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What is your AR's primary purpose?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by M&PVolk, Aug 21, 2010.

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  1. M&PVolk

    M&PVolk Member

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    Defensive rifle? Varminting? Match shooting? Plinking?

    The Rock River thread got me wondering about the "chart", and how it applies to AR 15 owners. It is generally (certainly not always) assumed that when someone asks about buying an AR, they are looking for a defensive type rifle, so more "chart" features are better. In fact, for some uses, chart features may not be preferred at all. With that in mind, What is your AR 15's primary use, and what did you buy/build or customize to accommodate that primary use?
     
  2. LRS_Ranger

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    I bought an AR for a number of reasons. I shoot IDPA and want to get into 3 gun, so I guess that can count as a tactical use. I also like to practice my "army skills" with it. I don't tend to use it as a home defense gun, especially since moving to OR. I have a handgun with an extra mag for HD use. Other than that, it's just a really fun rifle. That is usually one of the first guns I give to a new shooter because of the light recoil. I also like educating people about how black rifles aren't evil. One of these days I'm going to take it out hunting too. The best thing about these guns is the way they can do so many things well..
     
  3. esheato

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    Which AR? I tend to buy a gun for a purpose.

    One for defense and the occasional 3 gun comp (16" mid length, larue everything, ACOG, CTR stock)
    One for varmint (doing design now...prolly 24", big brake, Leupold varmint hunters, would love to have the JP upper, but we'll see...Sabre has nice stuff too)
    One for plinking (9mm carbine with EOtech)

    Looking into a 300 Whisper too. I have no use for it, but I want it and that's good enough for me. Leaning towards suppressed 10" with an Aimpoint on top. Of course it'll be months down the road.
     
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  4. AR27

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    i use mine for defense and plinking. should have bought a 400 dollar ak-47
     
  5. cbrgator

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    Fun
    SHTF
     
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    Hi Power service rifle matches.
     
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    this is my weapon, this is my gun, this one's for killing, this ones for fun.... standard reply from our old drill instructors...
     
  8. Walkalong

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    .223 for range fun and possible defense.

    9MM for range fun. It could be used for self defense. (I do not want to hear how underpowered it is. I assure you that you don't want me shooting at you inside of 200 yards with it. After about 5 or 6 9mm slugs your attitude may change. ;))
     
  9. kwelz

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    Home Defense, SHTF, and training weapon. Although the Training just goes towards the first 2 uses.
     
  10. Jeff82

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    0-200+ meter defense carbine: 16", 1 in 14" twist (I use 55 gr FMJ's), telescoping stock, EoTech.

    And 3-Gun matches. :)
     
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    Defensive rifle? & Plinking?

    fun gun and will be handy if the shtf someday
     
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    A2 service rifle shooter here... chasing that Distinguished Rifleman's badge.
    My RRA M4 clone is a plinker and SHTF gun.
     
  13. ThePunisher'sArmory

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    For waht cbrgator said. Fun and Zombies!!!!
     
  14. taliv

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    some are are purpose built for CMP or 3gun. others are general purpose for carbine classes and defense.

    with respect to the chart almost all of the latter exceed the mil-standards listed on the chart
     
  15. M&PVolk

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    Good answers, but it would be nice to hear a little more about the how the guns are setup for the intended use as well. FE: If you are varminting, what is the barrel length? Chrome or unlined? Optics? It would be interesting to know the primary use along with why your particular gun is suited to that use....
     
  16. Welding Rod

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    Well I don't keep an AR next to the bed at night, I keep a handgun, so I guess not really for home defense.

    I have a standard M1A and suppose it would get the first nod for SHTF, though I keep one AR for backup, so I guess not really for SHTF.

    So I guess what is left is inexpensive recreational shooting. I mostly like to use ARs for hitting small targets at medium ranges, particularly with iron sights. Banging gongs at 100 -200 yards from varying shooting positions is a lot of fun too.
     
  17. taliv

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    well, this gun is set up for 3gun. it doesn't meet any chart specs that i can think of. it has a carbon fiber upper, lower, barrel, and handguard. it has an aluminum bolt carrier. it has a single stage match trigger. it has an adjustable gas block. it has a wylde chamber.

    [​IMG]

    for more pictures and brief descriptions of some of my game vs general purpose ARs, see this thread http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=494013
     
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    My primary ARs:

    RRA 20" Standard A2 with chrome. 1:9 twist. I use 55 grain ammo almost exclusively. GI nylon sling is the only accessory. Rifle shoots sub MOA with match grade ammo if I am having a good day with the iron sights.

    RRA 20" Standard A4 with SS HBAR, 1:8 twist, round aluminum handguard, A2 stock, and short Harris bipod. Leupold Mk4 4.5-14 x 50 scope. I mostly use Hornady 75 grain Match, Hornady TAP, or Federal GMM. Rifle shoot sub 3/4 MOA.

    SHTF backup gun:

    RRA lower with milspec trigger and GI A1 stock, BCM 20 Government upper & BCG with plastic GI handguards, and RRA carry handle for rear iron sights.
     
  19. LeontheProfessional

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    I have RRA carbine M4gery that I use for hunting, plinking and of coarse in case SHTF.
     
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    Armalite m-15A2. Its the closest thing I could find to my M-16 A2 rifle, and I dearly loved that rifle. I shoot it to relax, use it for hunting, and I have found that it does a wonderful job at increasing the pucker factor when I run across poachers/trespassers in the woods.
     
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    Exercise my rights.

    Free men can own guns, slaves can't.
     
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    Most everything.

    But it's the first to leave the gun safe if there's trouble.
     
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    Fun..., to have before some govt. busy-body says I can't. I've assigned it a theoretical mission of close quarter combat and it is optimized for such. I doubt (hope) it will never fulfill that mission.
     
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    Defense
    (Possibly offense at the rate Rome is Falling)

    Colt 6920 for CQB defense.

    BCM Mk12 Mod 3x SPR for more stretched out terrain. (But for now defense against pests like groundhogs, squirrels, and rats. Coyotes, Wolves, Snakes, Bears get a free pass on my land though.)
     
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