Our goal is to find out your favorite black rifle.
But more than that, we want to answer some questions we always see here at SGPT.
What is the best AR-type rifle value for the price?
Bushmaster vs Colt?
Who makes the best AR 15 rifles: Daniel Defense vs PSA?
What is the best and most reliable?
We are looking for reviews and feedback on weapons you like to shoot with.
If money were no object which one is best hands down?
How much would you spend? 1k? 2k? Wow.
Some guys are dropping that kind of cash all day to get the best tricked out weapons that money can buy.
Please vote in the poll at the bottom of page and help us decide the best AR-15 rifles.
What follows are the best AR pattern rifles with reviews on some of the top brands.
#10 Bear Creek Arsenal Review By Mike
Overall, this is a great rifle for the money. I built it as a AR 15 kit (start with a lower receiver) and save a lot. Look at all the reviews on here and you will see that very few people are unhappy with these.
I bought 2 of them and have different plans for each of them.
At this price, you can afford to customize it to your needs without ending up with $2,000 invested int it.
Do you have a good low price recoil cover that you like?
Yes; a good priced recoil cover is the non-slip Recoil Rubber Buttpad as it is only $8.95 at Amazon.
Video – Bear Creek Arsenal review:
#9 Rock River Arms Review By GAhunter
You will not have some features of the mil spec AR’s but for a beginner that is not as important. The 1:9 twist will not be as good at stabilizing the heavier bullets but it will shoot 55 gr with the best of them.
I have heard of several Rock River Arms shooting 1 MOA though even with the heavier rounds. It’s the best AR 15 for the money for the average shooter.
If you run competitions or use it in your daily job I might recommend something better, but for 99% of shooters it will do just fine. I have heard of prices on them as low as $800 and for that I would say its a very good deal!
What is a good rear sight for my AR-15?
I picked up a Magpul Gen 2 MBUS Rear Flip Sight from Amazon a few months back.
Tore my A2 handle off my AR as soon as I got it so I could place some type of red dot sight on top.
I also wanted a rear sight in case my red dot ever failed.
That led me to the Magpul MBUS. I read lots of AR 15 reviews, ended up on this product and glad I bought it.
I have a good buddy who is wanting to go the same route
Video – Rock River Arms review by Nutnfancy
#8 Lewis Machine & Tool Review By Jim
They’re a big player and the best AR 15 manufacturer. My first AR was a LMT carbine and it proved flawless.
In fact, I have this exact rifle up for sale in classifieds now only because I’m trying to fund another project.
The LMT is a great rifle, but you pay for the extra features such as their quick change barrel system and the monolithic rail.
What is a good front sight to put on my black rifle?
Heck, if you go with the MAGPUL rear sight you might as well go with a Magpul Gen 2 MBUS Front Flip Sight.
We like the pair together as they are fool proof and you don’t have to worry about your battery going dead in your red dot.
We like soldier proof systems like the ones designed at Magpul. You cannot go wrong with this set up.
#7 Daniel Defense Review By Urban
At $1250 – $1700 the DDM4 isn’t exactly cheap, but neither is the most attractive dancer at a strip club, at least you get to take the rifle home.
Daniel Defense makes good stuff so you know what your getting. I’m sure some of you intend to come home with both, but I’m not here to judge, you get what you pay for.
What is a good value sling for my rifle?
We like the Yahill Multi-Use 2 Point Rifle Sling. You can also use this on a tactical shotgun as it is very versatile.
This sling comes with a ring so there is no need to order an additional one. Sling comes in olive drab color so has a nice look.
At less than $20 you get really good value out of this sling.
Video – Daniel Defense review
#6 Windham Weaponry Review By Joey
I have my Windham Weaponry rifle set up with a Nikon Prostaff 2-7×32 scope but I also have a set of LMT irons.
The rifle is solid and very well built. I have not had a problem to speak of. It seems to feed any ammo I throw at it. It breaks down nicely and seems to be made of high quality. I paid $750 for the rifle with one mag, sling and a plastic case.
Video – Windham Weaponry review
#5 DPMS Sportical Review By BHouse
As I have said in other posts about DPMS they are a great rifle company that makes civie standard rifles and are great of beginners. If you’re not up to spending a $1000 plus on a rifle then go ahead the good thing about buying a complete rifle is WARRANTY otherwise build away its your decision.
By the way, my AR is a DPMS with almost 6000 rounds through it a few ammo related problems but thats it and im working on my first build thanks to this site.
#4 Stag Arms Review By Fish
My new Stag ran great today! Amazing how fast you can burn through the ammo with pre-ban mags! LMT is probably better, but I am a noob and can’t tell the difference anyways! I couldn’t be happier and didn’t spend anywhere near $1700! After a few thousand rounds through this one maybe I will be able to appreciate the “finer rifles”!
#3 Bushmaster Review By Wolfsfire
It also comes with a gun strap (you should upgrade to a battle sling), 30 round metal magazine, and an owners guide that takes you step-by-step through the cleaning process, to keep your rifle operating at peak performance.
Video Bushmaster Review
#2 S&W M&P-15 Optics Ready By Ryan
I purchased this about a year ago because of how little was on it. I wanted to customize it the way I would like it from the ground up. With an Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic, and Magpul furniture, this baby is wonderful! I have never had a single problem with it once! No ftf, fte, stove piping, nothing! it just does not stop!
For the value, and the quality, you cannot beat this rifle. I highly recommend it!
Video -My new M&P15 ORC (Optics Ready) 5.56 NATO AR15
#1 Colt 6920 Review By TJ
Despite my best efforts to push the rifle beyond its limits, I found the Colt to be as reliable as the Yugoslavian M70B1 AK that I owned at the same time. Shooting through Southeast Texas rain and mud, New Mexico sandstorms, and thousands of rounds without cleaning, the Colt AR rifle proved itself to me as an outstandingly reliable machine.
In one of my attempts to make the rifle fail, I picked the most pitiful looking USGI magazine out of about twenty that a friend had brought back with him from his deployment in Iraq. This magazine had broken most of its welds along its spine, and had been crudely re-welded.
The sides of the magazine were not quite parallel; the “box” cross-section of the magazine being more of a trapezoid than a rectangle. Despite this, the rifle – which at this point had not been cleaned in over a thousand rounds – worked flawlessly, for over 120 rounds fed from that same magazine.
Noveske review by Franken: Noveske puts together high quality parts with excellent QC and customer service.
The barrels are also really nice, high durability and fantastic accuracy potential.
But, recently more and more companies are putting out excellent parts and barrels. The quality gap is shrinking. You have to look at it competitively. If you have a Noveske chromelined barreled rifle for 1000 and a Colt with the same config for $900 then yeah in my opinion it is worth the extra $100. Even cost no question.
But if say you had a BCM middy for $1000 and a Noveske with the same features for $1300 then I’d probably go with the BCM… I’d rather have a Noveske barrel but I don’t think it is $300 better. I don’t care who makes the rifle, $2400 bucks is ridiculous right now for an AR… Especially when you can have a Larue PredatAR for $1500 or even a PredatOBR for $2000. Even money I’d still take the Larue though 😉
Video – Noveske Rifles
How do you rate the Bushmaster vs Stag Arms model 1?
I did own a Bushmaster and it was a good rifle. A few of my friends own Stag rifles and they seem to be good as well. I do own two Colts and find them to be excellent guns. I guess what I’m saying is that out of the rifles you listed I would chose Colt. by CAG
Video – Bushmaster Patrolman review
I am thinking about trading out a LWRC m6a2 for a DDm4v5. What do you guys think about that swap – would that be an upgrade or downgrade?
Some say that is a lateral move where as some say a slight upgrade.
Video – Is the Colt 6920 best for $1000?
How do you rate the Stag Arms vs Colt Ar-15?
For a $400 difference, I’d get the Stag. I know Colts are very good guns, but IMO, you also pay for the name. I have a Stag Model 1 I got about 1.5 years ago and added all kinds of stuff to it. I have never had a single problem and Ive put around 3000 rounds through it so far. It’s plenty accurate too. The fit and finish were also very nice. by Pipeline
Check out this video with a LWRC select fire lower with a Daniel Defense upper (Daniel defense vs Lwrc)
How do you rate out a LWRC vs Windham Weaponry AR-15? Both are great weapons. Check out the video below on the Windham Weaponry.
Video – Windham Weaponry
Questions From Our Readers
What is the best AR15 on the market today?
It is subjective but many shooters prefer Lewis Machine. Check out this review comparison of the LWRC vs Lewis Machine and Tool AR-15.
What are the the top 5 high-end black rifles on the market?
Daniel Defense, Lewis Machine, Windham Weaponry and Rock River Arms are considered by many to be the top of the heap.
Who makes the best custom weapons?
That is a hard question as there are many custom shops out there doing great work. Some say that Black Rain Ordnance makes a great exotic black rifle.
What is the best value weapon today?
Most voters picked the Colt or Bushmaster as the best value for the money.
Where can I find reviews for the Bushmaster rifle?
Check out the videos and reviews above.
Most accurate ar-15 uppers?
Some say that the DPMS uppers are really good right off the shelf. You can spend a ton of money on a really accurate upper.
I am thinking about the S&W AR-10 – do you have any reviews?
Yes; check out the video below.
My buddies and I are looking to get a set of night vision goggles or binoculars for our hog hunting camp. Do you have any good deals?
Check out the ATN Night Vision gear at Brownells.com
Are there any Navy SEALs out there using the Bushmaster rifle?
Yes; I have one myself and use it often.
What about a Bushmaster with night vision?
That would be a sweet rig – you can check out AR-15 night vision gear here
Where can I find stag arms model 7 reviews?
Check out the Stag Arms model 7 video review below.
What is the best AR-10?
You can expect the usual suspects names to pop up for the best AR10 – Daniel Defense, Colt, Noveske, and the like, but unless you’re going to war, less expensive options like Palmetto State are great.
What is the best AR for the money 2018?
That’s a loaded question. You have to ask yourself what you’re going to be using the rifle for. For example, if it’s a duty rifle, go with a proven battle rifle brand like Colt or Bravo Company. LEOs and military abroad carry both makes, so you can rest assured if it’s good enough for the US military, it’s good enough for your duty rifle. If you’re looking for something for plinking, Smith & Wessons MP series are well made rifles, as are Palmetto State Armory’s. In fact, you can build a PSA rifle extremely cheap that will do just fine as a range toy.
Are Diamond AR rifles any good?
Haven’t heard of them, so I’d go
What about Bear Creek Reviews?
I’d stick with a more well known brand.
Who makes the best A.R. pistol?
Virtually all AR manufacturers make pistols now, especially with the ATF relaxing brace requirements. As a matter of course, I’d find a brand you like, and try one of their pistol builds. Carbine length gas systems for 5.56 builds are the most reliable, as they are pretty “gassed” – meaning that plenty of gas it running the action. Although this may foul the weapon faster, it’s better to be reliable than clean in my book. Pistol length systems can have timing and cycling issues, so be mindful of that. However, for 300 BLK, you should go with a pistol length gas system as that’s what the platform was built on.
What about Lewis Machine and Tool vs DPMS panther?
We are working on a review for those now.
Which do you prefer with the DPMS Panther arms vs Rock River Arms?
Both are very fine weapons so check out the video below..
What do you think of the Larue vs RRA?
Check out reviews and comparisons of the Larue vs Rock River Arms Here
Do you have any reviews for the rock river vs dpms?
Yes; check out the video below.
Where can I find a Colt le6920 rifle review?
Check out the video review below (Video – Colt le6920 rifle review)
What are the best value bushmaster AR-15 rifles?
Check out this article on Bushmasters
What is the best plinker for the money 2014?
Bushmaster or S&W MP15 Sport are good values for the money.
Out of these top rated .223 AR’s: DPMS vs. Windham vs. Colt, which one would you pick?
All things being equal, I’d go with the Colt.
Do you have any reviews for Stag arms vs Rock River?
Yes; check out the video review below.
Rock River vs Larue vs Stag Arms?
Some shooters say the Bushmaster is the best value for the money but the Rock River comes in second even though it can be more expensive.
Do you have any info on VTAC2 rifles?
Yes; check out this video
What about Huldra vs DPMS?
Check out the video below with info on the Huldra Arms AR.
What about Armalite vs Windham? Or psa ar15 vs lwrc di?
Check out the videos above for great info.
What can I do to help with rifle and gun rights in America? Check out https://home.nra.org/
You decide – Vote in our poll and we will tally up and post. Top AR-15 Rifles for 2016? results posted January 1, 2014
Have you seen our Athletic Greens review article? If not, make sure to check it out!