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Thinking of selling the AR; should I?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Jack19, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. Jack19

    Jack19 Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Eastern CSA
    I've got a RRA lower, Bushie Superlite upper AR, with a bunch of goodies (Aimpoint, LaRue mount and BUIS, 20 mags, discreet carry case, etc.), that I'm seriously considering selling in favor of a pistol caliber carbine.

    I've never fired it much, probably less than 200 rounds in 4 years, and I recently lost the place where I could shoot. I could join the local gun club, but it's an hour and a half each way and my schedule, these days, doesn't allow me the time.

    For me the advantage of a pistol caliber carbine is that the indoor range, a mile from my house, will let me shoot it indoors.

    However, the possibility of a Democrat being elected in '08 is very real and some part of me thinks that hanging onto it is a very good idea. On the other hand a pistol caliber carbine would actually let me shoot.

    So, I'm considering the following:

    1. An IMI Uzi.
    2. Marlin 1894 in .44 mag.
    3. Marlin 1894 in .357.

    I'm looking for some some practical advice. Thanks in advance.
  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    1, Get the Marlin in 357, Great gun and just plain works to 150 yards, a bit more with practice and handloads or premium loads(Corbon, etc)

    2, get a 9mm upper

    look at Hi-points (real inexpensive) or Keltec 2000 in the mag of your choice, Glock, S&W or Beretta.
  3. Gary G23

    Gary G23 Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Corvette City
    IMO selling the AR would be a big mistake. If you want to get a pistol caliber anything, get a pistol.
  4. ny32182

    ny32182 Senior Member

    Oct 17, 2003
    Clemson, SC
    Especially if its your only AR, I certainly wouldn't sell. Just keep in and buy a 9mm upper.
  5. GunnySkox

    GunnySkox Senior Member

    May 22, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    You can get an M261 .22LR conversion and a pile of magazine inserts (they fit inside normal 20 or 30 rounders) for about 250 bucks, all told. Olyarms makes their own and Sarco sells military surplus ones (I think) and someplace online sells the magazine inserts for less than 20 bucks.

    That's what I'm planning to spend at least some of my Christmas monies on (the rest is gonna get saved up for a newer, faster computer).

  6. Geno
    • Contributing Member

    Geno Senior Member

    Jun 11, 2005
    Do NOT sell your AR

    To sell your AR would be one of the biggest mistakes you could make. With the pending "Dim-wit-ocrats" :barf: about to take us hostage, I would not sell any restriction-target firearm. In fact, if you can get yourself a Bushmaster Carbon 15 in 9mm THAT is what I would suggest you purchase. In about 2 years time, those will be for police only. Anyone want to take odds on that assertion?

  7. DogBonz

    DogBonz Senior Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    Personally, I wouldn't

    The AR15 is a very versatile platform. The Indoor range that I used to go to before I moved let you shoot up to 30-06. It was only a 25 yard range, but shooting the AR at those ranges allowed for at least some form of training. Enough about me; back to your question. I feel that selling the AR would be a bad idea. Maybe you can find a nice 9mm upper somewhere on the cheap. Or, for about the same price you might be able to get a Wally special on a Marlin lever in the pistol calibers.

    Also, do you have anything currently in either 44 or 357? Ammo interchangeability would be key.
  8. Hero Gear

    Hero Gear New Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    I agree with the previous posts.
    If this is your only AR, I would keep it!

    In fact, you should think about buying several stripped lowers "just in case"
  9. rangerruck

    rangerruck Senior Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    Texas, baby!
    keep what you have and get a 9mm upper, or either a kel tec or a hipoint or clairidge or some other much cheaper 9mm carbine. Yes I would seriously be worried about the dems too. There is a case right now, speerheaded by those dems, it is going to get to the supreme court real soon, saying that the 2nd is for the militia only, noct citizens.
  10. SchHrdKncks

    SchHrdKncks New Member

    Oct 24, 2006
    Don't sell. Not with the democrats being elected. Buy all the so called assault rifles you can the next year along with all the hi cap mags you can afford.
  11. Keith Wheeler

    Keith Wheeler Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    I'm a big time Uzi guy, we've got three of them, and I've gone on for way too much on this board about how much I really love my Uzis. Great guns.

    That said, don't sell the AR, keep it and get a 9mm upper. Buy an Uzi if it's a "must have" on your collection, but if you just want a pistol caliber carbine due to your range issue, I think the 9mm AR upper is a excellent choice. I want a 9mm upper for my AR, but I want the DEA type. :evil:

    On top of the "what if there's another AWB" risk, putting a 9mm upper on your AR will let you practice with the "same" rifle, if you are ever again in a situation to enjoy it in .223. And while an Uzi is rugged and reliable, an AR is light weight and modern. Plus it's far easier to attach optics to an AR.

    Get an Uzi mag-well adapter. Don't deal with STEN mags. Yeah, STEN mags are cheap, but you can get IMI made 32 rnd Uzi mags for $15 each (if you hurry! :)). More reliable and easier to load than STEN mags. Plus they're good solid military mags, like what an AR deserves.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2006
  12. Jack19

    Jack19 Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Eastern CSA
    I'm a moron. I never even thought about a 9mm upper. :banghead:

    This is why The High Road is the best board around.

    Thanks guys.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2006
  13. Bazooka Joe71

    Bazooka Joe71 Senior Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Southern Indiana
    Get a 9mm upper, and then get another lower to go with it!:neener:

    No sense in breaking up a fine AR15 in .223 :D

    Lowers are the cheap part, so you might as well.
  14. xd9fan

    xd9fan Senior Member

    Sep 8, 2005
    Under tyranny in Midwest
    Not Me!! Good post, Keep the AR!!
  15. KW

    KW Member

    Nov 20, 2003
    One thing you might consider if you were planning on financing the pistol caliber by selling the AR, is just selling the Aimpoint and mount. You can usually get most of what you paid out of optics, and when you are ready to do a lot of .223 shooting in the future there will probably be something newer and better that you want.
  16. Nicky Santoro

    Nicky Santoro Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    Thinking of selling the AR; should I?
    Why not, if it suits your purposes at the moment. That would assume you could buy another at a later date should you so desire. That being said, in light of the new congress coming in, you might wish to consider whether another stupid ban of some sort may be enacted leaving you high and dry at that later date.
  17. RockyMtnTactical

    RockyMtnTactical Senior Member

    Oct 21, 2006
    Pistol caliber carbines are toys. Carbines in real rifle calibers are real rifles with real power and long range capabilities.

    Even as anemic as the .223 is to larger battle rifle calibers, it's still head and shoulders above even the most stout defensive pistol calibers.

    Everyman should own a rifle, a shotgun, a .22, and a defensive pistol. A pistol caliber carbine is a luxury item that serves in little more than for plinking. It should not be substituting the place of your rifle.

    Just my opinion.
  18. Simonovfan

    Simonovfan New Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I agree don't sell. When Hillary "Heinrich" Clinton gets in office it's all over. If anything get more, more I tell you. I'm selling alot of my non-gun stuff now, so that I can grab some milsurps.
  19. byf43

    byf43 Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    Southern Maryland

    Here is my take. . . .

    Do NOT sell the AR. As the others have said, buy a 9mm upper, or heck, even the .50 Beauwolf (sp??) upper!!!!!

    Now, here's a word you need to use. . . SUPPLEMENT. Not replace.
    Replace is a bad word, in my book.

    You want (ahem, cough, cough - need) a Marlin 1894S (.44 magnum) lever rifle to supplement your AR.
  20. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    Oct 23, 2004
    are you a shooter or a collector?

    if you want to own an AR just to own an AR, then fine. You sound like you'd rather be shooting. personally, i'd rather shoot BB guns than have a safe full of guns i never shoot.

    imho, there are a number of good pistol caliber carbines. pick a caliber first, then pick a gun

    in 45 acp, go with the H&K USC. despite the fact that it is grey, it works fantastically and for me at least, is far more aesthetically pleasing than stuff like camp carbines. if you want to spend some bucks, you can get UMP conversions to put a folding stock on it, etc.

    in 9mm, go with either the semi-auto uzi or mp5 clones

    consider the 5.7x28 before you buy something though. ammo's half the cost it was a year ago when i bought my PS90 and still falling. hold one before you buy anything else. 50 rnd mags rock, and that gun is super-easy to shoot.
  21. steveracer

    steveracer Senior Member

    Jun 10, 2005
    VA Beach
    I'm getting out of ARs,

    but not to have more handguns. Ive made a switch to .223 AKs, and prefer them over the AR platform, but I would NEVER be without a rifle in a rifle caliber. That's insane.
    My grandad said: a pocket equals a pocketknife, a belt equals a pistol, a shoulder equals a rifle, and two hands equals a shotgun. Have a pocket, a belt, a shoulder, and two hands? You need all the tools.
  22. Don't Tread On Me

    Don't Tread On Me Senior Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    This is BAD reasoning on your part. I've thought the same way and caught myself in time.

    Do not sell the AR just because you don't use it. It still has value, utility and other positives.

    Do not sell the AR because your situation right now doesn't allow you to shoot it.

    Find a cheap pistol caliber carbine, like a Kel-Tec...or for more money there's the Beretta storm, and even 9mm AR uppers which allow you to stay familiar with the platform. The Kel-tec is nice since you can order the model that accepts Glock mags, so you can get $20 17rd mags, or for $30, a 33rd mag!

    These options allow you to satisfy your carbine fix at a local range and will suit your lifestyle here and now. Take the AR to that far away range on special occasions when you have the chance to make a trip out of it.

    Don't give up a perfectly decent AR (which in that configuration is VERY nice, great lower, perfect upper....ideal setup in my opinion). Instead, buy something that suits you for the local range conditions. A range beater. Life can be unpredicatable sometimes. You never know. Better safe than sorry. Also conditions change, a new place to shoot where you can shoot that AR might pop up. You never know.

    Your fears of the AWB lovin' Democrats are well founded and correct. You will regret the day you sell that AR.
  23. soul_rapier

    soul_rapier Member

    Sep 10, 2006
    I vote keep it . put it in the safe and get a 9mm of something they are fairly cheap.
  24. 1911JMB

    1911JMB Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    I never did understand the point of a 9mm rifle. I'd way rather have a .45 handgun, or a real long gun. But given your situation, I'd say a hi point might work. I never shot one, but I have seen them at the range, and I've never seen one jam. Plus I don't remember people complaining about them if they actually own one. For 150 bucks it seems worth a try.
  25. cslinger

    cslinger Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    I will sort of be the dissentor.

    Keep the AR by all means but instead of the 9mm upper get a good quality .22 Long Rifle dedicated upper (DPMS etc.)

    I have the DPMS on a Bushmaster lower and it is by far the best gun money I have ever spent. Accurate, reliable and good training for the .223.


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