Sell me on the AR-7 (or, conversely give me a reason not to buy it).

Sell me on the AR-7 (or, conversely give me a reason not to buy it).

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >It's ugly
    >The 10/22 Takedown does essentially the same thing with better ergo, aesthetics, quality, and aftermarket

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They are not built to last through regular shooting/plinking. They'll break long before a 10/22 or Marlin

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It makes a good pistol.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      well fug
      I'm not OP but now I want one

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      And a bad one

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      First of all lower your voice

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They made some of them like that from the factory. Those ones are legally pistols per ATF.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >The C-96 at home.
      Joking aside, that is pretty cool.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm not sure why anyone would actually buy this gun. It's accuracy is meh. It's not very durable--the barrel is a super thin steel liner covered in plastic. The mags suck. The stock is the size of an obese woman's thigh. It has no aftermarket to speak of. Really the only thing the AR-7 had going for it is that it could float, which was useful for a handful of hyper-specific niches. But the current models don't even float well, so even if you were a bushplane pilot or a river-rafting guide in Alaska or someshit like that where you legitimately had a need for a floating survival rifle...it wouldn't even do that.

    I'm puzzled as to where the interest in this gun comes from. Was it featured in some recent game or movie or something? It's so odd that so many people seem interested in it in the last few years. I know it was used as a prop "sniper rifle" in a bunch of old movies but that doesn't explain the relatively recent surge in interest.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I'm puzzled as to where the interest in this gun comes from
      It was designed and used as a survival rifle for USAF aircrews, which does make it an interesting piece.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That explains a baseline level of interest, but it doesn't explain why the interest in this gun seemed to have greatly increased in the last few years. I get why some people might like the gun for historical interest. What I don't get is the recent uptick in interest. Nobody gave a frick about these 20 years ago, they were quite literally "forgotten"; in the last few years I see tons of people asking about them and I'm curious what triggered that surge of interest. Simply being a USAF survival rifle doesn't explain this. The M6 is another USAF survival rifle, honestly a lot more interesting than the AR-7, and that doesn't seem to get near the attention.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Marketing wank has tricked the mouthbresthers into thinking takedown rifles are anything but moronic.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >break action vs semi auto
          >the break action costs 2x more
          >why isn't it more popular
          >mfw

          Marketing wank has tricked the mouthbresthers into thinking takedown rifles are anything but moronic.

          >go camping
          >hike down populated trails with a lot of other hikers
          >have my ccw in my waist band
          >keep my TD rifle in my pack so I don't freak out the other hikers
          >take it out so I have a plinker while I'm alone innawoods at night or can do target shooting when I get away from the populated areas
          >this is moronic
          >mfw

          You guys really should get PrepHole sometime. Reading articles online can only really take you so far anons it's a big world out there.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I'm PrepHole all the time, a forearm broken down in your backpack is worthless.
            And if you care about the opinions of the leftist scum populating hiking trails, you should just have a nice day, especially since you're wading your time on using hiking trails in the first place.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Guess how I know you don't live in the mid Atlantic and don't go PrepHole either

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Camping in grandpas backyard isn't PrepHole anon.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >phoneposting
              >muh liberals

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That explains a baseline level of interest, but it doesn't explain why the interest in this gun seemed to have greatly increased in the last few years. I get why some people might like the gun for historical interest. What I don't get is the recent uptick in interest. Nobody gave a frick about these 20 years ago, they were quite literally "forgotten"; in the last few years I see tons of people asking about them and I'm curious what triggered that surge of interest. Simply being a USAF survival rifle doesn't explain this. The M6 is another USAF survival rifle, honestly a lot more interesting than the AR-7, and that doesn't seem to get near the attention.

      >I'm puzzled as to where the interest in this gun comes from.
      it's a weird result of the generational handoff of gun culture from boomers to younger people. it's a gun that has SOME cultural cachet from being around when the boomers were kids. it was used in the James Bond films and was a USAF survival rifle. i think it might just be that things that existed when the boomers were kids have monumental amounts of cope projected onto them - a cheap gun from 1958 that boomers would have ogled in magazines and catalogues makes it a likely impulse purchase for that generation

      the reason that people give a shit about it now is because it's like $200 new. it's a very cheap gun that's cheap enough for young, new gun owners to impulse purchase and being a 22 and a small takedown gun is very appealing for new gun owners who do not want to fully commit, even though the notion of a takedown survival rifle is mostly marketing wankery because most people who buy a gun for camping or survival situations are just falling for fear based marketing

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I'm puzzled as to where the interest in this gun comes from. Was it featured in some recent game or movie or something?

      Probably from the "AR" in its name, and takedown/survival TEOTWAWKI LARPing.

      I have a Marlin Papoose (for small hands), and as much as I dislike it, I like it more than my AR7.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's chambered in 22 long rifle, an astonishingly outdated and unreliable cartridge absolutely not suitable for use in autoloading firearms even in the best case.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ^This

      https://i.imgur.com/1m7nGY8.jpeg

      Sell me on the AR-7 (or, conversely give me a reason not to buy it).

      Just get a Ruger Wrangler or Heritage Barkeep if you want a cheap small compact or even smaller compact 22lr gun to hike around with and if you absolutely insist on a rifle still then spend a little more and get a Tikka.
      Anything else is just an over priced meme gun.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Heritage Barkeep
        Those suck for most applications, especially hiking. Just get a normal heritage rough rider for cheaper, and you might actually be able to hit what you're shooting at past 3 yards.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >be me
          >find image I like
          >it's in fricking Googles webp format
          Muddafooker, thank goodness I'm not a total moron and know how to use gimp to convert images to png's and jpg's. Seriously though frick google.

          >can't spot an obvious shitpost
          I know anon, Barkeeps are only good for the gimmick of pulling one out of a holster while camping or plinking down range with the /k/omrades for laughs because of how short it is. Normal Rough Riders are fine though and either are fantastic budget 22lr guns.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Muddafooker, thank goodness I'm not a total moron and know how to use gimp to convert images to png's and jpg's. Seriously though frick google.
            idk what gimp is but I just use snipping tool and save that as a jpg

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              I mess with the url and can usually pull a jpg

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >idk what gimp
              Basically FOSS Photoshop for folks who hate the anti Christ. Or in other cases a gentleman or gals who like to wear leather or latex attire and engage in certain social activities in said attire.
              I'm the former of the two....

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I had a 5.5 Rough Rider, waiting for my Super Wrangler to ship as its replacement. I will never buy a gun with non-adjustable sights again.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Easy
    In it's original form the AR7 needs work out of the box. However with a few upgrades you can make a pack gun that is lighter, thinner in every demention, and still retains the semiauto nature of the 10/22.

    Ever since buying one and tweaking it to what I need it to do my 10/22 has retired from my pack buddy to sitting next to the back door and the AR7 now tags along on my adventures.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Some other examples of how handy it is

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous
        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Even folded it's about the same width as a normal 10/22 unfolded.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Look at the stock from the front instead of the side.
        It's blocky and ugly, it's uncomfortable to shoot, the action is bedded in shitty heat-sensitive plastic, the mags are fragile as shit and frequently poorly-made. The stock is ultrasonic welded plastic that has a bad habit of cracking after being exposed to UV light and temperature swings. The triggers used to be actively dangerous, although now they're much safer. It becomes dramatically less-accurate after one mag, because it was only ever meant to be shot a couple times in a row. Every component of the AR-7 is fragile but the receiver, and it wears very quickly, so it's an absolutely terrible plinker or tool.
        I could see a mod like

        https://i.imgur.com/YC5ao5f.jpeg

        https://i.imgur.com/EumNF32.jpeg

        Even folded it's about the same width as a normal 10/22 unfolded.

        being more interesting, but stock the gun is cheap, gimmicky dogshit and almost nothing it does couldn't be done better by a .22 autopistol or a Chiappa Little Badger. And the Badger can load .22 magnums

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I do really like the .22mag and .17HMR versions. Idk what I'd use it for but I wouldn't mind taking one with me and playing with one for awhile

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/yx2WwvG.jpeg

      Some other examples of how handy it is

      https://i.imgur.com/YC5ao5f.jpeg

      So if you replace the whole gun the gun is a good gun

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        All i did was swap out the stock but yes, in general that's how ARs work.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Unless you are a pilot in a small bush plane, completely useless.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It makes a good trapping gun especially if you cross creeks or rivers checking traps and will float if you drop it. It disassembles into the butt of the gun and fits most trapping backpacks or baskets. The magazines are kinda over priced and fragile. Overall for a truck gun/ hiking or trapping gun it works well for an affordable gun. I like my AR7 a lot.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's a delicate piece of cracking trash that wouldn't survive an actual survival situation.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I had one when I was a kid, it was a lot of fun. Had a 20rnd magazine that jammed every couple of shots, but I still thought it was cool because my uncle who flew Apaches back then told me he had one just like it in his survival kit in the chopper. The fact that it floats was the coolest shit ever for a 10 year old. Get one anon, they're neat.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was the first firearm I bought back when I was 12 years old which would have been in 1980. It was made by charter arms at the time. I think I paid $45 for it that I earned mowing yards. From a 12-year-old's perspective, it is a really neat firearm. I shot the living hell out of it. It was a great firearm to learn about the mechanics of firearms. As a preteen/teen, I would take it completely apart on the picnic table in our backyard. I still have it and I still treasure it to this day. It tends to jam. The sort of cure is to wrap the bottom of the magazine in electrician tape so as to cause the magazine to be better tilted so the rounds go better into the chamber. I also had a problem with the barrel leading. But I did rapid fire the living hell out of it. Yes, it's junkie, not all that great, inaccurate, unreliable, but absolutely a great first firearm for a 12-year-old.

    Now if you want a really reliable 22 semiauto firearm from the early 1980s that would be the Remington Nylon 66. That thing ran extraordinarily well. I still have it also. It's negative is it's very difficult and not really practical to disassemble and clean.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The barrel is plastic with some sort of metal liner, that could be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Aftermarket barrels are available at ar-7.com that are all steel and pretty good

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I hate ITAR

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          ... Black person what does ITAR have to do with steel barrels?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It’s what American retailers claim why you can’t buy their shit and ship it to fricking leaf land. There’s importing company’s that will 3rd party that shit for you but charge you out the ass and only do import shipments a couple times a year.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Border jannys will snatch that package up if you have an AR part in it also. Doesn’t matter that it’s for an AR-7 AR’s are AR’s and that’s a big no go.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Damn I didn't realize you're a Canuck, sorry bro.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >$200 gun
        >Just add a $150+ barrel (that is often incompatible with its gimmick)
        >and sift through $40 magazines until you find one that works with your gun
        >a $90 aftermarket stock helps, although again the gimmick is gone..
        >Still have to use standard-velocity .22 ammo and baby the shit out of it
        At a certain point you're just chasing a bad design with money because it looked neat, and you desperately want it to be good as well as cool.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          If you don't like it just say that lol
          I like it so it's worth the upgrades. I do wish that Henry would just stop fricking around and sell something like mine factory though, it would probably earn them customers

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got a charter arms for free and it's a jamtastic shitpile

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it barely fricking works. fpbp is right; a ruger 10/22 does everything this does without sucking.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Sell me on the AR-7 (or, conversely give me a reason not to buy it).

    Hope you like having loads of magazines. You'll need a few dozen to get a couple good ones.

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You can make a modern version of the ZOGbot pilot rifle and that is pure sex

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous
    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Modernized, I'd stick to the OEM plastic barrel personally but the aftermarket steel shouded one is cool too. Let's you actually grip it somewhere besides the receiver

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    you probably won't shoot it like you think you will. I love .22, but there's better semi auto options. An MP-15/22 won over this for me since the mags were easier to get and the platform was more familiar.

    And trust me, in this age of fast form 1/4's, you want to shoot .22 suppressed of you think even remotely that you might want one.

    The AR-7, however, has a utilitarian spirit unmatched. Not for someone who wants to shoot it a lot like I would an AR

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have one. My first gun, too. I was surprised at the idea of a takedown rifle. I bought it out of sheer fascination and since then have acquired a reasonable collection of long guns and handguns. My takeaways on the AR-7:
    >Weird ass butt stock, feels like shit
    >Off centered barrel (a result of the inside being made to fit all the parts), so it's awkward
    >Shoots like a b***h
    >Inconvenient setup and takedown
    However
    >Very accurate. Might just be mine, ymmv
    >Hides in the stock. Anyone looking would only see a stock and not a full rifle
    >Moderately waterproof. I took mine on a canoe trip and put duct tape around the seal on the stock. When it got dunked, it mostly floated, but stayed dry
    >You can store it with three magazines, one in the receiver and two slots in the stock
    The only time I would bother bringing this rifle with me again is on another canoe trip (I frickin love being onnawater), but for all other use cases I'm taking along either a handgun or a different takedown.

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