Bushmaster AR 15 Review: Accurate And Easy To Use

Bushmaster is one of the most popular consumer choices among firearms manufacturers for the AR 15 rifle. In this Bushmaster AR 15 review, we will discuss the specs, pricing, and how the rifle compares to other similar products from other manufacturers. If you're looking for an accurate, easy-to-use, quality firearm from Brownell's, it's only natural that you start here with Bushmaster.

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What Is The Bushmaster AR 15?

The first thing you may notice about the Bushmaster AR 15 rifle is that it isn't flashy, and it doesn't have to be. Bushmaster has been in the game for decades, and their longevity is because of their commitment to providing consumers with accurate, dependable, durable rifles, and the subject of this Bushmaster AR 15 review fits the bill perfectly.

Product Specs

Pricing

How It Compares

We've picked a few similar products available on the market to show you how the Bushmaster AR 15 compares in terms of price point, specs, ease of use, features, and design quality.

Bushmaster AR 15 Review

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  • Ease of Use  
  • Design Quality
  • Features

5 Stars

If we can say anything in this Bushmaster AR 15 review, it's that this rifle is easy to use. It's shipped ready to shoot. No need to put anything together. With quality Bushmaster engineering and Mil-Spec flash suppressors, this rifle is as accurate as it is user-friendly. It can fire 45 rounds per minute, which is very nice, and it has been designed to reduce the recoil felt by the shooter.

PROS

  •      Accurate
  •       Easy-to-adjust
  •       Lightweight
  •      Quality construction
  •      Smooth shooting performance
  •      Reputable manufacturer

CONS

  •          The rifle doesn't have the best sights and doesn't fit scopes or other magnified optics well.

Bravo Company Manufacturing RECCE 16 Carbine AR 15

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The Bravo Company Manufacturing RECCE 16 Carbine AR-15 was developed for Navy SEAL teams. Specifically, it provided them with a lightweight, modular carbine that had enhanced ballistic performance and utility over the standard-issue M4.

While Bushmaster follows a time-honored tradition of quality firearm engineering and manufacture, Bravo Company Manufacturing (BCM) is also dedicated to providing firearms that work the way they're supposed to. BCM's quality control team tests every single firearm they produce for function. They also test the gas system and bolt carrier group, ensuring the rifle you get is one that works.

The rifle's technical specs include direct impingement action, a 16-inch barrel, 30+1 round capacity, 5.56 mm NATO cartridges, 32.5-inch to 35.5-inch length, flash suppressor on the muzzle, and a 6.3 lb. weight. The lower receiver is made from forged 7075-T6 aluminum and features BCM Gunfighter upgrades in the trigger, trigger guard, grip, and stock.

  • Ease of Use  
  • Design Quality
  • Features

4 Stars

One thing that comes with a rifle at this price point is quality features. A forged upper contains a 14 and ½ inch barrel with a pinned Mod 1 Compensator; chrome-lined barrel for increased durability, mil-spec twist rate of 1:7, an M16 bolt carrier coated in Ion Bond Flat Dark Earth, which is easy-to-clean. A 13-inch M-LOK Compatible Modular Rail (MCMR) surrounds the barrel, and the MCMR provides for a multitude of mounting solutions to make up for the lack of sights. Each rifle passes rigorous BCM quality control testing. They are lightweight and slim, and it is composed of premium Bravo Company parts.

PROS

  • Test-fired before sale
  • Premium furniture
  • Premium BCM bolt carrier
  • Slim handguards
  • Lightweight–only .3 lbs heavier than the Bushmaster AR 15

CONS

  • Does not have a cold hammer-forged barrel
  • Does not include a quick detach sling mount receiver for the keymod and rail
  • Requires the separate purchase of sights

Benjamin BTAP22SX Armada .22 PCP Rifle

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The Benjamin BTAP22SX Armada .22 PCP Rifle is a basic rifle with a solid platform. It's lightweight, reliable, and versatile. It comes standard with a Magpul MBUS rear sight, a 30 round Magpul PMAG M3, and a forward assist and dustcover with a 6-position collapsible stock. The M&P 15 is covered by the Smith & Wesson Lifetime Service Policy. The technical specs include a 16-inch barrel with a 1:9 twist, A2 front sight, folding Magpul MBUS rear, aluminum alloy 7075 T6 receivers, a weight of approximately 6.44 lbs., removable magazine, and a length of 33.5 inches to 36.75 inches.

  • Ease of Use  
  • Design Quality
  • Features

The upper has M4 cuts that match with the feed ramps on the barrel; the A2 front-sight is F marked and comes with a bayonet lug and a sling swivel; the end is threaded and comes with an A2-style flash hider; and the bolt carrier is phosphate-finished on the outside, with chrome lining in the interior

PROS

  • Has improved features from other, similarly priced rifles
  • Easy to accessorize
  • Lightweight
  • Engineered for a wide variety of uses

CONS

  • No chrome-lined barrel. Instead, it is finished with nitride both inside & out
  • Unlined handguards
  • Carbine-length gas system

Crosman M4-177 Pneumatic Pump .177

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The final rifle on our Bushmaster AR 15 review is the Crosman M4-177 Pneumatic Pump .177 . It's a fully complete, mil-spec, AR 15 rifle that uses a law enforcement grade upper receiver and a mil-spec grade lower. The barrel is crafted from 4150 Chromoly Vanadium steel and is Melonite treated for a harder-than-chrome finish that won't decrease the rifle's accuracy. To increase reliability and decrease receiver wear, the same finish is applied to the bolt carrier groups.

The technical features include a 16-inch 458 SOCOM Vanadium Steel Barrel, 1:14 twist rate, 5/8x32 TPI, 458 SOCOM Chamber, HPT/MPI, low profile .936-inch micro gas block, stainless carbine-length gas tube, direct gas impingement, Radical Firearms Panzer 49/64-20 Brake, a 10+1 round capacity, a length of 36.75 inches, flash hider on the muzzle, and a weight of 6.9 lbs.

  • Ease of Use  
  • Design Quality
  • Features

5 Stars

Like many AR 15 style weapons, the Crosman M4-177 Pneumatic Pump .177  doesn't require a lot of know-how to use. Its intuitive design and detachable magazine make it great for anyone looking for a rifle that packs a punch but won't break the bank.

PROS

  • Lots of room for accessories
  • Quality guard to keep your hands cool
  • Excellent price point

CONS

  • Small magazine
  • Room for accessories because it needs them

Conclusion

As you can see, the Bushmaster AR 15 rifle holds up very well against its competition both at its price point and above. We rate it at 5 Stars because it's exactly what it's intended to be, an accurate, no-frills rifle which is reliable and easy-to-use. Whether you're a seasoned gun owner looking for something to have fun with, a homeowner wanting something for home-defense, or someone looking for an entry-level rifle that hits what you point it at and won't kill you with recoil, the Bushmaster AR 15 will meet or exceed your expectations. Whatever you do, make sure you stop by Brownell's and see what we have to offer.

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