Next Gun- Thompson M1C or Stag 15L (3L)?


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.455_Hunter
June 29, 2006, 06:14 PM
Greetings,

I am looking to get a new fun plinking/emergency defensive long arm. I have narrowed the choices down to either a Auto-Ordnance/Kahr M1C Thompson or a Stag Arms Stag-15L (3L). The Thompson is the aluminum framed version, so it weights 8 pounds, not 13, and has a 16" barrel. The Stag is the only left handed AR type around (I am a lefty). This version is an "M-4" type, except it has front rail instead of the fixed sight. I would have to buy a scope/dot sight, plus detachable front and rear open sights. I won't buy a version with a fixed forward sight.

Thompson Pros- Mega cool, ammo cheap, good short range stopping power, low recoil/noise, lower $$$

Cons- Right Hand Set-up, not long range, fairly bulky

Stag Pros- Still kinda cool, left hand set-up, good stopping power at all normal ranges, cheap mags available everywhere, can be more compact

Cons- Very loud/flashy, more $$$ to get full set-up

Which one would you buy and why?

Thanks,

Hunter

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rangerruck
June 29, 2006, 06:39 PM
id go the stag. on eof the top 5 ar parts makers out there. also their accuracy is very good. far more versatile in bullet choice, little varmint rounds up tobig boy rounds. also after say, if you dont reload, cost for 50 m1 new mfgr rounds is 25 bucks, same 50 rounds of excellent 223 rounds from black hill, about 10 to 13 bucks. after 50 boxes, you would save 700 dollars. nuff said. plus stag has most excellent customer support/ repair dept.

.455_Hunter
June 29, 2006, 07:12 PM
To clarlify, I am talking about a .45 ACP Thompson M1-C, not a .30 cal M-1 Carbine.

Wes Janson
June 29, 2006, 08:05 PM
The .223 will give you better power at longer distances. The .45 is nice but it's just not a distance round. As for the Stag, I'd kinda looked at one myself recently. The thing is, I don't understand the real purpose of flipping the components. I've only put a few hundred rounds through various ARs and M-16s, but as a lefty I never found brass ejection to be a problem (unlike certain bullpups). I've not shot it, so maybe the Stag actually is much more southpaw-friendly than a standard AR, but I don't see how. It's pretty rare to see an upper these days without a brass deflector...so what's the point?

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