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Posted: 5/18/2003 8:57:19 PM EDT
I have been a member of the board for a short time and read oh so many posts on peoples AR preferences. I have for my own reasons narrowed my first AR choice down to 3 choices. If anyone has any comments to help me decide I would appreciate it. I am looking for a starter gun. If I really get into the AR I may buy another gun. The first gun should be affordable and fun to shoot. I want to mount either a red-dot or other scope to the AR. I have gone back and forth whether I should get an A3 or an A2 and just mount the optics for my first one on the carry handle. I am looking at the Olympic PCR 5 ,Cavalry Arms M-4, or the scout flattop. I am going to order from Atlantic Firearms. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Rooter
Link Posted: 5/18/2003 9:02:13 PM EDT
For my FIRST rifle I would get the 20" A3. It will do everything you want with irons or a red dot. I always go with full size rifles first and then pick up more specialized carbines late. Just what I prefer to do. YMMV. Good Luck!
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 5:46:25 AM EDT
I agree... Learn on a 20" rifle. Better accuracy at longer ranges. I bought a Bushmaster 20" A2 Target. My first choice was a A3 match Colt, but he sold it the day before I was ready to buy, so I bought the Bushy instead. Now I'm looking at red dots for optics to mount on the Carry handle. Next rifle will be have an A3 upper... [sniper2]
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 6:45:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/19/2003 6:49:29 AM EDT by Rooter]
I am leaning toward the 16" barrel. Although this will be my first AR it will not be my first firearm. I have an AK and many, many bolt action rifles in various calibers so I am confident that I can adapt to the shooting characteristics of the carbine barrel. I understand there are deep feelings among some of you guys about which manufacturer you prefer. To each his own. I have made manufacturer choices, but as far as the model I have narrowed it down to the three choices I listed above. Thanks for the input. If anyone has any other comments about the 3 rifles I would appreciate it. If there is one thing I have learned is that this board has a WEALTH of knowledge. I should also add that in my area AR's are very pricey. I feel confident that if I do indeed like the AR life I can sell my budget weapon and make a small, but tidy profit and step up to an "all the bells and whistles" model Thanks, Rooter
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