What should I get M1 Vs Ar.

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by herp_man2003, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. herp_man2003

    herp_man2003 New Member

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    I was looking into a new rifle and now I cant decide what i want to get. I have always loved the m1 although iv never shot one, but for the same price I could build a decent Ar. I'm not sure what way I want to go. Thought some insight from others would be nice. Let me know what ya think. Thanks Anthony
     
  2. CA357

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    An M1 is a Garand. Do you mean M1A? If so, my answer is the M1A. But that's just because I'm old and personally don't care for the AR platform. Many here will disagree with me.

    The M1A gives you a lot more stopping power, but the ammunition costs more. Both the rifle and ammunition are considerably heavier to lug around. All that said, I still prefer the M1A. :cool:
     

  3. User Name

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    I like the AR platform. I would go with the AR. Much lighter shorter and very versitile.
     
  4. herp_man2003

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    I ment an M1 Garand. They were actual only called M1's the garand tag came a little later from my understanding. But im debating between a Cmp garand or an Ar build. Thanks Anthony
     
  5. CA357

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    I have a '43 Springfield M1 and I love it. It's heavy, but it's a great shooting and accurate rifle. I also have a sentimental attachment to the .30-06 round.

    There's folks here that have built and some who are building AR's. They're two extremely different firearms. Building an AR will improve your skills. Having an M1 will improve your sense of history. ;)
     
  6. User Name

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    I personally like the AK. And its alot cheaper and more fun to shoot. Thats what I own and love to shoot.
     
  7. ScottG

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    You can get an AR later, always choose the Garand when you can. The price doesn't go down, so get it first.
     
  8. HawkI

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    I'd take an m1 garand just because I like antiques. Shoots a nice 30-06 and you can polish the wooden finish up nicely.
     
  9. JonM

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    my preference has always been the AR platform. you can get an AR in a wide variety of calibers. parts are easy to get. they are very accurate. magazines are easy to get and widely available. i used to have an m1a and mi garand. both are too heavy and clunky. i find the romance of them higher than the practicality.

    just my opinion
     
  10. DrumJunkie

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    While I do like the AR if I was choosing between the two I'd go with the M1 simply for the fact as stated they are not going to get any cheaper. I have a lot of love for old battle rifles and the M1 is a great piece of history that you can take out and have a lot of fun with. the 30 06 round packs a hell of a wallop and can be accurate for days! I don't see the AR going anywhere and the prices have calmed down on those enough now where you can look around for what you really want your AR to be like and not have to worry too much that the price or availability is going to change any time soon.

    I've got AR's, AK's,SKS's, 30 carbines, Lever rifles and 22 plinkers. But my long gun collection will never be near complete until I put an M1 in it. :)
     
  11. Last Crow

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    If you plan to shoot a lot price has to be a big factor.
    You can buy 30-06 ammo from the CMP now for about .55 cents a round.
    I reload for my AR .223 for about .25 cents a round.
    I have a M1, M1A and AR. The AR is what I shoot most often. I have a .22 adaptor for it so I can shoot 22 LR for under 4 cents a round. I shoot 223 at the CMP matches.
     
  12. dunerunner

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    No one has asked you... "What do you want to do with the rifle?"

    So I will as they are all different platforms......What are you going to use the rifle for?
     
  13. Wambli

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    Apples and oranges, better to have both. If you can only swing one for now I'd make it the Garand. The darn thing will only go up in price and down in availability. You can always buy an AR in parts as the funds come together and then have fun building the gun yourself. If you are worried about being able to buy one in the future spend $150 for a good lower receiver so you'll be grandfathered in case anything STUPID happens...
     
  14. herp_man2003

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    It will be for target shooting primarily but I may do some hunting with either, and in a pinch may be for self defense. I have been in love with the garands since I was a kid, but I can see the practicality of an ar. Thats why I'm so torn on this one. I guess it will probably be the garand because I may not be able to get one in the future for the cmp prices. I'm also planning on reloading for either so that will save me a little in cost for ammo. Thanks Anthony
     
  15. dunerunner

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    You seem to have figured it out all by yourself. Get the Garand, then the M14, then the AR, then.....Sorry, I got carried away! :D

    Garands from the CMP area a good purchase. They are shooters and you support a great program.
     
  16. herp_man2003

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    Yes it is and a big plus for me is that I can drive up to the north store and pick it out my self. I almost bought a garand from Southern Ohio Gun. They have them right now for 429, but after reading a few comments about them I decided that I would spend a little more and hand pick my own rifle. I'm afraid that the north store might be to close to me and I'll develop an addiction to the garands. Thanks Anthony
     
  17. Quentin

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    I like M1s, whether the Garand, Carbine or M1A/M14. I qualified with the M14 and liked it but quickly warmed up to the M16 when I got a chance to try one in Vietnam.

    Anyway, today the AR is more useful so I'd choose it for an all round rifle when things get bad. The others and the AK are nothing to sneeze at either and can be a good choice but for me the AR is King.
     
  18. Silvertip 44

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    Dunerunner is right--M1 Garand (due to waning avalibility) then M1A/M14 and finally the AR. Both the M1 and the M1A are excellent rifles for hunting. The AR is less expensive to shoot and would also probably be your shtf gun.