The AR15 has surged in popularity ever since the ban on it, as well as other assault weapons, was lifted. Unless you were one of the lucky few who already owned one and were grandfathered during the ban, good luck getting access to an AR15.
Parts were nonexistent and the black rifle was shunned away from society to be swept under the rug, and forgotten. But in 2004, the ban was dropped and the resilient rifle poured back into American households as fast as it had left. Why does this even matter? Because, getting an AR15 is easier than it has ever been in the history of the gun. We live in the heyday for this firearm and every firearms enthusiast should jump on the bandwagon! But what has changed?
With the increased availability and saturation of the AR15 market, companies are constantly working at setting themselves apart and trying to get ahead of the competition. Before the current state, there weren’t that many companies selling AR15’s.
The big and well-known corporations were the only options and they controlled most of the flow. However, hundreds of smaller companies have popped up have started selling their products, which has created insane amounts of competition.
This is great for us gun lovers because we get to pick and choose which parts we want, and from where. There is an AR15 line for everyone. You can find a dirt cheap rifle that is reliable, a mid-range one that is well rounded, or even a bank draining, competitive level rifle that is plated in gold. If you don’t like any of those options, you can piece together different companies’ parts for a frankenbuild at any price point you want.
Abundance of Parts
The amount of AR15 parts is mind-blowing. There are hundreds of different companies that make their own AR15 parts and they are more abundant than ever! You can buy them at most gun shops, shows, ranges, and you can even find them on Amazon.
With the wealth of companies designing, building, and selling these gun components, you can find fantastic deals and get a complete AR15 for pennies. The internet has changed the game and made the rifle much more accessible to everyone.
This has created a new route that people can follow. The abundance of parts has opened up the doors to build your own rifle rather than purchasing one fully built. The customization is unmatched and the possibilities are endless.
The increase of competition and technology has raised the bottom line of design and build quality. You will be hard-pressed to find AR15 rifles or parts that aren’t at least reliable and functional. This is from the increase in competition. Companies are building better and better products at a cheaper price. If their products don’t meet the minimum standards, then they will won’t get any business. This really is all economics, but it is working in our (the gun-loving consumer’s) favor. If they don’t put out a good product, they will be buried by the competition. You can pretty much pick any company and feel confident that you made a good choice!
There has never been a better time to get an AR15. You have the best selection of parts that has ever existed and they are so easy to come by. Go pick out what you want and make it happen. We don’t know what the future holds and you never know if there will be another ban or law that restricts the AR15. Why not get one now while the supply is high and prices are low?
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