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AR-15 Reliability, like Glock pistols?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by fulloflead, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. fulloflead

    fulloflead Well-Known Member

    I've shot several AR-15s with great enjoyment and success, but I've yet to own one of my own.

    I'd like to buy one and keep it around for self-defense, short-range plinking and for SHTF reasons, but I don't currently have access to a range. It may be a while (a year?) until I can get to one.

    If I buy one, can I expect it to run well of the box should I have occasion to use it before I get to a range? Are they as reliable out of the box as Glocks? How well do they shoot to POA out of the box?

    Also, I'm not very experienced at sighting in any rifle. I would need help regardless of whatever sights I choose. Which ones shoot well to POA with their existing iron sights before I get around to getting a scope or dot (whichever I decide upon).

    I'm not crazy about scopes to begin with, (I was raised and taught with lever actions and bolt-actions with iron sights) and I can't really afford one yet. If I go to the range before I get a scope, what kind of 100-300 yard accuracy could I expect with the kind of iron sights that current AR-14s come standard with?

  2. FlyinBryan

    FlyinBryan Well-Known Member

    for the most part they are superbly reliable.

    had a colt that would jam every once in a while.

    now have a bushmaster

    apprx 5500 rounds. no stops of any kind.


    is that as good as a glock?
  3. Texasred

    Texasred Well-Known Member

    Most of the positive things are 100% trued, most of the negative things said are only 20% true.

    They are very:

    -reliable, if properly maintained
    -easy to order and install parts
  4. blacksmithsc

    blacksmithsc Well-Known Member

    I just bought a Stag Model 4 about 6 months ago:


    I have to say it's one of the most reliable firearms I own, it's never had a FTF or an FTE. I've used PMC, Remington, Winchester, Sellier and Bellot, and Amscor (sp?) ammo in it with no problems. I couldn't be happier with it. I've used it both with the iron sights and with a 6X scope. I can hit a 12" circle at 100 yards with the iron sights non-benchrest 10 times out of 10. I couldn't be happier with it.
  5. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    Depends what you are going to do with it. If you are heading to the sandbox, (well, you don't have jmuch of a choice then anyhow) a better gun may be needed. For the average shooter, the AR is VERY reliable. This is dependant on how it was made, what ammo you fire through it, and if you clean it regulary.
  6. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    Out of the box they can be very good or crap. Just like any other mechanical device. I just ( last June) bought a Sig pistol that's been back 3 times for failures to extract. Previously, I purchased a Mossberg 590 that also failed to extract and required a trip baack to the factory for a new barrel and bolt to fix.

    I think the stories abgout ARs lack of reliability stand out because:
    1) So many rifle out there. ARs are one of the most popular rifles in the states.
    2) Rifles being built to every standard (or lack thereof) in the book. Lots of ARs are built at home or by vendors whose only concern is what part set is ceapest.
    3) Rifles being built in weird configurations that were never engineered correctly. Is anyone surprised the 14.7" carbines have harsh extractions? How about 7" barreled pistols?
    4) Crap magazines. People are just unwilling to toss crap USGI mags when they start going bad. Pmags and other high quality mags have eliminated a lot of the magazine failures I used to see.

  7. GE-Mini-Gun

    GE-Mini-Gun Well-Known Member

    I don't own a Glock, but those thing NEVER stop running, same thing can not be said for AR-15's. I have a Bushmaster, Colt and Stag...all of them have stopped at one time of another, however the AK I have has yet to stop. YMMV
  8. innerpiece

    innerpiece Well-Known Member

    well, Ive owned 2 Glocks and got rid of both of'em.. some folks have great luck with them, but I diddnt.
    However, there are ALL KINDS of 'ARs', and reliability is all over the board.
    I own a DPMS Sportical, and it has been 99.9999 percent reliable. only one faulty was from a lesser grade ammo, a failure to feed. its otherwise, exactly what I wanted from an AR, and more.

    nothing like a glock ime. I just wont go down that road again.

    I think AR's could be more accurately compared to 1911's.. as there are MANY brands, many Armchair commandos who support their favorite brand even if they dont own it, many variables of quality.
    there are also folks who own and shoot various brands of both, and swear by one or the other, or other, or other...

    so all in all, NO, AR's dont compare to Glocks in anything.
    but thats just my opinion...

  9. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    The brands of AR-15 I'd trust the most are Colt and LMT, or a Franken-AR made up of the right parts (Colt, BCM, CMMG, or LMT upper; Colt, BCM, or LMT bolt carrier group; H or H2 buffer if it's a carbine, and any old lower with a mil-spec tube).

    The rest cut a few too many corners for me.
  10. Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey member

    If you can afford an AR, you can afford a decent scope. No more than around $300.

    HOLY DIVER Well-Known Member

    well i sold my glock because i thought it should have grouped allittle better but as far as AR'S go i've got a colt,olympic,del-ton all perform great had a few jams with the colt and one slam fire(allmost gave me a heart attack)but now we are talking 5 jams over the 2000 or so rounds i put through it ......i think a colt needs to be cleaned more often
  12. U.S.SFC_RET

    U.S.SFC_RET Well-Known Member

    I have shot and shot the M16A1 and the M16A2 in the Army for 20 years. I never had a stoppage. FTF or a FTE once that I can remember. I cleaned them and oiled them and as promised they delivered flawlessly. If you neglect the AR15 platform then they will neglect you.
    They are not Mosin Nagants or AK47s. They can take a licking and keep on ticking but you have to clean.
    By nature of design they are accurate. The cartridge is accurate. the cartridge will not buck the wind nowhere as well as the heavier .30 calibers will and stay in line with the target.
  13. fulloflead

    fulloflead Well-Known Member

    Great information. Thanks to everyone who replied. It's just a matter of time now before I have one. :D
  14. teflonbilly0

    teflonbilly0 Member

    I dont own either, but from what I understand, there is a difference. Generally, Glocks will run without lube or cleaning, and generally, ARs will not.
  15. anymanusa

    anymanusa Well-Known Member

    AR's are NOT reliable unless you spoonfeed them special ammo and pay special care and attention to them.

    If you feed them crappy cheap ammo, like I do, you can expect failure to extracts. If you leave mags loaded for long periods of time, you can expect failure to strip rounds. They routinely jam on softpoint ammo, a LOT. If you don't keep them clean and lubed, you can expect problems.

    The AR would NOT be my first second or third choice in a chaos scenario, but they are a nice rifle to add to any collection. I like mine, I just realize what it is.
  16. SHvar

    SHvar Well-Known Member

    ARs are made to be clean and wet.

    My glock is living proof that a maintained glock can go forever with a single hiccup in many years.
    My original model glock 22 (40 s&w) was shot over 25,000 rounds over the years that I know of (it was used and I have no clue what it went through before me). The tip of the extractor chipped enough to start to cause an occasional failure to extract. A few bucks later and about 15 seconds of work I was back up and shooting it again.
    An AR needs to be cleaned, maintained, and kept wet with oil because of the nature of the gas return system. If kept clean and oiled regularly they will shoot for many many years without a problem.
    As far as durability I wouldnt do what a glock can put up with, to an AR, for that matter I think you could recycle an AK-47 into a small block of scrap metal with the amount of punishment glocks can take.
    By the way Im proud to say that the glock I own still looks today like it did when i bought it, even the finish.
  17. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member


    I've shot many in civilian and the M4 in the Army. Failures are WAY too common.

    A good gun, but expect to keep it fed premium ammo and keep it spotless (that means hours of scrubbing the carbon off the star chamber).

    For a first rifle, I would choose something else like an AK, SKS, PTR91... even a lever action .357 or .30-30.

    Regarding Glocks, aside from one kaboom from homemade ammo I foolishly bought, of the thousands of shots I've fired I've had zero malfunctions!
  18. innerpiece

    innerpiece Well-Known Member

    I dont have to feed mine anything special.....
    it dont ftf, fte,..

    but then again like I said. they are more like a 1911... depends on what brand, model, etc etc...

    PS, you shouldnt leave mags fully loaded for long periods of time... I just keep 25rds in my 30's...

    what would you expect to happen?
  19. Heck

    Heck Well-Known Member

    I have NEVER had an issue with my midlength and have run a lot of wolf, silver and brown bear as well as lake city value pack federal from WM. Every round has been fired using Pmags I would be just as confident in it as i would be my AK or SKS.
  20. M39SKY

    M39SKY Well-Known Member

    My experience is that my AR is never as reliable as my Glock. My Glock would run on anything I feed it. For short range or home defense rifle I'd go to my VZ-58.

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