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SBR AR-15 in .22LR or SBR GSG-5 ??

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ScottsGT, Jan 24, 2008.

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Short barrel GSG-5 or Short barrel AR-15 ?

  1. Go with a SBR GSG-5

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  2. Go with a SBR AR-15

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  1. ScottsGT

    ScottsGT Member

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    I've been racking my brain for weeks now trying to figure out which way I want to go. I'm wanting a SBR .22LR for plinking with my soon to arrive supressor. (Still waiting on that tax stamp now for 9 weeks)
    I'm leaning towards the GSG-5 just because I have always loved the look of an MP-5. After paying the tax, I would eventually get a collapsable stock for it too. (Financial reasons, I know I don't need the stamp for the stock)
    On the other hand, I already have a RRA AR-15 that I could get SBR status for. I'd order a Spikes or Model 1 Sales 7.5" .22LR upper for it, and later I could get a short .223 upper and have a more versitle weapon to kill all those paper targets that keep sneaking up on me.
    Cost on the AR-15 upper and magazines is about $100 more, not really a factor in the decision.
    Which direction would you choose??
     
  2. casio02478

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    My best advice is to get both :neener:. Although I would wait on the GSG-5 and get some first hand user reviews before dropping $500 for it. If you can hold of long enough I would get the gsg-5 but if you want happiness right now then get the AR-15 upper.
     
  3. Hkmp5sd

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    I'd go with the AR-15 upper. More versatile as you stated, while the GSG-5 is unproven. And as you stated, once the lower is a SBR, you can buy short uppers in other calibers.

    People are hoping the Airsoft collapsible stocks work with the GSG. If they don't, a real MP5 stock runs $400. Another $200 for the stamp plus whatever the conversion costs. Not worth if for a gun that's main selling point is it looks like a MP5.
     
  4. mustanger98

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    Put down the canned .22LR uppers and back away slowly.
     
  5. Crunker1337

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    I'd personally wait to see what the GSG-5 shoots like. There's a lot of interest in an SD version, which is supposedly being worked on right now.
     
  6. Eightball

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    I've heard bad things about .22LR uppers for ARs.

    That being said, if you SBR the GSG, it's SBRed and there's no more head-scratching about the legality of swapping barrels and uppers, etc etc etc--it's an "as is" firearm, and thus the only SBR to mess with, rather than if you ever buy another upper+ATF whims=crime.
     
  7. blockbuster

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    GSG-5 !!!! In any configaration over the AR ...

    BTW , www.suchar-enterprises has confirmed that the importer has begun to ship so maybe by next week will get the first batch of allotments
     
  8. PTK

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    You won't be able to SBR the GSG-5 without replacing parts for "sporting purposes" compliance.
     
  9. ScottsGT

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    Fair enough, just thought I'd mention it. :)
     
  11. ScottsGT

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the final say that we could SBR one of these imports?
     
  12. PTK

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    Ask the BATFE. By my reading, I don't believe so.
     
  13. Hkmp5sd

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    As in the other thread and several before it, NFA items are not subject to 922(r). By definition, a NFA item is not a "sporting" firearm.


    Yet another ATF letter stating that fact:

    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/user/wbardwel/public/nfalist/atf_letter3.txt
     
  14. Conqueror

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    Do the AR. You can have multiple calibers that way on one tax stamp.
     
  15. Soybomb

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    If you sbr an ar lower, you could have a short .22 upper and a short upper in another caliber if you wanted for the same tax stamp money...
     
  16. Mac Attack

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    I picked up my GSG-5 on Friday and have shot it a couple of times without a single issue. Contrary to what people were saying about it being very Airsoft'ish, the GSG-5 is a well made rifle that does not use the thin aluminum or steel and plastic that are common in Airsofts. I am planning on building this into a SBR so I can take advantage of a gemtech suppressor I already have rather than buy the new gemtech GSG-5 can that will be coming out later this year.

    I however can say, for me, that the GSG-5 does not give me the same accuracy as my AR15 with .22 LR conversion unit. Some people have stated that AR conversion units are not very accurate. Well My Colt AR w/ conversion unit provides exceptional accuracy and other than feeding problems when dirty, it goes bang everytime.

    If you are looking for a fun gun that is different and cool looking, then I say go for the GSG-5. However, I think a AR with conversion unit is a better set up since you don't have to change uppers and optics...etc. It also gives you the same trigger ergonomics but at a fraction of the cost. If on the other hand you are looking for a rifle that will shoot pinhole size groups then get a Ruger 10/22 or bolt action.
     
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