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dpop24
10-11-2012, 2:52 PM
I've had my Colt 6920 MOE for a few months now and shot it twice - about 500 rounds through it with the back up sights and I hesitate to say that it's almost boring. Blasphemy you say? Well, yes I agree! I rate my shooting enjoyment based on the size of the smile I have on my face and while I enjoy shooting it, I smile more and have more fun with my handguns and .22's.

I'm going to put a decent scope on it and try it again. I'm hopeful that driving bullets through the same hole at 100 yards has got to be fun and getting it out to 300 yards MUST be a good time. But I just can't help feeling like I'm missing out on something - some secret that I just haven't found yet. I want to love it like you guys do!

I even bought another lower the same day I DROS'd the 6920 because I was sure that I would need to have a 2nd AR in the safe once I drank the AR kool aid. But so far, it just sits there next to my 6920 while my handguns get taken out to the range time after time. Help me enjoy this AR more!

AeroEngi
10-11-2012, 2:56 PM
Take a carbine course and you'll fall in love with your AR.

JDW67
10-11-2012, 2:57 PM
There are pistol people and then there are rifle people...you happen to be a pistol person...

rojocorsa
10-11-2012, 3:01 PM
Are you shooting off the bench at a normal range? Because yes that's boring to tears for a gun such as a 6920.


Shooting off the bench is generally boring, unless you're trying for groups. And even then...meh.



Go see if you can do a silhouette match or something like that. Ringing steels is always fun!

tacticalcity
10-11-2012, 3:04 PM
Take a Carbine I Course. You'll change your mind quick. See the Competition, Action-Shooting and Training section here on Calguns for ads for schools near you. Considerably more fun and exciting than just plinking at the range.

And take the course BEFORE you put a "scope" on it. Where your particular AR is really, really fun is when you are running and gunning. Not long range precision shooting. You can do the later, but the former is much more exciting and what your rifle was designed to do. You don't want magnification for that type of fast shooting. You want a red dot, or even just plain irons will work too. Magnification slows you down too much. You will see what I mean once you take a course. Will definately change the way you look at your AR forever.

EL_NinO619
10-11-2012, 3:07 PM
There are pistol people and then there are rifle people...you happen to be a pistol person...

Exactly. But get moving with it, you a driving a Lambo in a 25mph zone right now, take her out and open her up.:43:

tacticalcity
10-11-2012, 3:11 PM
When you're taking your second or third AR course and you're moving from obsticle to obstical emptying your magazine, then transitioning to your handgun, and your working with a "buddy" and you guys are shouting out "move"..."moving" and working as a team with flawless tactics and shooting...you will LOVE your AR. Trust me.

CK_32
10-11-2012, 3:11 PM
Take a carbine course and you'll fall in love with your AR.

This or go shoot the desert... I agree indoor range is boring but desert freedoms is where it's at

Tackman11
10-11-2012, 3:16 PM
Try 3 guns

CSACANNONEER
10-11-2012, 3:21 PM
You are just more mature than some people. While ARs, AKs, etc. are fun to shoot, you're right, .22lrs are way more fun!!!!! No matter what else I'm shooting, I always try to bring at least a few .22lrs with me to keep me from getting bored.

21SF
10-11-2012, 3:30 PM
Shop for accessories and parts, build your stripped lower with nothing but hand picked high end parts. If you build it they will come.

tacticalcity
10-11-2012, 3:40 PM
You are just more mature than some people. While ARs, AKs, etc. are fun to shoot, you're right, .22lrs are way more fun!!!!! No matter what else I'm shooting, I always try to bring at least a few .22lrs with me to keep me from getting bored.

You shoot with a round meant to teach children how to shoot and then call us immature for actually training with our guns rather than just plinking? Alrighty then.

Nothing a 22lr gives you that dry-fire cannot with regards to trigger control and mastering your fundamentals. It is cheaper too. Once you get into the actual shooting, the recoil of the practical round is important towards mastering the actual shooting of that gun in that round, the same one you will be using should you find yourself in a gunfight. It is money well spent.

Plinking holes in paper and bencrest shooting is fine, if that is what you enjoy doing. If doing that with a 22lr is what you enjoy then by all means do so. But it doesn't make you any more or less mature than those who actually take the time to train for self defense and enjoy doing so.

xpbprox
10-11-2012, 3:45 PM
Colts are lame

CSACANNONEER
10-11-2012, 3:45 PM
You shoot with a round meant to teach children how to shoot and then call us immature for actually training with our guns rather than just plinking? Alrighty then.

I shoot with a round that was ment for lots of different things. Just because you use it to train children doesn't mean that is what it was designed for. Oh, I do enjoy shooting .22lrs after shooting 50BMG matches. But, the little 5.56 round gets boring to me a lot faster than .22lrs do. BTW, I "shoot", "plink", "practice", "hunt" etc. But, I don't "train" with my firearms. I leave that for the mall ninjas of the gun community.:p When you get a little older, you'll understand.;)

tujungatoes
10-11-2012, 3:54 PM
You might never catch the AR bug. I've had two so far, and I'm still kinda "meh" on that platform. Just doesn't tickle my fancy for some reason.:shrug:

Still trying to fall in love with it though. Just bought a 300blk upper for another lower I have kicking around. We'll see if the third times a charm

Cadre
10-11-2012, 3:55 PM
try the FAL bug.

Mossy Man
10-11-2012, 3:57 PM
I bought an AR just to have one.....it's a great rifle.

But I like my mini-14 more still.

tujungatoes
10-11-2012, 4:05 PM
@Cadre

While the girl with the rifle in your sig looks pretty good, the pic is obnoxiously large and it makes threads you post in irritating to read. It also exceeds the forum sig pig size limit of 600x100. Don't suppose I could talk you into downsizing it?

CSACANNONEER
10-11-2012, 4:09 PM
OK, the more I think about it, the more I realize that I like to tinker with ARs more than shoot them. Of course, I have 2 dedicated .22lr uppers that are just plain fun to shoot and I get the best of both worlds. My 5.56 rifles serve their intended purposes but, that's it. There's no real thrill in shooting them.

Toes,

I think the girl in the picture is actually Cadre but, I'm not positive.

myk
10-11-2012, 4:09 PM
Don't worry 'OP, nobody's perfect. Send your 6920 to me!

Red Devil
10-11-2012, 4:13 PM
Why haven't I caught the AR bug yet?

I asked myself that very question... the last time I was cleanin' my M1 Garand. ;)

ap3572001
10-11-2012, 4:23 PM
I haven't caught that bug yet either....

We have AR style rifles at work. They are cool.

My personal rifles are Ruger PC9, Mini 14's and Benelli MR1.

I have no need for a BB and can use any magazine I want .

Mossy Man
10-11-2012, 4:25 PM
I haven't caught that bug yet either....

We have AR style rifles at work. They are cool.

My personal rifles are Ruger PC9, Mini 14's and Benelli MR1.

I have no need for a BB and can use any magazine I want .

One of the best things I like about the AR platform is how easy it is to find inexpensive reliable magazines.

Not so for my Mini-14

ap3572001
10-11-2012, 4:32 PM
One of the best things I like about the AR platform is how easy it is to find inexpensive reliable magazines.

Not so for my Mini-14

You are right . I only use factory Ruger magazines for my Mini 14's. They make 5/10(my favorite)/20 and 30.

Benelli MR1 is 100% reliable ONLY with most recent NATO style AR magazines and with PMAG's.

Mossy Man
10-11-2012, 4:34 PM
You are right . I only use factory Ruger magazines for my Mini 14's. They make 5/10(my favorite)/20 and 30.

Benelli MR1 is 100% reliable ONLY with most recent NATO style AR magazines and with PMAG's.

Yeah, i use my factory magazines in my Mini14, but it also seems to work well with the Tapco GenII's.

Pretty much the rest suck.

ap3572001
10-11-2012, 4:37 PM
Yeah, i use my factory magazines in my Mini14, but it also seems to work well with the Tapco GenII's.

Pretty much the rest suck.

We had Mini 14's(GB style) at work before the AR's. Mini 14's with factory mags are VERY reliable.

Mossy Man
10-11-2012, 4:38 PM
We had Mini 14's(GB style) at work before the AR's. Mini 14's with factory mags are VERY reliable.

i've rebuilt my old pre-2k generic 20 round magazines with factory ruger 30 round kits.

they work wonderfully.

wash
10-11-2012, 6:29 PM
Take your temperature.

You may have turned.

Just to be safe don't go to any zombie shoots.

prerunners4life
10-11-2012, 10:58 PM
I lost the ar bug.. Now I can't get this ak bug outta my skin!! 2 ak's and about 30 mags an 5k rounds later.. An I feel like I need another :)

Cadre
10-11-2012, 11:14 PM
@Cadre

While the girl with the rifle in your sig looks pretty good, the pic is obnoxiously large and it makes threads you post in irritating to read. It also exceeds the forum sig pig size limit of 600x100. Don't suppose I could talk you into downsizing it?

Consider it done :)

DinoPJR
10-11-2012, 11:41 PM
somethings wrong with you. ARs an AKs are the funnest to shoot

Yugo
10-11-2012, 11:50 PM
I've got a lower milling bug maybe you need some 80%ers in your life :shifty:

Droppin Deuces
10-12-2012, 12:21 AM
I shoot with a round that was ment for lots of different things. Just because you use it to train children doesn't mean that is what it was designed for. Oh, I do enjoy shooting .22lrs after shooting 50BMG matches. But, the little 5.56 round gets boring to me a lot faster than .22lrs do. BTW, I "shoot", "plink", "practice", "hunt" etc. But, I don't "train" with my firearms. I leave that for the mall ninjas of the gun community.:p When you get a little older, you'll understand.;)

*LIKE*

elfstone
10-12-2012, 12:35 AM
Haven't you read? It's absolutely useless and boring unless you build one from scratch.
Build at least 5 in a row then maybe you will like one.

Seriously, .22 plinking is fun and educational.

Yugo
10-12-2012, 12:37 AM
CMMG .22 conversion!

MrPlink
10-12-2012, 1:18 AM
I get bored shooting Ars at paper pretty fast. Cans and bottles will hold my attention though. The big boom of a full rifle cal holds my attention just fine on paper targets, but 22lr is always fun.

scarville
10-12-2012, 5:03 AM
Don't worry about it and don't let the "enthusiasts" rile you. I had a couple of AR, and a FAL. I ended up selling them all. Now I am more likely to show up at the range with a lever action than anything else.

sd_shooter
10-12-2012, 5:15 AM
I think you need to get an AK. You won't even be tempted to shoot at 300 yard targets but you'll have great fun blowing up everything in between! :43:
(BTW, I googled for "Mikhail Kalashnikov" and for some reason these came up, my google-fu must be weak today...)

http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/115/a92bdfac0bbde32de48ce9be0e9b6333/l.jpg

http://a2.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/92/c887609be066806906407ca28f044a6e/l.jpg

http://a3.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/16/b0cef4ed5f00f10c7cacf20bace71b35/l.jpg

http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/10/03560f5b454431d570f65bc60d7039aa/l.jpg

Never mind, here's the mother lode:
http://www.myspace.com/mikhail_kalashnikov_ak47/photos/8530490

Bhobbs
10-12-2012, 6:59 AM
I took my AR15 and M1 Garand to the range for the first time together. I shot the AR15 and had BRD for 10 minutes until I shot my Garand. The M1 Garand is the cure for BRD.

Capybara
10-12-2012, 7:23 AM
Bhobbs, I couldn't agree more. I have four great ARs, I really like them, but truth be told, I feel the same way. ARs are more fun to build than to actually shoot. I much prefer shooting my Garand and I have to say, even my Mosin. Maybe I need to take a carbine course, but the springing sound of the buffer, the meh trigger, the sort of wimpy sound, I just find my ARs to be mediocre compared to the old stuff.

I am keeping my ARs, I love them and largely bought them because the State of California doesn't want me to have them so eff them and I am sure I will grow to like them more as I shoot them more, but they definitely don't thrill me like a bigger round does.

NeoGeo630
10-12-2012, 8:20 AM
I agree with all the people who suggested taking a course with your AR. Once you do, you'll want to take more courses. If you like building them, finishing a build and taking a course to test out your build almost goes hand in hand IMO. I have two builds that I'm itching to take courses with. Time permitting, it will happen sometime this fall/winter.

theshoer
10-12-2012, 8:28 AM
Cadre i say make pic larger :)

Lifeon2whls
10-12-2012, 8:43 AM
CMMG .22 conversion!

+1000

21SF
10-12-2012, 8:50 AM
Bhobbs, but they definitely don't thrill me like a bigger round does.

THIS
That's why I find .22 sooooo boring...

SoCalXD
10-12-2012, 9:09 AM
* Help me enjoy this AR more!

Shoot steel targets, learn carbine skills, relish in the fact that you have the ability to defend yourself from a zombie horde, within 200 yards!

defcon
10-12-2012, 9:36 AM
im the same where i just shoot 50 rounds with my AR and get bored with it. i have no motivation to bring more than that.

im more anxious to shoot and have fun with my .22 conversions.

i think its because i worry about the cost of .223 ammo compared to the .22.

i also enjoy my Saiga 12 with slugs over my AR15.

Coyotegunner
10-12-2012, 10:18 AM
Like someone already mentioned.Maybe you are a pistol person.
I own several shotguns and handguns.I think of them as yard tools.Hang them on a wall or in a closet until I have to use them.Argg.I have to make myself shoot them to stay proficient.I have taken a brand new, fairly expensise over under out and flogged it chukar hunting with no remorse.Handguns,I will trade at the drop of a hat for a nice rifle.
I am a rifle person.Old,new, beat up used ones.single shot,bolt action,semi auto.They are like art to me.I want every caliber I can get.ARs,well I have owned them for over 30 years.I get so excited with my new to me caliber,6.8SPC that it has been the first one I pick up for months now.
My favorite rifle,a M1A Socom.I did not like it at first,having/owning a few Mini 14s,
M1As,Garands and Carbines,I wondered what is the point of the thing.Well I had red dots and pistol scopes on it.Finally I just pulled all the cr*p off of it and started to shoot it after owning it 2 years.The big ole ghost ring in the rear sight is not so accurate after using scopes or better sights.I have learned that rifle now and can operate it well.It gives me a huge smile every single time.
My analogy.I am not a fan of football either,it reminds me of ballet or opera.A gun show or store I can spend countless hours looking at rifles.Same with hunting maps or hiking for new hunting spots.
My take on ARs is they are one of the most reliable,accurate and reasonable to buy semi autos.They are like MR Potato Head when it comes to adding stuff.I have moved on to AR10s now and they get more expensive even yet.They are fun though.
These guns may not be for everyone,But I think everyone should have a AR15,Ruger 10-22 and a shotgun.

defcon
10-12-2012, 10:33 AM
i bought my AR just to have one. will be doing the same with an AK 7.62

is it true that mall ninjas only buy colt? im kidding hahahaha

Hachi6
10-12-2012, 11:04 AM
I bought one just to have one. Shot it twice and I don't think its been out of the safe for a while. I got the .22 bug instead. Shoot my marlin and buntline all day.

INFAMOUS762X39
10-12-2012, 4:01 PM
I own a M1A/M14 and an Ak-47 but no AR at the moment. As you can see I am a big fan of 7.62/Gas Piston. :cool2:

Cadre
10-12-2012, 5:27 PM
Cadre i say make pic larger :)

He ask nice so i helped out :)

DasBoost
10-12-2012, 7:13 PM
Honestly, I've looked at ARs, priced a few builds, shot a couple, but never really got the urge to buy/build. Honestly, I'm perfectly content with my Mini14 with Weaver K3. Classic lines and action, fun to shoot, no maglock. Also, it seems ever AR I see at the range is some 'D3LTA L33T SN1P3R' that weighs 16lbs, has a bipod and a couple acres of rail estate. :cool2:

jgraham15
10-12-2012, 7:19 PM
He ask nice so i helped out :)


Damn, I'm really going to miss seeing that pic :(

Cadre I think you need to start a thread with a poll to see how many people enjoyed seeing that beautiful picture and how many people it bothered. If more people enjoyed it than were bothered by it you should put it back in your sig.

The War Wagon
10-12-2012, 7:20 PM
I wholeheartedly agree on taking carbine courses - as an AR owner for 20+ years, it's like the difference between THROWING a bullet, and SHOOTING it! :D

And once you love that, just wait until you build a dedicated .22LR AR!!! ;)


http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc305/The_War_Wagon/100_7624.jpg

Colt562
10-12-2012, 8:51 PM
Please come to the dark side and beautiful ar above me

penguinofsleep
10-12-2012, 9:06 PM
agreed... as much as i like the ar and admire it from an engineering perspective, it just doesn't have that "wow" or "fun" factor like a garand, ak, fal, a nice bolt gun, saiga12 or benelli m2, or even my dan wesson revoler. that being said, in an ideal scenario, i would like to build about 3 or 4 ARs of various calibers in the future.

mlevans66
10-12-2012, 9:22 PM
*LIKE*

Loser :rolleyes:................;)

The Virus
10-12-2012, 10:03 PM
going to a public range and standing on a line shooting 1 round a second is horrible.
Go compete, join a private range , take a class or two, otherwise you may as well get a bolt gun.

hbogart
10-12-2012, 10:14 PM
Maybe it is the lack of recoil. I have shot ARs, and I might eventually get one, but I really don't get the attraction. But.... the first gun I owned was a Ruger Super Blackhawk. My first rifle was a M77 in 7mm Remington Magnum. Now I shoot a SIG P226 9mm or my M1A.

When I shoot a high-powered rifle, I want it to feel substantial. And a steel target at 300 yards is going to ring better with a .308 with a 22" barrel than a .223 with a 16" barrel.

I might buy a Colt 6940 just in case SHTF ever happens, because it would be more portable than a M1A.

sffred
10-12-2012, 10:19 PM
IMHO before you even take a tactical course, checkout the Appleseed project!

LAKings22
10-12-2012, 10:29 PM
As long as I'm shooting I'm having fun.

dpop24
10-12-2012, 10:50 PM
Appleseed is on my short list of things to do soon but I'll run it with my .22LR of course. I've shot plenty of higher caliber rifle rounds and sometimes had more fun that I've felt with my AR and sometimes less (my brother's 7mm bolt action is fun for the first 10 rounds until you can't feel your shoulder anymore).

I'll take everyone's advice and look for a carbine course after Appleseed and see what kind of fun I can squeeze out of this thing. I do enjoy shooting anything, I just meant to convey that I have MORE fun with handguns and .22lr (both rifle and handgun).

JNunez23
10-13-2012, 8:55 AM
Give to to me! :) lol

I'll treat her right..

Yerman
10-13-2012, 12:11 PM
Consider it done :)

NOOOOOOOOOO. BRING HER BACK....BRING HER BACK......:D

Just kidding. She was pretty hot though. Who was that?

Cadre
10-13-2012, 12:49 PM
NOOOOOOOOOO. BRING HER BACK....BRING HER BACK......:D

Just kidding. She was pretty hot though. Who was that?

new avatar equals compromise....

rojocorsa
10-13-2012, 1:59 PM
I took my AR15 and M1 Garand to the range for the first time together. I shot the AR15 and had BRD for 10 minutes until I shot my Garand. The M1 Garand is the cure for BRD.

Which is why I bought that one first. That way BRD cannot ever be as severe. M-1 is a vaccine, if you will...

Cadre
10-13-2012, 6:38 PM
Damn, I'm really going to miss seeing that pic :(

Cadre I think you need to start a thread with a poll to see how many people enjoyed seeing that beautiful picture and how many people it bothered. If more people enjoyed it than were bothered by it you should put it back in your sig.

Lol is that even legal in this community?