The Cheapest AR-15 vs. The Most Expensive (PSA vs. Daniel Defense)

James Reeves
by James Reeves

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves gets his hands on the brand new Daniel Defense M4A1 RIII, which is the famed Daniel Defense DDM4, but equipped with the new RIS III handguard used by Special Operations. But at $2,300 MSRP, why would anyone pick up the DD M4A1 RIII, especially when you can get cheaper AR-15s for $400 and less these days? James puts this to the test by buying and building a budget Palmetto State Armory (PSA) AR-15 on and Anderson Manufacturing lower, two of the cheapest manufacturers in the AR-15 business. To make the contest a little more fair, James spends an extra $100 or so on a stainless steel barrel for the budget build, and compares accuracy between the two, as well as discussing the pros and cons of each. Check today’s video to see which one comes out on top.

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James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • Hacedeca Hacedeca on Oct 17, 2022

    13:45 into the vid: James lies down to shoot - and then turns from the belly onto his back to grab an extra magazine.

    Well, for real use, if one lies down under alledged enemy fire, it would be better, if the spare magazines were on the back, right, with an angle of, lets say 45 degrees.

  • Emfourty Gasmask Emfourty Gasmask on Oct 17, 2022

    I think most people can get away with a budget AR these days unless they plan on going to war or whatever meme ARFCOM tier people like to push when defending expensive products.

    Like sure, I've got a few expensive rifles myself but I still just shoot my beater ass AR the most in most cases since it shoots fine and it was cheap and I don't care what I put into it. Hasn't skipped a beat in the 8k rounds I've put through it and it costed me like $750 to build it.