By reader request, we’ve got a .223 gunfight today: a bolt gun against a semi-auto. The bolt action’s owner says that he’s ready to put his gun up against an AR 15—so that’s what we’re going to do. We’re all about reader service here at Gunfight Friday, after all.
My gun is a CZ 527 American. It’s a left-handed model in .223 Remington, with a single-set trigger, a detachable magazine, and a Leupold VX ll. I walked into my local gun shop near the beginning of the AR craze, planning to buy a black woodchuck weapon, when I came across this “used” bolt gun that, apparently, some poor right-hander won in a raffle and had no use for. After purchasing it for about half the price of an AR, and with it have half the weight and twice the beauty of one, I have no regrets with my decision.
This is my Rock River Arms LAR 15. It’s chambered in .223 Wylde, which handles both .223 and 5.56 ammo, and has a 20-inch medium-weight barrel. And I put a Scheels 4-14X scope on it. This rifle is a dream for a factory AR. The trigger is good and it’s very accurate. Also, it’s solidly made, with zero play between the upper and lower, which really gives it the feel of a quality rifle.
There are your choices: traditional wood-stocked good looks versus modular firepower, both chambered for the same cartridge. Vote and comment below, and, please, make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to send more gun pictures to email@example.com
Which rifle do you prefer?