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Old 06-26-2009, 12:15 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I don't have an AR, just a couple of semi-auto pistols and a shot gun for home defense. I love going to the range though, I try and go at least once a month when I can find ammo.
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I have a 1911 and I love it. The bullets are expensive and hard to find (and a bit over kill) but I like the way it feels in my hand (that's what she said). I thought shooting would be easy, just point and shoot kind of thing but my first time i barely hit the target paper! Everyone should learn how to shoot.
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I have a 1911 and I love it. The bullets are expensive and hard to find (and a bit over kill) but I like the way it feels in my hand (that's what she said). I thought shooting would be easy, just point and shoot kind of thing but my first time i barely hit the target paper! Everyone should learn how to shoot.


I use a Kimber Team Match II .45 ACP which is the model used by the U.S.A. Shooting Rapid Fire Pistol Team. Expensive ($1370) but extremely accurate.
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I don't have an AR, just a couple of semi-auto pistols and a shot gun for home defense. I love going to the range though, I try and go at least once a month when I can find ammo.


For that very reason I purchased a couple of Dillon Blue Press reloaders (XL-650 and Super-1050) so I can make my own .223 and 45 ACP ammo. I can make 2 to 3 times the number of rounds doing the reloading than if I were to pay over the counter for the same amount of ammo. My reloads are extremely precise, consistent and accurate, much better than over-the-counter store-bought ammo.

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I just bought my first gun this year, a Springfield xd 40, and I love it. I'm what you would call a natural shooter
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I have two S&W M&Ps a full size 9 and a compact for concealed carry.
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My results from the shooting range with the AR-15. 50 yards with a standard 3-peg sight. No scopes or anything. (And I have bad vision! LOL)
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Egads man - something tells me smooth trigger pull and breathing may be an issue for you lol. Eyesight probably doesn't help either...

I think my grouping looked like that when I was shooting 100+ yards, and I dont really have much depth perception since I'm left-eye dominant and I shoot righty. Gotta close that damn eye /sigh.
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Sweet. I'm looking into getting a xd 45 in the near future. But I want the xd M version. But i hear it's not approved for cali unfortunately. How do you like it so far?
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its all about the glock! i have 4 glocks......a S&W .38, 870 shotty, 22 long rifle, and a 30-06. still working on the collection
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Thanks for the info. I was looking into a lwrc but they are really expensive. A few hundred more than the pof's. I'm still considering which to go with right now. I'm willing to spend a decent amount of money for a good quality gun that will last me for a while but i'm not sure if I want drop that kind of money. I do like the pof's but again the lwrc is really good to.
What is the deal with the rail system that pof and lwrc uses. I see some mid and full lengths. What are the big differences between the 2? Is the longer one, your able to put more things on the rail?
I have a friend that has a ar and he bought a cheap rail system and it was ugly because it was really big (fat). The rail system on the pof's and lwrc, do you know if they are slim?
Just to let you know the bushmaster is illegal in cali lol. I don't know why but that's what they tell me.
What brands do you like for lower rec? i was looking into getting a spikes tactical and kaiser defence spikes tactical lower receiver
Here's a pic of a 14.5" pof upper POF upper rec. More pof upper rec Other POF upper rec
Do you prefer a 16" or a 14.5"?[QUOTE=wstar;99332]tv:
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Thanks for the info. I was looking into a lwrc but they are really expensive. A few hundred more than the pof's. I'm still considering which to go with right now. I'm willing to spend a decent amount of money for a good quality gun that will last me for a while but i'm not sure if I want drop that kind of money. I do like the pof's but again the lwrc is really good to.
If you really want to go piston, and you can afford it, LWRC is a great option. Keep in mind that, last I checked some months ago, they had a pretty long backlog on their orders too, though. You can also skip the piston thing and get a high quality conventional AR from the likes of Bushmaster, LMT, Colt, or (my current favorite) Noveske for less money than an LWRC piston gun.

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What is the deal with the rail system that pof and lwrc uses. I see some mid and full lengths. What are the big differences between the 2? Is the longer one, your able to put more things on the rail?
I have a friend that has a ar and he bought a cheap rail system and it was ugly because it was really big (fat). The rail system on the pof's and lwrc, do you know if they are slim?
Most railed forearm systems are going to be roughly the same diameter, within reason. Usually the length of the rail is chosen based on the length of the gas system (as in, how many inches down the barrel the gas port is driled, which flows hot gasses back to the receiver to move the action (or in the case of a piston gun, the hot gasses drive a piston rod)), which in turn is usually at least somewhat proportional to the length of the barrel. 16" barrels are pretty standards on ARs. If you want a long-range tack-driver you could go 20", but then again the 5.56 doesn't have great terminal ballistics at long range anyways, you may as well buy a 7.62x51 gun in that case, like the AR-10, or just a bolt-action gun in .308 or 30-06.

Going shorter than 16" barrel length involves a bunch of legal hassle with filing NFA tax papers with the Feds, as it's considered a Short Barreled Rifle, which is federally regulated. You may not even be able to own such things in California, I donno.

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Just to let you know the bushmaster is illegal in cali lol. I don't know why but that's what they tell me.
Specific brands aren't illegal in Cali as far as I know, but you guys do have different rules than the rest of the country on making any AR-15 legal in general. IIRC one of the biggest PITA ones is that you have to have a fixed magazine of some sort. I'm really not up on Cali's assault rifle "ban" laws, but the AR-15.com howtown forum for California can probably help there.

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What brands do you like for lower rec? i was looking into getting a spikes tactical and kaiser defence spikes tactical lower receiver
Most of the lowers are pretty similar, I've never seen any big difference between the manufacturers of quality forged lowers. Just make sure it's forged (the way it's built, most good ones are) are you're good to go on the lower. You may have to buy a California-specific lower receiver btw, to comply with the laws there. Again, I'm really not up on the Cali legal issues, you'll have to look into that yourself.
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A good hand gun is all you really need for house-hold protection. MAYBE a shotgun.
12 rounds of semi-auto shotgun goodness will DEFINITELY get the job done.

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I have a "number" of guns, including pistols, an AR, sniper rifle, and shotgun. Here are a couple of my favorites.

My AR (Wilson Combat M4-T):


My Nighthawk Custom T3:
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