 4 MOA but who cares, you saved $300. If you're just shooting at cans once a year, you'll be good to go.
HOWEVER, If there is any chance in hell you will ever rely on this weapon to protect yourself/family, it behooves you to spend some money on a quality setup from the get go. You don't need a free float rail, muzzle brake, Geissele trigger, UBR buttstock- people killer that they used to kill Osama. You do need a well built rifle that you can learn with and that you can depend upon.
So there you go, You need to decide what role this rifle will fill. One thing to remember/consider, just like motorcycles, no single rifle will do everything. You won't find a bike that cruises like an Electra Glide, handles like a 996R and looks like a Vincent Black Shadow - Nor will you find an AR that does CQB, Long distance sniping and static defense. You can make a rifle that will do all 3 of those things very poorly, but like a UJM motorcycle, they may be cheap but they don't do anything very well. You want to decide what role this will fill and design the rifle around that. So many people decide they're going to build an AR and end up with a HBAR carbine with a collapsible stock, fixed irons, bipod and 4-16x scope - ABORTION. Think about this and ask questions from there. Lots of info on here, we're more than willing to help.