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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 9/11/2003 5:08:19 PM EDT
Greetings to all. I've long been a handgun shooter of all shapes and sizes. A while back I got a craving to try out the rifle world.

I looked around and decided AR was the way to go, hands down. I have a few weeks to research exactly what I want (purchased a firearm right before Labor Day and must wait 30 days before I'm able to make another purchase).

Mostly wanted to say hi. I have one remedial question I could not find an answer to through numerous google searches and the like:

What is the difference between a rifle and a carbine? (Remember folks, I'm coming completely from the handgun world.)
Thanks in advance!
Link Posted: 9/11/2003 5:19:52 PM EDT
carbine has 16" barrel but a gun with a 16" can be considered a rifle but a gun with a 18" barrel cannot be called a carbine
Link Posted: 9/11/2003 5:31:19 PM EDT
why do you have to wait 30days to buy a new firearm? state law? if you're in CA you cannot buy an AR15 anymore.
Link Posted: 9/11/2003 5:33:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2003 5:36:01 PM EDT by ybh_613]
But with an ar15 lower, and 20" and a 16" uppers you can have both. Is this a great county or what? Oh, welcome to the site. Don't forget you will need about a hundred mags, so better hock the car and dog and buy mags. You have to own no less then 20 mags before anyone will sell you any ammo.LOL
Link Posted: 9/11/2003 5:33:56 PM EDT
[wave] I like the Carbine myself, 16". MM419
Link Posted: 9/11/2003 5:39:51 PM EDT
A carbine is a type of rifle with a short barrel. However, it’s not always used as a precise term. Traditionally, a carbine is a short-barreled version of a specific rifle model. In the military, carbines were often issued to Cavalry troops, while full length rifles were issued to Infantry troops. A glaring exception to this is the M-1 Carbine, which is not a shortened version of the M-1 Garand. I suspect most folks here would refer to an AR with a 16-inch (or thereabouts) barrel as a carbine, and an AR with a 20-inch barrel as a rifle.
Link Posted: 9/11/2003 8:23:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By inferno715: why do you have to wait 30days to buy a new firearm? state law? if you're in CA you cannot buy an AR15 anymore.
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Yes, I'm in Pennsylvania, pretty gun friendly. You can't do much of anything in California anymore. I lived in California for over 10 years, do you know if I can FFL transfer it if I ever move back?
Link Posted: 9/11/2003 8:44:18 PM EDT
Thanks for the answer on the carbine quesion everyone. The word carbine automatically made me think of my grandfather and WWII so I was a bit confused. (Although grandad's M-1 served him just fine from the age of 17 [said he was 18] at the declaration of war all the way until the end of it. Still has his service 1911 which he fires half a box through twice a year -with very impressive groupings at age 81- to 'keep it in the pink', as he says. Don't mess with a kid who grew up in the Depression!) I'll be going for the carbine length, now that I have the answer. I'm urban at the range and occasionally get to go out to the sticks to shoot outdoors with a friend on his family's land. So no need for 20", full stock.
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