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RK has an Anderson for $399, but unfortunately they don't have stores in Texas.
 


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My local Ace Hardware actually has a small gun shop in it. I'm in that store quite a bit and they all pretty much know me. I'm thinking about seeing if I can have anything I order shipped to them.

I also found this Anderson online for $499 in stock at a store here in DFW:


That's something I could just go pick up.
 

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Ok, scratch riflegear.com. That exact rifle is $100 more than what other dealers list it for.
 

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RK has an Anderson for $399, but unfortunately they don't have stores in Texas.
I'm pretty sure they will ship to an FFL of your choice wherever it's legal to sell.
 

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Does anyone have any input on Radical Firearms?

It's crazy because a company may have a few rifles that all look the same but be one number off in the product number and I have to read through the specs to figure out what the differences are.

Seems like barrel finish, barrel material, receiver finish, and twist. I see a lot of 1:7 twist, a few 1:8, and saw a S&W with a 1:9 twist.
 

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If you don;t know about it check out gun.deals they get a lot of deals and sales posted for various gun sites.

Don't be afraid to consider buying online and having it shipped to your local FFL. I've done it several times and never an issue. Around here the FFL transfer fees were around $25 last I did one.

I'm not recomending any of these, but some decent prices and some have free shipping to your local FFL. I wouldn't have a problem ordering from any of these. Probably a bunch more good deals on there, I just stopped scrolling after these.


Bud's Gun shop is another place I can recommend. I've ordered through them a few times. Here's what looks like a good deal currently on their front page:

Diamondback Firearms DB15 - $488.21 w/ free shipping

I think Diamondback has a good reputation, this is 16" barrel, has a Magpul stock and grip rather than that cheap "mil-spec" stuff, appears to have a decent full length M-lok handguard, and a lowprofile gasblock instead of the A2 that would need to be replaced. If I were in the market I'd be very tempted.
 

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Seems like barrel finish, barrel material, receiver finish, and twist. I see a lot of 1:7 twist, a few 1:8, and saw a S&W with a 1:9 twist.
The lighter the bullet the faster the twist, the heavier bullet the slower.

1:7 is really pretty good all around.

Its been a couple years since I have looked into it but when I was poking around Radical seemed to be on the cheaper side of things.
 

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The lighter the bullet the faster the twist, the heavier bullet the slower.

1:7 is really pretty good all around.

Its been a couple years since I have looked into it but when I was poking around Radical seemed to be on the cheaper side of things.
The opposite actually. 1:7 is for heavier bullets and 1:9 for lighter.

For what it's worth, unless you're varmint hunting, 1:7 is a good compromise and will shoot most anything on the store shelf just fine. Anything under 50 grains might have some problems in the 1:7. They might fall apart from being spun too fast or just have crap accuracy.

Anything heavier than 62 grains in a 1:9 could also have problems but it depends on the rifle. Some people have been able to shoot 77 grain match bullets out of a 1:9 just fine and others had accuracy problems and keyholing issues.

1:8 is the middle of the road for people who want to go lighter but still have some ability for a heavier bullet.

For what it's worth, my 1:7 AR and my 1:9 Mossberg bolt gun seem to shoot about the same across the board as far as bullet weights.
 

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Does anyone have any input on Radical Firearms?

It's crazy because a company may have a few rifles that all look the same but be one number off in the product number and I have to read through the specs to figure out what the differences are.

Seems like barrel finish, barrel material, receiver finish, and twist. I see a lot of 1:7 twist, a few 1:8, and saw a S&W with a 1:9 twist.
I would go with the 1:7 or 1:8 unless you plan on varmint hunting. Even 1:8 can be a bit too fast for the lighter varmint bullets, depending on the rifle.

My 1:7 franken gun has shot 55 grain and up just fine. Most defense rounds are 55 or 62 grain anyway. Some are 65 and 69, which is more in the 1:8 and 1:7 twist's wheel house than 1:9.
 

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i will need to get with you guys on this stuff too. i have wanted to build an a2 for around the house, or even an a4, though i have never shot one. both my kids like the a4s they used on active duty but since the a2 was what i used, i am comfortable on it.

i am just following along on this thread so i can try building something too. i have never built any rifles and we have only one at the house, in 22lr. a 10/22, which is a great small rifle.
 

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i have never built any rifles and we have only one at the house, in 22lr. a 10/22, which is a great small rifle.
I said earlier I like my Ruger carbines. The 10/22 is one of those. My goal is to have every member of the family have their very own... and a 50 cal ammo box full of ammo. Just makes sense to me...

There is a shitload of hot rod parts for them... lots of support. Fun to make one your own. Living in Texas... ALL the stuff I can't buy... you likely can. Might be a fun way to enter at home gunsmithing.

Sorry for the thread drift... back to regular programming.
 

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Gotta love .22LR for cheap shooting. I think the 5.56/.223 capable would be the way to go in an AR-15 style weapon. Just because of how common it is.

I'll be following this thread. Wanna build one myself. (I can't leave anything stock, so why not build from scratch.) My problem is that I know so little about the topic I end up Googling everything... I'm afraid I'd end up with a pile of "recommended" parts that don't fit together.
 

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i will need to get with you guys on this stuff too. i have wanted to build an a2 for around the house, or even an a4, though i have never shot one. both my kids like the a4s they used on active duty but since the a2 was what i used, i am comfortable on it.

i am just following along on this thread so i can try building something too. i have never built any rifles and we have only one at the house, in 22lr. a 10/22, which is a great small rifle.
I started with an A2 style AR. It still has the 20" barrel, but everything else has been swapped out. Free float guard, low profile gas block, Ergo grip, Magpul adjustable stock. I wouldn't go back to a fixed stock, and won't have another long barrel in a rifle this caliber. The extra 4 inches of barrel and fixed stock length makes them more to handle without any meaningful benefits. Now on a 308, and some other larger calibers I'd consider longer if I needed.it for the range. Long shots where I shoot & hunt are 300yd or less, most being less than half that.

I'll be following this thread. Wanna build one myself. (I can't leave anything stock, so why not build from scratch.) My problem is that I know so little about the topic I end up Googling everything... I'm afraid I'd end up with a pile of "recommended" parts that don't fit together.
I won't say don't build, but I would recommend anyone starting out to buy a complete rifle and modify. Then build your second... and third... and...

That will get you familiar with the function, assembly, and operation, which can help a lot with building.
 

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My A2 build. I wanted to use a triangle hand guard like an A1, but they were very expensive at the time I made mine.

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