America's Rifle: Rise Of The AR-15

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      America's Rifle: Rise Of The AR-15

      The AR-15 has brought to the firearms world what the smartphone delivered to electronics and the single-lens-reflex camera offered for photography: maximum usability in an affordable package that's easy to upgrade and, most important, plays into the culture of its customers. Not only can Jonathan Hardy give one to his teenager, his disabled mother can shoot one as well, and does.
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      the AR's are like Barbie or G.I.Joe

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      More like an Erector Set for responsible adults, for those old enough to remember what an Erector Set was...

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      Love mine... all of them.

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      The ar-15 in my opinion is a nice home defense gun. But to take out into battle, an being exposed to various elements. There are many combat guns that FAR OUT PERFORM THE AR.

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      Home defense gun? Please!! It is a weapon, fun, yes, but home defense, no. Unless you're talking defending your home against someone trying to take your home. There are hundreds of weapons better suited for home defense.

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      Quote Originally Posted by guardrail View Post
      Home defense gun? Please!! It is a weapon, fun, yes, but home defense, no. Unless you're talking defending your home against someone trying to take your home. There are hundreds of weapons better suited for home defense.
      No doubt about that, I agree.i like the AR-15 very much.
      Just don't think it can handle the elements as well as some other designs.
      What is your idea of a home defense weapon.
      Personally if I had a choice of an Ar-15 , shot gun, high capacity handgun of any caliber. I would pick up the AR -15.

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      Now shipwreck has or had a beautiful fn 90 something. That looks very functional. I actually seen one perform. Ohh what a nice piece

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      I hope I wasn't misunderstood, the AR-15 is a beautiful piece . I just love the 223.
      I was shooting the 223(5.56) 30 years ago ,still love it.
      Loved to bring my mini 14 out shooting. Just loved the action on that ruger.

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      Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
      The ar-15 in my opinion is a nice home defense gun. But to take out into battle, an being exposed to various elements. There are many combat guns that FAR OUT PERFORM THE AR.
      I do not understand your comment concerning the AR15's ability to withstand various elements...
      AR15 Field Reliability Test - YouTube

      dirty ar 15 - YouTube

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      Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
      I hope I wasn't misunderstood, the AR-15 is a beautiful piece . I just love the 223.
      I was shooting the 223(5.56) 30 years ago ,still love it.
      Loved to bring my mini 14 out shooting. Just loved the action on that ruger.
      I hope you weren't shooting 5.56mm in your Ruger Miin-14. That rifle was not chambered for that round.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Cait43 View Post
      I do not understand your comment concerning the AR15's ability to withstand various elements...
      AR15 Field Reliability Test - YouTube

      dirty ar 15 - YouTube
      Interesting when viewed in light of the fact that the AR-15 was not a main battle rifle. It was its offshoot that became the U.S. main battle rifle; the M16 and its later variants. And that rifle has certainly seen one heck of a lot of use in combat over the last 50 years. I could be wrong here but I don't think the U.S. military services have ever issue the AR-15 for combat use.

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      Quote Originally Posted by SouthernBoy View Post
      I hope you weren't shooting 5.56mm in your Ruger Miin-14. That rifle was not chambered for that round.
      I was shooting the 223

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      Quote Originally Posted by Cait43 View Post
      I do not understand your comment concerning the AR15's ability to withstand various elements...
      AR15 Field Reliability Test - YouTube

      dirty ar 15 - YouTube
      ok, nice videos

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      Quote Originally Posted by SouthernBoy View Post
      I hope you weren't shooting 5.56mm in your Ruger Miin-14. That rifle was not chambered for that round.
      Mini-14 rifles were chambered in the .223 Remington cartridge. Since the .223 Remington is not completely dimensionally equivalent to the 5.56x45mm, Ruger chambered Mini-14s for both 5.56 and .223 Remington.
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      I do remember the m16 had issues during the Vietnam war. We did admittedly confess to the AK's superiority in reliability

      Modern Firearms - M16 M16A1 M16A2 M16A3

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      Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
      Mini-14 rifles were chambered in the .223 Remington cartridge. Since the .223 Remington is not completely dimensionally equivalent to the 5.56x45mm, Ruger chambered Mini-14s for both 5.56 and .223 Remington.
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      I'm not entirely certain this part is correct. I owned a Ruger Mini-14 for years and as I recall, it was chambered for the .223, not the 5.56. However, I do see where their current offerings of this rifle show chambering for both rounds. I just don't recall this was the case when I bought mine (1994).

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      Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
      I do remember the m16 had issues during the Vietnam war. We did admittedly confess to the AK's superiority in reliability

      Modern Firearms - M16 M16A1 M16A2 M16A3

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      In the early stages of the conflict, the M16 was problematic. In the initial phases of the acceptance testing, the ammunition was loaded with rod powder. Then when it was sent to Nam, changes were made to the ammunition and ball powder was used. In the hot and humid climate of southeast Asia, this was a mistake. Combined with this, no cleaning kits were supplied with the rifles and the bores were unlined. Later corrections to ammunition, shipment of cleaning materials, and chrome lined barrels pretty much took care of things. But I have to wonder how many of our men lost their lives to the ignorance of the "geniuses" in Washington who took these deliberate and crazy decisions (think McNamara and his boys).

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