You should also notice that more and more, a plethora of AR style rifles are back in stock at your Local Gun Store (LGS). Generally speaking, and for most civilian POUs, if you stick with a well known manufacturer, with a good history of quality rifles, and a strong reputation for customer service, you almost can’t go wrong.So with such a dizzying array of options, how do you narrow down the field, and make a well informed choice? At a high level, AR-15 manufacturers fall into two categories: The MIL-Spec Designation… Honestly, it’s surprisingly difficult to define the MIL-Spec definition as it relates to the AR-15.RRA was founded from Day 1 with a focus on the AR-15 platform.In 2003 RRA was awarded a contract with the DEA to provide 5,000 LAR-15s. STAG Arms – “The oldest new name in ARs.” Officially started as its own company in 2003, Stag Arms is an offshoot of CMT (Continental Machine & Tool) who has been a major producer of component parts for military and consumer AR-15s since the Vietnam War.Likewise, if using your AR-15 primarily for defense purposes, MPI and pressure tested bolts and barrels add confidence in your equipment.Is it needed for most casual plinkers who likely shoot less than 1,000 rounds all year??However, circa 2010, Bushmaster was purchased by the Freedom Group, which also owns Remington Arms and Marlin.Honestly, I can’t say whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
That forged F marked FSB and the tapered FSB pins are only relevant if you’re building a flat top carbine with the traditional front sight.
Have an A2 style or other non-collapsible stock, or otherwise happy with the one you have with no plans to swap it out?