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I need advice on an AR-15
Okay gun guys (and girls), I’m looking to get into an AR-15. Husband is an AK guy but he’s found an Armalite AR-15 LTC that weighs 6lbs unloaded. It has a 16” barrel. He said that was pretty much the lightest AR but that GLP was filled with gun knowledge people and see what someone here says.

Anyway, I’m looking for a lightweight AR that’s as short as possible without having to go through NFA tax stamp hassles. My price range is $900-$1200; $1200 being pretty much max.

I’m trying to get advice before I go to purchase because I’m sure they’ll think I’m just a dumb girl and they’ll try and sell me what they have instead of what I want: a short and light AR.
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If you are looking for lightweight and short barrel, you should look at these.

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Sounds good, if you know what you want and they want to start bullshiting tell them its cash now and i get the item or i go somewhere else.

I hate all the upselling BS stores do i mean if i ask a question and you tell what you think is best fine but if i say i want x item you better stfu and sell me that item.
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Check out a rock river arms AR.

They are made well and most have chrome moly barrels. That matters.

Military versions use chrome lined barrels because they last longer. 5.56 pushes a whole lot of gas down a small diameter bore and bore erosion over time is real. Also, if you are like most and don't periodically clean it, the chrome moly stands up to corrosion better.

Don't listen to people that say chrome lines barrels are less accurate. USMC hits targets at 500m with open sights. If it's accurate enough for the Marines, it's accurate enough for you.

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Re: I need advice on an AR-15
Why would they sell you anything you don't want if your husband is a gun guy, just have him go with you.

16 in barrel rifle is the shortest by law without the stamp.

You can get a pistol AR with a pistol brace, with shorter barrels. Check your local laws before purchase.

Go to the AR15 website and educate yourself, then just go get entry level PSA, S&W, RRA or the Armalite if oz matter than much and be done with it. Don't overthink the purchase, and if you do, just get an LMT and be then you can really be done with it.
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If you are looking for lightweight and short barrel, you should look at these.

[link to palmettostatearmory.com (secure)]
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Get a laser "sight" (point and shoot) and a collapsible stock.

That's a good one for close quarters, and with an additional $200 optical sight, should be good out to 150 yds.
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Buy and AK...you won't regret it
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Okay gun guys (and girls), I’m looking to get into an AR-15. Husband is an AK guy but he’s found an Armalite AR-15 LTC that weighs 6lbs unloaded. It has a 16” barrel. He said that was pretty much the lightest AR but that GLP was filled with gun knowledge people and see what someone here says.

Anyway, I’m looking for a lightweight AR that’s as short as possible without having to go through NFA tax stamp hassles. My price range is $900-$1200; $1200 being pretty much max.

I’m trying to get advice before I go to purchase because I’m sure they’ll think I’m just a dumb girl and they’ll try and sell me what they have instead of what I want: a short and light AR.
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Get an AR pistol and a brace. Lightweight, short barrel, no tax stamp.
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If you are looking for lightweight and short barrel, you should look at these.

[link to palmettostatearmory.com (secure)]
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Having a super light rifle isn't always the best way to go.

Having a little weight to it reduces the kick into your shoulder and can be much more comfortable to shoot.

Find one that is a good balance between weight and comfort IMO
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Smith & Wesson M&P 15 sport (1st version) $500 the stock telescopes and in time you can fix your upper as your $ amount allows. (note there is no forward assist or dust cover on these) if you get a sport 2 you get those features. Despite the price all you want is to pull the trigger and have the round hit the target. No need for a Daniels Defense.
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Buy one.
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Having a super light rifle isn't always the best way to go.

Having a little weight to it reduces the kick into your shoulder and can be much more comfortable to shoot.

Find one that is a good balance between weight and comfort IMO
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The "kick" of an AR?

wtfpoint2epiclol
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Re: I need advice on an AR-15
Smith & Wesson M&P 15 sport (1st version) $500 the stock telescopes and in time you can fix your upper as your $ amount allows. (note there is no forward assist or dust cover on these) if you get a sport 2 you get those features. Despite the price all you want is to pull the trigger and have the round hit the target. No need for a Daniels Defense.
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Light weight, vs. kick does not matter in a gun battle. As long as the rifle feels good in your hands and you can train with it then your golden.
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Smith & Wesson M&P 15 sport (1st version) $500 the stock telescopes and in time you can fix your upper as your $ amount allows. (note there is no forward assist or dust cover on these) if you get a sport 2 you get those features. Despite the price all you want is to pull the trigger and have the round hit the target. No need for a Daniels Defense.
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You really don't need a dust cover or forward assist unless you live in a swamp and fall in the mud a lot.
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Re: I need advice on an AR-15
Having a super light rifle isn't always the best way to go.

Having a little weight to it reduces the kick into your shoulder and can be much more comfortable to shoot.

Find one that is a good balance between weight and comfort IMO
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The "kick" of an AR?

wtfpoint2epiclol
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for a gir,l after say 2 hours of shooting.. yeah buttbreath, the kick of even an AR
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Smith & Wesson M&P 15 sport (1st version) $500 the stock telescopes and in time you can fix your upper as your $ amount allows. (note there is no forward assist or dust cover on these) if you get a sport 2 you get those features. Despite the price all you want is to pull the trigger and have the round hit the target. No need for a Daniels Defense.
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You really don't need a dust cover or forward assist unless you live in a swamp and fall in the mud a lot.
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I agree, ex U.S. Army here.
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I second the Palmetto State Armory suggestion.
People like to drag on them but I recently purchased an
AR-10 full rifle and an AR-15 16" kit that I built using a PSA stripped lower. It was very easy to do with a little YouTube instruction.

Both rifles function great for what I want them for. I'm not really a huge gun guy I just want decent arms and they do the job at a great price.

It's in there mission, to arm the citizens at a reasonable price and in my opinion they are doing a great job at it.
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I second the Palmetto State Armory suggestion.
People like to drag on them but I recently purchased an
AR-10 full rifle and an AR-15 16" kit that I built using a PSA stripped lower. It was very easy to do with a little YouTube instruction.

Both rifles function great for what I want them for. I'm not really a huge gun guy I just want decent arms and they do the job at a great price.

It's in there mission, to arm the citizens at a reasonable price and in my opinion they are doing a great job at it.
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I assume she is asking for a gun that works as intended out of the "box" no add on's nothing that will impare simple use of the tool.
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I second the Palmetto State Armory suggestion.
People like to drag on them but I recently purchased an
AR-10 full rifle and an AR-15 16" kit that I built using a PSA stripped lower. It was very easy to do with a little YouTube instruction.

Both rifles function great for what I want them for. I'm not really a huge gun guy I just want decent arms and they do the job at a great price.

It's in there mission, to arm the citizens at a reasonable price and in my opinion they are doing a great job at it.
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I assume she is asking for a gun that works as intended out of the "box" no add on's nothing that will impare simple use of the tool.
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You but it, and it works bare bones plain and simple, let her decide on add on's. Basics are a priority.
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So a couple of things. First, since your man likes AK's, you should consider a 300 blackout AR15 pistol. It will be very comparable to his AK is many aspects. Second, depends on what state you live in for all of this, so that is important. Anyways, get a 30 cal brake with an out the front cover. It will help reduce the kick, and also send sound down range rather than to the side. Next, arm brace, but add on a folding stock attachment. As for barrel, get a nitrided barrel. They will be more accurate than the chrome ones, and last as long if not longer. That's been a back and forth battle for years which is better. Most people don't shoot 10k rounds of both to compare. I like to buy parts on deltateamtactical. It's the walmart of gun parts, so not the best quality always, but none of my guns have failed me. If you've shot enough, get a 3 pound trigger. It makes everything complete. Good luck. You will shoot better with an AR if you get a scope, compared to his AK. They are usually pretty worn out by the time normal people own them. So usually not the most accurate.
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Having a super light rifle isn't always the best way to go.

Having a little weight to it reduces the kick into your shoulder and can be much more comfortable to shoot.

Find one that is a good balance between weight and comfort IMO
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The "kick" of an AR?

wtfpoint2epiclol
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Well to be fair the AR platform even just the AR-15 comes in way more calibers then just 5.56 but your probably right as i doubt the OP was asking about anything other then the "standard" 5.56 AR-15.
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So a couple of things. First, since your man likes AK's, you should consider a 300 blackout AR15 pistol. It will be very comparable to his AK is many aspects. Second, depends on what state you live in for all of this, so that is important. Anyways, get a 30 cal brake with an out the front cover. It will help reduce the kick, and also send sound down range rather than to the side. Next, arm brace, but add on a folding stock attachment. As for barrel, get a nitrided barrel. They will be more accurate than the chrome ones, and last as long if not longer. That's been a back and forth battle for years which is better. Most people don't shoot 10k rounds of both to compare. I like to buy parts on deltateamtactical. It's the walmart of gun parts, so not the best quality always, but none of my guns have failed me. If you've shot enough, get a 3 pound trigger. It makes everything complete. Good luck. You will shoot better with an AR if you get a scope, compared to his AK. They are usually pretty worn out by the time normal people own them. So usually not the most accurate.
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And here they come! They are all good as long as they work and do the job. I say again look at S&W may you find your happy rifle!
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So a couple of things. First, since your man likes AK's, you should consider a 300 blackout AR15 pistol. It will be very comparable to his AK is many aspects. Second, depends on what state you live in for all of this, so that is important. Anyways, get a 30 cal brake with an out the front cover. It will help reduce the kick, and also send sound down range rather than to the side. Next, arm brace, but add on a folding stock attachment. As for barrel, get a nitrided barrel. They will be more accurate than the chrome ones, and last as long if not longer. That's been a back and forth battle for years which is better. Most people don't shoot 10k rounds of both to compare. I like to buy parts on deltateamtactical. It's the walmart of gun parts, so not the best quality always, but none of my guns have failed me. If you've shot enough, get a 3 pound trigger. It makes everything complete. Good luck. You will shoot better with an AR if you get a scope, compared to his AK. They are usually pretty worn out by the time normal people own them. So usually not the most accurate.
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And here they come! They are all good as long as they work and do the job. I say again look at S&W may you find your happy rifle!
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Practice, Practice, and practice is all you need!c
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Okay gun guys (and girls), I’m looking to get into an AR-15. Husband is an AK guy but he’s found an Armalite AR-15 LTC that weighs 6lbs unloaded. It has a 16” barrel. He said that was pretty much the lightest AR but that GLP was filled with gun knowledge people and see what someone here says.

Anyway, I’m looking for a lightweight AR that’s as short as possible without having to go through NFA tax stamp hassles. My price range is $900-$1200; $1200 being pretty much max.

I’m trying to get advice before I go to purchase because I’m sure they’ll think I’m just a dumb girl and they’ll try and sell me what they have instead of what I want: a short and light AR.
 Quoting: Truth Brush


Your husband smart get an AK
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If you are looking for lightweight and short barrel, you should look at these.

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Agreed.
Consider also the costs of rigging. Vickers sling, extra mags, sights and lights as well as the obvious, ammo.
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So a couple of things. First, since your man likes AK's, you should consider a 300 blackout AR15 pistol. It will be very comparable to his AK is many aspects. Second, depends on what state you live in for all of this, so that is important. Anyways, get a 30 cal brake with an out the front cover. It will help reduce the kick, and also send sound down range rather than to the side. Next, arm brace, but add on a folding stock attachment. As for barrel, get a nitrided barrel. They will be more accurate than the chrome ones, and last as long if not longer. That's been a back and forth battle for years which is better. Most people don't shoot 10k rounds of both to compare. I like to buy parts on deltateamtactical. It's the walmart of gun parts, so not the best quality always, but none of my guns have failed me. If you've shot enough, get a 3 pound trigger. It makes everything complete. Good luck. You will shoot better with an AR if you get a scope, compared to his AK. They are usually pretty worn out by the time normal people own them. So usually not the most accurate.
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And here they come! They are all good as long as they work and do the job. I say again look at S&W may you find your happy rifle!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78113985


Practice, Practice, and practice is all you need!c
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You also want one that comes with a front and rear sight attached, I have sold some off brands that came with no sights...that wont help you..
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So a couple of things. First, since your man likes AK's, you should consider a 300 blackout AR15 pistol. It will be very comparable to his AK is many aspects. Second, depends on what state you live in for all of this, so that is important. Anyways, get a 30 cal brake with an out the front cover. It will help reduce the kick, and also send sound down range rather than to the side. Next, arm brace, but add on a folding stock attachment. As for barrel, get a nitrided barrel. They will be more accurate than the chrome ones, and last as long if not longer. That's been a back and forth battle for years which is better. Most people don't shoot 10k rounds of both to compare. I like to buy parts on deltateamtactical. It's the walmart of gun parts, so not the best quality always, but none of my guns have failed me. If you've shot enough, get a 3 pound trigger. It makes everything complete. Good luck. You will shoot better with an AR if you get a scope, compared to his AK. They are usually pretty worn out by the time normal people own them. So usually not the most accurate.
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And here they come! They are all good as long as they work and do the job. I say again look at S&W may you find your happy rifle!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78113985


To be clear. I sold my LR308 and all my S&W M&P15t's and started building them the way I wanted. My AR's run circles around the made to buy rifles.
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If you are looking for lightweight and short barrel, you should look at these.

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I will second palmetto, bought a very nice upper from them... top notch.
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Just remember to get all the gear you need for that lightweight rifle and consider that it being light weight might not hold all your gear.

Your gonna want to attach a forend grip, a rail, a laser in green, another laser in red, a red dot, a magnifier on a tilt mount, a long range side mount scope, and side pockets for your fishing gear and a knife. Lot of people forget that.
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