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Posted: 11/19/2003 8:17:26 PM EST
Ok, heres the deal. I'm either thinking of getting an AR15 or an M96 Recon. Money is very tight so it has to be one or the other but I can't decide which one to get. I have experience with the AR15 platform but none with the M96. Does anyone here own one or have fired one? Your input would be greatly appreciated.
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 8:30:31 PM EST
I love the AR-15.
If you don't get enough input here why not go over to "M96 Recon.com" and ask them?
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 8:39:08 PM EST
+1 for AR-15, specially since money is tight. Leaves extra $$$ for ammo, mags, accesories, etc.

The M96 is overpriced IMO.
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 9:22:00 PM EST
Thanks for the input. As far as Ar15's go, what brand would you recommend? Some years ago I had a Colt preban AR but I'm looking for the best bang for my buck.
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 9:26:21 PM EST
M96 is a nice rifle, but it's overpriced and heavier than an AR. If money's tight, find a nice AR and get mags and accessories for it that you want.
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 9:57:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 10:06:59 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2003 10:07:48 PM EST by az-ar]
What kinda shootin you gonna do?

And don't forget your CRAB's: Colt, RRA, Armalite, and Bushmaster.

Link Posted: 11/19/2003 10:24:22 PM EST
I want the rifle to be primarily for fun shooting but I also want something nice for defense as well. I was over at Bushmaster and this is what I was looking at.

Bushmaster 16" A3 Upper Receiver w/ ARMS S.I.R. System Assembly

XM15 E2S Complete Lower Receiver with Skeleton Stock
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 10:27:17 PM EST
AR-15... Much more versitile...

The M-96, OTOH, is a fine example of a good idea never quite finished...

It's supposedly based on the Stoner 63, a system (and it was) designed by the same guy who did the AR, with the intention of creating a 'universal' rifle that could swap between a DMR-type weapon, an assault rifle, or a beltfed LMG just by exchanging parts... Completely modular (moreso than the AR), you could even move the magwell around from top to bottom as needed...

The problem is that Robinson Arms only did the parts for the assault-rfile part of the system. If they had actually made a complete Stoner-63 semiauto clone (with optional belt feed and DMR barrel modules), it would be perfect...

But they didn't, and the AR is still the most modular gun available today... Get one...
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 10:42:03 PM EST
Just get a basic 16" Bushy. Great gun.
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 10:47:36 PM EST
Colt, RRA, and Bushmaster all have parts made by Continental Machine in New Britain, CT. Those parts are all equivilant in quality. Of the three, if it was my money buying a stock rifle on the cheap, my first choice would be RRA. Colt has too many propritary parts to suit me.

Armalite's parts are made by Lewis machine & Tool.

Olympic Arms makes most of their own parts. I like their lifetime warranty and their option list for their rifles. They also have kits on sale that make an ar15 very affordable. Oly's also tend to shoot straight.
Link Posted: 11/19/2003 11:54:24 PM EST
Get a Mini-14, it's the most accurate rifle on earth.

Link Posted: 11/20/2003 12:15:55 AM EST
Get the AR. I have no clue what the other thing is but get it later.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 12:21:18 AM EST
[ARF motto]
Get both
[/ARF motto]
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 12:26:44 AM EST
You want go wrong with a good AR.

Just remember you are the shooting it so get what you want.
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