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1/14/2017 8:11:35 PM
Posted: 11/25/2011 1:17:46 PM EST
Can you guys tell me anything about these early Bushmaster rifles? There is one for sale local to me. I think it's pretty cool. Heavy finish wear. They were askin' about $600 for it.

Looks like the on on the bottom of this pic...........

Link Posted: 11/25/2011 1:26:25 PM EST
that's a fair price if not a little on the cheaper end. here's a writeup i did on my 2 rifles and armspistol

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=6&f=2&t=222400
Link Posted: 11/25/2011 1:40:49 PM EST
Originally Posted By boywonder777:
that's a fair price if not a little on the cheaper end. here's a writeup i did on my 2 rifles and armspistol

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=6&f=2&t=222400


Thanks for the link. Now I want to go buy the damn thing..............................

Do they take regular AR mags?
Link Posted: 11/25/2011 3:08:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By Engineer5:
Originally Posted By boywonder777:
that's a fair price if not a little on the cheaper end. here's a writeup i did on my 2 rifles and armspistol

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=6&f=2&t=222400


Thanks for the link. Now I want to go buy the damn thing..............................

Do they take regular AR mags?


yep. i don't shoot them much but i've heard others say it can be finicky.
Link Posted: 11/25/2011 6:29:11 PM EST
Man .... those pics take me back.
IIRC, they were closer to the AR180's than AR15's back then, and fugly as hell.
Link Posted: 11/25/2011 6:42:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By Shotgun12:
Man .... those pics take me back.
IIRC, they were closer to the AR180's than AR15's back then, and fugly as hell.


Not close to either. Its a rifle version of the IMP survival pistol. Compare it to a Daewoo K2. No parts interchange, but the K2 is a copy, IMHO.

Link Posted: 11/25/2011 6:49:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/25/2011 6:50:25 PM EST by Stottman]








Link Posted: 11/25/2011 8:34:50 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/26/2011 1:08:43 AM EST
So, essentially, it's an American Galil? A folding stock AK that takes AR mags. What's not to like? In all seriousness, I almost bought one back in the late 80's/early 90/s. IIRC, asking price was 400.00. I passed and still kick myself. It shot GREAT, seemed reliable as all get out, and ballanced nicely. I just HAD TO HAVE an XM177 clone though and ended up with an Oly (hey, it was pre internet!). Still have the Oly XM but then again, those are a dime a dozen. The only minus against the Bushy is that parts would be mighty hard to come by these days.

In the best ARFCOM tradition, I say GO BUY IT.

ka
Link Posted: 11/26/2011 8:03:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By kingairpilot:
So, essentially, it's an American Galil? A folding stock AK that takes AR mags. What's not to like? In all seriousness, I almost bought one back in the late 80's/early 90/s. IIRC, asking price was 400.00. I passed and still kick myself. It shot GREAT, seemed reliable as all get out, and ballanced nicely. I just HAD TO HAVE an XM177 clone though and ended up with an Oly (hey, it was pre internet!). Still have the Oly XM but then again, those are a dime a dozen. The only minus against the Bushy is that parts would be mighty hard to come by these days.

In the best ARFCOM tradition, I say GO BUY IT.

ka


the one I bought brand new was a total POS...Bushmaster spent more time fixing it, than I did shooting it....finally got a refund and bought a folding stock mini 14
Link Posted: 11/26/2011 8:50:10 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/26/2011 8:51:01 AM EST by Stottman]
The one pictured, ran 100%.

It had a pretty good kick for a .223.. Most I have felt. Almost hurt.

The rear site had some broken weld, which prevented me from being able to zero it.

The parts that look like they would break- trigger parts, bolt parts, etc. seemed to be AR parts.

Link Posted: 11/28/2011 8:14:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/28/2011 8:20:41 AM EST by xm177e2687]
I love the way they look, always wanted one so badly but they are banned specifically by name here in NJ so I'll never get the chance unless I move. very cool gun indeed. They also made them with fixed wooden stocks, the furniture was interchangeable i think


Link Posted: 11/28/2011 8:27:23 AM EST
Hmmmm, never seen one of those before. Cool.
Link Posted: 11/28/2011 11:35:33 AM EST
Originally Posted By markfall:
Hmmmm, never seen one of those before. Cool.


the bushmaster logo used to have the armspistol in the snake:

Link Posted: 11/30/2011 2:35:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By kingairpilot:
So, essentially, it's an American Galil?

ka


No. It uses an AK style long stroke gas piston and bolt carrier, but uses an M16 bolt and M16 fire control group. The closest thing to it is the Daewoo K2, as I said above. The Daewoo also uses the AK type piston, M16 bolt and FGC, but the bolt carrier is based on a shortened M16 style, modified to work with the piston.

Link Posted: 11/30/2011 4:27:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By TheRealBluedog:
Originally Posted By kingairpilot:
So, essentially, it's an American Galil?

ka


No. It uses an AK style long stroke gas piston and bolt carrier, but uses an M16 bolt and M16 fire control group. The closest thing to it is the Daewoo K2, as I said above. The Daewoo also uses the AK type piston, M16 bolt and FGC, but the bolt carrier is based on a shortened M16 style, modified to work with the piston.



and the woo has a fixed ejector.
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