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Good Morning,

My good fortune has lead me to an interesting question. I recently purchased 2 new AR's. The first, a Sig M400 Tactical Rifle with carry handle. It was purchased quickly after the Sandy Hook incident. The second was stumbled upon last week and is a Armalite M-15 A4 flattop without a rear sight. To fund the Armalite, I am in the process of selling my Bushmaster post ban XM-15 without a flash suppressor and a 20" barrel (currently on consignment at my LGS). My questions are numerous, so here it goes.....

1. My plan is to shoot ONE of the new AR's and keep the other in the safe for future trading or SHTF needs. Good idea?

2. Based on the specifications, both guns are decent, any suggestions on which one gets the easier life as a safe queen?

3. Should I pick up the consignment, keep it and keep both new guns as safe queens? (thinking not, but seeing how I am asking questions)

My main reason for only shooting one is the lack of availability of ammo. I have plenty, but really can't replace anything that I shoot getting familiar with my new rifle(s). My history is that I tend to become quite familiar with any firearm which I would consider for personal safety. When I bought my original AR, I fired nearly 1000 rounds through it to familiarize myself with the gun, its quirks and its operations. My main reason for selling the Bushmaster is I had to borrow some funds from my bride to fund the purchase of the Armalite. She has no issues and actually supports my gun habit, but I the funds I borrowed need to go back to the "future cruise fund".

Thank you in advance for any suggestions, they will be greatly appreciated!!
 

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I don't see much point in safe queens either, but if you were to pick one, I'd wait until after you've shot both for a while.

The reasoning is that they're both new to you, therefore unproven as of yet. Get confidence in both, and you'll know that rifle is ready to run when you decide to use it again.

'Same reasoning on the Bushmaster. It's a shame to let go of a rifle that you're familiar with and have confidence in, but you may be already obligated there?
 

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You say you want to be familiar with any rifle you have for self defense, but previously state that you want your SHTF rifle to be a "safe queen" that never gets shot?

I don't get it.

As the others have said, shoot them both and enjoy them both. Whichever one(s) you are going to rely on for defense/SHTF, shoot them as often as possible and train with them more than that.
 

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No safe queens here. No matter if it is a duplicate, held for trading goods, or antique/collectible it is going to be taken out for "exercise." If I can't enjoy the experience of shooting a gun then I don't want it cluttering up space.
 

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Yeah, have to agree here... if I don't shoot it, why have it? I could never be a collector, cars or otherwise... I tend to enjoy the items I have, if not they get sold and I get something I do enjoy.

It's like having a supermodel for a wife and never having sex, what's the point?
 

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Having three AR 15 is a bit much but like others I would not have a safe queen firearm.

Have you considered an Armalite AR 10 in .308? Big block AR's are a real blast to shoot. Pun intended.

And does your wife have a sister with similar attributes? LOL
 

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I don't own any safe queens, now some are shot more than others but they are all there to shoot
 

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...I am in the process of selling my Bushmaster post ban XM-15 without a flash suppressor and a 20" barrel (currently on consignment at my LGS).
...Should I pick up the consignment, keep it and keep both new guns as safe queens? (thinking not, but seeing how I am asking questions)...
Personally, I don't think I'd be selling ANY AR before at least January, 2017, if I could possibly help it. JMO.
 

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I tend to not hoard stuff. You know, one wife, one dog, one cat, one truck, and one car. I do have two horses and as I tell people, I have only one butt. Therefore I can only ride one at a time. I have two horses because, horses are herd animals and need company. Firearms are not herd animals, so having a herd of them, to me, is silly. I can only shoot so many at once. I like one good handgun, one good rifle, one good shotgun and one good hand grenade. That's just me. :smile:
 
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Are you unhappy with the Bushmaster for one reason or another? Just wondering why, if you want to limit yourself to two ARs, you bought two new ones as opposed to buying one new one and keeping the Bushmaster.
 

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Both would be great safe queens... and I have plenty of room in MY safe for them
 
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A safe queen still depreciates whether you shoot it or not. Shoot both, take exceptional care of both, you will still get top dollar late down the road if necessary. Besides, a sfae queen isnt any fun sitting in the safe.
 

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If it were me, I would shoot all three and keep the one that I liked best regardless of the manufacturer. As far as selling the other two, I would jump now while the market is going crazy. The assault weapons ban will not pass. It won't. Despite the rhetoric, the press, Mark Kelly, the Brady Bunch, and the chap from England who aggravates everyone including the British; the assault weapons ban will not pass. Same deal on high capacity magazines. It's going nowhere. We will probably end up with some sort of universal background check. Personally, I would like to see every firearm theft be a federal offense just like you stole it from an FFL. That might make some punks stop and think.

As this year draws to a close and politicians start posturing to keep their comfy jobs in 2014, our voices and the voice of the NRA will be heard. It's easy to listen to the anti-gun minority when your job isn't on the line. The clamor for gun control will subside. Firearm and ammo production will finally exceed demand and prices will stabilize and return to pre-panic levels.

That's my prediction. We'll see what happens.
 

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I have some OLD weapons but I prefer to shoot them all,,,, just my way of
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A safe queen still depreciates whether you shoot it or not. Shoot both, take exceptional care of both, you will still get top dollar late down the road if necessary. Besides, a sfae queen isnt any fun sitting in the safe.
All safe queens don't depreciate and neither do the shooters. Pre-World War II Colt, Smith & Wesson, and Winchester products continuously reach new heights in price as do many post-war models from the same makers. U.S. military arms haven't depreciated either. There's a Smith Corona 1903-A3 around here acquired in 1975 that sure isn't worth less than the $85 given for the rifle.

You're right about all of 'em being fun to shoot.
 
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