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    For "A-Team/AC-556" Fans; good write up.

    Found this today, since I was both a fan and an owner I enjoyed it.

    https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/aut...6-full-review/
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    Thank you for posting the link to that article. The article mentioned the South American market for Minis and ACs. Back around '80, or so, I was living and working in York, PA. One of the guys in our department was going out with this little hottie living in DC. He was an avid gun nut and spent every weekend with her in DC. Who could blame him. It turned out this fine young thing was a Columbian national and worked at the Columbian Embassy. For Christmas that year, she presented him with a NIB, stainless, collapsible stock, Mini-14 GB that had a Columbian State Seal engraved on the top of the receiver. That was one of the nicest and most unique Rugers I ever laid my eyes on. That said, our young Columbian secretary looked even finer. I sure hope the years have treated her well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MG34_Dan View Post
    Thank you for posting the link to that article. The article mentioned the South American market for Minis and ACs. Back around '80, or so, I was living and working in York, PA. One of the guys in our department was going out with this little hottie living in DC. He was an avid gun nut and spent every weekend with her in DC. Who could blame him. It turned out this fine young thing was a Columbian national and worked at the Columbian Embassy. For Christmas that year, she presented him with a NIB, stainless, collapsible stock, Mini-14 GB that had a Columbian State Seal engraved on the top of the receiver. That was one of the nicest and most unique Rugers I ever laid my eyes on. That said, our young Columbian secretary looked even finer. I sure hope the years have treated her well.
    THAT sounds like a good deal!

    Thanks for the link, I remember watching old A-Team episodes when I was very young but I noticed their prominent use of this gun- and their very poor marksmanship.. maybe that was part of the marketing problem- those guys used these in frequent shoot outs but rarely hit anyone.. classic!

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    i believe most of the a-team episodes were semi auto mini-14's with machine gun noises...the M16's were Ar-15's with the same sound effects....there was supposed to be 1 episode with a real Kac556f

    also BA had a Ingram M6 in a episode or 2...beat to hell looking

    i enjoy the mechanics and odd looks of the gun..i wouldnt own it in any form but the SS w/folder as thats what attracts me to its looks...

    if i had to sell one of my FA's it would probably be the first to go as its not a great shooter...3 rounds and your over the head of your silhouette........i brought it out to the last machine gun shoot and i had more people looking at it than my Thompson though.....

    too bad they didnt give it a bull barrel.....it sucks after 30 rounds how damn hot the barrel is..takes 10-15 mins to get back to temp where you could shoot it again....

    its looks is all that keeps me owning it....its my least shot FA .....FA is near worthless...burst works fine though....

    i dont think its a poor mans AR....the FNC is....the Ruger is its own category with its quirky function and looks.....i like to ask people to show me how to switch from semi to burst to full...no one can ever figure it out...who else builds a gun for police/military w/o markings of Semi/Burst/Full on the selector?......its a politically correct looking machine gun
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    Quote Originally Posted by rybread View Post
    THAT sounds like a good deal!

    Thanks for the link, I remember watching old A-Team episodes when I was very young but I noticed their prominent use of this gun- and their very poor marksmanship.. maybe that was part of the marketing problem- those guys used these in frequent shoot outs but rarely hit anyone.. classic!
    I beg to differ, the A Team were all excellent marksman! Who could fire off 3,749 rounds per episode as fast as they could pull the trigger, from the hip with folded stocks no less, and NOT hit anyone in their 5 years of missions? Only the worlds best marksmen, that's who! Any lesser men would have left hundreds of dead bodies behind.

    The A-Team didn't start using Rugers until season 2, season 1 they mostly used M16s/AR15s. And they were the semi auto Mini-14s, not the AC556 models. They all had full length rifle bbls with the standard Mini-14 front sight at the end and aftermarket flash hiders. All the AC556 pics I've seen are either the shorty model or have the "Government Bbl" (GB model) with the combo front sight/bayonet mount some distance back from the muzzle. I used to watch every week, looking for a selector but all the closeups were just plain old SS minis with the factory folder, Mini-14F I believe they were called. Now, one ep they needed "extra" firepower so they mounted 2 minis to a vehicle mount. Those did appear to fire full auto, I even saw them "convert" them by using a pinpoint oiler to add liquid to the sear on a standard Mini trigger pack!

    80s TV was some of the best. A-Team, Magnum PI, Airwolf, Knight Rider, China Beach, Tour of Duty, the Dukes of Hazzard, Hill Street Blues, Night Court, and tons of others. All on 3 channels! Now we have a bazillion channels and maybe a half dozen shows worth watching... God I'm old!

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    the show was good enough to make it into a movie 20+ years later....its not uncommon, but then again what % of 1980's tv shows become movies in the end....less than 1%?......Night Rider & air wolf didnt make the cut (both heavily watched by me as a kid)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battering ram NIB View Post
    the show was good enough to make it into a movie 20+ years later....its not uncommon, but then again what % of 1980's tv shows become movies in the end....less than 1%?......Night Rider & air wolf didnt make the cut (both heavily watched by me as a kid)
    Be patient, the crap machine is hard at work. They'll get to those to.

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    My step dad was (he passed away) a career helicopter mechanic and as a boy he took me to a hanger (not his work) where THE air wolf was sitting. It had no guns or any shred of TV cladding but the shape and paint were undeniable even as a kid. Got to sit in it- I was on cloud 9 that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rybread View Post
    Be patient, the crap machine is hard at work. They'll get to those to.
    Don't you know it! A new Knight Rider is currently in production:

    http://www.nme.com/news/knight-rider-reboot-1780812

    And of course there were numerous "reboots" as a series and TV movies over the years. None of which really worked.

    Magnum PI is being made for ABC, focusing on his all growed up daughter Lilly with essentially the same backstory. I am extremely conflicted about this one, IF they bring Selleck back as essentially Higgins' character it could work. The old Higgins/Magnum dynamic would also work as a father/daughter thing. Otherwise I give it a 4 week run and canceled... Of course now that the Anderson Estate (Robin's Nest) was sold they will likely have to find another place to film.

    So far Airwolf is safe, but someone will eventually want to do it over and change everything to "make it their own".

    Quote Originally Posted by Hey... View Post
    My step dad was (he passed away) a career helicopter mechanic and as a boy he took me to a hanger (not his work) where THE air wolf was sitting. It had no guns or any shred of TV cladding but the shape and paint were undeniable even as a kid. Got to sit in it- I was on cloud 9 that day.
    The actual copter used in the show was converted to an air ambulance and crashed in Europe back in 1992. But if you can afford it, they throw in a clone with this modest home in Bel Air:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...et-helicopter/

    This one is just a bit more affordable:

    http://www.vario-helicopter.net/prod...4-airwolf.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKbFPKOvF9U

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcNa2dNYj0Q
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    Pieces kinda fit because my step dad worked the last 20 years as chief mechanic for a hospital fleet. I can see how that helicopter could cross his path. I wonder how quickly that happened because the show was still recent (if not current) when I saw it.

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    Did anyone watch the video. It shows the guy removing the gas block to take the action out of the stock. Not sure why he did that. Starts @ 15:17.

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    took the time to watch the whole video....i like the guy with arms 2-3x normal size and he couldnt control it well....3 rounds and then your shooting clouds

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    Man, y'all scared me off of the AC556. I didn't realize how uncontrollable it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaujo View Post
    Man, y'all scared me off of the AC556. I didn't realize how uncontrollable it is.
    burst has value....at 15-25 yards you may keep all 3 shots on the target...start with the balls and your 3rd shot will be a head shot...

    if you have limited funds it may be a cheap alternative to a m16....if you can afford a M16 i would choose a M16.....i own both and enjoy both.....

    if i was in a war i would prefer my enemy had Ruger Ac556's as their primary weapon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaujo View Post
    Man, y'all scared me off of the AC556. I didn't realize how uncontrollable it is.
    They kick- I'll just wait for the Lage upper thanks.. and make it heavier!

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    to own one you have to think its a cool looking/odd gun....if it werent for the SS i wouldnt own one....i believe its the only SS FA gun? or at least the only mass produced one

    every time i bring it somewhere it gets attention....as much as a thompson

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    They are a blast with a ciener .22 kit too!!!

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