Originally Posted by RL357Mag
Papoose with the hardwood stock I bought back in 1986 for $100. It is an excellent shooter. Unfortunately now I believe the price is double that. A buddy of mine has one he paid $269 for, but it has a composite stock and is stainless..unlike the AR-7, it's the nylon case that floats (styrofoam insert) , not the gun.
The Marlin Md. 70 Papoose
(really a Marlin Md. 60
that breaks down) is, IMHO, superior to the AR-7. You can buy a good Marlin 60 and swap out parts that are worn on the Papoose. I've owned both, and have a Papoose now. Both are getting expensive, unfortunately. It's easier to mount optics on the Papoose (never really checked on the AR-7).
The AR-7 will
float in the stowed configuration - barrel and receiver inside the case. They designed it that way, in case you dropped it into water while stowed OR
I'd be careful about carrying in a pack, as that may be considered a concealed carry, even though it's broken down and stowed. Check your local regs.
If you're considering one for a SHTF survival rifle, then the Springfield M6 Scout
would be a good choice. .22LR over .410, folds in half. Single shot, so that's a drawback. Also, this one tends to be the most expensive of the "pack" rifles. If you're still in the SHTF frame of mind, the Savage Md. 24
in your calibers of choice would be my choice. Rifle over shotgun, just about any combo of calibers, though .22LR over .410 seems the most prevalent. It doesn't break down, but having it at the ready may be preferable in a hostile environment.
Between the AR-7 and Papoose, go with the Papoose.