Originally Posted by mach1337
i mag I gotta ask. what branch are you in. Im navy and we have some crappy m16 but I have put a few thousand rounds down range with them and had very few jams(5 at most).
also did you shoot alot before you went to basic? some people might find it easier to shoot the m-16 because of the lighter recoil. me personally shooting a m-16 has little more recoil then a 22 mag. but a 7.62 has quite alot more recoil and can make some people afraid of it effectivly making them not as good of a shot with it.
and who says m-16/ar-15's have to be expensive i have seen some for as little as 600. as far as m-14 you might be able to get a used one that cheap i dont know since i havent started shopping for mine yet.
Not trying to stear you away from a M-14 but its definatly more expensive to shoot a 7.62 vs a 5.56. try shooting someone elses ar/m16 before you swear them off.
I'm in the Air Force. I'm not security forces or anything so it isn't even likely for me to even have a weapon issued to me. I just like guns and I feel like a dirt bag considering my best friend is in the Marines and he is a riflemen first. So I kinda just want to actually be able to shoot a gun well unlike many people I know in the Air Force.
Oh and just to be clear... the M16 I fired was probably one of the first ones made. It was museum worthy. I know M16s are plenty reliable if cared for. But we did a poor job of cleaning those rifles due to being rushed through everything in basic... so I would imagine that none of those particular rifles are well cared for. The ones we use for defending the base look to be in much better condition.
The only thing I shot before basic was my Colt Python. I'm not a good shot with that either due to being trigger shy. But one of my goals is to become competent with all of my guns. The price of ammunition and time is all that is in my way of becoming better.
Right. I agree. In basic I was amazed at how little recoil this "big, scary, black rifle" had (especially after shooting a Colt Python... I thought rifles were really scary). I'm sure that I will suck with either rifle until I practice with them. But if I practice with an M14 (M1A... or anything in .308) I will be able to make shots beyond the 300m effective range of any AR platform.
Yeah I noticed that about the prices. Basically you can get 5 AK rounds for a dollar, 4 5.56 rounds for a dollar, or 2 7.62 rounds for a dollar. That kinda sucks but my investment will be rewarded with a longer effective range. And, I can more than likely turn around and shoot an AR just fine. That is just the road I chose to take (well I haven't bought anything yet so I'm fine for now).
But as far as assault rifle platforms go I like the SCAR and the ACR (I'm a lefty so that's why). Unfortunately those guys cost more than the M1A that I want from Springfield. So it doesn't look like I will buy an assault rifle anytime soon.
Well... now that I think about it I like the Arsenal converted AKs. The SGL-21 looks to be a nice piece of work (you know... with all of the part numbers matching and all lol).