View Full Version : AR-15 talk

January 11, 2010, 11:33 PM
OK Ive got a question im sure has already been addressed...but im going to ask anyway! WHat is it about the AR-15 that makes them so desirable? I understand that every other movie seems to have one in them, or M-16, am i missing out on something big? Are they really that collectible? Or is it merely just a fun gun to shoot, and well......."a fashion statement"? I cant say ive ever shot one, seen plenty, maybe someone can clear things up. For the money, there are many other military rifles out there that are more accurate, with more history, better ballistics, and well not every Tom, Dick, and Harry has one. Dont get me wrong, im not putting down the rifle.......every rifle has a purpose and story.....Im just trying to figure out if i should sell one of my FAL's for one? ANd if so, which one should i look into getting?

January 12, 2010, 12:12 AM
We all get them because the guvmint doesn't want us to have them. :D

January 12, 2010, 12:22 AM
What makes any rifle so great?

Video Games.


January 12, 2010, 12:22 AM
yeah just like the sloppy ak-47? Fun to shoot, but accuracy is lacking! and wow....they have gone up in price!

January 12, 2010, 12:23 AM
1, they are fun to shoot
2, redicoulously accurate(for a semi)
3, lots of ammo
4, infinately customizable
5, millions of accessories
6, tons of cartriges to choose from
7, etc....

January 12, 2010, 12:25 AM
1. accuracy
3. functionality
4. versatility
5. cosmetics help

January 12, 2010, 12:36 AM
I have a Pre ban one I bought for the kids. They & I shot it some . None of us really like it. So it sits. Yes, there is much better to choise from. You are not missing a thing . i.m.o.

January 12, 2010, 12:38 AM
i think so many people want one because they feel like they are a soldier in call of duty when they pick one up.

+1 to jimro

January 12, 2010, 12:44 AM
History. It's a symbol of "Freedom."

All the above from 1-6 plus.

If you want a basic history of the AR-15 (M16)

Just by you asking clearly indicates you have been under a "stone" - if you don't know why the AR-15 is so big here in the US...

Obviously, you are a FN FAL fan. Try one and find out for yourself.

Good luck and have fun with what you like.

January 12, 2010, 12:56 AM
LEGO for grownups. All these are the same weapon, in it's many incarnations.


January 12, 2010, 01:28 AM
Modularity, accuracy, dependable, ergonomic, affordable, lightweight, low recoil, quick to shoot, and many parts are available by a variety of manufacturers. They are easy to build and work on.

You can have them as a range plinker, a varminter or other hunting rifle, target gun, or defensive carbine.

Of course, that this is the standard service rifle (civilian version) for the US military doesn't hurt.

January 12, 2010, 01:34 AM
Probably because they are so durn EVIL! Keep the FAL, or better yet sell it to me!

January 12, 2010, 01:58 AM
I've never wanted one. Then I got one. Now I'm hooked. They're fun to shoot, and infinitely customizable. They're relatively cheap to shoot and load for. They're our nation's current battle rifle.

January 12, 2010, 02:26 AM
+1 RockyMtn!

I got my first as a reminder of my brother's service in Vietnam, just like I got my first M1 because my Dad fought with one in the Pacific. Plus I have kids in the military so I thought it would be fun to have something they are used to shooting for whne they visit.

After that, I discovered they are loads of fun to shoot, like the M1 Carbine (had to get one after reading To Hell and back). Cheap to reload for, easy to mount excellent sights or optics, available in any configuration you can imagine.

The light recoil makes it great for introducing new shooters to centerfire. And they are suitable for home defense, varminting, target shooting and plinking.

Yet another attribute are that AR15s are easy to build up if you don't have the money for a complete rifle. I bought one complete rifle, then wanted a few for the kids and grandkids. So I bought some stripped lowers now and then. Later, bought some lower parts kits when I could find a good price. Later still, I added an upper here and there. Finally added the buttstocks, then BCG, CH, then sights. I was able to get quality components at the best price as I could afford them.

One of my SILs returned from overseas and was finally able to complete the assembly of all his AR components. We took it out to the range and without even adjusting sights he was breaking clay pigeons (on the hillside) from the first shot. Dead on out of the box.

Not everyone likes the AR15. But then, some people think M1 Garands are blah -- heavy, old, funky. :eek:

B. Lahey
January 12, 2010, 03:30 AM
Because it goes KAPOW, puts a small hole exactly where it should be, recoils mildly, extracts, ejects, feeds, and is then ready to do it another twenty-nine times. Every time, no exceptions. Frankly, I'm baffled anyone could dislike it.

And it was in tons of 80s action movies.:D


January 12, 2010, 04:42 AM
cuz they're friggin AWESOME!

Tim R
January 12, 2010, 04:50 AM
I used to belong to the club that said only real men shoot 308 in High Power matches. I don't believe this any more and now have two tuned AR's. 223 is way cheaper to shoot than 308 which allows me to shoot more matches. I even reload all my own ammo.

I would suggest shooting a AR and find out for your self why the AR is so popular.

January 12, 2010, 06:24 AM
Just a matter of personal preference I guess. I myself don't like the AR. It's just not my cup of tea. However, that doesn't mean I don't support their ownership. I just feel they are over rated.

January 12, 2010, 07:33 AM
If you owned one chambered in a sensible caliber such as the .223 (which makes it more affordable to shoot) and put a decent scope on it, you would not have to ask the question. My only regret is I can't shoot it as often as I like because it is too far a drive to do on a frequent basis.

If you enjoy pistol shooting, you know your accuracy range greatly deteriorates after 50 yards, and in reality, how many people really shoot their pistols at 50 yards. Most people I observe are shooting at about 25 to 50 feet.

The AR-15 is fun at 100 yards and with a good rifle and a great scope, 300 yards can be a lot of fun.

Another feature is you do not have to load as often. Thirty round magazines can keep you going awhile. I have 10 pre-loaded magazines I take to the range with me.....not sure I can shoot all of them without having to take a bathroom break.

January 12, 2010, 08:10 AM
what I see as a fact (and keep in mind I have two ARs and like them)

The AR15 is the Barbie Doll of Rifles...

There are an infinite number of 'outfits' you can buy and put on one.

January 12, 2010, 05:34 PM
Compared to other rifles a good AR is ridiculously easy to shoot well.
Plain and simple you hit what you aim at.