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AR-15 Guns & Shooting

10 Quality ARs Under $1,000

by Brian McCombie   |  May 21st, 2014 7

Firearms manufacturers and retailers refer to the buying frenzy that hit the shooting scene a couple years ago as “The Surge.”

During “The Surge,” shooters snapped up ammunition, high-capacity magazines and—right at the top of the list—AR-style rifles. Retailers had yards of empty gun racks, and a shipment of ARs that actually hit the gun counter was often gone by the very next day. Meanwhile, ARs that had been selling for $700 to $800 were suddenly commanding $1,500 or more—often, a heck of a lot more—if you could even find them.

Fortunately, “The Surge” is more or less over for ARs, and as a result prices have come tumbling down. It seems the current fad is high-end ARs. For a couple grand or better you can get one complete with a match trigger, fluted bull barrel and all the coolest tactical furniture.

But there are still many high quality, extremely functional ARs on the market. Some are no-frill models, while others have a surprising number of higher-end features. Regardless, these rifles will get the job done and do it for $1,000 or less.

  • Drake Becksted

    did anyone else notice that the Masterpiece Arms rifle (#5) has the rear MBUS sight installed backwards? lol

    • Karl Wendtland

      I still want one.

    • Michael Christensen

      At least they have the magazine in the correct way!

  • Bob

    Mossberg, Core, and MPA get a nod but Windham Weaponry doesn’t? You got some s’plainin to do.

    • Scott Owens

      Very true

  • Michael Christensen

    They could have expanded this so much. What about Colt? Our Wal-mart sells them for less than 1K. And the Diamondback models have a freefloated barrel for just under $650. Seems like they are just pushing certain manufacturers.

  • Scott Owens

    They failed to mention one of the best AR companies Windham Weaponry outstanding rifle for around $850

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