If we had to pick a winner in this list of 5, we’d have to pick the Smith & Wesson M&P, simply because of the name on the side, the super low price, and the fact that it comes fully ready to fire, straight out of the box. If you haven’t picked up on it by now, “ready to shoot” is a thing I like to stress with ARs in particular.
If you’re a novice, the last thing you want to do is spend your hard-earned money on a rifle only to get it home and realize that you immediately need to spend another $150 on sights and other necessary accessories… that you may not know how to install properly.
The Bushmaster Carbon-15, Mossberg MMR Tactical, and the Smith & Wesson M&P are all ready to shoot from the factory. Whether or not you prefer the sights or red dot scope the manufacturer has installed, that’s another matter. They do have sights mounted.
If you like to personally customize and fine-tune your weapons, then you may gravitate toward the DT Sport or DMPS Sportical. The important thing is that you have a high quality, reliable firearm that will offer you superior firepower when you need it most. Any of the weapons on this list will fill that role.