When buying an AR-15 most of us look for value per dollar spent. Not a penny is wasted when purchasing the M&P15X. You won’t need to upgrade to a high quality quad rail forend, it’s already installed. You won’t need to buy a Troy flip-up rear sight; the M&P15X already has one. The barrel is chrome lined and the gas key and bolt carrier are chrome plated for longevity and ease of cleaning. Developers made the barrel phosphate coated (parkerized) and the receivers are hard coat black anodized. Of course it comes with a 30 round STANAG magazine and six-position collapsible stock. The M&P15X is set up in a state of the art configuration from the factory, so you won’t need to modify it to get up to speed. Add a red dot optic of your choice and start buying 5.56 ammo by the case, because you’ll want to shoot this lightweight carbine often!
For years, there were only two choices if you wanted a G3 style rifle. You could pony up over two grand for a pre-ban HK91, or buy a “clone” made of some old G3 parts held together with US parts of poor quality. Then PTR came along and changed everything. The PTR-91KPF is a G3A3 configuration rifle of excellent quality that compares favorably even to the original HKs. The heavy target barrel is button rifled with a 1:12” twist rate topped by a pre-ban HK style flash hider. The lower receiver is the “Navy” polymer style, which shooters use in the most modern G3 configurations. The paratrooper collapsible stock is original HK made. One 20 round magazine is included, but you’ll want a bunch more since we sell them for two bucks each. The forend is black anodized aluminum and can have Picatinny rails attached to it to mount accessories. The two thousand dollar pre-ban HK91s could never do that!
Puma makes a line of affordable .22 LR rifles that vaguely resemble the classic Bergman MP18 submachine gun. Then they made the PPS22WC50 “Wildcat” and let themselves go totally bonkers crazy with it. Developers threw out the wooden stock and replaced with tactical black polymer one with accessory rails, a vertical foregrip up front, and an AR-15 type collapsible stock in back. They knew shooters would want to blaze away in rapid fire with the Wildcat so they forgot about the low capacity mags and just went ahead and included a 50 round drum from the factory. The barrel has a metal shroud over it with vent holes to dissipate heat, protecting the user’s hands as drum after drum of cheap .22 LR plunges downrange. After they built this little monster, Puma looked at their creation and said, “Do you guys think this would sell if we made it less than $350?” The answer is a resounding yes—CTD can hardly keep the “Wildcat” in stock!
Sig met criticism with their first generation 556 guns by releasing the new 556 SWAT Patrol. The forend is shorter than the standard Sig 556, with a lightweight quad rail installed from the factory, making it less barrel-heavy than previous variants. Excellent diopter sights are also installed instead of the “optics ready” slick-top of before. The 16” cold hammer forged barrel features a 1/7 twist rate to stabilize the heaviest 5.56 NATO bullets. The two-stage trigger contributes to accuracy while the piston-driven gas system keeps the receiver clean and cool. The stock both folds to the right side and adjusts for length of pull. The 556 SWAT includes one 30 round STANAG magazine and is coated with Sig’s famous proprietary Nitron corrosion resistant finish. To buy an AR-15 with this list of features would cost much more than Sig is asking for their 556 SWAT Patrol.
Sig issued a challenge to the entire firearms industry when they released the award-winning P250 in 2009. The serial numbered part is actually a modular steel “tub” containing the critical parts inside the frame, making the P250 the first modular-framed pistol ever offered to the public. While other companies make pistols with grip inserts that slip over the back of the gun, Sig is the only one to offer this system, in which the entire frame can be inexpensively swapped out for a larger or smaller one depending on mission requirements. This “compact” variant intended for concealed carry still holds 13+1 rounds of .40 S&W ammo. It’s a double action only gun but don’t let that scare you off—the P250’s double action is light, smooth, and consistent every time. The frame features a picatinny rail up front for mounting accessories and the price just can’t be beat. $335 for a high capacity Sig Sauer .40? Yes, its true.The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog, “The Shooter’s Log,” is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!