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Want to Love Her But it's Just not Happening

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by asia331, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. asia331

    asia331 Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    Not a flame piece.
    I need some help brothers..seriously. Having some real head problems trying to fall in love with my new Windham MPC. Having been a long time M-1A guy (still am)) this carbine is just not eliciting any passion in me. Spare me the "sell it to me" responses please. Just tell me what's so great about this carbine over a larger bore such as the M-1 / M1A series.
  2. lefteyedom

    lefteyedom Active Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    THe rules of 3

    I to love M1, M14, M1A and all their cousins....
    That said, it is the rules of 3s that make the 5.56 a must have.

    You can last:
    30 days without food
    3 days without water
    3 minutes without air

    But you can not last 3 Ephing Seconds without AMMO.

    You can carry a lot more 5.56 than you can 7.62/
  3. TwoEyedJack

    TwoEyedJack Member

    Dec 22, 2011
    Southwest Idaho
    Every time you pull the trigger on that M1A, you are saying goodbye to around $0.59.

    Every time you pull the trigger on an AR, you are saying goodbye to around $0.33 for brass cased ammo, $0.26 for steel. So for the same money, you can pull the trigger on the AR twice as often.

    In reality, there are going to be poodle shooter days, and real rifle days, depending on what kind of ammo you have on hand and the state of your finances. I find that I shoot my AR about 3-4X as many rounds as my Garand.
  4. chris in va

    chris in va Mentor

    Mar 4, 2005
    Louisville KY
    I see yours is similar to my Sport.

    Honestly, it just gets used as a plinker at the range. I don't hunt or use it as a HD carbine, nor use it for competition. If x39 was easily reloadable I'd rather have a VZ 58, but alas.

    My Garand is more fun to shoot, especially a steel at the 350 yard. THWACK!
  5. kingcheese

    kingcheese Active Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Mags are fairly inexpensive, the platform is simple, the ammo is cheap, variety of ammo is out there, the rifle is light, sleek, controllable, and quick, if you don't like its probably a safe bet you haven't ran the thing hard enough to see what it can do, if your talking about defese under 300 meters, its hard to bet a 5.56 platform, i had to build an ar15 before i realized how amazing the design is
  6. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Participating Member

    May 25, 2003
    Northern Idaho
    For me the main attraction points are as follows:

    Cost of ammunition
    Ease of installing accessories
    Weight of entire system

    The AR-15 is a modular system and is very easy to add accessories such as a scope. There is no drilling and tapping required. With the right barrel, one can easily reach out to 500 yards + with 5.56 ammunition. The platform as a whole is lighter and more compact than an M1A. I will hand it to the M1A though on rock solid toughness.
  7. vba

    vba New Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Asia, I'm with you on this one. Had two nice AR's and let them go, the weapon just didn't do it for me. But my M1A, Garand and 03A3 are here to stay.

    You're not alone!
  8. 68wj

    68wj Participating Member

    May 2, 2010
    Your dilemma is an emotional issue searching for a rational argument. If you love the wood/steel battle rifle but not the carbine, no conversation of ballistics, economy, or efficiency will change that.

    I will point out though that a benefit to the AR is you can make it whatever you want. Change the cartridge that it shoots, the sight arrangement, barrel length, grips and stocks. Imagination and money are the only restrictions. However, if in the end you want to make it another M1A, skip the hassle and stick with what you know.
  9. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Participating Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    68wj is right.

    There's no life requirement that you have to own, or like, ARs. I went through half a dozen ARs ranging from cheap plinkers to high-end customs, before I truly accepted that the AR just isn't for me.

    However, there are reasons that the ARs are king of the competitions and why tactical types use them. The ability to customize is endless with the AR. If you need a lot of ammo, or are going to be packing it around a lot, it makes sense. It's simple to operate, and to clean. Due to the available parts, ammo and accessories, it also makes sense for those with "TEOTW" fantasies.

    If you're just buying one because everyone raves about them and you feel insecure when all your range buddies laugh when you tell them you don't own an AR, then there isn't much point in owning one. If you get a purpose for it, then it makes a bit more sense.
  10. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Senior Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    Split the difference and get a 30 caliber AR or similar. I prefer the x39 cartridge over the 223, but in the end, they can all be fun I suppose.

    However, to me, the real man's rifle is my PTR91. Love the 7.62 NATO! That and the 155 Amax bullets with a charge of powder they like shoot amazing small little groups.
  11. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Elder

    Jun 5, 2006
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    It's a bit difficult to start my wife and boys on something as big as an M1A. But I can start them shooting on an M-4 with a .22 upper at a VERY early age.
  12. Bushpilot

    Bushpilot Active Member

    Mar 28, 2011
    I also took a long time to begin appreciating AR's compared to my Garands, M1 Carbine and M14. I bought my first AR used and cheap, almost as a novelty. Bust as kingcheese mentioned, the more I worked on them, the more I started to see the brilliance in the design of the whole thing and my appreciation for them grew.. The AR hasn't become my favorite rifle but I have found that I like and shoot them far more than I expected. Some of the things I like about AR's are the economy, light weight and the great shooting "range qualities" of the rifle/cartridge combination.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  13. nastynatesfish

    nastynatesfish Active Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Thatcher arizona
    The thing I like about the AR platform is how versatile it is. You can buy 22uppers for a decent price and pling all day, have a 223/556 upper for short to mid range hunting or plinking, you can step up to a wssm upper for hunting, if you want to run longer range target you can have a Grendel upper for it. That's all on the small frame. Step up to a 308 lower and you can shoot lots of different ammo and rounds.
    A pair or mine both 223
    I also have a 6.8spcll and a 243wssm
  14. RPRNY

    RPRNY Participating Member

    Mar 8, 2012
    Front Range, CO
    Move it on to where it can be loved and get something that does it for you. There's nothing wrong with "I tried it and didn't like it" (well, in the confines of this discussion anyway...) Maybe try VEPR and see if steel and wood and a low cost cartridge works for you?
  15. jim243

    jim243 Participating Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Lefteyedom hit it right on the head. While I am not a fan of the 223/5.56, I shoot 20 times more of them than any other caliber, it is a much more useful caliber (with the exception of big game) than many others. Price wise, weight wise and gets the job done within 150 yards. If you are in love with a M1A or M-14 then you haven't had to cary one around for any extended time.

    Change the fore end and the stock add a red dot and laser and you will fall in love again.
  16. Jackal

    Jackal Senior Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Northwest Washington
    Kind of a trollish post.....

    If you dont like it then dont keep it, pretty simple.
  17. Reloadron

    Reloadron Mentor

    Jul 6, 2012
    Cleveland, Ohio USA
    I have no clue what is so great about any AR 15 rifle? I have a few M1 Garands, an M1A NM, an AR 10 NM rifle and a few AR 15 rifles. I enjoy shooting all of them and if for a moment I did not enjoy shooting them they would be gone in a heartbeat. Each individual rifle has an intended purpose and personally I have no favorite go to rifle in the lot.

    So you bought a new Windham MPC rifle correct? Had you shot many AR 15 type rifles before buying it? Something motivated you to buy it correct? Try shooting it more you may come to like it and if not, well then consider other options. What do you find yourself disliking about the rifle?

    As to the cost of ammunition? I load for what I have as well as using store bought ammunition. Some of what I load for accuracy likely exceeds the cost of store bought ammunition. I began shooting at age 8 in 1958 and as I recall ammunition was much cheaper back then. I do not let the cost of ammunition get in the way of my enjoyment of shooting and come the day it does I will reserve my last round to just shoot myself. Really matters not if each trigger squeeze with premium .308 runs a buck and a half or each trigger squeeze with 5.56 or .223 runs $.50 as long as I am enjoying myself. It's like going on vacation and trying to keep a tight budget and not spend any money. May as well stay home.

    Nothing but nothing is great about it. You either like it or more important enjoy shooting it or you don't. Just a matter of personal preference. As I mentioned, something drew you to buy it, I have no clue what. If you can't find something to like about the rifle do not sell it to me as I already have a few. I suggest you shoot it more and if when all is said and done you still don't feel drawn to it or really enjoy it then get rid of it. The only thing important is not what myself or anyone else likes shooting but what you enjoy shooting.

    Just My Take
  18. K1500

    K1500 Member

    Dec 23, 2011
    Buy a Mini 14 and combine your favored platform with the 5.56.
  19. hentown

    hentown Participating Member

    May 13, 2012
    I'd suggest a couple of weeks of Paxil, then be happy with the caliber that consistently beats the other at Camp Perry! :D
  20. henschman

    henschman Senior Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    Along with what was said about ammo weight and ammo cost, the AR is just a lot better suited for close quarters shooting. It is lighter and shorter. Also, with both guns shooting ball ammo, the 5.56 actually tends to produce more devastating wounds under 175 yards or so than a high powered rifle, due to the fact that the light, high velocity bullet dumps energy so fast that it fragments inside the target at this kind of range. That also means it has really low tendency to penetrate hard barriers (like drywall and brick), which along with it's size and weight, makes it a great choice for home defense.

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