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    Suggestions needed: Looking for my first AK/AR15 type rifle

    It's been a while since I've posted anything, I've been busy with work and considering
    a possible move out to the boonies. I've been looking at land most weekends, I want
    to move further away from the traffic and the congested chaos that the Raleigh area
    has become. I'd also like to have a spot to grow a garden and live more like my web
    alias at TaurusArmed.net. I hope everyone is doing well and I would like to say hello
    to all of the new members here.

    OK, its time to get back on topic. I've been looking at semiauto rifles at some of
    the local gun stores. There are so many choices and price ranges out there, enough
    to make my head spin. This will be my first semiauto rifle so I would want something
    user friendly and easy to maintain. The AK types are practically indestructable, the AR
    platform is more accurate and it is easy to add accessories to. I need some suggestions;
    What do you like and what should I look for before I buy a semiauto rifle? I'm a novice
    when it comes to semiauto rifles so any input from the more experienced members here
    would be appreciated. With a few more acres of land, I would have more room to shoot
    longuns, so that is one reason I've gotten the semiauto bug.

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    I have owned both and prefer the AR platform due to weight of the firearm and accuracy of the firearm.

    More money, but if you step up to an AR 10, you can have the .308 that makes the rifle a great deer rifle also, as well as an accurate reach out and touch someone rifle.
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    You first need to decide AK or AR. Then you need to figure how much you want to spend. You can spend $600 to $750 or so on either one and then you can spend as much as you want. I own both and I love that with an AR you can built it from the smallest parts very easily with minimal regular tools. The AK is indeed hardy but not nearly indestructable. They are really accurate out to 100 yards, but beyond that range you start to really need to spend money to get them even half as good as a decent AR at three hundred. Another tip for the AR is the crazy options for caliber and the ease of one lower with as many uppers as you can afford. I get more fun out of my AR's but I can't imagine not owning an AK. A very close second to the AK is the SKS. I still slap myself that I sold mine. I really neet to find one to replace my old one.
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    I respectfully diagree with Maximumbob54 above. You first should decide what are you going to want the weapon for. Game getter, Long Range Plinking or hunting, home defense, etc. Once you decide on the purpose then the rest is preference. When i started I had no idea what I wanted. So I chose an AR as a platform. About all I knew was that I could hang a bunch of stuff on it. There are so many options to configure the rfle to whatever purpose you may want. After shooting it for awhile (3 years) and playing around I discovered I really enjoy long range plinking at the range and having somehting that is slightly different than what every one else has. I purchased a Doublestar Star15 Carbine 3 years ago. Disassembled it last year and rebuilt for its purpose. Added a Hogue free float tube, Bushnell Banner Scope, Railed Gas Block, offset BUIS, Bipod. It shoots great at 300 yards. (longest range availible to me right now).

    My recommendation, If you know what you want do some research online, you should be able to find a purpose built AR. If not, start with a good, inexpensive platform. Doublestar, Stag, Rock River, Bushmaster, etc.. all make good basic platforms for around $600 to $700 that can be modified to suit a specific purpose as needed. As you define a purpose for the rifle, build to suit. I shoot with many law enforcement guys who look at my rifle and love it because its different, but with a 4 x 16 scope, there is no quick target acquisition. It limits their intended purpose. But coyote hunters really like mine because it is so darn accurate and has a great long range scope. It took 3 years to build my AR to suit me. I have spent a lot of the post talking about my rifle because rifles are very personal. You can spend as much as you want to achieve your desired purpose. Or just nuy the basic rifle and enjoy it.

    I really don't know much about AKs. So I won't comment only to say what I hear. They are excellent reliable rifle for use within 100 yards.

    The AR10 .308 discussed previously is also a great option if you have the money. I don't know if the accessories are as plentiful.
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    You could always go with the best of both worlds and pick up a Saiga, which can be chambered in the old 7.62x39 or the more modern 5.56x45/.223. If you really want to have some fun, you can also get them in .410 & 12 Ga. and get 10 rounds of rapid fire buckshot flying through the air. They're usually able to be dressed up a bit more than a standard AK, and usually a bit more accurate than the usual surplus ones. The other fun part is that the price tends to be far lower than an AR, if that's a determining factor.
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    I would probably use the rifle for target shooting, plinking and having fun more than anything
    else. If doomsday ever came, it would be nice to have in a survival situation. I have a lever
    action Marlin .30/30 and a Savage 110 .30-06 bolt action that I use for hunting. I just couldn't
    see myself popping twenty rounds at Bambi in the woods unless I was starving and that was
    the only way I could take her. Maybe I would throw it in the truck for coyote and pest control
    if I am going to be moving like I mentioned earlier.

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    You seem to be in a similar situation as I am. I just purchased a complete AR-15, and a .22 upper with info I got from Lazy Eyed Sniper. It will let me have fun at a cheap price and still have a good self defense rifle.
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    Which .22 upper did you go with?

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    ncfarmer:

    I've been missing you around here and am glad you are back.

    Thanks for posing your questions to our forum members. I've been thinking seriously about buying a tactical semiautomatic, and am enjoying the comments that your questions have elicited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dante2 View Post
    Which .22 upper did you go with?
    I ordered a dedicated .22lr, a Chiappa M4-22.

    I was at gun store today and saw a used complete Chiappa M4-22 rifle for $300.00. The Lower seemed to be a plastic.
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