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Old 10-12-2011, 17:49   #1
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:13   #2
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Five (5) years Cancer survivor? Congratulation. I hope you get many more.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:47   #3
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Glad to hear you are doing great, I am new to this sight, and came upon your post.

My 2 cents, go with an AR 15. You have way more options to convert with. I have Three uppers for mine, 10.5, 16, and 20 inch heavy barrel. Getting ready to change upper on the 20 inch to a flat top so I can install a Vortex
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Shotguns have their place for CQB, and packs a punch, I love hearing the sound of a shotgun racking.

I have an 590 as well, been looking at making it SBS, cost is about $500.00 that includes the AFT Tax stamp

If you decide that you want a shotgun I would look at the Benelli M1 super 90I have one with a 14 inch barrel, no kick, and my wife loves to shoot it.

You got the shotgun, if you have a pistol, get the AR and you can do 3 gun competition.

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Old 11-06-2011, 13:24   #4
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Personally, I would go with the M&P. I had one on order for a couple of months a while back and ended up canceling it and buying a Mini. For me, the 590 would serve my shotgun purpose. I would rather have another rifle myself.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:52   #5
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.223 is much more fun to shoot than a 12ga.
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:27   #6
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A lot will depend on how often and where you can shoot.

The tactical shotgun would be fun for informal short range shooting and formal competition. It might be acceptable on some trap and skeet ranges, but it would sure get some looks!

The AR15 would be acceptable anywhere, but finding places where informal shooting is possible and safe could be problematic.

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Old 12-17-2011, 14:29   #7
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I think you already have a great shotgun, I'd go with the AR. They're fun rifles, and it's always interesting to learn a new platform. Your mini won't mind.
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Originally Posted by cqbinkalifornia View Post
Need some advice. Wife gettin me a gun for getting through my 5 years of post cancer tracking - well at least in a few weeks we will be able to find out for sure, but I think he would have called me by now
Think I mention this in a previous post.

Anyway, it looks like I am debating on an entry level AR-15 (leaning towards a S&W M&P15 Sport) vs converting a used Remington 1100 (will have to buy) into an extended capacity tactical shotgun - poly stocks, a few bells, and whistles, etc.


I already have a Mini-14, and I have a Mossberg 590A1

So anyone have thoughts on a choice, pros, cons, etc.????????????

Wishing you the best on your recovery. I went with the sport, just added a few bells and whistles to it.
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