Reviewed By: Andy W on 12/31/2013
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
The Stag M3 is a true joy to shoot. I have put 1500 rounds through it out of the box without one failure, save one that had to do with the stock magazine, but I'll get back to that in a second...
STAG Arms as a company are outstanding individuals with a great warranty. Quite frankly, other major manufactures cannot hold a candle to them. The STAG 15s are truly the "Craftsman Wrench" of AR15s. Few bells, few whistles but outstanding quality, guaranteed. If you have issues, send them in. If it fails you, send it in. No cost out of your pocket. Not saying it will fail you (mine never have, and I run them INTO THE GROUND), but if by off chance it does, you can get it repaired or replaced. That is the Stag way.
The M3 is a base rifle with upper tier performance for a base price. Yes, the Diamondhead rail is not free-floated. Yes, the upper lacks true M4 Feed ramps. But let's face it, who are you kidding if you think you'll be firing this at full cyclic or past 500m on a point target?
The system is solid. Not one glimmer of light through the seams. The 1/9 barrel might not be a 1/7, but let's be real- if you're firing nothing but 64 grain and up, you clearly have the money to buy a rifle to accommodate that. This lil' gal can fire 62's and 55's all day long.
In all my years of selling fine arms, I have had a saying: "Guns aren't Hondas. You get what you pay for". This is a true exception to that rule.
Rail System "Looks Cool"
Rail System has proprietary rails. This can be expensive. Cheat hint- MOE L5 and L3 rails will fit with proper thread screws from Home Depot and a little whittling to widen the hole on the MOE rail. a 16.00 solution to a $50.00 problem.
Magazine that comes from STAG sucks something horrible. Magpul Up.
Lack of M4 Feed Ramp is only an issue if you make it one in your head. You won't have a full auto sear on a Stag 15, anyway. She feeds Mil-Spec, 'fell off the supply truck' 62 green tips all day long.
Price you can afford, performance you can depend on. That is the STAG 15 Model (anything).
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