Whether for field use, home defense or just an afternoon of fun, the AR-15 is a fantastic weapon system. There has never been a better selection of quality carbines at affordable prices than right now. For your first AR, or your 10th, the following rifles from Springfield Armory, Bushmaster, Ruger, Smith & Wesson and more all come in under $1,000.

Unfortunately for those of you in the “unfree states,” we didn’t put any featureless AR-15 rifles on the list. Sorry.

To learn more about the AR-15 rifles featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.

AR-15 Info

Bushmaster XM-15 Standard

Colt Expanse M4

Dark Storm Industries DS-15 MOE Standard

DPMS AP4 Carbine

Mossberg MMR Carbine

Ruger AR-556

Savage MSR 15 Patrol

Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II

Springfield Armory SAINT

Windham Weaponry Carbon-Fiber SRC

This article was originally published in ‘Personal & Home Defense’ Spring 2017. To order a copy, please visit

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