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help with ar purchase decision

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by strick, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. strick

    strick McMinnville Oregon Member

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    I am thinking of selling my Ruger 1911 and using the cash towards an AR-15. I got the 1911 for a good deal new. I have only taken it out to the range once, sending less then 100 rounds down range.

    I am sure I could get what I paid for it, maybe even a bit more who knows.

    Is this even a good idea or just plain crazy. I know in the end it is my choice but would like to hear from others as a "sounding board".

    If I end up not selling the 1911, an AR15 is next on my list anyways. Selling it would just get me there a bit faster.
     
  2. edogg

    edogg Western Washington Active Member

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    I don't like selling guns unless they are ones I don't like to shoot. And I don't like the feeling of seller's remorse.

    I'd keep the 1911, save up for the AR, and have 2 sweet guns.

    Sent from my RM-820_nam_att_100 using Board Express
     
  3. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Do you like the 1911? Is that your only gun? Usually you'll regret it down the road unless it's a gun you really don't like or never shoot.
     
  4. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Yup, this ^
     
  5. sakuma

    sakuma Bremerton New Member

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    IMO, unless you don't like the 1911 at all then by all means sell it. But if your comfortable with it I would difinitely keep it and learn how to shoot it well and achieve good muscle memory.
    You can't go wrong with a person well trained in their 45 for all around (defensive) pistol in your home or where ever you may want to take it. Save your money. These days there are so many
    AR platforms out there that it's mindblowing and their all great starters for under $1k.
     
  6. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    dont do it, ARs are overated
     
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  7. strick

    strick McMinnville Oregon Member

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    I should give some more info. I have a Springfield XD-9mm that I love and a Ruger 10/22 that is a blast. The 1911 would be a safe queen most of the time as we all know how spendy 45acp can cost.

    The only thing about the 1911, and I knew this buying one. The field stripping of it not as quick as my XD-9, and I knew that buying one.
     
  8. mwest7575

    mwest7575 Salt Lake City, UT New Member

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    I hate second guessing myself, and buyers remorse is even worse. I sold a 45 a few years back thinking I'd replace it with a better one but I still have yet to settle down with something I'm comfortable with. Nothing to dwell upon, just a situation that I wont get myself into again.

    Just like everyone's saying, if you don't like it or don't feel like you'll ever learn to shoot it well then trade it. But 1911s are generally solid purchases especially when you got it on the cheap.
     
  9. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    1911's are easy to strip once you get used to them.

    The only thing I can add id- IF, and this is an IF, there is another AWB or ban of sorts you'll be much less likely to get an AR after than a 1911. Whether or not that matters or influences is up to you.
     
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  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I agree with most everything posted.I love 1911s and have sold many over the years,only to replace them with a better one.
    Same with ARs. Not too many but a few.
    Point is, I ,and apparently many others,buy something and decide I don't like it as much as I thought,after a few months. No big deal.Like a guy at one shop said,he could make as much money renting the guns cause they come back after a couple months anyway.

    So sell the 1911,go buy the AR and see if it's everything you wanted it to be. Doesn't work out? Sell the AR and buy a 1911 again. Or something else new
    I do it all the time.
     
  11. bigtinoregon

    bigtinoregon portland Member

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    Buy a sig 516 or sig 556 instead of a DI AR-15. AR's are not all that everyone makes them out to be I have the nicest AR's before and always go back to my sig's or my Scar that I just got a few weeks ago.
     
  12. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I really have to second the SIG 556, I shoot 500-1000 rounds without a single malfunction and without cleaning. Chamber is still spotless clean and a late evening cleaning is easy and takes less than 20 minutes. I don't carry my ARs much any more.
     
  13. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    You made a good choice with your Ruger 11. If you want to venture into rifle shooting, do not relinquish a gun that will serve you for life. You seem like a person who drifts with the wind where firearms are concerned. You can find anchor with your first choice, and branch out and not relinquish that first choice. Try the rifle gig with a Ruger 10-22. You will instantly find economy, and pleasure. You could do no wrong sticking with the Ruger brand name for any and all other choices you make toward firearm enjoyment.

    I commend you on your first choice. Do not relinquish it.
     
  14. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    hard to go wrong with
    ruger mini 14 ranch
    or ruger p89 platforms
     
  15. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Get a Glock and an AK47 :)