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AR15? Should I buy one?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HD Fboy, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. HD Fboy

    HD Fboy Well-Known Member

    I have an old Mini 14 that has had around 100 rounds run through it and is in pristine condition. I am considering selling it at a gun show in the next couple of weeks and buying an AR15. I have no idea what my Mini 14 is worth, what AR to purchase, or what the AR will cost?

    Any comments????
  2. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    Look at gunbroker.com to get current pricing. Better hurry, it's coming.
  3. zx12rider

    zx12rider Well-Known Member

    Keep the Mini

    and buy the AR-15. They are great guns and a ton of fun.
  4. jlg

    jlg Well-Known Member

    I don't think anyone has ever regretted buying an AR...other than maybe the fact that it started an addiction.

    DPMS had the Panther Lite for $725 recently and may still have. That's about as cheap as I've seen a new one.
  5. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    If this were pre-Nov. 4th, and you just really wanted an AR, I'd so go for it. But with AR prices being so inflated, and the fact that you already own a reliable .223 semi-auto, I'd recommend keeping the mini and buying an AR if/when you can.
  6. Zach S

    Zach S Well-Known Member

    I got no love for the Mini's, but keep yours. And buy an AR.
  7. Gunther

    Gunther Well-Known Member

    Keep the Mini-14 and bury it as a redoubt gun and buy the AR, but don't fool around, times gettin short. As far as make and Model its an individual thing, but right now its what you can find and what the price is. A M-4 for $1600 vs an A-2 for $8-900. Depends how much you want it. Then the magazine hunt starts and I hope you have some 223 put back. Its not too late but make up yer mind and get crackin. Good Luck!
  8. HD Fboy

    HD Fboy Well-Known Member

    OK, Which AR should I be looking at. In the old days Colt was the only game in town. Now there are lots of choices. What are the differences? I think I want to stay with 223. I also think I would like a dot style sight.
  9. Gunther

    Gunther Well-Known Member

    Again, it depends what you can find right now. I have only bought Colts over the years but now have an DPMS AP-4 308 that I really like. I have shot cheaper guns Olympic and parts guns and you get what you pay for. DPMS, Rock River, Colt should be good choices overall, IF you can find them at a decent price, which takes some doing in my neck of the woods right now. Get your gun and then if you want a dot site you got ALOT of choices to go though. As final note after reading all these AR posts with all the problems described I personally have never had any problems with my Colts running,(my 2 cents)
  10. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    What's the matter with the rifle you have?
  11. kwelz

    kwelz Well-Known Member

    No you should not buy 1. You should buy 2 or 3 at least.
  12. husker

    husker Well-Known Member

    i say colt but what ever is available in your price range
  13. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    Don't buy a rifle because everyone is making a hype over them. If you like your Mini 14, then keep it and shoot it.
  14. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    Look at them all, handle them all.

    What would be the intended use of this tool?
    For plinking and the occasional varmit kill, almost any AR on the market will do so buy the one that you like most for the price. Your mini is suited for that already, so if that is the breadth of your needs, you should be happy with it.
    For a HD weapon that you would need to depend your life on, opt for something with high quality.

    M4 Carbine Chart

    Consult Rob's chart (above) that illustrates the quality differences in some of today's M4 carbines. For HD, I'd recommend everything from the M&P15 and those to the left of it.

    I highly recommend LMT.
  15. 61chalk

    61chalk Well-Known Member

    If you like your mini 14, keep it..I have had 2 AR's an both an the present one is Colt, I think that all of
    the other brands are up to task, my friend had a mini, but wasn't near as accurate as my AR, anyway he got a AR, an wasn't diappointed....I wonder with all the AR's being produced, if in a few years there will be guys selling an there value will go down...? I have shot the mini 14, but I just always liked my AR better, espically shooting past 100 yds.
  16. MT GUNNY

    MT GUNNY Well-Known Member

    Keep the MINI 14 . Yes Buy a AR15 just watch the Amount you Spend on it.
  17. Ratshooter

    Ratshooter Well-Known Member

    Here is a tread I started a few days ago.


    I went to the gunshow last weekend. There were lots of ARs for sale. I saw several AKs. Several were walking around with ARs on their shoulder for sale.

    I only saw one person filling out paperwork for a purchase. I have no idea what they bought. I think the folks that wanted an AR have bought them. Either that or the price has reached the point were they are no longer an option. There wasn't much ammo for sale either.

    I would guess finding an AR would be easy now. Just get ready for the sticker shock.
  18. husker

    husker Well-Known Member

    i dont think their ever going to go down in price. i just dont see it happening. just my 2 cents. if you got the money nows the time
  19. Don't sell (even though I hate Minis). Save up and get 1-5 ARs when you can. This is not a good time to be making a trade like that, as it's a seller's market for EBRs.
  20. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Yep, keep the Mimi 14. Buy an AR when you can. Deals pop up if your lucky. Be patient. If no ban comes soon, the price will be just right.

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