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Posted: 3/2/2006 9:25:26 AM EDT
Hello all,
As the title says I am heading down to my local gun shop to either pick up 2 16" CAR uppers or 1 16" CAR + 1 20" Flat-top uppers.

What do you all think?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:44:12 AM EDT
Variety is the spice of life.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:52:36 AM EDT
One mid length?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 10:07:52 AM EDT
I was thinking a midlegth, however I figured that I would get a much different shooting experience if I went with a 20" + car 16".

HOWEVER, in ever the case of SHTF, i think my petite wife would at most be able to handle an CAR 16". Given that, I dont want to be stuck with a large un-wieldy 20" rifle.

I know this is a hard desicion, but I just wanted a little input on what you all thought.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 10:22:23 AM EDT
I think your a little too worried about SHTF. Now, there's nothing wrong with being prepared, but lets face it, SHTF is not likely to happen, and if it does its not likely to last long. A 20 inch will do just fine for any brief period of SHTF.

So get the 20 inch and enjoy the variety.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 10:22:27 AM EDT
Definately worth it to have a 20" as long as it's not an HBAR.

A 20" lightweight barrel with collapsable stock handles pretty well.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 10:24:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TaylorWSO:
Variety is the spice of life.



+1
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 10:42:59 AM EDT
Nothing wrong with the 20", but the 16" does most of what the 223 is capable of doing. Longer range usually wants more accuracy, so how about a 16" SS middy paired with an m4?

TC
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 10:44:54 AM EDT
Middy and 20", IMO.

After all, the middy is still a 16" barrel.

WIZZO
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 10:47:15 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 10:53:57 AM EDT
Make the 20" a heavy barrel flat top. Might as well have one tack driver and 1 "fun" gun.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 10:58:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By WIZZO_ARAKM14:
Middy and 20", IMO.

After all, the middy is still a 16" barrel.

WIZZO



+1
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 12:22:46 PM EDT
I only wish I had that dilema.....

I think a 16" is very practical and useful and is more accurate that I am at its maximum effetive range. If I was looking at two rifles, I think I would get a 14.5" with perm FS and maybe an 18" midlength. I always like a little variety.

Sarge
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 12:45:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bigbore:
1 carbine, a few spare parts, and a bunch of practice ammo.



Well i already have the two lowers to build upon. At this point, I am thinking about just buying a third so that I can have the option of building a 20" barreled gun. Still deciding
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 12:54:43 PM EDT
A 16" midlength carbine and a 20" match/ SDM type rifle.

+1 about lots of ammo, spare parts and at least 40 mags.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 1:15:43 PM EDT
I say variety!
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 1:19:04 PM EDT
I have a 20" A2 and a 14.7" flattop on the way. Very similar, yet very different from each other. If I'm gonna have two ARs I want them to be as different as possible, yet be similar enough that I don't have to remember where is the bolt release, magazine release, etc.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 1:57:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Alpha-Romeo3:
A 16" midlength carbine and a 20" match/ SDM type rifle.

+1 about lots of ammo, spare parts and at least 40 mags.



40 mags!!! Wow. What would you need 40 mags for?? I can't imagine carrying all those.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:39:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WilsonCQB1911:

Originally Posted By Alpha-Romeo3:
A 16" midlength carbine and a 20" match/ SDM type rifle.

+1 about lots of ammo, spare parts and at least 40 mags.



40 mags!!! Wow. What would you need 40 mags for?? I can't imagine carrying all those.



40 mags are nothing to some of the guys here, some have about 100 or more.

No, you don't carry them all, most guys carry 4 to 14+ in their mag carrier, they're mostly spares for SHTF situation.

The good general rule around here is to have 20 mags per gun or more.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 6:57:31 PM EDT
I would say mix it up. I have a 20" flat-top M16A4gery, a 16" FF Midlength flat-top (thanks ADCO!) and a 14.5" M4 (A2 upper).
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 7:29:32 PM EDT
A few things to consider:

-What are you going to be using the guns for (ie. duty, home defense, recreation, competition, plinking, training classes, etc)?

-What is your personal preference between the 20" and the 16" (ie. I'm 5'06" and a carbine fits *me* better....I have (10) AR15's....(9) of them are 16" barreled M4 or Mid-Length carbines and (1) is a 20" barreled AR15......What may fit me may not fit you. I know a guy who hates 16" carbines, he's 6'05" and over 300 lbs and even a 20" AR15 looks small when he shoulders it......body size and shape are one of many things that comes into play when choosing a rifle.)


Once you answer these 2 questions you will know which 2 AR's will work best for *you*



Good luck


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