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All-purpose Assault Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Westley, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. Westley

    Westley New Member

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    I want to throw down up to $1200 dollars for a rifle, and I'm trying to decide what kind of gun I want. I want a rifle that will be accurate at long ranges and fire a big enough round for large game (7.62), but also be useful for home defence and target shooting. I'd also prefer one that wouldn't jam in the heat of the moment, and if it did jam, it would be easy to take apart and fix. That's the main reason I don't really want an AR-15. I was leaning towards a Galil, because it seems to be an excellent all around battle rifle, that won't be as nitpicky, but in the future I'd like to get an aimpoint or EOtech, as well as a nightvision scope, and it seems difficult to get a rail mounted on such a weapon while mantaining durabilty and accuracy. Any suggestions?
     
  2. cat9x

    cat9x Member

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    Ar-10 or M1A (socom 16)
     
  3. kcmarine

    kcmarine Senior Member

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    Hm... not disputing your reason, but why not an AR?
     
  4. gnut

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    I can't wait to read all the replies...oooh
    socom16?
    Galil sounds good,
    I like this project. Might have to come up with my own do all auto.
    Does it have to be "assault"?
    Or did you mean autoloading?
    Are mags important?
    To me they would be. You could load one for every type of situation.
     
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    You don't really want an assault rifle.
    They are full-auto capable and against the law in many places. They are also very expensive & hard to find, since there have been no new ones legally made for civilian sale in the U.S. since 1986.

    What you really want is an HDR (Homeland Defense Rifle) that looks like a real select-fire military assault rifle, but is only a semi-automatic.

    rcmodel
     
  6. MinnMooney

    MinnMooney Senior Member

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    Lots of great choices out there including an AR-15 in one of the newer calibers (for ARs, anyway) like .243Win., 6.8SPC or 6.5 creedmoor.
     
  7. armoredman

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  8. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Senior Member

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    The "Galils" that are available under $1200 do not get good reviews. They are made from parts kits on apparently questionable receivers.

    I think a FN-FAL would be a good option, and the STG-58 from DS Arms would be right around $1200. (Note: STG-58 is different from the more expensive SA-58; but both are great.)

    Another good choice would be an AR-10 variant. The Armalite would be my pick and would be right around $1200. The DPMS is probably fine and is more like $900.

    An AR-15 type in 6.8 SPC would be another option, but the ammo is super pricey.
     
  9. VolDaddy

    VolDaddy New Member

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    How about the new sig 556. Thats what ive been drooling over for awile now.
    Just waiting to get my tax return back this year.
     
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  10. everallm

    everallm Senior Member

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    You didn't define what, for you long range and accurate would be so for reliability and practical, what about an FAL or for a lower cost a Saiga.

    For the FAL can buy a replacement DSA Arms upper slide with a picatinny mount for optics mounting for about $80.
     
  11. Kind of Blued

    Kind of Blued Senior Member

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    I actually rather like that term. I'd be fine with the media adopting it too. :rolleyes:
     
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    A lightly used SOCOM 16 plus the new muzzle device kit from SEI would be a great choice.
    You could add an UltiMAK M8 rail and an Aimpoint Micro optic as funds permit.

    Or you could go nuts and build a MK14 EBR!!
    This one started out as a $400.00 Norinco receiver...

    [​IMG]

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  15. Beren

    Beren Moderator Emeritus

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    Saiga 308. Save half your money, get a side-mount and you can mount various optics.

    I may pick one up myself, prior to Obama's coronation.

    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=112222207

    If you want, you can invest more money and have it converted to a parts-count compliant pistol grip version, iirc.
     
  16. Domino

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    The RFB is supposed to come out in December, pictured on top...

    [​IMG]

    .308 Winchester, 18" barrel, takes FAL magazines, ambidextrious, and OAL is 26.5". Looks promising to me, but MSRP is ~$1,800.
     
  17. Sunray

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    "...All-purpose Assault Rifle..." Defined as a rifle/carbine using the same calibre bullet as the PBI rifle in a shorter case and select fire. There have been exactly two 'assault rifles', ever. The Stg44 and the AK-47. Everything else is a battle rifle.
    "...I'd be fine with the media adopting it..." Not scary enough.
    "...like to get..." Buy an M1A and leave all the excess stuff off of it.
     
  18. NonConformist

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    I disagree, all rifles in a big cartridge like .308 is a 'Battle Rifle'

    Since the M-16 fires an intermediate cartridge Id classify it as an AW, same as the AR-70, SA80 series of rifles, DaeWoo K2 etc

    not to be confused w/ an AR-15 which is a HDR or EBR :D
     
  19. Rampant_Colt

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    what defines an "assault rifle" ?

    "Assault rifle" :rolleyes:

    that's all...
     
  20. Alydar

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    I don't think it is possible to have both a big-game rifle and a home defense rifle in one, at least if you're talking about inside the home. Maybe a 12 gauge--great for inside and around the home, and for longer distances you could put a rifled barrel on it and shoot slugs. I know I wouldn't want to shoot any rifle caliber beginning with the number 3 inside my home. I've got a Mossberg 12 and a Saiga 308, and those take care of pretty much all my short and long range defensive needs. They serve similar purposes, but would be used in completely different situations. You could get them both for way under your $1200 budget.
     
  21. Z-Michigan

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    I think an 18" barreled .308 semiauto would fill both roles very well. Longer and its getting long for HD, shorter and its limiting your hunting range. But 18" is a great compromise, and is available (e.g. PTR-91, various FAL's, DPMS AR-10 type).

    Personally I don't want to ever shoot even a .22 rimfire in my house. But it would be better than dying.

    Overpenetration may be an issue depending on where you live and how your house is arranged. But it's an issue with almost anything worth using for HD. The best compromise is probably a shotgun with #4 buck, but I digress...

    This would also be a very reasonable approach.

    Actually, for $1200 you could get a good AK-type and a decent bolt-action hunting rifle; or a semiauto 12ga shotgun and a bolt-action hunting rifle; or a WASR, a 12ga shotgun, AND an OK bolt-action rifle. The VZ-58 or a high end AK type, by itself, would also be reasonable if your hunting is no bigger than deer and not much more than 100 yards range. Lots of options.
     
  22. Gewehr98

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    Hmm.

    What's an assault rifle? :scrutiny:

    (I know, but I fear the OP doesn't...)
     
  23. Westley

    Westley New Member

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    assault rifle
    –noun 1. a military rifle capable of both automatic and semiautomatic fire, utilizing an intermediate-power cartridge.
    2. a nonmilitary weapon modeled on the military assault rifle, usu. modified to allow only semiautomatic fire.


    When I said Assault Rifle, I didn't mean I actually wanted full-auto, just that I wanted an Assault Rifle that would be a compact accurate, all-purpose semi-automatic that I could further mod later. How often do AR-15's jam?
     
  24. Westley

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    Mk 14 Ebr

    *** is THAT? And why does something so overpowered like that not have giant drum clips? Seriously, that gun took way too many steroids.
     
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    An HK91 clone. It would be nice to have the real deal, but HK91 prices have gone through the roof. The action is rock solid reliable they fire the .308 Winchester and are accurate. You could take most any North American game with one and still have one heck of a personal defense weapon. I've owned my HK91 for a few years now and really enjoy shooting it.
     

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