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Old 11-24-2004, 10:24 AM   #1
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AR-7 .22 survival rifle...

Does anyone own one and if so, what is your opinion of it?
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:38 PM   #2
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Re: AR-7 .22 survival rifle...

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Does anyone own one and if so, what is your opinion of it?
I used to, it was one of the "transition" guns made when armalite first sold them to ... whoever it was. Fit and finish was awful (paint seemed to be the dunk in a bucket method), accuracy was so-so (the barrel nut was always shooting loose).

The things I disliked about it were the difficulty in carrying it disassembled (it was a very odd size and shape, and no way to sling it), or assembled (pretty flimsy). And, the stock could have had storage for more than one magazine but didn't.
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Old 11-24-2004, 04:18 PM   #3
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I had two, a long time ago, when Target was still selling guns....
The first one, sold n 1985, was a great accurate, dependable rifle. Buddy needed it more than I did.Bought another one a little later, another Charter Arms, POS from Hades, jammatic inaccruate junker. Took it back, only buy 10/22s for 22 rifles, now.
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Old 11-24-2004, 05:38 PM   #4
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i like mine . the henry version
great camping plinking rifle accurate as heck .It took a few hundred rounds to break in .To cycle relyably .
the barrel has a steel liner encased in plastic .the frount sight is
sloppily cut "dove tail" and needs to be glued in .the trigger pull is stiff . But i dont regret buying one at all .for the $150 buks
or so . it is great for camping fits in my ruck nicely .
they look cheap but grow on you . what i bought it for is camping
plinking . very happy 3k rounds and counting
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Old 11-30-2004, 02:23 PM   #5
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What about a 10/22 in a quick takedown stock? Anyone try one of these?
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Old 12-03-2004, 03:49 PM   #6
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Sounds like a Marlin Papoose might be what you are looking for.

It is a takedown version of the Model 70. It has a conventional type wood stock that ends just forward of the receiver with a removeable screw in barrel like the AR-7 has but a more secure design. It also uses the same magazines as the Marlin Model 70 so they (the magazines) are plentiful and inexpensive.

I think they go somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 give or take a bit.

It stores in a small soft case but can use other type cases. One pilot I know has one attached to a parachute harness as part of his survival gear for flying through or over the mountains.
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Old 12-05-2004, 07:18 AM   #7
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and because of the ease of removeing the barrel on an AR7 and Papoose is very easy to suppress either...
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Old 03-09-2005, 12:15 PM   #8
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I have a AR-7 ,It was made by Charter Arms and I bought it in 1981,,, It was used by both of my sons and have now I passed it on to my grandson this last summer.. In all these years my sons, grandson and I have put many a rounds thru it and it still shoots very good.. if you can get a older one you will be very happy with it.. I have no complaints........
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Old 03-09-2005, 03:03 PM   #9
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The one my friend owned and I shot was a jamamatic.
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Old 03-09-2005, 05:17 PM   #10
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I own a Charter Arms from '87 or '88 and have put an unknown amount of ammo through it without major problems. After awhile without cleaning it starts to jam but so do 10/22s. I have shot a lot of small game with it and it's usual place is behind the seat of my truck. When I was selling guns I sold several dozen of the Henrys and never herd of a problem. If I needed another one I would get a Henry.
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Old 03-09-2005, 08:58 PM   #11
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I had an early Armalite one made in Costa Mesa with brown swerl stock gave it to step-son. Bought a M6 scout better choice for me
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What about a 10/22 in a quick takedown stock? Anyone try one of these?
A buttler creek folding stock makes it pretty compact. Ain't tried a takedown stock. Got a link?????????? Maker/Vendor?

As for the AR-7, I'm with the others, nice on ideas, lacking in real performance. Buy a Ruger, in a pinch I'd get the Marlin (I own both) but Know I'd be grabbin' the ruger if it came down to 'only' those two to decide from................

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I've owned two AR-7s. Great fun to futz with, plink with, and amaze your friends. Marginally satisfactory as a "survival" rifle. Nowhere near reliable enough for self-defense.

To sum up: For casual use, a little better than no gun at all.
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Re: AR-7 .22 survival rifle...

The new 10/22 carbine (16"+ barrel instead of 18") should be far preferable for "survival" than the AR7, I'd think.
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The new 10/22 carbine (16"+ barrel instead of 18") should be far preferable for "survival" than the AR7, I'd think.
Yes, at least until the canoe tips over.
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The new 10/22 carbine (16"+ barrel instead of 18") should be far preferable for "survival" than the AR7, I'd think.
Yes, at least until the canoe tips over.
Heck, if that happens I'll probably drown anyway, so no biggie .
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The entire design of the AR7 is badly flawed. the front sight is on the barrel, the rear sight is on the receiver. This means that the slightest bit of wear, from taking apart and reassembling the rifle results in ruined accuracy. The rear sight is a joke, the type of aluminum used is the lowest, grainiest, weakest grade stuff possible. I refuse to be forced to carry nothing but a centerfire rifle,( or nothing but a rimfire). The .22lr conversion units for various autoloaders (mostly 223) let me have either caliber, after just a few second's worth of part's swapping.
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