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Old June 30th, 2020, 09:45 AM #31
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Battle Rifle

Given the limitations in MD, I'd vote M&P 10. Not the sexiest choice, but makes sense in a number of ways. Price is on the low side, light weight for a 7.62/.308 battle rifle, readily available and cheap magazines, reliable and they have a good reputation for accuracy.

I own FAL's of various types, an M1A, a couple of versions of PTR 91's, Rock River LAR 8, all great rifles. That being said, the one I keep close by to grab at a moments notice, oddly enough is the S&W. The weight and accuracy in particular make it a winner.. (although I really love my FAL Para too!)

I'm a WV resident, so thankfully plenty of options here in America!
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Battle rifle in the traditional sense, like a classic rifle? I have a 308 M1 Garand and really love it, as a shooter. Not really practical for multi role use.

A battle rifle, in the sense of full power cartridge, semi auto rifle, I don't think anything can beat a well built AR10. Magazines are plentiful, and not too expensive. Easy to strip and clean. Reliable. Accurate. Not banned in MD yet. I have a M&P10 and it is a nice rifle.
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I like the compactness of the Tavor 7 and SCAR 17. Unfortunately, one has to be neutered with 3" extension and the other is mucho dinero.

What's the opinion on the Law Tactical folding adapter for AR's?
The Law folder is good stuff. They have worked out the kinks. Be advised the BCG adapter (extender) adds about 2 ounces to the effective buffer weight.
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As for the OP, I'd look at an AR-10.

I do like the Garand, and I'd like to try an FAL. Realistically, all the older platforms are out of support. You're relying on dwingling stocks of most parts. Even finding fresh magazines can be a hassle. Magpul makes mags for the AR-10, and all the other parts are easy enough to find.

If you're really broke, an SKS will work. I'd stock up on stripper clips and whatever small parts might break. (Springs, firing pin, etc.)
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All of this has been invaluable info. Thank you. I will probably look into building the least expensive AR10 I can or save up for the T7.

The MiniG looks fascinating but hard to rely on obtaining older parts...
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Don't forget, you can make any banned rifle into a "pistol" or SBR. Yes, $200 more, but a FAL with a 15.9" barrel is just fine.
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Cept you can’t make that AR pistol into a truck gun unless you get that “hens teeth” like permission from the Gestapo.
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Don't forget, you can make any banned rifle into a "pistol" or SBR. Yes, $200 more, but a FAL with a 15.9" barrel is just fine.
Especially a Para with folding stock.
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I cannot disagree in any way, shape or form with this advice. But realistically in Marylandstan you won't be able to legally buy one of these...the best choice is an AR-10...affordable...reliable...the ergonomics are the same as the AR-15/M4 which are excellent...common caliber...easy to shoot well.

AR-10 for the win.
I stewed and stewed about this while stashing away some cash for something as my first .308, and finally realized you were right. So it's an AR-10. Cheaper than many other choices, which allowed me to put good optics on it (and buy a hundred pounds of ammo to warm it up and dial it in). No regrets.

Following some future windfall? Sure, a SCAR-17 and/or other goodies. But I know that the AR-15 muscle memory will make the AR-10 just work. And it sure shoots better than I can operate it, so that's the end of that.
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I stewed and stewed about this while stashing away some cash for something as my first .308, and finally realized you were right. So it's an AR-10. Cheaper than many other choices, which allowed me to put good optics on it (and buy a hundred pounds of ammo to warm it up and dial it in). No regrets.

Following some future windfall? Sure, a SCAR-17 and/or other goodies. But I know that the AR-15 muscle memory will make the AR-10 just work. And it sure shoots better than I can operate it, so that's the end of that.
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