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isaidme
April 4, 2003, 11:35 PM
I am wondering about the reliability of these rifles!I am starting to shy away from the idea of buying an AR do to the things I have read about them being unreliable unless keep spotless:D sort to speek.The AK's I have read are just the opposite but arnt to terribly accurate.I know there are high capacity mags for the M1A which makes it sound like a great option to the others.Dont get me wrong I clean all my guns after every session but I want a rifle that can take abuse and keep on ticking.My other question is other then Springfield are their other guys out there making quality M1A's?The Springfields seem a little too high for some reason although I will not rule them out.Thanks

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Handy
April 5, 2003, 12:11 AM
Springfields ARE the cheapest. They are also likely the least reliable, due to the cast, non-GI parts used in much of the rifle. The M14/M1A is mostly a target rifle, due to cost.

Similar, but cheaper, are M1 Garands from the CMP. Starting at $400, these are tough 30-06 rifles that are well used. Tough and cheap, the bullets are expensive.

If you want a tough, inexpensive and reliable autoloader, get one of the better FALs. The only thing they really lack is super accuracy, but they're very good. The IAI M-444 is about $700. The DSA's are closer to M1A pricing. There are cheaper models.

The other option would be a Robinson Vepr rifle. Based on the AK like RPK machine gun, they come in .223, .308 and 7.62x39 for $500.

There are also Cetme and HK part guns, which I am leary of due to questionable build quality. But if you get a decent Cetme, you have a reliable rifle for $300.

isaidme
April 5, 2003, 12:13 AM
Thanks handy!Ive got alot of research ahead of me here.

45Badger
April 5, 2003, 07:51 AM
Love my M1A (SA, 1997?) and my M1 Garand (SA, 1942). Both have been 100% reliable with ball ammo, and surprisingly accurate!

If you keep a close eye on AR15.com, you'll find great deals on M1A's pop up about once a month. I think a lot of those plastic gun fanatics want to rid themselves of any made with wood:D

Blackcloud6
April 5, 2003, 12:36 PM
>>I am starting to shy away from the idea of buying an AR do to the things I have read about them being unreliable unless keep spotless sort to speek.<<

This sin't true. ARs are great and reliable rifles. Clean them like any firearm and lube per specs and the AR will outdo them all.

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