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Posted: 8/28/2003 12:03:30 AM EDT
What was your reason or reasons for buying your first AR15? Mine was cause I saw them in so many movies and because fineswine said we shouldn`t have them. So what was your reason?
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 4:32:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/28/2003 4:35:15 AM EDT by Oslow]
I had never even considered buying an AR until I saw a picture of the governor of the state of Illinois holding one and talking about gun control. I bought two ARs at the next gun show.

This guy was such a stupid prick that I knew if he didn't think I needed one that I had better have several.

And may I add that I am proud to dedicate post #3000 to former governor George Ryan, may he "eat shit and die".
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 5:23:16 AM EDT
I bought one so I could stand it on the floor on the buttstock
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 5:26:44 AM EDT
Ask Grant.......

I like to piss ammo.

I got my barrel so hot last Saturday, it was over an hour before I could put the gun in it's case.
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 5:31:07 AM EDT
Once I heard they were banned, I figured I needed one. Just like when Napster was on it's last leg I hammered thier servers and got a ton of songs.

I also saw that they were modular and figured they would be adaptable.
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 5:53:07 AM EDT
I gotta say that i'm no big fan of the 5.56 round, but it does have it's uses, esp. under 200yds. Bottom line for getting an AR tho was the availability of parts, accessories, mags, and ammo along with the weapon's light weight and above average accuracy. I view mine as a "light battle rifle", to be used in engagements less than 200 yards. Of course it will probably never see a shot fired in anger, and it's a GREAT rifle for plinking, developing proper shooting technique, and recreation. Last, but not least it's an EBR that i "shouldn't have" so i want one, because i'm a FREE MAN DAMMIT!!
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 6:00:28 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 6:20:52 AM EDT
I bought mine to shoot.

Link Posted: 8/28/2003 6:52:41 AM EDT
None of the above.

I needed a primary defense weapon (I'm truly a LOUSY shooter with a pistol.) and picked an ArmaLite AR-180 and I've never looked back.
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 8:02:05 AM EDT
AR???......What AR???

If I did own one, it would be to replace that POS Mini-Thirty I used to own.
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 9:15:51 AM EDT
I bought my first one because ALGORE didn't want me to have one. I got a few laughs at the December 2000 funshow when I was carrying it around, shopping for accessories. Guys would ask "Are you selling your rifle?" and I'd say "Not at least 'til I know who is president!".

Link Posted: 8/28/2003 10:52:39 AM EDT
The reason why SUR's or EBR's are popular IMHO is that they offer more bang for the buck(pun intended). you get accuracy(sp) functionabilty, self-defense, possible use for hunting depending on caliber and state. if your budget allows for limited firearm purchases, SUR's offer most of what people buy rifles and handguns for.
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 11:01:38 AM EDT
Gotta admit that while we were at the Pentagon, checkpoint security (HRT, SS, and a ton of other acronyms) carried M4's among other things. I decided at that point that I wanted one. Picked up my first about 6 months later. I never really seriously considered purchasing one before then.

Link Posted: 8/28/2003 11:03:15 AM EDT
i dont even know why i got one. i could of waited a little bit longer and got a m1a rifle. but now i got a gun that i hardly shoot. i think i got it because my dad has so many m16 mags. so i went ahead and got it.
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 12:53:53 PM EDT
I got one cause I saw a 11.5" pencil barrel with a 5.5" huge flash supressor welded on it, Ar15 carbine leaning against a corner in my local fun store. The owner just had it laying there, haden't put it out yet...I asked wtf was that, he handed it to me (Was a Colt SP1 Carbine with a cut barrel, metal stock, cheapo leapers 4x scope on the carry handle)...fondled it for a minute, asked how much, he said a flat grand, and that was that. Had to have it. My father thought I was nuts...but, I still have it. It's probably my favorite rifle, now that I have a "real" XM177E2 upper on it

I need to drag it out and finish sighting in that new upper, hrm..
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 4:10:43 PM EDT
Only other rifles in the closet were a 4-round 30-06 and a .22, something needed to happen and I figured AR was the way to go.
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 4:33:11 PM EDT
I wanted a hobby that would consume all my free cash for the next 50 years.
Link Posted: 8/28/2003 4:55:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hokie:
I wanted a hobby that would consume all my free cash for the next 50 years.

Link Posted: 8/28/2003 5:02:53 PM EDT
For the same reason I bought a Rem 870 and my KLR650: versatility.
Link Posted: 8/29/2003 1:48:03 AM EDT
ColonelKlink got one for his birthday or something, so i had to get one too. parents split the cost with me for good grades. id also like to add that mines better!
Link Posted: 8/29/2003 4:21:08 AM EDT
To keep the squirrels off the bird feeder. Some of them were pretty large.
Link Posted: 8/29/2003 9:29:34 AM EDT
It's true, you can stand an AR-15 on a table, I found that out a month ago just fiddling around.

Link Posted: 8/29/2003 10:09:41 AM EDT
Because it's the BEST rifle, on the face of the earth!!!!!
Link Posted: 8/29/2003 2:38:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 223spree:
... because fineswine said we shouldn`t have them. So what was your reason?

That was my #1 reason for making my first firearm purchase an AR15 before the 2000 ban. Since then, I have purchase other evil handguns and shotguns.

Link Posted: 8/29/2003 5:45:47 PM EDT
Back about six years ago California was talking about banning them so I bought one. Then I liked it so I bought six more. Pure evil in a rifle!
Link Posted: 8/29/2003 10:03:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/29/2003 10:04:48 PM EDT by IronBalaclava]
I got tired of fruitlessy trying to work the charging handle, bolt release and mag catch on my toy plastic green M16s when I was a youngin'.

edited to add:the selector switch was permanently pinned in the safe position!

Link Posted: 8/29/2003 10:05:36 PM EDT
The black color matches my man purse.

Link Posted: 8/29/2003 10:14:01 PM EDT
i just wanted one because they look soo badass!
Link Posted: 8/31/2003 10:18:36 PM EDT
Mainly, it pisses off the politicians and the PC crowd. That is reason enough.
Link Posted: 9/1/2003 9:18:46 AM EDT
You missed a choice on the poll:

"Finally moved to a state where you COULD buy one"

6 months ago I made the move from PRK to AZ, and couldn't be happier

Link Posted: 9/1/2003 12:43:14 PM EDT
Counter Strike....that's the reason I got into shooting in general, lol.
Link Posted: 9/1/2003 6:07:22 PM EDT
I bought my first AR-15 rifle sixteen years ago in 1987 at the tender age of nineteen. I haven't looked back since. I've had five AR-15 rifles and one AR-10 rifle. Now they are all gone, but I have a transferable M16 to take away some of the sorrow.

As for why I "got into" the black rifle, I really cannot put a finger on it. I guess it was a combination of the love of military weaponry, the fact that the anti-gunners feared them, and the fact that my first one was only $300 from a dealer.
Link Posted: 9/2/2003 7:12:59 AM EDT
I have one just to piss off liberal gun haters!
what are they gonna do? take it away from me?
Link Posted: 9/3/2003 4:36:14 PM EDT
Cause I could afford it.

Link Posted: 9/8/2003 12:19:15 AM EDT
Was issued the M16A2, had to carry it, clean it, shoot it, clean it, clean it, etc... then I got my M60. Found the M16 sucked compared to it. Now in the civie world I cant get an M60 but I can get an AR15. Now the people that put us in situations all over back then decided that they need to protect me and you from these evil weapons and are banning them. Bought my SP1 at a gun store back when for $800. Still dont like the 5.56 much compared to 7.62 but I can shoot all day with it for the same price to feed my FN. Many varmints cringe at the sight of that evil looking black rifle, not to mention all the egg sucking tree huggers and politicians.
Nice to know that it is protection from them that really know what is best for us and make choices for us since they have been breed to rule over us. I will keep loving my evil rifle, still dont have a name for it though.
Link Posted: 9/8/2003 2:04:13 AM EDT
Because . . . .

I can afford it
it looks scary
Politicians dont want me to have one
Other shooters envy it
my buddy got one so i had to
It looks badass
I get "The look" from all the old guys at the range
It shoots ammo i reload for
It's a SUR
It's an EBR.

It's an AR-15.
Link Posted: 9/8/2003 3:26:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2003 3:29:07 AM EDT by Demordrah]
So none of you would have to be alone on the rooftops someday

Seriously, though, when I was a kid I always enjoyed plinking around with the pellet gun, and I always wanted to get a rifle when I was old enough. However, that didn't happen because my father (even though he owned several rifles which he kept in soft cases in an unlocked hallway closet) said I couldn't have a gun as long as I lived with him. So that plan fell by the wayside and kind of took a back burner priority in my life. I went on to take up other hobbies and got into guitars and computers for many years. In light of the bullshit lawsuits in the very recent past that have been filed against the gun industry, I figured it was high time I took the hobby back up and put some of my money into helping secure our freedoms and liberties.

Edited to add: Also, I always wanted an M16 when I was a kid, and since those are way out of my price range these days, I opted for the semi-automatic variant. I do love the look of those 16" carbines with the telestyle stocks.
Link Posted: 9/8/2003 3:58:35 AM EDT
I was talked into shooting a Miller 3-gun match many years ago. I didn't have an appropriate rifle, so the friend who i was driving to the match with lent me her iron-sighted AR. I had never fired one before.

She regretted loaning me the rifle because I was the high-score iron sight winner. I was amazed at how easy it was to make A-zome hits and knock down the plates out to 300 meters.

I went out and bought my first AR the following week.

Then I had one built for competition.

And then....
Link Posted: 9/8/2003 5:38:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/9/2003 5:56:46 AM EDT
NE223 thats the best reason I heard so far!
Link Posted: 9/9/2003 6:03:37 PM EDT
I bought an AR that 223spree doesn't have so I feel 'special' when we shoot. Damn, he had 4 of them before I had one. I have some catching up to do!
Link Posted: 9/10/2003 5:10:18 AM EDT
Don`t worry 556sniper I`m going to get more!
Hopefully that Colt MT6400c will be next year.
Link Posted: 9/11/2003 9:04:24 AM EDT
My shooting buddy Rick bought one around 1980 and I shot his all the time. Got back into guns 2 yrs ago now that my kids are grownup. Have 4 AR's 2 Colts, DPMS and a OLY. BOBK
Link Posted: 9/12/2003 5:39:58 AM EDT
I actually started by buying an AR-10. It was suitably manly and great fun to shoot.

After hanging out at the American Spirit Arms retail store (while I was living in Phoenix, and when ASA was good), I was excited about building a rifle exactly how I wanted it.

I sold my pre-ban Mini-14 and have never looked back...
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