Friday, 14 November 2008
|2027 - Evil black rifle, one each|
I waited too long to buy the hard-to-get part of the AR-15 rifle (the lower receiver), and can't find any at all now. I'm getting quotes of a year's lead time for delivery. Since that's long enough for the evil troika (Obama, Pelosi, and Reid) to enact another ugly gun ban, I decided I'd better act quickly.
I purchased a Bushmaster XM15-E2S this afternoon from my (more or less) local Gander Mountain. It's a carbine, with the pre-ban telescoping stock, A4 flash suppressor and early A1 upper receiver (which means the rear sight isn't adjustable for elevation). (This is Bushmaster's catalog page for the versions with the A2 and A3 uppers; they don't list the A1 version on their site at all. It may be discontinued...and that doesn't bother me at all. Mine has just semiauto and safe modes, as required for civilian sale.) $950 after a discount for applying for their credit card. With a couple hundred rounds of practice ammunition, some good controlled-expansion ammunition (Hornady V-Max), some necessary cleaning supplies, and tax, the total bill came to about $1200. I consider that a good investment in my Second Amendment rights.
I need to take it out and shoot it and see how I do with it, so I can get an idea of what optics to get for it.
Take that, gun grabbers.
current mood: satisfied
I'm headed to the Austin Gun Show this weekend to look for a Mosin Nagant M91/30 or similar. I'm also going to keep my eyes open for something in a 45-70. Surplus 7.62x54r ammunition seems to be quite affordable and I may actually look into reloading.
Neither of these guns meet the "evil assault rifle" definition, but they are both probably much more deadly. Funny about that.
Personally, I'm wanting to do some long range target shooting. It should be quite a challenge.
If the economy wasn't an issue, I'd recommend the Trijicon ACOG. But it's about as much as the rifle.
Yeah, they're proud of those, aren't they? Still, yours is not the only recommendation I've gotten...
I've finally decided to go through with my Beretta U22 Neos purchase this year, I figure that it'll be much harder to get handguns of any sort starting next year, so this has been bumped up the priority list.
This the version that fires the .22 longrifles, or do you have to have 5.56 NATOs for it?
This one uses 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington.
I used to have a bolt kit for those that'd let you convert to longrifles for practice shooting, or whatever. Maybe I should dig around and try to find it. Hrm.
I'm not a big fan of the AR-15. Too unreliable under field conditions, and it relies on high velocity to do its damage. Why did you decide on 5.56mm over 7.62?
The 5.56 is the main battle rifle of lots of militaries, and more than a few folks sing its praises. Google for "Crazy Einar manly guns" for one guy I respect's view on the subject. As he puts it, third world peasants use AKs; expert elites use ARs.
Besides, I already have a semiauto AK clone.