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General Question on rifles

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ErnestoGarcia, Jan 9, 2011.

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  1. ErnestoGarcia

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    Hi, i am interested in buying a S&W, Colt, or a Bushmaster assault rifle .223. I would like to know which firearm is the best choice because all seem to have competitive prices and i want to get the best deal considering this being my first firearm purchase.
     
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    for your 1st rifle you would be better served with a 22 LR.

    edit to add: what is it that you need to assault?
     
  3. BrocLuno

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    These style of rifles fall into a couple of operating system camps - piston and direct gas. there are many debates about what is best. I'd get the model number of the one you are interested in, and then do a search here for those terms. There will be lot's of threads on each maker and model.
     
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    Let's do a little deprogramming first.

    An "assault rifle" is a machine-gun and that isn't what you're looking for.

    This is pretty good for a first firearm purchase if you can afford to purchase the ammunition for it. You may want to consider buying a complete lower and a dedicated .22lr upper to go on top of it until you have enough experience shooting to invest in the .223 upper.

    If you can afford the much greater cost of .223 ammo right away, get the Colt.
     
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    It is not an assault rifle, but the Colt 6920 is an excellent first semi-automatic AR carbine.
     
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    +1.

    If your new to Ar15's the Colt 6920 is the perfect place to start. You can upgrade it as needed, but out of the box it is the easiest path to a reliable defensive carbine.

    Any competant gun shop has one in stock. Just check it for nicks and stuff, some Colts come scratched up, which isn't a big deal anyway. The AR finish isn't tough and will have the nice worn look quickly. Get a 30rnd Magpul Pmag while your there.

    Also check out BCM USA. You can order any upper you want and bolt carrier group. Then pick up a complete carbine lower from BCM or LMT at your local gun shop.

    My favorite AR's are: in order BCM, Larue, LMT, Colt.


    Ps: a good simple 9mm pistol might make for a better 1st gun. Maybe a Glock 19, S&W M&P, Kahr P9 etc.
     
  8. bpl

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    You would probably be better served with a good 22LR from ruger, marlin, etc. for a first firearm purchase.
     
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    first rifle should be a .22LR // if you gotta have an AR15, at least get a .22 conversion so you can learn
     
  10. Mark8252

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    I had a bushmaster AR and liked it a lot. Awesome varmint rifle.
    I must agree with the others that a good 22lr is a better choice for a first rifle. Look at a Ruger 10-22 or simular priced rifle. These are great plinking rifles. I personally like the Henry Golden Boy in 22lr. Great fun at a fraction of the cost of a AR-15 and 223 ammo.
     
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    for the casual shooter, they're probably all about the same. if you can save a buck on the gun and invest it in optics or ammo I'd go that route.

    for a while cdnn had some screaming deals on Smith AR's. Now, I'd consider going with a doublestar from budsguns, a cmmg bargain bin gun (if available), or other.

    more important than the brand stamped on the gun are the features. do you want a carbine or mid length? chrome lined or not? flat top or irons? both?
     
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