Which Battle Rifle?

Discussion in 'Shooting' started by Ithaca37, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. I am looking for some input regarding the selection of an assault rifle. Which one(s) would you chose?
  2. kenton6

    kenton6 Administrator

    What is an assault rifle?
    Not being a smart a$$, just looking for your definition. To me any rifle used to assault someone, is an assault rifle.

  3. I guess I mean any clone of a military rifle, such as the M1 Garand, M1A, FAL, AR-15, AK-47, SKS, etc.
  4. Canerod

    Canerod Guest

    My picks

    Personally, I favor main battle rifles from the WW2 and Korean War timeframes, Mausers, Garands, SMLE's and the like. I'm more particular about condition and correctness, than which particular one.

    For the more modern rifle fan, for AR-style, a bushmaster is hard to beat for the money. Some of the former Com-Block rifles coming in today are pretty nice, but after 11.5 years of packin' an M-4, I like our rifles for the newer stuff.

    Bottom line, go, look, and see what you like and what it'll run ya. Keep in mind the availability of ammo, since some of the more obscure stuff will break the bank.

    Kevin Little
    Registered Maine Guide
  5. Thanks for the input, I kinda wanted to hear someone mention the Garand....I really like them, they have gotten quite pricey these days, I like the new manufacture one from Springfield Armory.

    I like the AR platform, but I am not a huge fan of the 5.56, not saying it is a bad choice, I just like something 30 caliber.

    Thanks for the response. I really like the old school turn bolts, but am a lefty, so they are not exactly and ideal choice.
  6. Canerod

    Canerod Guest

    On the Garand, you won't go wrong with the Springfield, but you CAN get an "old" one for less. Checkout www.auctionarms.com , www.gunsamerica.com , and www.gunbroker.com . A little bit of studying and knowledge will go a long way toward a rifle you can be proud of and one that has a bit of history.

    Also, check out the Russian Tokarev rifle. This was a semi-auto chambered for the 7.62X54R, often referred to as the "Russian Garand". The Dragunov sniper rifle is another good one, often found used, VG, with the original scope, for around $800.

    Next up is the FN-built Egyptian Hakim, a nice MBR semi chambered for the 8MM Mauser cartridge. A little harder to find, but ammo is plentiful and cheap, and you most likely won't run into someone with one on the range.

    Then you have the myriad SKS variants, and AK models. Stick with the Russian or Yugo models for the best workmanship. You'll find a lot of Norinco(China) in this category and some shoot and perform as well as the better models, but it's more of a crap shoot.

    A great "curiosity" rifle is the Swiss-made Schmidt-Rubin straight-pull bolt rifle. Ammo is currently available and fairly reasonable, and it's a real oddity as a MBR.

    The FN-FAL is always a good choice, but try to stick with the "inch pattern" models for the best return on your dollar.

    Now that I've completely confused you, where do you live? If you're in Maine, think about a visit to Maine Military Supply, in Brewer. You can handle a wide variety of the SKS, AK, and AR style rifles and they usually have some of the others in stock. The owner and the manager are both knowledgable and won't ignore you when you tell them you're looking for a military rifle, instead of a new hunting rifle.

    Kevin Little
    Registered Maine Guide
  7. I have seen the straight pull sweedish mausers before i na magazine, very cool. I appreciate you share your knowledge. However, after looking at the supply of Mil surp 30-06, I have changed my opinion of the 5.56mm. I am actually looking at a Stag Arms model 15-L. A lefty AR, the look very cool, and are supposedly made by the company that makes lower recievers for Rock River Arms. The rifles are not all that expensive either and with tuition cost these days, it doesn't leave much in the bank account.

    I did not know that anyone had ever made an MBR in 8mm. That is cool, I guess you learn something new everyday.

    And regarding the AK's and SKS's, I have always been suspicious of them, I think you are right, our guns are better quality.

    As a matter of fact, I do live in Maine. I will have to pay a visit to maine military supply, it is just across the river in brewer.
  8. Canerod

    Canerod Guest

    I wasn't aware of anyone making a lefty AR before. I know a lot of guys that are left handed shoot standard AR's without any problem with brass ejection. Definitely get an A-3, removable carrying handle. I got my first Bushmaster with a fixed handle and now I wish I had spent a few extra shekels for the A-3. I made sure my next one was a flattop. Stop in at the store and look around. I work part-time there and the selection is pretty good.

    Kevin Little
    Registered Maine Guide
  9. I will do that. Thank you.
  10. Here is the model I want: