What kind of semi-auto "assault rifles" are good to purchase for the regular joe?

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by SubZero, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. SubZero

    SubZero New Member

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    Believe it or not, all this talk of banning weapons has me wanting to go out and buy one just to be defiant, even though I have no idea about the specifics of their use and maintenance. I can learn. :)

    So I wanted to ask - what semi-auto rifles may be good for a regular joe like me to look at when considering a purchase? a 9mm seems to be sticking in my mind for some reason.

    Currently, I own 6 firearms:

    Two Taurus .38 Special / .357 revolvers
    Two Henry Lever Actions (a .22 and a .38 Special / .357)
    Two long rifles (Tikka T3 300WSM and Remington 700 270)

    I like that my Big Boy Lever Action uses the same ammo as my revolvers. Don't know if these semi-auto "assault rifles" use the same ammo as pistols / revolvers do, but I suppose that would be cool if they do.

    Anyway, looking forward to your replies. Thank you.
     
  2. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    First thing you can do is stop calling them assualt rifles.
     

  3. SubZero

    SubZero New Member

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    That's why I put the phrase in quotes.

    Any helpful suggestions beyond nit-picking?
     
  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Get a Ruger Mini-14 or Mini-30. They look more like a regular rifle.
     
  5. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    It isn't not picking. The last thing we need is pro 2a folks using the same uneducated terms that the anti crowd is using.
     
  6. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    This is just helpful advice. Show your defiance after the current panic is over. Congress can't order lunch without a debate. They are not going to pass any bans or gun laws. If you have nothing to fear from a thorough background check there is no reason to buy a gun right now. I just sold a gun I paid $400 three years ago for $2000. If you are willing to over pay like that be defiant.
     
  7. SubZero

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    That Mini 14 Ranch with a wood stock looks pretty great. Thanks for the tip.
     
  8. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    There is a whole world out there when it comes to semi auto sporting rifles/pistol caliber carbines. It is hard to make a suggestion without knowing what you are looking for or what you are willing to spend, I second John Deer's advice of not buying anything right now, prices are horrible unless you are lucky and able to get something from a big box store which hasn't raised prices or pick up something used from someone not looking to rake you over the coals. There are many different models out there, do a google search for 9mm carbine if that is the round you want. They are available in the AR platform and there are some cheaper ones like HiPoint and Keltec also has one.
     
  9. SubZero

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    .357 Mag would be fun, but I suppose 9mm would be the closest moderate cost ammo?
     
  10. SubZero

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  11. orangello

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    I have really enjoyed my SKS; though it doesn't come with the "evil" detachable magazines, they can be added. Mine has a bayonet for cooking what you shoot over an open fire.

    Get it in stainless like the old A-Team had for a bit (may have been mini 30's).
     
  12. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    I've never seen a 357 semi auto carbine, not to say they don't exist

    I'd say you need to decide what exactly it is you are after, that page is a random mix of different platforms of semi auto rifle from Hipoint carbine to M1a to AR platform to some basic semi auto deer rifles, you need to decide what you want and why you want it, nobody here can recommend a rifle for you without knowing a price point and your intended use. I say do some research on the different platforms out there and their pros and cons, then decide between a couple options and come looking for points of view on those.
     
  13. RNMKR_Actual01

    RNMKR_Actual01 New Member

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    It isn't an assault rifle if it isn't full auto, that is legal and webster's definition.
     
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  14. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    AK clone. They piss a lot if people off just looking at them. That would be my choice for an expression if defiance.

    ARs are more ergonomic and the modularity makes them easy to learn to work in yourself and modify. Also easy to have extra uppers for different shooting roles, like target, bench, hunting, etc. so they make a good practical platform in addition to being inflammatory to the sensitive and unknowledgable.
     
  15. Midnite1602

    Midnite1602 New Member

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    SKS is a good idea for a cheep weapon and shoots good for what it is .
     
  16. KimberFan

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    Ya know, my bullsh** filter is getting full on this "assault weapon" nonsense. My 1964 Rem 7400 in .280 with a 10 rounder can eat the lunch on an AR15 side by side with the same load box but....it's a deeeeeeer rifle. "AR15 Assault rifle"...that's the dumbest GD thing I ever heard of.....but then again, I'm old, out of touch, shouldn't own big guns, small penis, and all that other BS the anti boom stick people are saying. :D
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    what amazes me is this. another person buying into the panic. didn't have any need for one last month, but now the fear they are going to be banned, now they want one? hmmmmm......if you didn't need or want one before you thought they might be banned or even before any talk about them possibly being banned, why all of a sudden the desire now?

    i'm sorry and i may be alone with my opinions, but i don't see defiance but buying into the ongoing stupidity.:rolleyes:
     
  18. KimberFan

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    Subzero....I agree with axxe55. Sit on your wallet for awhile and don't play into the frenzy. It's hard to impossible to find ammo for those rifles in the spotlight now too. Just my thoughts...
     
  19. JonM

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    right now no one is focusing on semi auto pistols and a wide variety along with their magazines and ammo are readily available. i would focus on looking in that direction as those are on the libretard chopping block just the same as the rifles.

    if you get lucky and find a colt/bcm at a shop in the 1000-1300$ mark snap it up. but i would work on filling out the pistol side of the collection atm... while you can.

    sooner or later the panicking sheeple will figure out the dems arent going to ignore those and the rush will be on.
     
  20. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Study the AR-15 forum and when the panic is over and the prices come dowm, buy a quality AR.

    I've owned 3 Mini 14s over the years, and I could never, in good conscience, recommend that gun to anyone.

    AK and SKS are fun, but the AR-15 stands head and shoulders over them.

    But whatever you do, don't buy now and pay ridiculous prices. Wait it out.