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    you either love it or hate it Baby Armalite

    swap meet find around the millenium , guy said he just wanted rid of it , that it was a jammomatic , cant remember what i paid but it was less than a hundred ,got it home and sure enough would not cycle brick ammo at all , put some CCI mini mags in a wa'la , just needed premium high velocity , guy must of not tried to figure it out , also the natural tendency is to hold the mag , but the mag has the feed lips so when you hold the mag you change the feed angle , not the most accurate

    everything breaks down and stores in the butt stock and is water proof so it floats , the O ring though has long dry rotted and broke , i really need to try and find one that fits




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    I've had a couple or so over the years. The biggest mistake I think is guys using them as a regular plinker. They aren't. I used snappy ammo, forget Stingers or Yellowjackets and had leading. Long streaks that had to be forced out with a cleaning rod without attachments. They all functioned fine I think but they showed wear faster than others. I sold them all through time to guys that wanted them for their intended purpose.

    I also tried the little skeletal Broncos and they were OK too but no great shakes. A Remington nylon is super light and will carry and work just fine if you want light, I still like the steel and walnut types.
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I've had a couple or so over the years. The biggest mistake I think is guys using them as a regular plinker. They aren't. I used snappy ammo, forget Stingers or Yellowjackets and had leading. Long streaks that had to be forced out with a cleaning rod without attachments. They all functioned fine I think but they showed wear faster than others. I sold them all through time to guys that wanted them for their intended purpose.

    I also tried the little skeletal Broncos and they were OK too but no great shakes. A Remington nylon is super light and will carry and work just fine if you want light, I still like the steel and walnut types.
    those nylons are moving into the verge of collectable territory these days , they range from anywhere from $350 to $500 now depending on how its dressed , this Armalite is more of a conversational piece , i break it out maybe once a year on a .22 day

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    Quote Originally Posted by micmacman View Post
    those nylons are moving into the verge of collectable territory
    Our halloween gun show last had one man with about five variations to sell and all priced within reach. Around here some of them go for over a grand... 66 and the like are less unless they're mint.
    Regards, Jim

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    My "survival" gun I took on all my hunting trips was a Savage Model 24 in .22 RF over 20 gauge. I kept the camp fed with Grouse with that neat little rifle. I think I paid $75 for it used with a leather case for carrying it when it was broke down. They're selling North of $500 here in the U.S. now.

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    I grew up with an Armalite survival rifle in the house. It was fun but not particularly accurate and there was that feed problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapper740 View Post
    a Savage Model 24 in .22 RF over 20 gauge
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    They're selling North of $500 here in the U.S. now.
    They're way more than that here. Anything walnut and blue that's well made in that class is hard to find and expensive.
    Regards, Jim

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    Henry owns them now don't they?
    Regards, Jim

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    My contribution to the discussion.
    Missed an Armalite once due to lack of knowledge. Early reddish-brown model price right.
    Snooze you lose. Been looking for one ever since.
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