AR-15 ugly and just ain't my cup of tea.

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Big Ron, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Big Ron

    Big Ron Monkey+++

    I put together a PSA AR-15 from parts. It fires ok and spits out lots of bullets. But I just am not crazy about it. Funny I kind of thought it would be this way as I decided to build it. It was the idea of owning a semi-auto that was a bit more powerful than a .22 Also I figured the prices are so low and I figure when the communist/socialist,err Democrats get back in power the cheap prices and ability to buy such a weapon will maybe go away. I guess my kids will use it. Need it?
    I really want a 45/70 lever action rifle. I thought about the Henry line, but loading from a tube? Reviews really haven't been all that great either. I guess a Marlin would work out ok. I already have a single shot 45/70 and lots of ammo for it.
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  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Not sure about the comparison of a 5.56/45 to 45/70 other than you bought the AR platform in that caliber and really wanted the lever gun. I can understand your disappointment. Maybe an AR10 would have better suited the requirement, but it still isn't a lever gun.

    I feel your pain. :cry:
  3. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Black Powder Monkey

    If you like the idea of a repeater in .45-70 and look around long enough you can find a GIBBS "Enfield" conversion in that caliber....also a more than a few Siamese Mauser have been converted to .45-70 as well.

    That said a JM marked 1895 in .45-70 is a fine rifle...The Henry line of rifles are nice as well , but I do not care for the lack of a loading gate.
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  4. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    It may grow on you. I bought an Obama Bucks DPMS AR10 in 2008. My first AR15 was a DPMS panther a few years later. Then I bought a complete lower for around $300 and later a complete SS barrel upper at Knob Creek for $435, and planned to sell the DPMS AR15. Then I started buying stripped lower receivers at bargain basement prices $29 - $35 - $50 and lower parts kits equally cheap at $19 to $35. by that point i was hooked. Totally freakin addicted. Beware .........
  5. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    The AR platform is available in .450 Bushmaster, .458 SOCOM, .308, .300 AAC Blkout as well as a bunch of other calibers jus sayn :) :) [winkthumb] [winkthumb]
  6. Lancer

    Lancer TANSTAFL! Site Supporter+++

    Aye! Once you discover the myriad ways the bits may be assembled you will be in deep trouble. Add in some basic machine tool capabilities and it's over. just accept your fate at that point. i have. The wife hasn't :)
  7. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

  8. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++

  9. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus

    It's possible that @Big Ron doesn't like the look of the platform (he did say the word ugly after all), which is fair. Building the same platform in another caliber ain't gonna do nuffin for the looks.

    And I get it. It's a tool and very functional in its design. It wasn't designed to necessarily be aesthetically pleasing, it was designed to throw bullets, which it does more than reasonably well..
  10. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Being of the M1 era I jumped through hoops to purchase a Colt Carbine slick side when I could.
    Colt limited them to Police but with a bit of pull and the fact I was a EMT a friend put me on a list.

    My wife killed her first deer with a head shot with that Colt.

    When Black Guns were Gray, More on the Gene Stoner AR15
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  11. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    well @Big Ron just let me know when you want to pack that ugly thing up and send it to me... I'll make sure it has a good home...:whistle:(y)
  12. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    My wife has "suggested" that i might need to join an AR Anonymous group. The mix and match as well as modifications is in fact more addictive than shooting the darn things.
  13. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    There's plenty good to be said about a 45-70 lever guns. For a semi auto that is a bit more pleasing look into a M1A or possibly a FAL. Both are reliable and a bit easier on the eyes. They are also 7.62/308. Also consider a lever action in 308 that has a box magazine for your pointy boolets - there are plenty of them and many are beautiful. There aren't any choices, though, that are as good a value as your AR 15. In fact, with the current PSA sales you could buy nearly five AR-15's for an M1A or FAL.
  14. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Simple answer to your "Problem" is a Winchester 1895 in any caliber you could want!
    I have three of them now, two in .30/06 and one in .458 WInchester!
    I "Need" another one, only in .375 H&H!
    So, now you can have a "Lever action" that choots pointy boolits Fast, and is modern enough to handle all the horse pressure you can stuff in the case under the biggest chunks of lead you can cast!
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  15. Big Ron

    Big Ron Monkey+++

    Thanks, But the small amount of recoil will make it so my kids will be willing to shoot the AR. I don't think they are as worried about the looks as I am. I did say I wanted a semi-auto and I built one. The 45/70 in lever gun has just has a look and action I like. (i do live in the desert) I can picture sending one or two at a critter(longpig) and that big round going off will be a game changer. Until I get one I will just rely on my shotgun with slugs and buckshot.
  16. Grandpa Patch

    Grandpa Patch Monkey+

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  17. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    @Big Ron Take a look at that Springfield Arms M1A, it is one beautiful sucker and every time I hold one I drool all over myself. It's damn embarrassing!. I know I will get one someday so I really don't know why I just don't give in to the desire... But, if you want a semi-auto, in a heavier caliber like .308, give it a look.

    M1A™ Tactical Rifle | Top Semi Automatic Firearms | Buy M1A
  18. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    You want something fun to shoot that no one will be afraid of, I recommend an internally suppressed ruger 10/22.
    They are just not fun to clean.
  19. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Black Powder Monkey

    I have one of America's first "AR's" in American Rifle...
    Its a J.Henry Trade Rifle circa 1800 or so...its in .58 caliber and has taken a deer last year.....:D
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  20. oldman11

    oldman11 Monkey+++

    I’ve tried a number of times but I have never mastered the flint lock. When the flash pan goes off I pull off every time. I sold my flint locks after my wife had a fit over me cleaning them in our bathtub
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