Before You Buy, Know Why!

You Should Always Know What Are You Going To Use It For First

Plinking does not include damaging other people's property
This is not an acceptable form of plinking

Before You Buy, Know Why!

Deciding which AR15 AR10 to buy can be a daunting task. There are so many makes and models that it’s hard to choose. I find that most people focus on the wrong questions when trying to make their selection. For example, they look at brand names, calibers, and what’s the best deal. I believe your first question should always be, “what am I going to use it for?” Once you determine that, you can narrow your search to those makes and models that apply to your criteria. I have listed some possible uses for your AR15 AR10 below.


You just want to target shoot at targets and work on your skills. You want to shoot cans, jugs filled with water, or punch holes in paper. My mom is in her 70s and to this day, is hell on wheels when it comes to shooting from the hip. No can, bottle, or jug filled with water will ever survive an encounter with her. You will never see her at a formal range. She says shooting paper is boring.

Hunting with an AR15 AR10
Shot with a Live Free Armory LF308!


You need to make sure you have enough rifle to humanely kill the animal you’re are hunting. You want to have something that will work at the distances and in the terrain, you will be hunting in. For example, if you are shooting in wide open spaces, something that will shoot long and flat is in order. If you are bush country, then you need something with a punch at shorter distances. In other words, the right tool for the right job.


ar15 ar10 zombie killers
Zombie Hoard? No problem.


Hopefully, you will never have to deal with fighting off a zombie horde, but it doesn’t hurt to have the means to do so if necessary. You never know when you have to defend yourself or your family in an emergency. In a personal protection situation, a carbine length rifle might be exactly what you need.

Other Considerations

Once you figure out what your rifle’s intended use is, then you hit the other questions which will probably include:

  1. Caliber
  2. Action (Bolt, Lever, semi-auto)
  3. Magazine capacity (unless it’s a single shot, every rifle uses some type of magazine system)
  4. Manufacturer
  5. Price Point

That that was an all-inclusive list, but you get the picture. It can be as simple as going to a dealer and saying I’ll take that one on the left if you’ve done your homework. Once you make that all important 1st decision, every other decision becomes easier.

If you’d like more information or have any questions, feel free to email me at Please remember that Live Free Armory is here to help you whether you choose to buy from us or not.  We believe that obtaining the right information should always be your first step.

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