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Hello ! retired , !00% disabled Navy vet, Nam era I have a CCW in my state and have a few guns i decided i want to get a assault rifle while they are still available ! so i am asking which brand , type , caliber , configuiration i should purchase ?
I have had a stroke and have some weakness and lack of strength and mobility on my left side/ arm but am trying to rehab it ( i can use it mostly, drive w/ it for example do you have any suggestions for rehab ? i am VA eligible but my VA doctor seemed to disscourage going to rehab, Physical therapy !. thx Jack
 

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An assault rifle is considered military grade with select firing. You can’t have one. Assault weapon is what you are after. They are the scary semiautomatic.
 

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Bullpup is your friend.

Take a closer look at Kel-Tec RDB-17 (or RDB-S, if you are in the one of the communists' states).
I have one and it is so well balanced that I can easily shoot it with one hand.

Moreover, It is 100% ambidextrous and suppressor ready!

https://www.keltecweapons.com/firearms/rifles/rdb/

 
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Welcome from Texas.
Also thank you for your service.
Not sure how bad your disability is, but most AR type 5.56/.223 do not have too much recoil.
Your problem would be mostly the weight of the rifle itself. Keep it simple with not a lot of add on's which can add weight to them.
Probably best to go to a few shops and handle them to see which one you can carry the best.
 

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Soon it may be illegal to own, possess, transfer, or look at one. So be prepared to hand it over or be a criminal.
 

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From Wikipedia
An assault rifle is a selective-fire rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine.[SUP][1][/SUP][SUP][2][/SUP][SUP][3][/SUP][SUP][4][/SUP][SUP][5][/SUP] Assault rifles were first used during World War II.[SUP][6][/SUP][SUP][7][/SUP][SUP][8][/SUP] Though Western nations were slow to accept the assault rifle concept, by the end of the 20th century they had become the standard weapon in most of the world's armies, replacing full-powered rifles and sub-machine guns in most roles.[SUP][8][/SUP] Examples include the StG 44, AK-47 and the M16 rifle.[SUP][8]

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Assault weapon is a term used in the United States to define some types of firearms.[SUP][1][/SUP] The definition varies among regulating jurisdictions, but usually includes semi-automatic rifles with a detachable magazine and a pistol grip, and sometimes other features such as a vertical forward grip, flash suppressor or barrel shroud.[SUP][1][/SUP][SUP][2][/SUP] Some firearms are specified by name.[SUP][3][/SUP] At the time that the now-defunct Federal Assault Weapons Banpassed in 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice said, "In general, assault weapons are semiautomatic firearms with a large magazine of ammunition that were designed and configured for rapid fire and combat use."[SUP][3][/SUP]The origin of the term has been attributed to legislators, gun control groups, the media and the firearms industry.[SUP][1][/SUP][SUP][4][/SUP][SUP][5][/SUP][SUP][6][/SUP][SUP][7][/SUP] It is sometimes conflated with the term "assault rifle", which refers to selective-fire military rifles that can fire in automatic or burst mode.[SUP][5]

A carbine has weathered the chopping block for quite awhile and the AR or AK platforms will be the next to go. You should have a good five years with a carbine like the RUGER mINI14 ,[/SUP]
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yea i was in the military i think i know that i'm not so picky w/ nomenclature ! LOL

An assault rifle is considered military grade with select firing. You can’t have one. Assault weapon is what you are after. They are the scary semiautomatic.
as above ! how about an answer ? not trolling !
 

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Woops... must have left those in a state where legislators seem to think everyone should have one... my bad, haha

Now back to your original question... I am of the mindset that if the quality is good, fit and finish are good and it’s reliable, it’s good enough for my collection. As mentioned previously, don’t know how bad the symptoms of your stroke were, I personally had one a few years back. I was fortunate enough to recover nearly fully.

AR’s are heavy. If you have strength issues with your support arm and plan on using a bipod, you’ll need one with at least a bottom pic rail. Do yourself a favor and buy one integrated or be prepared to loctite the screws in the pic rail. I have all 3 major styles, integrated, keymod and Mlok. The latter 2, while usually lighter, the pic rails have trouble staying put. Integrated in the hand guard is the way to go for trouble free use, it’ll never move.

I have 3 AR platforms, AR-15, LR-308 (AR-10) and a KS-47 (AK/AR-15 hybrid). Both the AR-15 and the LR-308 are DPMS. It’s Remington’s tactical weapons manufacturer. I love them and the price is pretty low for the quality. $429 for the AR-15 and $719 for the 308. The KS-47 is made by Palmetto Armory. $599 bought as a complete upper and complete lower. Quite literally snap the 2 pins in and it’s rock and roll time.

The AR-15 is .223/5.56, it will shoot both. Some chambering do not so look for that. Only thing I’ve done to this rifle is change the handguard for a 6” carbine length, aluminum drop in handguard. That change cannot get simpler, and I added a $60 scope from eBay. I can take that rifle and put bullet after bullet through the same hole all day long at 140/150 yards.

The LR-308 is probably out of the question if strength it an issue in your left hand. It by far heaviest and in my opinion, a rather violent and expensive round. Unless you are hunting big game or long distance shooting, it’s not something that is necessary for someone who just wants an AR platform. It is also a very accurate rifle. I don’t shoot it often due to the $.80/rd but I do like it. I bought it for the power at longer distance. Only thing I did to mine is change out the handguard and gas block (to accommodate a 15” floating handguard. It looks sexy but the keymod for pic rail mounting is a major fail on my part. The keymod handguard can’t hold a pic rail in place to save its butt due to the recoil. I again added an inexpensive scope.

The KS-47 is not the only AR/AK hybrid that has been attempted. There are others out there but I believe this one is the better of the bunch. It is an AR based platform that is engineered to accept AK-47 magazines and shoots 7.62x39. The one I have is incredibly accurate but does come with some catches. Metal mags fit loose and polymer mags fit tight but 1 or 2 of my polymer mags have been known to bind a couple rounds about the middle of the mag causing the mag to not feed properly at times. A good smack on the side of the mag usually frees it up. No doubt it’s the tapered casings on the 7.62x39 that cause it. The pros are that 7.62x39 is cheaper than .223 or .308 and the gun overall is lighter than the other two.

Alternatively, you could opt for a 10” AR-15 pistol. It would be super light compared to all the above, give you fairly good barrel length for decent accuracy and could be shot with one hand as they are required to have a stabilization brace that straps to your forearm instead of a buttstock. If you go this route Palmetto might be a good place to look without breaking the bank. I cannot attest to their AR-15’s but the KS-47 is a nice rifle. Also know your laws regarding AR pistols. Wrong configuration could cost you some jail time if it’s configured as a short barrel rifle (SBR) and you don’t have the proper permit. Another downside it the barrel flash. The .223 was designed to be shot from a 16” barrel so there will be excess powder blown out the end of the barrel. Use a flash hider not a muzzle brake as that excess powder shooting out the sides will prove to be blinding annoyance.

just my 2 cents... everyone has their own opinion on ARs and those opinions vary greatly.

one final thought, while 30rd mags are the standard for AR-15s, 10rd mag will definitely lighten the rifle. You just need more of them.
 

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From one Vet to another, I salute you!

You might also consider a semi-auto pistol caliber carbine. There are a number of them out there nowadays, mostly a little lighter than standard 5.56/.223 AR. Ruger makes their PC Carbine in 9mm and .40 S&W, and there are others. I have a JRC (Just Right Carbine) in .40, and it is both fun and quite accurate; a terror out to 50 yards! They are easy to shoot and mostly easy handling too. A lot of them use a Glock mags, but the Ruger can use either Ruger or Glock mags by swapping the mag wells that are included. There are AR’s configured for pistol calibers too, but they are not typical in that they are blowback and not gas operated. Just a thought as you consider what to purchase...
 

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Not sure how bad your disability is.
Some folks find it easier to use a side charging handle like those found on an AK style rifle than the AR style.
 
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