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AR15: Purchasing a new rifle, but which and why?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by meanmrmustard, Oct 6, 2012.

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Which to buy?

Poll closed Nov 5, 2012.
  1. Del Ton Dissipator

    5 vote(s)
    5.5%
  2. Sig M400

    16 vote(s)
    17.6%
  3. PSA PA-15CR

    10 vote(s)
    11.0%
  4. S&W M&P Sport...again!

    26 vote(s)
    28.6%
  5. A PSA middy upper, BCM BCG, lower to be named "franken rifle"

    34 vote(s)
    37.4%
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  1. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Member

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    Nobody wins. It's not a competition. You bought what you wanted, and that's most important. My purchasing guidelines at this time have steered me towards the Colt 6920 (used to be LE, not SP) and what that rifle offers.

    For guns at or under $800 that I've no qualms going to Hell with, it'd be something in line with what the 6920 can offer, or the dad gum Sport. I honestly put Del Ton on the poll in order to have users give me objective reasoning for purchasing from them. Not thus far, has that happened.

    Why the Sport? It's lightweight, mil spec feed ramps, Melonite coating that allows for excellent corrosion resistance beyond the surface of the metal., and is more uniform than chrome. It has 5r rifling, making it accurate in such a way that no two opposing lands have excess surface pressure on the bullet. It is 1:8 twist, a nice middle ground for bullet weight and size stabilization. It comes in a package that comes in under $800, more often than not, a hundred or so less than that.

    These are things I'm looking for. Not just that it hits what you aim at.
     
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  2. back40

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    i see you've decided to go with the colt. i think you'll be plenty satisfied.

    as for the weapon light, i use a tlr-1 that i like quite well. it can be found for ~$100
     
  3. meanmrmustard

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    Not sure ill be buying one, a light I mean. I have two on handguns, and those are on my hip at night if I'm out on the property. Although, I might be a victim of the Heisenberg principle.
     
  4. back40

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    adding a light is purely based on how you intend to use the rifle. just wanted to let you know about the tlr series. affrodable, and they work great.
     
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    I put a TLR-3 on my ARs. Love that little light. Plenty bright enough and adds practically no weight to the gun.
     
  6. MachIVshooter

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    The TLR-3 is an excellent compact light, but it's a handgun light. The TLR-1HP is designed to complement a rifle's range capability. Not the best choice for indoor use with it's narrower beam, but they cast that illumination a looooooong way. Like HID car headlight long.
     
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    It is a "handgun" light, but it throws up to 25 yards easy.

    If I ever need an AR in the dark, it will be for 'social work' (ie, self defense) inside the house. For me, the TLR-3 is perfect.

    Now, that said, I will most likely upgrade the TLR-3 to another lightweight and compact light. I'm thinking about the INFORCE WML. Heck, the ELZETTA mount looks interesting.
     
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    And further. I didn't mean to imply that it's not an excellent light. That said, on a full size handgun or rifle, I prefer the brighter, wider beam of the TLR-1 for the extra 1.5 ounces it weighs.

    And indoors, the TLR-1, 2, 3 or 4 are better choices than the HP. The HP has a narrower and far more intense beam. I live in the sticks, and the AR is at the ready if a contingent of coyotes shows up to be a nuisance. Yeah, I've got night vision, but the TLR-equipped AR gives a wider FOV, and is faster for target acquisition and follow-up shots.
     
  9. meanmrmustard

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    I'm probably not putting a light on the rifle. If you shut it off for any reason, you've lost your night vision acuity. In the home, probably not an issue. If I'm a quarter mile from home, walking back to the truck with the light recently turned off, I have to wait for the cones and rods in my eyes to adjust. If I leave it on, I'm a walking beacon. I have them on my handguns, but rarely use them, if ever. What I'd really like to have is thermal imaging...just kidding.:rolleyes:
     
  10. Warp

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    Leave it off, unless you really need to identify a target, then turn it on. Worry about night vision later. Kind of like you wouldn't hold your fire for fear of hurting your hearing when faced with an attacker
     
  11. meanmrmustard

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    I can spotlight coyotes, just not in tandem with calls. Other than that, I'm not usually out and about at night. I'm not buying excuses to not equip a light, I'm just not sold on a good reason to.
     
  12. Fremmer

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    Lol, do the smart thing and skip the ar. Buy the glocks instead and make her happy. :cool:
     
  13. meanmrmustard

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    Heh. She's talking G26 with Railmaster. I'm thinking, Xmas bonus and my raise...Colt 6920 and FN 5.7. I don't really have use for the FN other than I don't own one. IDK, I've always wanted a G20 too.

    Either way, she'll be happy.
     
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    So I assume that waiting for Christmas bonus to buy an AR probably didn't work out too well?

    :(
     
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