Most gun owners can be grouped into two categories: those who own an AR-15 and those who are in the market for one. (Heck, there are plenty who are in both categories!) It is by far the most popular platform in the firearms industry right now, and for good reason.
Virtually every company on the market today offers their own version of the AR-15. Some can cost as much as the down payment on a house, and others can be had for less than the average car payment. Either way, there’s an AR-15 out there in your price range.
The definition of “budget” varies from person to person. As such, this list is comprised of 15 different AR-15 options in two different price categories: under $500 and under $1,000.
The beauty of the AR platform is that it can be put together like LEGOs. That is, you can pick and choose your parts and swap them out with relative ease. Just because you spend less than $500 on the initial gun, doesn’t mean that you can’t modify it later.
No matter what you spend on the gun initially, it’s sure to make a good host for aftermarket parts, allowing you to build the gun of your dreams on your terms and on your budget.
So without further ado, here are 15 of the best budget AR-15s on the market today: