AR-15 Rifles

AR-15 Rifles are the most popular rifles in the United States of America, known for their modularity, reliability, and versatility. Designed in 1956 by Armalite, these rifles have evolved greatly in recent years with new features and calibers. All Bear Creek Arsenal rifles are designed, manufactured, and tested completely in house here in Sanford, NC. With a huge selection of everything AR-15 including calibers, charging styles, barrel lengths, and more finding exactly what you need is made easy. We will always have a AR15 rifle for sale and in stock for an unbeatable price. Come and shop for high-performance AR-15 rifles and improve your arsenal! If you prefer creating your own AR 15, make sure you check out our vast selection of AR-15 uppers and start a truly unique firearm. And if you're new to the gun world, check out our beginner guide and become an expert in no time!

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AR-15 Rifles Frequently Asked Questions

How much is an AR 15?

The price of an AR15 can vary widely depending on many factors such as the manufacturer, quality, features, and any other additional accessories that may be included.

The typical price for an AR-15 is between $400 to over $2,000 depending on the factors listed above. High-end and sub-1 MOA rifles can cost significantly more. It’s always a good idea to research current prices from reputable dealers and online marketplaces for the most up-to-date and accurate pricing information.

Additionally, it’s also important to follow local and state laws and regulations regarding the purchase and ownership of any firearm.

What does AR stand for in AR-15?

The AR15 was originally developed by the manufacturer ArmaLite in the 1950’s. In the context of the AR-15 rifle, the “AR” stands for “ArmaLite Rifle” contrary to the misconception that the AR stands for “Assault Rifle” or “Automatic Rifle”. The term AR-15 has become a widely used and recognizable name for this style of firearm and is often used by various manufacturers and is not exclusive to ArmaLite.

What Laws and Regulations are there on AR-15s?

Laws and regulations regarding AR-15 rifles, or any firearm, vary significantly depending on the country, state, and even jurisdiction a person lives in. Several states and jurisdictions have restrictions on magazine capacity, stocks, barrel length, and even by name of the firearm.

It is very important to note that the laws and regulations can change over time and should always be researched to follow all laws and regulations in your area. It is advisable to reach out to local law enforcement or legal professionals to get the most up-to-date information.

How do you buy an AR-15?

New gun ownership is exciting! When you purchase an AR-15 rifle from a reputable manufacturer, you can get a top-tier rifle, assembled by experts, that is ready to shoot straight out of the box. In addition to selecting a manufacturer and price range that aligns with your budget, there are several configuration options you may also want to consider adding. Your intended use for the rifle will largely determine the features you should prioritize.

What AR-15 barrel lengths are there?

AR-15 barrels come in a wide variety of lengths to accommodate different shooting preferences and purposes. Some of the most common AR-15 barrel lengths are as follows:

1. Carbine Length: A carbine-length barrel is typically 16 inches long. This is the most common length for AR-15 rifles and offers a great balance between maneuverability and ballistic performance.
2. Mid-Length: A mid-length barrel is slightly longer than the carbine length barrels, usually around 18 inches. This provides a longer sight radius, increased muzzle velocity, and potentially improved accuracy compared to a carbine-length barrel.
3. Rifle Length: A rifle-length barrel is the longest option measuring around 20 inches or more. This length is commonly preferred for precision shooting or long-distance applications. This barrel length offers enhanced muzzle velocity, longer sight radius, and greater accuracy due to increased barrel harmonics.
4. Pistol Length: AR-15 pistols have a shorter barrel than the other 3 listed lengths, typically from 7 to 10.5 inches. The compact lengths make them highly maneuverable and more suitable for home defense or close-quarters situations. It is important to note that AR-15 pistols are under different legal classifications and regulations compared to rifles.

These are just a few examples of the most common AR-15 barrel lengths. It is also worth noting that custom barrel lengths can also be available, allowing you to further tailor your firearm to specific needs or preferences. While selecting a barrel length, factors to consider include intended use, desired range, maneuverability, and legal restrictions in your area.

What caliber is an AR-15?

AR-15 rifles are chambered in many various calibers and are known for their versatility. The most common calibers for an AR-15 are 5.56x45 NATO and .223 Remington. These calibers are very similar and are often used interchangeably in AR-15 rifles.

It is important to remember that the AR-15 platform can be chambered in many other calibers including .300 Blackout, .224 Valkyrie, 6.5 Grendel, and much more. The choice of caliber depends on factors such as intended use, preferences, ammo availability, and legal restrictions. It is always important to use the correct ammunition specified for your particular AR-15 chambering.

What is the best AR-15 rifle?

The best AR-15 is going to vary for everyone. The intended use as well as personal preferences and budget are all factors that play a role in finding the “best” AR-15 rifle for you. Budget rifles are perfect for first-time shooters and those who want to take an occasional trip to the range. It also leaves you more room for accessories and extra magazines.

Moderately priced AR-15 rifles usually come with more specialized features and configurations that are potentially more accurate and improve the overall capabilities and reliability of your rifle. If you are a more experienced shooter or diving into the sport, it’s a worthwhile purchase to get these upgrades.

High-end AR-15s are known for unparalleled accuracy and come with fine-tuned, and precision components that put each shot on target. If you are looking for the best of reliability and performance, a high-end AR15 rifle will assure you get your money’s worth. These come with extreme precision and reliability compared to lower-priced options and are great for competitions or true gun lovers at the range.

Why can’t you ship an AR-15 to my house?

In the United States, federal law requires that firearms purchased online must be shipped to a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder such as a licensed dealer or gun store, especially certain types like an AR-15 rifle. The buyer needs to complete the required background checks and paperwork at the FFL holder’s location before taking possession of the firearm to ensure they are only acquired by eligible individuals and are not used unlawfully.

If you are building a rifle yourself, you need to complete an FFL transfer for the lower receiver, but all other parts can ship directly to your door.

What AR-15s are most affordable?

Finding a balance of affordability and accuracy can be hard pressing. But here at BCA, we have options for all budgets for any shooter, with the ability to create a truly unique and reliable firearm that will never let you down.

How customizable is an AR-15 rifle?

Changing parts on an AR-15 rifle is extremely easy, allowing you to adapt your rifle to many different calibers and applications. Not to mention the ability to add accessories and attachments that can take your build even further. There are no other rifles that can match the flexibility you receive from an AR-15 which is why so many firearm owners recommend these rifles.

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