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Old 02-06-2012, 19:29   #1
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.308 semi-auto rifle. Help me choose.

I've recently been in the market for a semi auto 7.62/.308 rifle. After much research I have it narrowed down to 2 rifles. The FN FNAR 20" heavy barrel and the Springfield M1A Loaded. I've found both rifles locally for around $1400 which seems to be a pretty good deal. However, in the most recent CDNN's flyer they have the FNs for $1000. I know the M14/M1As are a truly battle tested rifle, and from what I understand the FNAR uses the BAR operating system which has also served our country well. At this point I would just like to hear some of your opinions, preferably by someone who owns one or both of the rifles. How are their accuracy and reliability? Have you had any problems? Are they worth the money?

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Old 02-06-2012, 19:52   #2
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Old 02-06-2012, 20:13   #3
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Not to sound like a girl about it, as aesthetics are never my main concern, but the FN is one butt ugly rifle. Looks like it fell from the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. It's like a Chiappa Rhino with out the classy good looks. Like Rosanne Barr after a rough night of meth and hookers. Like Abe Bagoda in a leotard and spandex. Like Hillary Clinton after mauling an all-you-can-eat dookie buffet.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:24   #4
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Not to sound like a girl about it, as aesthetics are never my main concern, but the FN is one butt ugly rifle. Looks like it fell from the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. It's like a Chiappa Rhino with out the classy good looks. Like Rosanne Barr after a rough night of meth and hookers. Like Abe Bagoda in a leotard and spandex. Like Hillary Clinton after mauling an all-you-can-eat dookie buffet.
Thank God you didn't say Abe Vigoda, cuz' that would have made me stab my eyes with knitting needles...

OP, I say go for the FN. It's easier to outfit with a good optic, and AFAIK they still know how to made a gun work right.
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Old 02-06-2012, 20:41   #5
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I have shot the FN. Very nice. Used the M1 back in the day. Would get the M1 personally, due to familiarity.
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Old 02-06-2012, 20:45   #6
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The M1 is proven and will not do you wrong I would go with a 16" version, for weight.

But given that I would have not overlook that FNAR I am sure it is a shooter.
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:07   #7
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The FNAR uses the SPORTING BAR, not the Browning Automatic Rifle (machinegun) lineage.

Of the two......i'd pick neither, I'd get a SCAR 17 or an OBR and accept the price difference because they're accurate and they work.
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The FNAR uses the SPORTING BAR, not the Browning Automatic Rifle (machinegun) lineage.

Of the two......i'd pick neither, I'd get a SCAR 17 or an OBR and accept the price difference because they're accurate and they work.
SCAR 17S has my vote. Mine quickly became my favorite rifle. Light, accurate, reliable, and ergonomical - no other gun offers all of these in the same package. It is almost like having a 7.62 in a 5.56 form factor.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:19   #10
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You never truly narrow it down. You will always question your 7.62 battle rifle choice.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:53   #11
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You never truly narrow it down. You will always question your 7.62 battle rifle choice.
Ain't that the truth!
I have bounced between deciding on a M1A, M1 Garand, FN FAL, HK, AR platform to just about everything else out there.

BTW, I'm back to the m1a. Now I can't decide which model of the M1A!!
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:59   #12
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SCAR 17S or XCRM perhaps?

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Both cost more than your initial choices by a wide margin however.

I'm hoping to grab an XCRM soon.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:06   #13
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M1A Scout/Squad!!!!!!


You know you want it. Get it!
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You know you want it. Get it!

+1 on this, great rifles and a little handier than the standard M1A
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You guys are torturing me with your SCAR 17 talk. I originally wanted to purchase the SCAR, however, none of my local shops have them and the ones I've found online go for $3000+ delivered. Also from what my dealer told me the .308 SCAR magazines are harder to find than the Holy Grail. But you just cant argue with the SCAR's performance and style.
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Old 02-07-2012, 19:32   #16
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You guys are torturing me with your SCAR 17 talk. I originally wanted to purchase the SCAR, however, none of my local shops have them and the ones I've found online go for $3000+ delivered. Also from what my dealer told me the .308 SCAR magazines are harder to find than the Holy Grail. But you just cant argue with the SCAR's performance and style.
My 17S was 2734 total (for everything). I bought it 3 weeks ago. I since easily obtained 5 spare magazines, while they cost more than retail, I didn't pay an excessive amount for them. They are out there if you look hard enough.
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Honestly, I say neither. I just pre ordered a Colt SP901 308. Not sure of ETA because it has been pushed back for some time but it looks like March/April as of now. Price is expected to be sub $2000 level which is a deal to me considering what you get.

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Honestly, I say neither. I just pre ordered a Colt SP901 308. Not sure of ETA because it has been pushed back for some time but it looks like March/April as of now. Price is expected to be sub $2000 level which is a deal to me considering what you get.

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Just so you're not shocked when you get it, you're getting on LE901, not an SP901.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:27   #19
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I have personally shot the XCRM. That will be my next rifle. Way ahead of everyone else IMHO.
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Just so you're not shocked when you get it, you're getting on LE901, not an SP901.
To my best knowledge, it will be an SP901. I am not a LEO and no longer in the military.
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