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#3691425 - 06/14/14 09:21 PM Ar15????
ImThere
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Why do you own one? After shooting my brothers I want one but not sure how much i would shoot it? Do you guys just have it for when chit hits the fan? Or do you have more practical use for them? I looked at the s&w, bushmaster and the dpms which of the three should i look harder at and which should i set aside? Any recommendations?
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#3691430 - 06/14/14 09:25 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: ImThere]
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Sounds like you are where I was. Had no real reason to own one but told my wife if obummer was elected I was buying one. Well I never did and haven't regretted it yet. Probably will one day but I can spend $1000 on something else I'll actually use.
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#3691433 - 06/14/14 09:30 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: Gravey]
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About like buying a Mazda Miata. Fun to shoot, you spend more money on one than you really ought to, and there's no "need" to have one. It really doesn't do anything more than a Ford Taurus would do…you just look cooler driving it \:D
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#3691434 - 06/14/14 09:31 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: Gravey]
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they are really fun to shoot and are more accurate than I figured,,
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#3691453 - 06/14/14 10:04 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
About like buying a Mazda Miata. Fun to shoot, you spend more money on one than you really ought to, and there's no "need" to have one. It really doesn't do anything more than a Ford Taurus would do…you just look cooler driving it \:D



This is about right. I love mine and its a blast to
shoot. I have killed several yotes and armadillos with it. But I haven't shot it in over a year.
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#3691455 - 06/14/14 10:09 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: duckriver]
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Never wanted one but a good friend and ATF agent talked me into checking thwm out. Well I bought a lower from a tndeer member and did a complete custom build myself. At 100 yds I have a 3" group free hand.

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#3691459 - 06/14/14 10:16 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: duckriver]
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Dependable guns....... I own a 16" colt that I purchased just to have one. I have a 10" sig that I purchased because I wanted a 10" rifle and I have a CMMG in 300 blk that I purchased as another deer hunting rifle, also as a 30 cal gun to put a suppresser on and be able to shoot sub sonic rounds through. Hmmmmm now that you ask I don't "NEED" any of them. I will say this knowing what I know now If I wanted to purchase an AR 15 platform rifle it would instead be an AR10.
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#3691482 - 06/14/14 11:07 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: ImThere]
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I have absolutely have no use for one but to those that do carry on.
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#3691505 - 06/15/14 12:17 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: Snake]
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Because when I go to check out/work on my property, I want more firepower than the trespassers, thieves, and methheads...simple as that. ;\) Our co investigator, concerned for my safety, once told me this: "There's only two things these folks will do when you eventually run upon them on your property...they'll either run, or they won't. Are you prepared for the latter?"
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#3691528 - 06/15/14 05:56 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: MUP]
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no different than any other tool. it has its uses.
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#3691530 - 06/15/14 06:13 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: stik]
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Good point above, I love my 15, but I would think about what you wanted to use if for. A AR10 would be great.
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#3691541 - 06/15/14 06:37 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: duckriver]
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I just bought an DPMS LR308 (AR-10) plan to use it as my main rifle for everything. Deer - yotes - pigs. Happy Father's Day - now if only my scope rings will come in I can get er sighted in. Course I had to move down here from CT to get one .......
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#3691546 - 06/15/14 06:53 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: Steverino]
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I bought my first one when Obama got in office. Then I built a 6.8spcII to deer hunt with. Then the wife decided she wanted one. Now I'm wanting an AR10. Beware of Black Rifle Disease.

I just saw where PSA has a Colt for 699.99.
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#3691560 - 06/15/14 07:22 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: Deerhunter]
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To me it my fun gun, like my motorcycle. I have my daily driver but I have the motorcycle that I like to accessorize and it's a blast to ride on the weekends, I have my hunting rifle but then I have the ar15 which I like to accessorize and it's a blast to shoot.

It it setup for coyotes right now and will be using it to hog hunt the land I just bought. A guy I work with has some land near me with a hog problem, he uses an ar15 and it is a good tool for the job.

With hogs/yotes it is good to have a gun the is quick on target, easy to track the target, get quick follow-up shots and engage multiple targets. These aspects would carry over to using it as a personal defense weapon, God forbid, a time like that ever comes.





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#3691579 - 06/15/14 07:50 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: Coldone]
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I always wanted one and had several other AR style rifles. Yes the first one was for home/farm defense and it's still here for that reason along with the ammo.

I loved to shoot it so much I bought another one in 308 and got it all set up for long range shooting.

I also last year bought a Rock Rivers ATH for coyote hunting. It is the most accurate out of the box rifle I've ever owned.
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#3691595 - 06/15/14 08:27 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: Wildcat]
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If you like the AR platform, look at the AK platform for closer open sights stuff.
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#3691630 - 06/15/14 09:13 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: Unicam]
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No, I don't have one with flip up iron sights and a push button hand grip very powerful flashlight and a fixed 6 power scope on it. But I would like to. ;\)
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#3691770 - 06/15/14 04:50 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: KENBOB10]
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I could show a pic of a pack of grown wild dogs that killed a neighbors calf and were eating it,,I killed 4 in about 2 seconds,,with any other weapon I have I would have killed one and maybe two,,but at least two and maybe three would have escaped,,

I got in a bunch of wild hogs about the same situation and killed 4 of those,,

with a good low power optic or the iron sights even,,in close quarters when you are outnumbered the AR 15 can be an odds changer,,
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#3691796 - 06/15/14 05:23 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: stik]
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Very useful weapon system. Anyone in the family can use it. Adjustable length of pull, mild recoil, "was" economical to shoot. If you load your own rounds with the proper bullet it can take down anything around here. You can get a quality one for well under a grand.
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#3691803 - 06/15/14 05:45 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: hornytoad]
ImThere
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Thanks for the input which brands should i
Look at?
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#3691809 - 06/15/14 05:52 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: ImThere]
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What are the main things you are going to use it for??

If hunting then you can't beat Rock Rivers out of the box.
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#3691820 - 06/15/14 06:12 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: Wildcat]
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I just recently purchased one myself for predator hunting, its a dpms prairie panther.. so far I've killed nothing with it.
Its one of those toys that I really didn't need but wanted and got it at a great price..
Fun to shoot. very accurate. looks cool and can be used when I need a lot of firepower.
I am very happy with it do far.
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#3691830 - 06/15/14 06:37 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: ImThere]
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I have had great service out of my Smith and Wesson M&P 15. When the ammo shortages started I quit shooting it to save what I have. I have put over 1000 rounds through it and the only issues was with the cheap remmington yellow box UMCs. It loves the winchester 45 gr hollow point for cheap bulk ammo on yotes and other critters. You should seen what it did to a pregnate armadillo lol. Looked like a watermelon exploded
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#3691835 - 06/15/14 06:48 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: duckriver]
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I've done a ton of research on this subject but have not been able to get one yet. My vote is for the M&P 15 with just the flat top so you can add your own sights. A lot of people like the Sportical but it lacks a forward assist and a dust cover. This is not a huge deal if you don't expect to really punish the gun and to be able to always keep it cleaned and lubed. However, in a long-term defense or SHTF scenario, that dust cover and forward assist will be what keeps the rifle running. AR styles get a bad rep as being slightly unreliable but that is if they are not taken care of slightly. Those two components will make it incredibly hard to keep clean in one of the two scenarios.
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#3691837 - 06/15/14 07:10 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: DirtyBear0311]
ImThere
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 Originally Posted By: DirtyBear0311
I've done a ton of research on this subject but have not been able to get one yet. My vote is for the M&P 15 with just the flat top so you can add your own sights. A lot of people like the Sportical but it lacks a forward assist and a dust cover. This is not a huge deal if you don't expect to really punish the gun and to be able to always keep it cleaned and lubed. However, in a long-term defense or SHTF scenario, that dust cover and forward assist will be what keeps the rifle running. AR styles get a bad rep as being slightly unreliable but that is if they are not taken care of slightly. Those two components will make it incredibly hard to keep clean in one of the two scenarios.

The bushmaster has the forward assist ant the dust cover for the same price as the s&w is it not a good one?
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#3691845 - 06/15/14 07:30 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: ImThere]
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 Originally Posted By: ImThere
Thanks for the input which brands should i
Look at?

Just depends on what your trying to do with it. If you plan on shooting thousands and thousands of rounds then look into getting a higher end gun but if your just going to have it around to shoot every once in a while then options are plentiful.

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#3691880 - 06/15/14 08:41 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: TRIGGER]
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I will start by saying that I have one and have absolutely no good reason for owning one other than they are fun to shoot. My current AR is a COlt LE 6920 and it is awesome. Much better than my previous one which was a DPMS Panther Lite. Both functioned flawlessly but the accuracy out of the Colt is much better.

Before you buy one, try and decide which bullet weight you will be shooting and make sure you get the right barrel twist rate. The 1 in 7" barrels will be better for you if you plan on shooting heavier bullets. Here is a pic of mine and it is 1 in 7" twist. Shoots 55 gr bullets great but absolutely loves 62 gr bullets



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#3691912 - 06/15/14 09:43 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: TNRifleman]
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It's a very versatile platform useful for everything from home defense, target shooting, long range shooting, hunting, and competition. I have several and have uppers for .22LR, 5.56mm and .300 blackout for them.
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#3691924 - 06/15/14 10:12 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: TRIGGER]
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 Originally Posted By: TRIGGER
 Originally Posted By: ImThere
Thanks for the input which brands should i
Look at?

Just depends on what your trying to do with it. If you plan on shooting thousands and thousands of rounds then look into getting a higher end gun but if your just going to have it around to shoot every once in a while then options are plentiful.

And there lies the problem i dont know what i plan on doing with it. I just want one. Right know it would probably by targets and coyotes
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#3691937 - 06/15/14 10:40 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: ImThere]
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 Originally Posted By: ImThere
 Originally Posted By: DirtyBear0311
I've done a ton of research on this subject but have not been able to get one yet. My vote is for the M&P 15 with just the flat top so you can add your own sights. A lot of people like the Sportical but it lacks a forward assist and a dust cover. This is not a huge deal if you don't expect to really punish the gun and to be able to always keep it cleaned and lubed. However, in a long-term defense or SHTF scenario, that dust cover and forward assist will be what keeps the rifle running. AR styles get a bad rep as being slightly unreliable but that is if they are not taken care of slightly. Those two components will make it incredibly hard to keep clean in one of the two scenarios.

The bushmaster has the forward assist ant the dust cover for the same price as the s&w is it not a good one?


I dont know what the bushmaster runs but the regular m&p15 was a hair over $1000 last I looked and I believe the Sportical was around $800 or so. From everything that i've read, the bushmasters just are not as well made as the m&p or the colt that was mentioned above. That's not to say that they are bad but all the AR fan-boys seem to thumb their noses at the bushmasters.
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#3692537 - 06/16/14 08:07 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: DirtyBear0311]
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 Originally Posted By: DirtyBear0311
 Originally Posted By: ImThere
 Originally Posted By: DirtyBear0311
I've done a ton of research on this subject but have not been able to get one yet. My vote is for the M&P 15 with just the flat top so you can add your own sights. A lot of people like the Sportical but it lacks a forward assist and a dust cover. This is not a huge deal if you don't expect to really punish the gun and to be able to always keep it cleaned and lubed. However, in a long-term defense or SHTF scenario, that dust cover and forward assist will be what keeps the rifle running. AR styles get a bad rep as being slightly unreliable but that is if they are not taken care of slightly. Those two components will make it incredibly hard to keep clean in one of the two scenarios.

The bushmaster has the forward assist ant the dust cover for the same price as the s&w is it not a good one?


I dont know what the bushmaster runs but the regular m&p15 was a hair over $1000 last I looked and I believe the Sportical was around $800 or so. From everything that i've read, the bushmasters just are not as well made as the m&p or the colt that was mentioned above. That's not to say that they are bad but all the AR fan-boys seem to thumb their noses at the bushmasters.


You could also look at a Windham. Made by former owners/employees of Bushmaster. Supposedly a great rifle and can be had in the $750 - $1000 range.

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#3692607 - 06/16/14 08:59 PM Re: Ar15???? [Re: TNRifleman]
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I don't own one and have never considered buying one.. Have shot several and I think they are pretty neat.. I do like looking at em and all the options folks put on em.. I just don't see where I really need one and spending that kinda money on a gun at this point in my life.. Maybe one day when I have a lot more money laying around I might purchase one. I spend a lot of money on deer leases and deer stands and bass fishing. I got all the guns I need right now anyways.

I did pass up a deal bout 2 years ago on 2 high end ARs. I wish I would have bought em. Cause right after I passed them up that's when the craze happened and everybody was buying them. I know I could have more than doubled my money on em...
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#3692688 - 06/17/14 12:18 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: Nealmeally]
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I have a couple in 556 and did have one in 300aac. Fun to shoot and even better to put one together yourself. Assembling it from parts can save you money or get just what parts you want for a nice high end build . My last one was a s.b.r built on a billet upper and lower made by cross machine in Lexington tn. http://Www.cmttac.Com good Tennessee folks that will work to make the customer happy.
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#3692699 - 06/17/14 01:45 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: ImThere]
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 Originally Posted By: ImThere
Why do you own one?



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#3692752 - 06/17/14 06:29 AM Re: Ar15???? [Re: BamaProud]
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