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Old March 13, 2018, 10:09 AM   #51
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At the time, I wasn't sure the 223 rifle would work out in regards to parts availability and reliability.
Parts and mag availability was my concern at the time (and just a desire to have a quality 7.62x39mm AK). The Polish Beryl is a reliable 5.56x45mm AK, so certainly the Russians could do the same.

Also, doing a Beryl-ish clone build of a 5.56x45mm Saiga would have been a lot of fun.
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Old March 13, 2018, 12:35 PM   #52
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In 5.56mm rifles, I have found a love for bullpups these days. I started out with a Tavor, recently added a STg77 and just ordered an RDB from gunbroker. I can't speak for the Kel-Tec yet but the Tavor and AUG have been solid performers, accurate, and reliable. Their short overall length for compact storage and easy handling yet full size barrel for better ballistic performance is a winner in my book.
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Old March 13, 2018, 05:47 PM   #53
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Very cool, COSteve! Love it.
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Old March 13, 2018, 07:24 PM   #54
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I'd probably go for an AR 10 haha! Or I'd get a red dot on an AK and run that.
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Old March 13, 2018, 11:50 PM   #55
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Non AR 5.56: what are your favorites?

Very much in the Mini camp! My ARs are definitely better weapons of war but my 583 Mini Tactical is a gun I’m very glad I bought and won’t be selling it! Gas port and trigger mod, 1x Spitfire Prism site, Techsights rear aperture iron sight upgrade, and it’s fantastic. (With a muzzle brake)



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Old March 14, 2018, 06:22 AM   #56
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Why do you say better? Can you be more specific with your assertion?
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Old March 14, 2018, 08:06 AM   #57
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Old March 14, 2018, 01:28 PM   #58
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I could compare groups from my Mini14 to groups from my ARs and you couldn’t tell the difference.
I don’t like the rock in style mag on the Mini14 but that’s about it.

I didn’t realize that there were even issues with the Mini14 pre Internet days.
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Old March 14, 2018, 02:16 PM   #59
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Why would anyone assume that you need a 'weapon of war' as a civilian? The facts are that none of us are going to need a weapon for an armed attack, need to defend ourselves against a Zombie, or be part of a military unit (again). Being in a militia that may spend time playing 'war' might be fun but that's all it really is, playing.

If there ever is a need for one of us to defend ourselves and/or our loved ones in a time of civil unrest or from attack by criminals, the smart thing will be to call the police while you are defending yourself until they get there. (Yes, I agree that when seconds count, the cops are minutes away.) Taking a person's life in self defense doesn't lesson the impact the act has on you. Those of us who've been forced into it in battle will never forget the toll it takes on our humanity.

So, the rifles we might pick are almost always going to be used for recreation. One should keep that in mind. Nothing wrong with a military style rifle but one must remember, we aren't in the military anymore. Those of you who are in a job that requires firearms, I'm sure that the organization has requirements for the type and style they outfit you with. So, in truth, our arms are part of a hobby. Not unlike golf or hiking. All of my collection was picked with recreation in mind. Yes, I have military style weapons, however, they are mostly for nostalgia. M1 and M1 Carbines in honor of my father, M1A and AR in honor of me. The Mini above is 'just because I can' so I can enjoy shooting the 5.56 rd in a comfortable platform. (While I have 2 myself, I'm not a real fan of the AR.)
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Old March 14, 2018, 02:50 PM   #60
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We are quickly becoming a society of needs and not a society of rights.

It’s just me, but I think the AR ship is sinking ever so slowly. We’ve had a surge in recent years, but the public is weary of getting mass murdered in public spaces. Everyone they trust, celebrities, mayors, Congress people, senators, presidents, news outlets, doctors, nurses, radiologist, FBI agents, clergy, retired generals, school teachers, college professors and many more are all telling the public that the Assault Weapon is the cause.

We are here talking about recreation and semantics over semi auto and magazine clips.
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Old March 14, 2018, 02:54 PM   #61
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5.56/223

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Old March 14, 2018, 04:38 PM   #62
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"Why would anyone assume that you need a 'weapon of war' as a civilian?"

Because I don't trust my Government and I don't want to be out-gunned if I can help it.
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Old March 14, 2018, 06:11 PM   #63
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Well lookie here, speaking of Mini14s, this was on my doorstep today.

Ordered so long ago I had forgotten about it.

Sure is pretty.




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Old March 15, 2018, 06:01 AM   #64
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.... the public is weary of getting mass murdered in public spaces. Everyone they trust, celebrities, mayors, Congress people, senators, presidents, news outlets, doctors, nurses, radiologist, FBI agents, clergy, retired generals, school teachers, college professors and many more are all telling the public that the Assault Weapon is the cause.
And yet they are all wrong.

Nobody is looking seriously at what the real cause is. Whatever it is has a lot more to do with our society than the weapons used. But dealing with that would be hard and banning tools is easy.
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Old March 15, 2018, 10:52 AM   #65
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My real guns are a Model 88 in .243, A model 70, .243 and a Model 77 MKII in .270.
The 2 ARs are just toys for me.
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Old March 15, 2018, 01:48 PM   #66
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Everyone they trust, celebrities, mayors, Congress people, senators, presidents, news outlets, doctors, nurses, radiologist, FBI agents, clergy, retired generals, school teachers, college professors and many more are all telling the public that the Assault Weapon is the cause.
It's funny that you mention this list of "trusted" people, when many of their actions are the ones responsible for the conditions that lead to mass murders.
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Old March 15, 2018, 03:11 PM   #67
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That is not my view, but many Americans trust those people blindly, so if everyone they trust is telling them that Assault Weapons are bad, then they believe it.

I think if we had a poll, the Mini14 would win as the non-AR type rifle that is CHAMBERED in 5.56mm as the op asked.
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Old March 15, 2018, 04:51 PM   #68
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FN FNC - still a very fine folding stock 5.56. Just really expensive because those with registered sears are always buying up the semi-autos to (legally) convert them.
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Old March 15, 2018, 04:57 PM   #69
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Saiga 223. From a distance, in it's original configuration, it looks nothing like an AK, yet it is.
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Old March 15, 2018, 06:44 PM   #70
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I'm in the minority along with SPEMack618 I guess. My Non-AR is a Daewoo K2 (AR-100 when I purchased it in the mid 80's.


The only changes I've made are a full-length FAL handguard, a 90-degree safety and a M1913 top rail.

It bookends nicely with the Daewoo shotgun.
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Old March 15, 2018, 06:54 PM   #71
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This years want list includes a B&T APC556
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Old March 16, 2018, 06:22 AM   #72
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... many Americans trust those people blindly, so if everyone they trust is telling them that Assault Weapons are bad, then they believe it....
Unfortunately, you are very correct there.

Too many lemmings and not enough citizens these days.
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Old March 16, 2018, 07:01 AM   #73
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The only “weapon of war” I own is a 1942 Finnish M39 bolt-action built on a 1905 Izhevsk hex receiver with the crest of the czar.

My Tavor (my favorite rifle) and my Rock River AR are non-automatic civilian guns, and are no more “weapons of war” than your grandfather’s military-style Winchester Model 70 or your great-great-grandfather’s military-style Winchester 1866.

Pretty much all civilian guns except double-barrel shotguns can be described as “military-style”, but that doesn’t make them “weapons of war”. And an AR is far less like it’s military cousins than a civilian Remington 700 is like an M24/M40 or a Model 70 is like a Mauser.

AR’s and other modern-looking civilian semiautos are legal in Canada, most of Europe, and New Zealand, and .22LR variants are legal in the UK. Bloomberg et al have fallen so far into fundamentalist extremism that they are trying to ban guns that are entirely legal in the nations they purport to admire.
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Old March 17, 2018, 11:32 AM   #74
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Old March 17, 2018, 12:43 PM   #75
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Dgludwig,
Some time back, I too the wood stock off of my Mini14 so I could slow down the wear and tear on the wood. I put an ATI plastic stock on it, but really never liked it. Went through a pretty nasty divorce and ended up leaving the wood stock behind. The Mini14 has had to live five extra years with that bad plastic stock on it.

The laminate stock is now way better looking and definitely more comfortable for sure.
I also imagine that sometime in the future, I’ll find an original wood stock for the Mini14. My first lan all along was to only use the plastic stock through my varmint hunting stage, which I did, but I lost the original.
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