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  1. Ar-15 are nice tactical rifles. i have shot with my friends a few times.. i have a Ruger SR-22 tactical and a 1925 7mm Mauser, fun guns. one if these days i will have a AR-15 or M4 {HOPEFULLY} so then the guys at the gun club will stop making fun of me..

  2. My best AR is a Wilson combat in a 20″ with a 1 in 7″ twist. After out state allowed the use of a 223 for deer hunting it brought down a nice Buck at 300 yards with a 77 gr bullet with a perfect heart shot, it walked only 15′ before colapsing

  3. My favorite AR is the Rock River Arms LAR-8; for starters it is chambered for the 7.62 NATO / .308 cartridge rather than the 5.56 round, plus it uses inexpensive FN/FAL magazines that cost about $10 used/surplus. It’s not much bigger than an AR-15/M-4, is harder hitting, and can be used to engage targets at longer distances.

  4. I have 2 that I use for different purposes.

    I have a Rock River 24″ Varmint A4 upper on a Bushmaster Lower with a Jard Trigger. It will put 10 shots of Black Hills 69gr into a 2.6″ group at 300 yds.

    I recently bought a Rock River Elite Operator2. I can put most shots into an inch at 50 yds using the open sights. I have an EOTech Holosight XPS2-0 that I plan to put on this one. I am considering putting a laser on this one.

  5. My favorite AR is my Colt transision model. It is the model between the A-1 And A-2.
    I like the 20″ barrel for shooting longer distances.
    It has a Colt 4X scope on it.
    The 1/7 twist barrel handles the heavy bullets very good.

  6. I own the best AR ever made. It is the H&K Model 93A2. Accurate. Dependable. More accessories become available daily. I have been to multiple carbine/rifle classes and in-services and it has never failed. Thanks,

  7. I still haven’t purchased an AR yet so cannot say which is my favorite. I asked 10 of my shooting friends to recommend a decent AR-15 with the only caveats that it be fairly light weight (I am a 5′ tall woman) and not extremely expensive and got 15 recommendations ;).

    At this time I am learning more and more about AR-15s; the various parts, the customization possible, what you need and what is nice to have. I am even taking a class on AR’s at the local range tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to decide and purchase my AR-15 soon. I have to admit, this book sounds like a perfect resource for me.

  8. The Colt model 6721

    It was the first Colt blue label I purchased. The Model 6721 is a 16″ heavy barreled AR-15 with “mil-spec” features like a bolt carrier, MP tested bolt and barrel and buffer tube/adjustable butt stock. It is apart of Colt’s Blue Label or Law Enforcement/Military line of rifles. During the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban these weapons were not available to be purchased by civilians, but with the ending of that foolish ban Colt now sells their near M4 spec rifles to civilians in free states.

    My 6721 has gone through as many changes, modifications, and upgrades that I can do(for now).

    When I first assembled the rifle out of the box I had a 7″ Free Float Rail installed, a plain Vltor butt-stock, and an EO tech with a Rock River Dominator mount. I think the only thing that has stayed the same is the black Blue Force Vickers sling and a Tango Down pistol grip. I have added and subtracted a Grip-Pod, changed out the Troy 7″ rail for a Daniel Defense 12″ FSP lite weight and switched out the flash light a couple of times.

    Three modifications I have kept and enjoy are the Vortex flash suppressor from Smith, Matech back up sight that I picked up overseas, and the PRI Gasbuster charging handle. All three came from a ‘tactical’ set up that I find work well.

    The major motivating reason behind my transformation for the rifle was that everything I put on the rifle, for an optic, EO, Acog, and now Leupold was that the 16″ heavy Barrel on this rifle is so dang accurate.

    At first I thought the 4x power ACOG would be the ticket, until I had the opportunity to but a 1.5-5 power Leopold off a co-worker. I had already been searching for a variable power scope to keep up with the “Short-Dot” fad and was leaning toward another Trijicon product (mostly because of price). When a co-worker asked me if I’d like to buy his scope.

    Not sure what I was getting I picked up the scope and was impressed with the magnification and clarity. I was sold. Coming home I found a Larue 1.5 SPR mount, and a beefier Vltor EMod stock for what i thought was going to be a heavy scope and rail combo. I again was surprised as the rifle was still lighter than expected when i weighted it against a friends AR 10 at the range.

    I guess you could say my proof of concept was when i took this same rifle to a 2 and 3-gun match and got a chance to run it under stress.

    Lessons learned from this rifle: From it I was able to figure out what would make a good ACOG set up, another note on that later. And the benefit of the adjustable low power scope.

    Last note, I just decided to add the Surefire 300 to the front of the rifle after reading some other more knowledgeable shooter, now I only need a night match to try it out…

  9. I like the Spike’s Tactical M4. It is a terrific performer for a price many can afford. Reduced price in no way implies compromised performance or quality. The guys behind the spider know their stuff!