What do you use your AR-15 for?
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July 20th, 2013 01:48 PM
What do you use your AR-15 for?
Good afternoon everyone. After much debate, mostly with my self, I'm looking at getting an AR-15. My LGS has a PSA for 800$. Here's my question though. If I buy one, what can I do with it? Other than taking it to the range obviously. Home defense wise I have several pistols with "high capacity" magazines. So, while I know the decision is ultimately my own, I'd like to hear people's opinions
July 20th, 2013 01:59 PM
I use mine for range plinking, competition, HD and woodchuck extermination. The main purpose though is for SHTF insurance. $800 is a very cheap life insurance policy that may save your life someday and ,heck, if you never need it then it was just a fun range toy.
They are fun to shoot, the libs hate them, ammo is cheap and they make a great HD gun. There really is no downside.
"For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands." Deuteronomy 16:15
July 20th, 2013 02:04 PM
In the past, the AR 15 kept here was used for some high-power competition, mostly for my sons to shoot at a local match when they were young. My wife also shot it some too in a few matches and I dabbled with it. In more recent times it sees some informal plinking use to 200 yards on our old home place and also is occasionally carried in the pickup or slung on the shoulder for personal protection while on the old home place due to the remoteness of the locale. It comes in for its share of .223 handloading fun and bench rest time when I'm in the mood.
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July 20th, 2013 02:06 PM
What do I use mine for? Something to pile money into like lights, lasers, mags, sights etc. Seriously, I have an AR that I have never shot. Why did I buy it? I thought it was a neat looking firearm at the time and I wanted to learn more about the AR platform. It was what I guess would be called and educational purchase. And to that end I did learn a lot about the mechanics and operation and I admit that adding different things to it gave me a bit of satisfaction.
The place I have to shoot is only about 4k sqft. so it only good for a pistol so the AR sleeps in its case. I still consider it well worth the financial outlay if nothing but for the educational value. Mine is a DPMS Oracle.
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July 20th, 2013 02:07 PM
Coyotes, crows, armadillos,dogs and an occasional cat.
Every now and then I'll pull one out of my car and point it at someone acting stupid, but that doesn't happen much really.
hecks...the next step towards registration and confiscation.
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July 20th, 2013 02:15 PM
An insurance policy unlike most that you can resell and get money back. I don't even get a thank you as my insurance co rapes me.
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July 20th, 2013 02:18 PM
It can be good for home defense. Regarding how, I'll defer to Massad Ayoob, as I often do.
"The handgun is the easiest of all firearms to retain, one-handed, and that does leave a hand free. If you need to go mobile for any reason, I prefer the handgun. If we’ve counted noses and everyone is here in the safe room with me, and the bad guys are kicking in the bedroom door, now I’d like to have something more substantial than a handgun, and that’s where the AR-15, the Mini-14, the shotgun come in."
"...there is no arguing with such snivelling puppies, who allow superiors to kick them about deck at pleasure."
July 20th, 2013 02:23 PM
I use mine to entice those who have never before experienced the adrenaline rush of shooting a black rifle to come to the dark side. (as in rifle color)
So far it's worked 9 out of 10 times. One 30 round mag and a target missing the x is all it usually takes to plant a semi permanent grin on their faces.
And the other standard chores, home defense, vermin, drones.......
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July 20th, 2013 02:28 PM
I use mine for table decor. Makes a great conversation piece.
July 20th, 2013 02:35 PM
July 20th, 2013 02:36 PM
Mine gets used for anything my pistols can not do...
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July 20th, 2013 02:39 PM
I use my 2 ar's they make great door stoppers on windy days. put it this way its better to have it when you don't need it, than not have it when you realy need it. Just my thought.
July 20th, 2013 02:42 PM
The groundhog population of Grand Prairie township has been significantly reduced over the past thirty years courtesy of my AR, now in the possession of my son.
"Preparation and mindset are everything. Allowing one's mouth to write checks that one's butt is unable or unwilling to cash is foolish."
July 20th, 2013 02:59 PM
I use mine as a malnourished decoration for my safe.
All the good reasons were already spoken for.
Tada gan irracht - Nothing without effort
July 20th, 2013 04:32 PM
Thanks for all the comments. Pictures will be posted shortly :)
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