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Of the AR's you actually own, what is your favorite barrel length?

7-8 inch
17 %17 %17 %
17.74% (303)

10-12 inch
6 %6 %6 %
6.67% (114)

14 inch
4 %4 %4 %
4.10% (70)

16 inch
40 %40 %40 %
40.52% (692)

18 inch
10 %10 %10 %
10.48% (179)

20 inch
16 %16 %16 %
16.69% (285)

22 or longer
3 %3 %3 %
3.22% (55)

0 %0 %0 %
0.59% (10)
Comment made by Kalashnikov on 2015-10-16 13:14:34
I'm an AK guy by any stretch. AR's have always interested me, but early on I could buy an AK for less than half of what an AR cost. Over many years I have become so invested in the AK platform, it made little sense to start up anew on the AR platform. Last year the opportunity arose for me to obtain an AR for the first time. I grabbed it. An A2 Marine upper and lower parts, with an Olympia Arms lower. One reason that I took advantage was the 20 inch barrel. The gun is clean and well maintained as it was a gun my friend carried as a Marine. It's not pretty, it doesn't have a fancy rail, or adjustable stock. It's not so maneuverable in close quarters as one of those newfangled M4 style "rifles". What it is, is a very accurate, reliable rifle, with a known history, and a Colt pedigree. My plans are to put a simple, silent sling on it, a factory Colt competition trigger, a commercial Colt lower, and perhaps a newer, nicer A2 style stock. At the most, I'd consider some kind stock with an adjustable comb, if not one of those leather covers with the bulge that laces on to the existing stocks, maybe a nice Nikon scope, and 4 mills of "Colt Grey Duracoat on the upper and lower. For most any kind of work, I'll refer to my selection of AK's. But it will be fun once in a while to take the AR out and see what I can do with it at distance on the range.

Comment made by mike on 2015-10-20 17:01:37
do not own one yet. But have used them a lot while in the military. 18 inch is my own preference between long length of 20+ inches vs. the short range length of 16- inches. If street to house fighting is called for I would want something better in cal. than a .22 on drugs. Something in the way of 30+ caliber.

Comment made by on 2015-10-22 14:14:17
I favor the twenty. I have to agree with Mike - the .30 cal. makes a much better close-in rifle, if that is what is needed. The 5.56 / 20" package can be phenomenally accurate (esp. w/ hand loads) at well over 600 yards. Ak rifles shine under 200 yards and they don't need more than 16" of barrel to do it. If you want to hit something smaller than a coffee can past 500 yards, the 20" AR can do it. Some of the best of them can hit an apple at that distance.

Comment made by Jake on 2015-10-26 19:01:09
I've owned 10.5", 16" and 20" barrel AR's. In civilian hands, I don't really see any amazing benefit to a 16" barrel vs a 20" barrel. Increased velocity with the 20" only does great things for the cartridge in all applications and the rifle length gas system aids in reliability. As for weight, my 20" XM16E1 clone weighs just under 6.5lbs with a sling and empty mag. 1/9" twist new production pencil barrel. The 10.5" pistol Colt 603 clone is just for fun. :)

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