The AR rifle is fast becoming the most popular rifle for plinking, hunting and sport shooting. Making a choice to purchase an AR platform rifle might be an easy decision, but picking out the one that best fits your needs can be overwhelming. There are as many types of configurations and calibers for the AR platform as there are people that own them. I know of almost no one that hasn’t added an accessory to their AR, even just a red dot sight. That’s a good thing. Adding one’s personal touches to a firearm increase that ownership pride. The harder question to answer is, “How do I choose the right caliber, with the right stuff, without wasting money?” The key word here being “right” in regards to caliber and accessories. Well this simply comes down to a personal choice, but certainly some suggested items to consider are merited.
Start first with caliber and what you intend to do. For example, long range shooting, I would consider the .308. Hunters have several caliber choices to fit the game they seek. Then look at the rifle itself. I consider the stock, grip, forend, and don’t forget barrel length. This is typically not a huge issue as the rifle is purchased with the appropriate one. If you do desire a barrel length change, nowadays it is much easier to change the complete upper than to switch out a barrel. The “furniture” are the easy parts to change. I have one old AR that has seen many new looks over the years. If you have a tough time deciding go to your local gun retailer and just shoulder several ARs. This can give you a feel and is a much better evaluation for comfort and balance. Other parts commonly replaced are the charging handle and bolt carrier group, again more choices than you can shake a stick at. Once that decision is made think about the type of optic. Whether you have a carry handle or flat top upper you have a vast amount of choices even after you have weighed the pro con debate on red dot versus magnification. Price is often the decider on the optic.I believe in going to the best I can afford. One caution, there are a lot of cheaply made optics out there and you may find that you are replacing these particular units more often, spending good money for bad.
So while it promises not to be an easy decision it is a whole lot of fun to put together a personalized AR. If you are in the market for an AR visit us at AZFirearms.com online, or in our store in Avondale, Arizona. We have several manufacturers in stock, like Bushmaster, Colt, Windham Weaponry, Rock River Arms, Adams Arms, and Sig Sauer. In addition to the conventional 5.56/.223 calibers we are well stocked with the large .308 ARs and even the hard hitting .458 SOCOM. We have accessories from Mag Pul and high quality EOTECH optics. Most of all enjoy this amazing rifle platform. Be safe.