The AR-15 is America’s Gun, an icon of the American gun rights movement and a symbol of a nation’s proud military. It has proven itself to be one of the most adaptable and modular firearms in history. With such a high demand for AR-15 rifles, it is no wonder that almost every firearms company produces an AR-15. From companies that focus solely on AR-15 rifles, to companies that have never produced an AR until recently, to companies who have seemingly always been in the AR-15 game.
Domestically, the AR-15 market is packed full with companies feeding the need for the black rifle. Although the market for new AR-style carbines is voracious, not everyone can afford to buy new. AR-15s can be expensive rifles. The more reliable and better built rifles available will often start around $800-$1,000. For those who want an AR-15 at a lower price point there is hope, in the form of a police trade-in.
Sometimes police firearms will be available for half the cost of a new firearm. This can really help the budget minded shooter who is looking for a good brand, but doesn’t have the money. Colt firearms are not known for being inexpensive, but police trade-ins will be available for half the MSRP of new Colt rifles. Many times officers only shot the weapons for yearly qualifications and some practice. After the miniscule amount of shooting, they were cleaned, oiled and put back into the armory. They were only brought out to be holstered or stuffed into the back of a patrol car. While police rifles and shotguns will often show handling marks, they will often function just fine.