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Old 12-09-2011, 03:54 AM   #141
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"If you take your hands off the back of my cruiser one more time, I will make your birth certificate a worthless document!" AZL

I so friggin like that..!!!

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:41 PM   #142
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The most accurate of the bunch is the Garand...based upon the two I have owned compared to the Springfield M1A (M14's) I have owned. The Garand had about a 1/2" advantage over the others...but that's splitting hairs.

The reliability of the Garand and M14 are legendary. The enbloc in the Garand is a little bit off-putting for some, whereas the 20 round mags for the M1A are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. That also goes for the FAL...BUT...you have to be careful of trying to use metric mags in non-metric receivers.

I really LIKE the FAL...but it has the crappiest trigger of the bunch. It can be worked on, but again....the M1, and the M1A far outshine them.

The open sights on the Garand and M1A are leaps and bounds better than the FAL.

The Mosin...I just don't heart that rifle. It's an apples to oranges comparison between that and the others. It's a gun with great functionality...but...to me, it's like my 03-A3...an occaisonal shooter.

All in all, I'd give the nod to the M1A only SLIGHTLY ahead of the FAL.

The ONLY reason why I'd choose those over the Garand is the magazine in favor of the enbloc. Something about an M1A though...a hardwood stock with a steel recoil plate..."zombie whacker".
I like the en-bloc clip system for the Garand. It doesn't

protrude from the bottom of the rifle and get hung up on vines, branches

and weeds. The en-blocs are also easier to carry than box mags.

I also like the iron sights, IMHO the best stock iron sights ever.

The 30-06 is a hard-hitting long boy, too.



Where the SKS and Mosin M44 stand out is ease of maintenance,

and you can use the built-in bayonet at half-mast as a monopod.
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:34 AM   #143
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I have a friend that has been shooting the Garand for Y E A R S in competition, and he has influenced me greatly to their ability. I love that rifle for it's sheer simplicity and immaculate accuracy. "it don't mean a thing, unless you hear that PING"
That being said, I still like the AR platform, for it's ability to be light, (maybe not the AR-10's) It has a high cyclic rate that sounds, to me, tougher and nicer than (some of you will cringe here) the A. K., and even though you cant bury it in mud and pull it out firing, I don't mind. I don't mind cleaning the thing, I'm just "familiar" enough with to like like it more than the others.
Don't get me wrong now, all of the combat rifles you guys have listed are incredibly indelible to history for a reason, they have impeccable records and abilities, and I'd pick up any one of them, IF my AR was flat ass broke...

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Old 12-20-2011, 10:15 AM   #144
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Another vote for M1A...

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Heavy, but I'll take my M1a-scout!

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I've been looking at the Springfield M1A's. The Scout (with an 18" barrel) does look to be the goldilocks of the offerings. The SOCOM, at 16", just seems too short a barrel for the .308, but the 22" barrels of the longest models seem a little unwieldy.

The peep sight aperture sounds to be one of the best open sight designs ever invented. Though this platform is one of the more expensive suggested on this thread, it is also one of the most popular...from people who own one and shoot it!

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it is also one of the most popular...from people who own one and shoot it!
Oooh, that hurt almost as bad as trying to field-strip and

clean one of those M1As in the field...
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howdy , the ole garand I own 43 , having trouble buying clips for under a buck a piece

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Obviously if only looking at cost the Nagant!

But my number 1 choice is with no doubt the M-14!

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I've been looking at the Springfield M1A's. The Scout (with an 18" barrel) does look to be the goldilocks of the offerings. The SOCOM, at 16", just seems too short a barrel for the .308, but the 22" barrels of the longest models seem a little unwieldy.

The peep sight aperture sounds to be one of the best open sight designs ever invented. Though this platform is one of the more expensive suggested on this thread, it is also one of the most popular...from people who own one and shoot it!
I thought the same thing about a 16" barrel, but Hickok45's review sold me:
He's hitting targets with a fair amount of consistency out to 100yds. A compact rifle with EXCEPTIONAL functionality, & enough power to put any BG down, like I said I'm sold. I'm not saying this is the best, lots of fighting rifles are good & will get the job done, this is simply the one "I" prefer.
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