With the parts available today, you can build an AR that is an excellent firearm. The quality of parts and the workmanship has gone up 100-fold since the first civilian sporters were offered by Colt. Now that so many companies are offering AR rifles and parts, the competition side is driving up the quality. Add to that the limitless amount of add-ons for the AR series rifles and it will be hard to beat, no matter what you use it for: CQB, Varmint hunting, DCM competition, plinking etc.
When used within the limitations of it's cartridge, it's a fine gun. The problem comes in using a varmint cartridge on drugged-up terrorists. If you want a tight group or to drop a varmint, it's awesome. It's one of those guns that has so much aftermarket stuff available, you can build a truly unique gun. Like a Ruger
10-22 on steroids.
(But I have to draw the line at Cavalry Arms pink stock sets!)
Everything I have seen and heard suggests that it's a fine rifle for given applications. I can't see it as a good choice for a standard issue military rifle, but I can definitely see it having some use is specific situations. I think it's great in civilized areas, where you don't have all the elements affecting it. I hope to get one some day, but no hurry.
Originally posted by TellSackett Is the AR15 a good gun or a piece of junk? I now that some guys will swere by them others say that threre a piece of junk. Also is ther a sirtin brand that is better than the rest?
I think ARs are very good rifles. I think they just got off to a bad start, thus they still carry around a bad reputation. I love my Bushmaster though. There is obviously a lot of bad stories about them from the 60-70s, but anyone I have talked to recently who has been in the service, never had much bad to say about them. I know everyone says .30 cal is so much better, but I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of .223. From what I have heard, .223 shoots flatter than say 7.62x39, and you can carry more of it too. I like mine, but to each his own.....
The 7.62x39 is a better round--less deflection for sure. Look I like both calibers, but if I had my choice of stopping power--7.62 over .223. As far as the rifle is concerned--AR-15.
It's like having two best friends--They both have their faults and they both have their good points.
Well, now you can get an AR-15 in 7.62x39 again. You can get it in any configuration too. If you want to convert your preban to 7.62x39 you can order the kit/upper for that too. That way you can have the best of both worlds. I'm sure others are selling them too, but the ad I saw was from ASA. Good Shooting!
As far as how well suited the M16 is for use by the military, consider this: The M16, in it's various forms, has the longest service record for ANY rifle the US has ever fielded. Accuracy? The AR15 is now the rifle to beat at 1000yd competition. Reliability? In 6 yrs in the Army, I saw exactly ONE M16 that wouldn't run. Durability? Any rifle will fail you if you treat it like a club.
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