Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Skribs, Mar 9, 2012.
It's a myth! There've been more sightings of Bigfoot than there have of the RFB!
Turtle, I said the same until mine came in last month. Its worth the wait, even if there are under 3000 of them.
MSRP is well under $2k, but street price has not been in most places.
I want one bad, but I'm not willing to pay $2,500 for it.
Where are you seeing $2500? I got mine for $1600. Even at the highest on GB they typically sell for $1800.
Id have to agree. Under 2k for an RFB is fairly common (unless you live in Canada) and I also found mind at about 1500.
Another vote for the Saiga .308!
I just need a better sight for this bad boy and I'll be all set!
As noted, It really depends on what you want.
The AR-10 variants win in terms of ease of modifying, scope mounting, accuracy and a decent trigger. It the only rifle mentioned where upgrading the barrel is a simple option, and there are lots of accessories. Unlike the AR-15 there isn't a standard between AR-10 rifle makers. Most use the same magazine but not all. There is variation in some parts, but by and large they are fairly compatible and there are plenty of add-ons.
The M1a appeals to a more traditional shooter. It still has the best iron sights of any 7.62 battle rifle, and the trigger can be made very crisp. drop in a Rader trigger and you can go under 2 pounds safely if that sort of thing appeals to you. There are now many add-ons for the M1a, but scope mounting can be tricky because the rifle was designed for irons. You'll need some form of cheek piece to get a good stock weld and good mounts are expensive. The base rifle is reasonably accurate, but to get a high level of accuracy gets expensive quickly.
The FAL is a classic battle rifle that is reliable once the gas system is properly set. You want to avoid Remington brass which is thin at the base. If the gas port is set wrong you'll rip the head of the case. Like the M1a, mounting a scope is somewhat problematic. Most of the dust cover mounts are semi-permanent and the scope ends up high. The trigger on the FAL is difficult to improve due to the number of interacting surfaces.
The G3 clones (PTR-91 etc) are delayed blowback rifles with all that implies. Ejection is vigorous and can be hard on brass. The sights are sub optimal, though many like them. The trigger is terrible compared to the other rifles mentioned. Scope mounting is also tricky, although the latest models have corrected this. This seems to be a rifle that engenders strong feelings of either love or hate.
There are a number of other rifles that also meet you criteria, but these are the main military rifles for 7.62x51. Each has a range of accessories and magazines a relatively easy to obtain.
M1A if it were my money. The AR10 would be close behind. Both are accurate and easy to service and clean. The other options are too, those are just my picks.
I would disagree with GunTech's assesment that the M1A has the best iron sights. Shot my PTR alongside an M1A a few weeks ago. Found the front sight blade on the M1A, the top of which slants away from you, tended to catch the sunlight, making it very difficult to establish a consistent sight picture. Both me and my friend who brought the rifle found our groups stringing vertically because of this.
By contrast, we both found that the PTR's diopter iron sights made it very easy to get a consistent sight picture, simply by centering the front sight hood in the aperature and posting the target. Groups were tight and consistent.
Just to antagonize my US friends, I'm going to say buy 4 Norinco M305 M14 clones. Or three and ammo, or two and more ammo.
(Not as attractive as first meets the eye. Semi-auto rifles are limited to 5 shots, so any rifle has to have three more mags.
The concensus of opinion north of the 49th Parallel is the Norincos are very good guns, despite the badmouthing some US gunshops are giving them.
You on vacation to Anarctica or something? Helloooo...
I agree with JimCat:
That said, I am in the FNAR camp. You could also consider the Winchester SX-AR, which is an FNAR-LB in camo.
I own an M1A super match as well as an HK91 so my personal preferences are with those two platforms. The MiA is more accurate than my HK91, but the HK is very reliable and would be my go to semi auto. It's too bad the Browning BAR has a limited magazine capacity because I really do like my BAR. It is in .338 and a pleasure to shoot. If it were in .308 and had at least a removable 10 round mag it might very well be my rifle of choice.
I went through this same exercise and am currently saving up for a PWS MK216. Unfortunately it exceeds your $2000 limit, but everything else had a caveat (see GunTech's post).
Reasonable comments, except the FAL mounts a scope lower than most MBRs I know of. In fact you can remove the rear sight and mount it darn near flush to the rail. Leave the mount in place and easily field strip.
I have seen a $50 trigger job that will surprise you.
all the best
Remington 742 Woodmaster
Remington 7400 (I think)
I've been drooling over a DPMS .308, just me though. Heard they are quite accurate even out of the box, plus at about 1000$ new, leaves room for optics, mags, and ammo! But an FAL, M1A, and PTR91 all work good too. Roll a dice and pick!
The FNAR is a BAR-based .308 action, with detachable 5, 10, or 20 round magazine. Guaranteed 1MOA out of the box.
Just something to think about...
I wouldn't classify the FNAR as a battle rifle personally. More like an attempt to bridge the gap between a sniper rifle and a DMR.
The FNAR is an awesome gun.
I was at Walmart yesterday. They had a DPMS LR308 for < $900. Fits all of those criteria. If your walmart sells guns, they can order it for you.
I would stick with the AR set up. More accessories out there. Better scope mount options than the M1A.
semi auto .308
the dpms lr308 is alot of gun for the money , i have the dpms lr308 heavy barrel
it came with 2 20rd mags ,hard case and a 3year warranty for 990 bucks its a tack driver and runs like a top. with optics and a full mag its close to 10 lbs
my vote is for dpms lr308
HK 91. Classic Arms has some in for $1100 IIRC
Springfield Armory M1A and Armalite AR10 in either A2 or flat top configurement.
Darned right. I'm left handed and would really like to get my hands on one of these (the Kel-Tec RFB). But they don't exist. Pixie dust. Dark matter. Unobtanium. Just like most all of their guns.
Does the company actually exist? Or is some vast sociological experiment being conducted by Stanford University with Guns and Ammo?
Oh and the answer to the OP's question is about 1/2 of a SCAR Heavy.
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