My wife and I were in Beaumont Texas on June 26th 2013 taking care of some business. Our family doctor had an ultrasound done of my wifes thyroid. The ultrasound showed a couple of cyst that needed to be checked by a specialist. A second ultrasound showed the cyst did not have any blood flow going through them, so there was no need for a biopsy.
After we left the doctors office my wife and I visited a couple of gun stores in Beaumont. The reason for the visits was for information. I wanted first hand knowledge from the sales people as to how the AR-15 market was going.
I am standing at the counter of gun store, the sales person takes a DPMS and a used Bravo Company rifle, lays the rifles side-bu-side and says something along the lines of, “besides the brandname, there is no difference between the DPMS and the Bravo Company.”
I did not know whether to laugh or tell the guy he is a dumb-ass, or do both.
To be polite, I picked up the Bravo Company, popped the rear pin, pulled the bolt carrier half-way out, explained to the guy the Bravo Company had a full-auto bolt carrier, and how the bolts in the gas key were properly stated.
I then did the same thing to the DPMS, explained how that rifle used a semi-auto bolt carrier, and how the gas key bolts were not properly staked. One of the bolts on the gas key was not even staked.
The guy then started stuttering and saying how there was no difference in the receiver,,,.
My wife and I turned around and walked out of the store.
If you want to buy an AR-15 for a SHTF survival rifle, know the differences in brandnames.
Between crap tier and mid tier:
Rock River Arms
Palmetto State Armory
Windham Weaponry (still making a name for themselves)
Spikes Tactical (some people would argue Spikes is Top tier)
Lewis Machine and Tool (LMT)
Some of the things that define a top tier and crap tier rifle:
Types of material used in the manufacturing process.
Attention to detail (staking of the gas key bolts and staking the castle nut).
Mag-particle testing of bolt carrier groups – is each bolt carrier tested, or, are parts tested at random?
High pressure tested barrel.
Hammer forged barrel.1:7 twist barrel.
Shot penned bolt carrier.
Chrome lined bolt carrier group.
Chrome lined gaskey.
Heat treated gaskey bolts
Made in USA grade 8 gaskey bolts – some companies use foreign made parts.
When a crap tier company tries to sale their product at the same price as a top tier, the crap tier rifles does not magically become a top tier rifle.
During the panic buying Bushmaster rifles were selling at $1,500 or more. That $1,500 is double what the rifle is actually worth.
Some people may argue that why should they fork out the extra money for a plinking rifle? If all you are going to be doing in casual shooting, why buy a $1,200 colt 6920 when a Bushmaster will do just as good?
If you are going to buy a rifle that you and your family may depend on for protection, isn’t your family worth the extra money? In other words, what is your family worth?
Do you really want to protect your livestock with the cheapest rifle you can afford?
During a long term SHTF event spare parts may be difficult to find. Do you honestly want low grade parts on the rifles you will be using to protect your family, property and livestock with?