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Posted: 10/24/2010 4:19:36 PM EDT
When did you acquire your first AR?

Mine was a BM Varminter right in the middle of the AWB.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:20:10 PM EDT
See my join date.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:20:40 PM EDT
2004 after I got out of grad school and started making decent $$$
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:22:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/24/2010 5:04:02 PM EDT by tominjax]

Originally Posted By capnrob97:

See my join date.

Funny. Mine was about two months before my join date. I was slow to find ARFCOM

Then I lost my ever loving mind on tacticool stuff................
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:23:51 PM EDT
your date choices are weird and makes no sense.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:24:01 PM EDT
My first was in 1992 it was pretty much a safe queen. I contracted BRD about ten years later.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:25:09 PM EDT
august of this year
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:25:29 PM EDT
Around 2003. I got a Colt in trade for a Marlin 30/30 and a Ruger P89.
I wanted to sell the Marlin and Ruger but a buddy offered to trade me.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:26:05 PM EDT
Around 1992.

I had a Clayco AK in 1984.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:27:31 PM EDT
When the Army game me one.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:27:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
your date choices are weird and makes no sense.

Obviously curious about the effect of the Clinton ban on AR sales among members here.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:29:49 PM EDT
Back in the late '80s.  It was a 20" Colt Heavy Barrel Sporter.  It had large pins and that milled through bolt carrier.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:30:01 PM EDT
The day before the 2000 presidential election.

It looked like Algore was going to get in, so, I went down and bought an Armalite M15A2. I thought, better buy it now, or maybe never buy another again.

Which is true- I have since found out, I like AKs better.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:30:27 PM EDT
When I win the Larue monthly giveaway.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:31:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:31:45 PM EDT
An "AR" took posession of me when I joined the ARMY in 1989.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:32:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Boom_Boom_Kitty:
Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
your date choices are weird and makes no sense.

Obviously curious about the effect of the Clinton ban on AR sales among members here.

Pretty much.

Since the AWB and elections are on XXX4 and XXX8 years, I could have broken it up that way, but I though just putting the '70's and the '80's at the beginning was easier.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:35:50 PM EDT
Colt Sporter Target @ 1990
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:36:08 PM EDT
My first was a Colt CAR15 in 1978. My present AR,an SP1 Colt Commando,has been in my possession for almost thirty years.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:36:49 PM EDT
I bought my first one during the Rodney King riots.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:37:08 PM EDT
1988.  Olympic Arms. Still have it and shoot it occasionally.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:37:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Clint50:

My first was a Colt CAR15 in 1978. My present AR,an SP1 Colt Commando,has been in my possession for almost thirty years.


Pics please

Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:38:11 PM EDT
When they were cheap........REAL cheap !
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:38:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:39:40 PM EDT
I bought my first and only AR-15 in 06, but it has lead the way to many more firearms purchases. I had seen one in a pawn shop back in the mid 80s and had always wanted one, just never got around to buying one. My oldest brother who is a cop asked me if I wanted to go to a gun show with him, I saw some and bought one, I may not have the black rifle disease, since I only have one, but I do have the firearm disease. AK-47 (WASR-10) 10/22, shotgun, handguns, M1 Grand, M1 carbine, and more. I really enjoy shooting them all.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:42:38 PM EDT
Got one at Fort Benning in 1993. Got another one in the ROK and yet another one at Fort Campbell. After I got out, I used to have dreams about misplacing it in the field. Those dreams stopped when I got a citizen model a couple years ago.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:43:09 PM EDT
Last August
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:50:15 PM EDT
mid 2000's when I was 16.

shelled out $1,000 for an RRA A4 and carry handle.

Dad did the paperwork, I paid for it. It was between that or a custom eclipse II.

Glad I went the AR route
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:51:42 PM EDT
2002 or so.

It was Pre-Ban, too.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:53:25 PM EDT
Nov 2007
1978 Colt SP1. Desert return gift
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:53:34 PM EDT
It was around 1990, I don't remember exactly.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 4:59:47 PM EDT

1993. Colt Sporter.

I got the rifle, scope mount, 20 30rd. magazines, one sealed 60's era 20 rd. magazine, and a drag bag for $600.

Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:04:06 PM EDT
Were civilian AR's available in the 1960's?  I didn't figure anyone on here would have had one then anyway, so I started the poll with the 1970's.  Kudos to you fellows who bought them back in the 1970's when the Fudd guns were the cool guns to have.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:06:14 PM EDT
April 2008, when I was truly frightened in the direction of the Democrat primaries between Billary and Obongo - and justifiably so.

The fact that the cock-sucking RINO McCain was making a comeback only reinforced my decision to need one.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:06:59 PM EDT
In 2002 or so I bought an Oly Plinker when they first came out.  Then I built 2 Model 1 Sales guns.  

I didn't make much money then and the Plinker was a damn good gun for, well, plinking.  Never gave me any trouble.  The one M1S gun eventually became an SBR, and now the only M1S part left after a LaRue barrel, VLTOR handguard, Magpul furniture, etc, is the upper receiver itself.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:08:25 PM EDT
SP1, like new, in the very early 80's

My dad said "fine weapon, they will try to take it away, never let that happen, at any cost".
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:21:19 PM EDT
I haven't yet.  I'm sorry.  
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:26:41 PM EDT
Sometime between 2000 and 2001 IIRC.

Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:28:46 PM EDT
I voted, "never aquired".  But that is because it hasn't been shipped yet.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:42:03 PM EDT
Colt 20 inch hbar pre ban, March of 04.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:43:14 PM EDT
Sept 1988  on my 18th Birthday

Colt SP1 Carbine

Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:44:34 PM EDT
In 1985.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:45:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:45:14 PM EDT
I bought a Bushmaster "M4" in March of 2005, and I've had BRD ever since.

And I'm disappointed that I didn't discover this site until last year...
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:45:35 PM EDT

Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:49:14 PM EDT
1994 Brady panic first time AR buyer here.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:51:38 PM EDT
In Jan. of 2006  I spent my Christmas Bonus on it.  I told my wife it was for our son.  
He was 2 months old at the time.  She asked me why he needed a machine gun.
It was a DPMS that I bought from Del-Ton.  They we're at a gun show in Charlotte
with a lot of DPMS rifles I don't think they made their own rifles back then.
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:52:02 PM EDT
August or September of 2007, right after my first deployment. Ugh,was it was a ill informed purchase. not horrible for $750.00 though.

Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:53:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/24/2010 5:54:24 PM EDT by Eli75]
In 02 I bought a big POS Hesse lower to go with the Bushmaster Varminter upper that I bought on ebay back when you could buy gun stuff on it.

Thanks to all the malfunctions with the lower, I searched the interwebs for solutions and found Arfcom

Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:53:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2010 5:54:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By KILLERB6:
When the Army game me one.

in '74.
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