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Old 02-22-2020, 10:15 PM
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I bought my first gun, a brand new S&W model 29 back in 1979. I traded that toward the purchase of a brand new Colt Python. I traded that in for a brand new Colt AR15 carbine. Since then I've owned various firearms including HK 91, Galil AR .308, FN FAL, and many, many more. I still have a couple of AR15 rifles, one Colt and the other FN FN15 carbine. I've converted the Colt AR15 to a piston with a Sig 516 piston upper receiver. An AR15 is a good gun to keep around, but, it's not the only type of rifle that I have, just one of a group. And I prefer the more reliable piston driven rifles.
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Old 03-13-2020, 02:42 PM
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I bought my first one then ended up selling it a few years later.

Just built one a few weeks ago. That was so much fun that I will probably build from now on.
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Old 03-13-2020, 03:19 PM
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Built my own, lot of fun.
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Old 03-13-2020, 07:45 PM
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yeah, builds r fun ... a retro build ...
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Old 03-13-2020, 09:45 PM
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I bought a new rifle a couple of weeks ago.

I think that it is an AR-14. Either that or a REC-7.
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Old 03-13-2020, 10:01 PM
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I bought my first one then ended up selling it a few years later.

Just built one a few weeks ago. That was so much fun that I will probably build from now on.
Building ARs has really taken off here in WA thanks to the new I-1639 law. If you want to buy any semi-auto rifle you now have to take a so-called "safety course" and go through a two-week waiting period. But if you buy just the stripped lower it's just as easy as buying a bolt-action rifle, since it's technically not a semi-auto at that stage. Some shops have also been selling complete ARs but with a solid gas block, making it a "bolt action" rifle by definition. Just replace the gas block and you're back in business. As much as we all hate these stupid gun laws, I have to admit it's quite amusing when I see people outsmart the system.
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Old 03-14-2020, 05:20 AM
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Since this thread started I added another two, up to nine now, including three full autos. All Colts, Switzerland does not really offer a lot of parts for building one yourself, and those parts are expensive

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Old 03-14-2020, 07:15 AM
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Classic12, what are the laws for having full autos in Switzerland?
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Old 03-14-2020, 12:59 PM
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'How many newbies purchased there first new/used ar-15ís?'

Probably all of them, rather than stealing them.

'I been on the fence about buying one for decades, there on the ban list but not sure if I can own one or not?'

I guess that depends on your state and local laws along with your status as a potential gun buyer.
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Old 03-14-2020, 01:37 PM
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Classic12, what are the laws for having full autos in Switzerland?


You need to justify having a small collection of normal weapons already, a clean criminal record, a bolted safe, bolt and gun have to be stored separately, and you have to apply for a special license, cost $ 150 (can be used for up to three guns but from the same seller and the same day) and waiting time 2-4 weeks.
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Old 03-14-2020, 04:08 PM
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The first one I bought new was an early S&W. I also bought used Colt and Stag at auction. I doubt I ever buy another again unless an awfully good price. I change out grips, trigger, handguards, stocks, etc. so it makes sense for me to assemble now. The only gun close to stock is the Colt HBAR.

I have assembled totally from individual parts as well just bought the assembled upper and assembled everything else.

I have 2 stripped lowers in my safe waiting for project ideas.

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Old 03-14-2020, 11:18 PM
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'How many newbies purchased there first new/used ar-15ís?'

Probably all of them, rather than stealing them.

'I been on the fence about buying one for decades, there on the ban list but not sure if I can own one or not?'

I guess that depends on your state and local laws along with your status as a potential gun buyer.
Not me. I'm Texan. We can but anything we want any time we want,
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Old 03-15-2020, 06:15 AM
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If someone WANTS to panic-buy their first AR, I have one I'll sell 'em... cheap...
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Old 03-15-2020, 12:56 PM
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The virus has already started the ammo panic buying. If the virus starts making it look like Trump might lose, those ARs will start going back up, so the newbies can start buying them again. I like to buy high and sell low.
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Old 03-17-2020, 07:19 AM
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Been shooting them for years and this weekend I built my first one. My son bought a PSA kit and said here dad put this together for me.

It was a fun and sometimes frustrating experience LOL. I'm sure most could have done it faster but I took my time and watched A LOT of youtube videos.

Now that I have this one done maybe I will build a ar pistol next.
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Old 03-17-2020, 04:26 PM
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Been shooting them for years and this weekend I built my first one. My son bought a PSA kit and said here dad put this together for me.

It was a fun and sometimes frustrating experience LOL. I'm sure most could have done it faster but I took my time and watched A LOT of youtube videos.

Now that I have this one done maybe I will build a ar pistol next.
Cool father and son experience.

My son wanted to build an AR9 so I built an AR15 in 5.56 at the same time. It was fun working on them together.
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Old 03-20-2020, 10:21 AM
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I had a 5.56 AR many many years ago. But I sold it as it couldn't be used for hunting at the time. it only came in .223 or 5.56 way back then. But then in the more current times, it is now available in all kinds of calibers and cartridges. So I wound up getting ARs again. But I tend to like to just build mine up out of parts bought, not complete guns. It is sort of half the fun.
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