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AR-15: Carbine or Rifle for SHTF?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Kenshin, Nov 26, 2006.


AR-15: Carbine or Rifle

  1. Carbine

    89 vote(s)
  2. Rifle

    39 vote(s)
  1. Kenshin

    Kenshin Well-Known Member

    If you had two AR-15s on hand when the SHTF, which would you elect to take as your weapon?

    The 16" barrel carbine?

    Or the 20" barrel rifle?

    Poll to your liking. Apply the question to yourself and your surroundings.

    DON'T mention other rifles in this poll. This is a what-if with only AR's available to you.
  2. LkWinnipesaukee

    LkWinnipesaukee Well-Known Member

    If by SHTF you mean HD, then get the carbine.
  3. Heavy Metal Hero

    Heavy Metal Hero Well-Known Member

    Well the carbine has all the practical range and accuracy you would need...
  4. Kenshin

    Kenshin Well-Known Member

    A carbine would also blind you in the event of a night fight.....some people can;t afford/aren't allowed to have flash suppressors, remember that.

    Oh, and I mean SHTF as in society's collapse.
  5. Glockfan.45

    Glockfan.45 member

    Tough choice. In the total collapse of law and order and long term civil disorder I would go with the full length 20" barrel. Four more inches isnt going to bother you much, and the added barrel length would lend itself to being a better game getter over the long road.
  6. Kenshin

    Kenshin Well-Known Member

    True. And to tell you the truth, I'd rather flee to the countryside when it all comes down, and the rifle covers the distance in the country better than the carbine.
  7. GoRon

    GoRon Well-Known Member

    You sure the people in the countryside will be happy to see you?

    I said carbine. I live in the burbs.

    If I lived in the country I would go with a 308 or other 30 cal.
  8. marksman13

    marksman13 Well-Known Member

    +1 for the 20 incher. Hated carrying an M4 in the sandbox. I'll take the M16 A4 any day.
  9. Grunt

    Grunt Well-Known Member

    Well, I like the compact barrel of my M-4 for close in handling ease. While I would normally say it depends on what your AO is should determin the barrel length you would want, in open areas where the longer barrel length isn't an issue and does give you an edge in velocity, you are still dealing with a .223 and the terminal ballistics just isn't there with this caliber. Nah, in the range that the .223 is still a somewhat effective round, you are just as well served with an M-4 length barrel.
  10. Kenshin

    Kenshin Well-Known Member

    You never know when that little extra velocity may help you...
  11. Dienekes

    Dienekes Well-Known Member

    I recently voted with my money and it said carbine. Among other things it handles pretty well inside the cab of a compact pickup. Try that with the rifle...

    With a good sighting system and good trigger the M4gery will reach out to the practical limits of the 5.56 cartridge.

    The carbine looks substantially more evil than the rifle which can be beneficial. When I took my Colt CAR-15 along on drug raids in the mid-80s it had a calming effect on things. FWIW...
  12. noresttill

    noresttill Well-Known Member

    the ar15 is modular, so you could get just an upper and use the same bolt/carrier. while your at home, make it a carbine. If you move, strap on the upper.

    I would buy a carbine first though, good to about 200 yards right?

  13. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    The added barrel length won't buy you any more accuracy, just more velocity. That said, I went w/ a 16" middy for mine and haven't found any reason to regret that decision.
  14. Stiletto Null

    Stiletto Null Well-Known Member

    Carbine. An RRA Entry Tactical is nice and handy, and is something like 36" with the stock extended to something comfortable.

    The full-length M16A2/4 is right around 40" long...and my FN49 (which is much more authoritative, and better fits the performance criteria for a "rifle") is 42" long. And is a lot more comfortable.
  15. lycanthrope

    lycanthrope Well-Known Member

    Well I have a 16" with an Eotech and a 20" with a 1.5x5 scope and the 3 gun timer says the 20" is faster.

    I'd have never thought so, but it is.

    Point shoot at living room distance and everything out deep makes up the difference.

    No doubt in my mind. Period.
  16. Aikibiker

    Aikibiker Well-Known Member

    If it is the end of the world that means I am gonna have to start living with th edarn thing. I'll take the carbine and pull off all the modular junk that tends to accumulate on M4geries as well. If I have to carry it to the bathroom and be climbing in and out of vehicles (while the gas lasts) and god knows what else I want it to be as light and handy as possible.
  17. marksman13

    marksman13 Well-Known Member

    I would buy a carbine first though, good to about 200 yards right?

    Good to about 300, but not as good as a rifle in my experience...I just don't shoot the M4 very well...I suppose rifles are just like pistols...you just gotta go with what feels right.
  18. up_onus

    up_onus Well-Known Member

    hmm, where do you live? what kind of shtf? these questions are sooo dang variable...

    for example, is it your only rifle? do you plan to possibley HUNT with it?
    do you live in a city? plan to use it more "tactically"?

    this is only the beginning of the list...but is 4 inches gunna make the difference????? which is MORE versatile...can do more?

    reacurring theme...EVERY GUN HAS ITS PURPOSE, and some fit the purpose better than others, make your next shtf question a lil more "explainative"
  19. Zach S

    Zach S Well-Known Member

    I've got my stock pushed in a little more, its right around 34" overall.
  20. david_the_greek

    david_the_greek Well-Known Member

    i'll take carbine. I'm in an urban/suburban setting and I don't see the need for the extra couple inches. the shorter length would help for slipping under a long coat or shooting in and around my home. plus its what I have and frankly I can barely afford to be a mall ninja with only one ar, to buy and outfit a whole new rifle would kill me.

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