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AR15s are not finicky maintenance queens

10 Responses to “You mean the internet has been wrong?”

  1. Dave Says:

    You just cursed my buddy. Every time I read one of these “See, AR’s are really ok rifles” stories, proclaiming how fantastic they perform, my buddy’s AR has at least one shooting session ending malfunction.

    To which I always retort: “NO WAY! Uncle says ARs don’t malfunction any more”.

  2. Paul Kisling Says:

    I don’t know of too many weapons that would not be reliable after 50 years of constant development…

    Hell we could probably do the same to the Chauchat.

  3. mikee Says:

    I await with great patience, not holding my breath, any suggested improvement on the expedient but crude method used to clear Baker Rifles of powder fouling during long engagements in the war against Napoleon.

    Has peeing down the barrel been improved upon in the two centuries of constant development since then?

  4. Paul Kisling Says:

    Yes it has mikee. Now they pee down the barrel BEFORE they load it!

  5. HL Says:

    Paul, I hear 1911’s still needs some work.

  6. Paul Kisling Says:

    Actually you can have 1911’s that work. They are much like the AR’s in that department. Good ones cost money or are pseudo-custom jobs. Its rare to find a cheap 1911 that functions perfectly. Same with an AR.

    Not a huge fan anyhow unless they are double stacks. Got big mitts.

  7. Bill Twist Says:

    The only problems I can recall ever having had with an AR-15 or M-16 malfunctioning were all related to the magazines.

  8. Tam Says:

    Paul Kisling,

    I don’t know of too many weapons that would not be reliable after 50 years of constant development…

    And which “developments” are these that have been done to the AR platform?

  9. HL Says:

    Tam, M4 feedramps would qualify.

  10. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    Using the right goddamn powder instead of recovered 20 year old 30-06 powder, chrome lining the barrels, but that’s all for jungle combat. Those were some improvements. It’s a close tolerance peacetime design, and needs support and supply, and be kept clean in the bolt carrier. Unlike the AK47 wartime design, it can hit the broad side of a barn from the inside.

    I don’t know what you guys have been shooting, but I’ve been firing ARs since the 80s with no malfunctions, literally none, and that includes all kinds of low budget lower builds and whatnot. I have never, not one single time, needed the forward assist. Maybe I just need to send a couple more thousand downrange with no cleaning to pull a failure out of one. Wait, I’m not going to abuse my rifle to get it to break.