Best AR-15 Rifles Available to Consumers

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AR-15s bring a lot to the proverbial gun table, offering a platform for recreational and competitive shooters as well as hunters. With a bevy of options available to consumers it can be confusing navigating the muddy waters of the civilian AR-15 industry; but, no worries, is here to offer our top picks for awesome ARs.

1. Daniel Defense DDM4V7

Daniel Defense DDM4V7

Daniel Defense is known for its quality builds with many an AR fan opting for a DD rifle to add to their collection. The V7 serves as the company’s first model in the DDM4 series. This 32-inch AR-15 brings with it a 16-inch barrel and 15-inch free-floating MFR handguard with M-LOK attachment slots.

Featuring an ambidextrous GRIP-N-RIP charging handle, the V7 rounds out its features with a Daniel Defense Buttstock and Pistol Grip.

Daniel Defense’s DDM4V7 is priced at $1,409.




The LWRCI DI brings a host of LWRCI branded features to kick up the AR design. The DI packs LWRCI’s direct impingement system, bolt carrier group, free-float rail, angled foregrip with QD sling point, rail panels and hand stop, A2 birdcage flash hider, ambi sling mount and charging handle as well as the company’s proprietary adjustable combat stock.

These features combine to craft a quality AR-15 boasting a 32-inch length and 16.-inch barrel. Tipping scales at 6.6-pounds, the DI is chambered in 5.56 NATO.

The LWRCI DI offers an MSRP of $1,631.


3. FN-15 Tactical II

FN-15 Tactical II

Available to both commercial consumers and law enforcement, the FN-15 Tactical II builds upon the FN-15 series, bringing some much-needed upgrades to the platform. The Tactical II boasts an enhanced mil-spec lower, FN Rail System, and chrome-lined 16-inch barrel.

Additionally, the second generation of FN-15 Tactical rifles offers an FN three-prong flash hider and Combat Trigger, Magpul furniture and PMAG and finishes its build with plenty of M-LOK slots for accessories. The FN-15 Tactical II measures 33.7-inches in length with a weight of 6.7-pounds.

The FN-15 Tactical II retails for $1,599.


4. Smith & Wesson MP-15 Sport II

Smith & Wesson MP-15 Sport II

A staple in the AR-15 realm, the Smith & Wesson M&P15 offers a wide swath of options from barrel length to caliber to state-compliant models making it a great option for gun owners who prefer a little variety.

Those that prefer the standard model, will find a 16-inch barrel length with an overall length of 35-inches and weight around 6.5-pounds. The M&P Sport II ships with a 30-round capacity magazine.

The M&P15 Sport II retails for $739.


5. Ruger AR-556

Ruger AR-556

The Ruger AR-556 delivers an all-black AR-15 platform featuring adjustable sights, QD socket and bayonet lug, single-stage trigger positioned in an enlarged trigger guard and six-position, telescoping buttstock.

Equipped with a carbine length gas system, the AR-556 sports a 16.10-inch barrel length, an overall length of around 32.25-inches and weight at 6.5-pounds. The Ruger comes chambered in the obvious choice of 5.56 NATO and ships with one Magpul 30-round PMAG.

The AR-556 retails for $799 with actual prices coming closer to $640.


6. Springfield SAINT


Springfield Saint

Debuting in November 2016 the Springfield Saint lineup aimed to mesh functionality and affordability. This was the first foray into the world of AR rifles for Springfield Armory and fans have been impressed by the company’s offering.

The Saint features a free-floating handguard with M-LOK and an integral forward hand stop. This rifle also comes with either an A2-style front sight or low-profile flip-up sights depending on preference. All of this can be found in a package starting with an MSRP of $917.


7. Sig Sauer M400 TREAD

Sig M400 Tread

The Sig Sauer M400 TREAD came to market with the promise of being affordable and versatile. The TREAD features ambi controls and a Magpul SL-K 6 position stock so it’s ready to go for nearly any user right out of the box. The free-floating aluminum handguard cuts down on weight while also offering M-LOK attachment points for any accessories you may have.

The TREAD is compatible with a number of different TREAD accessories that Sig Sauer manufactures to give the end user ultimate customization at entry level price. You can score a TREAD for yourself today with an MSRP of $799 for the basic model.


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