The AR-15 is an extremely desirable and frequent choice of survivalists and preppers. It has very low recoil, easy to operate with minimal training, excellent accuracy, and very reliable. The AR is typically light and maneuverable – compared to many hunting type rifles. Ammunition and magazines are widely available as well as numerous accessories to allow personal customization.
Years ago when looking to purchase an AR there were only a few manufacturers and costs were prohibitive (at least for me). Today is a different sorry. People can purchase and build an AR one piece at a time, or there are models available from numerous manufacturers at very affordable prices.
With many gun shops offering lay-a-way the option to add an AR to the preparedness armory has never been better. What follows are a few examples of budget-AR’s:
Bushmaster Carbon-15 5.56 Carbine Approx. $699.99
The Bushmaster C15 Carbines are a unique hybridization of traditional AR-15 type features with space-age Carbon 15 composite molded receivers for light weight and rugged durability. The Carbon 15’s lightweight 16″ M4 profile barrel is made of chrome-lined chromemoly steel and includes an Izzy flash suppressor pinned and welded in place to achieve 16″ overall barrel length. The barrel and other critical steel parts are manganese-phosphate-finished for corrosion and rust protection. The Carbon 15’s safety levers have color-coded markings on both sides of the receiver for quick visual check of firing condition. Package includes a 30-round .223 Remington magazine and a red dot sight. One year Bushmaster warranty.
Palmetto State Armory (PSA) 16″ M4 Premium Carbine Approx. $699.99
This M4 Carbine starts with a Premium chrome-lined Mil-spec steel barrels in the versatile M4 profile, mated to a forged aluminum upper, and finished off with a standard carbine hand guard, Pinned f-marked front sight post and A2 Flash hider. The forged lower is built with our 6 position Mil-spec size buffer tube and stock, Standard PSA lower parts kit with A2 pistol grip and aluminum trigger guard. The rifle is topped off with a Magpul rear back up sight. It comes with one 30 Round D&H Magazine (where allowed by law) so all you have to provide is the ammo to start having fun.
Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport 81036 5.56 Carbine Approx. $649.99
Budget Smith & Wesson. Detachable magazine. Adjustable A2 Post front sight with adjustable dual aperture rear sight. Sixteen inch Melonite coated barrel with flash suppressor/compensator. Single stage trigger. Hard coat black anodized receiver finish. Chrome lined gas key and bolt carrier. High-temp polymer handguard. Six-position telescopic stock. Overall length of gun 32 inches collapsed and 35 inches extended. No chrome lining in the barrel, no forward assist, no dust cover.
DPMS Sportical AR-15 5.56 Carbine Approx. $600.00
This carbine might just be the most simplistic, straight forward AR on the market. Lightweight barrel, adjustable stock, and a slick sided low profile upper make this rifle the perfect choice for the recreational shooter on a budget. Barrel is Chrome lined.
Del-Ton Sport DT Sport 5.56 Carbine Approx. $649.00
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No doubt these are not the only offerings for those on a budget. With the future political landscape unpredictable and gun control efforts likely – the time is now to get what you want and breathe a sigh of relief.
Got an AR you like? Let’s hear about it.