A little about me, I am not an avid hunter. I shoot at a range for the fun of shooting. I like customizing things, cars, motorcycles, guns you name it if its mine I want to customize it. What got me into shooting was my marine corps training. So it’s a natural decision that I should get an AR-15, or is it?
I started building a RRA Ar-15 and completed the lower reciever. Then I went to the range and saw every other guy with an AR-15 so I lost interest and sold my lower (still haven’t got paid for it yet so I could get it back). Also ammo prices have driven my collection to become more rimfired based. I love my .22s and have a lot of fun with them.
Now people are talking about possible bans on “Assault Rifles”. My LGS had 8 used AR-15's Friday, went back today to take another look at the one I liked and they were all gone. 12 o’clock on a Monday and the GS was swarmed with people. Went to Wally world on Saturday to pick up .22lr ammo and this guy bought 10, 100 round boxes .223 ammo at $40 a piece he spend $400 on ammo! Cleaned out there stock of bulk .223. I got 300 rounds of .22lr for $21
I guess this is an immature part of my character that I need to kill off but tell me I can’t have it and I want it more. So when all this ban talk started coming out I started thinking again about getting an AR-15.
This is my pros and cons list tell me what you think. Should I or shouldn't I? PROS
1. Great all American rifle
2. Fun to shoot
3. Longer distance than my .22lrs
4. Nostalgia of marine corps days
5. Another gun to customize
6. Will increase in value if banned
7. Could hunt with it if I decided to
8. I don't currently have a rifle effective beyond 150 yards.
9. Faster follow up shots than a bolt or lever action
10. Cool factor
11. I like AR's Cons
2. I could get the .357 lever and 10-22 charger I wanted for the same price.
3. .223 Ammo is expensive I can have just as much fun with my semi auto .22s
4. Not an ideal hunting rifle for larger game
5. Have to explain to my wife why I sold of an AR lower at a loss, just to spend $1,000 on a AR.
6. No real need I just want one!
7. I could get a bolt action .223 to do some long distance shooting for half the price (maybe an M77 hawkeye)
So should I get an AR or not I am really having a hard time deciding?
Not trying to start a political discussion on the BAN so please try to keep it to why you think I should or should not get an AR-15.