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Zero Knowledge: I'm a True AR-15 Beginner

Discussion in 'GATE AR-15 Forum' started by SteadyGlock, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Greetings All:

    I will say from the start that, as my subject line suggests, I know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the AR-15. But, I'm determined to own one. So, I'm hoping that my GT brothers can get me started. What do I need to know, where can I get reliable, basic info. Thanks in advance.


  2. Constructor

    Constructor Moderator

    Dec 10, 2009
    It depends on what you plan to do with the rifle, hunt, target shoot, home defense, patrol rifle etc. Some forums are better than others for certain needs, some have a little older crowd that are willing to help and have the technical knowledge to do so where some just worship the "chart" but don't understand exactly why any of the features are important or why some features make no difference at all depending on the use of the weapon. You don't want an M4 or a chromelined barrel if you plan to shoot varmints, shoot long range or target shoot accurately. You don't want a bull barrel if you plan on using the rifle for home defense and you don't need a bull barrel to shoot accurately. You don't need a 7 twist if you plan to shoot only 55gr bullets but you don't want a 9 twist if you Plan to shoot 77gr bullets.
    Just because some brands are popular doesn't mean they are good, just cheap and they are sold in every gunshop in the country because they are cheap and 90% of the public buys the cheapest thing they can find because they think they are all the same, they're not by a long shot.
    You are already here so you can ask here and a few other places.
    The guys on are some that like to help and have the technical knowledge to do so. Here are some articles written by many and compiled in 1 location
    The "Ammo Oracle"-
    If you plan to specialize in 1 activity then there are several books for combat or highpower shooting. Let me know what your intended uses are and I can point you toward some decent articles or old posts where the same question has been asked before.
    IMO the main thing is don't drink any coolaid and get hung up on brands, decide what you plan to do with the rifle and then pick the features that fit the role the best. You don't need the highest price AR in the country to shoot well but if you want it to last you don't want the cheapest brands either. There are some out there that have good quality parts for a decent price and they don't charge you an extra $400 because of the brand name. Just my opinion here but paying over $1600 for any AR is a waste of money that could be used to buy ammo to practice with or an optic.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2010

  3. Thanks so much for the great info! I'll follow up with you in a PM re. my specific interests and where to start. Thanks again!