Okay, now I love the “let’s find a work around” problem solving to California’s asinine new laws. But at some point you just gotta say screw this and just move to a different weapon platform that doesn’t have these compliance issues. That point for me was at the 2 minute mark of the Bullet Button Reloaded product video. Disassembling your gun so you can reload… no… Just no. California doesn’t want you have an AR – Fine. Sell it to someone in Nevada, Arizona, or Utah. Or don’t. Keep it. Bury it in an oil bath so it’s forever protected from the elements, and then some day when the Liberals all die and you guys can FINALLY vote in someone with both cerebral hemispheres fully functional…. Estimated in the year 2055… Then you can pull that AR-15 out and shoot it like Eugene Stoner intended.
Either way… You are going to need an alternative firearm. And if they don’t want you to have Capacity – Go with more Caliber.
My first suggestion is Go Gauge. 12 Gauge. Here’s my Top 10 suggestions – these 10 being in no particular order. It’s a mix of Semi-Autos and Pump Actions, with a Side by Side Double… because it’s a badass Gauge.
1. Beretta 1301.
2. Benelli M’s 2 through 4.
3. Benelli Super Nova Tactical.
4. Remington 870 Tactical.
5. Mossberg 590A1.
6. FN SLP.
7. Mossberg 930SPX.
8. Kel-Tec KSG.
9. Remington Versa-Max Tactical.
10. Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme.
Next suggestion would be a Lever Action. They can be fired quickly and accurately.
Ideally, a Pistol Caliber Lever Action on the Winchester 92 pattern. Rossi actually makes a very good starting point with their M92 guns. Go with the 20″ barrel, and go with either the .357 Magnum/.38 Special option or the .44 Mag Option. In 16″, get the .357 Magnum.
In Rifle Calibers, .30-30 really is a fantastic cartridge, even after all these years. The ammunition available now really makes a difference in terminal ballistics on the target. Remington Hog Hunter ammunition is just flat out ferocious.
You can find an old used Winchester 94 that’s not too valuable… A Marlin 336 type, or a Mossberg 464… Having owned several Winchesters and Marlins… I am really quite pleased with the Mossberg 464. The 464 SPX is quite ugly… but gives you a 16″ barrel, adjustable stock, and a threaded barrel on some versions. Decent sights and the ability to easily install an optic.
If you really want to give California a Middle Finger – Go with a Lever Action in .45-70. These are not the Shoulder Breakers that Safe Zone Navigators say it is. You can easily learned to manage the recoil and you will find it quite easy to do so. Your AR fires a 55 grain bullet… HA! .45-70 can fire loads up in the 500 grain weight class. It just shoots wrecking balls. Because you CAN.
Or you can opt for a Bolt Action and embrace the concept of the Scout Rifle. But there are few bolt actions that I find interesting, so I wont recommend any of those…. Save for old Enfield Mil-Surps with 10 round magazines and they can be quickly reloaded via Striper Clips. Ruger and Savage make great off the shelf Scouts. Or make your own. They do make for fun projects.
But seriously though – you guys need to overthrow that State Government you have. Not violently, of course, but at the ballot box. Vote out everyone that supported this ban, at every level. From State Reps, School Boards, City Councils, all the way up to the Governor who signed this Constitutional Travesty.
You guys have my sympathy. Good luck.
NOTE: No, I didn’t mention the M1 Garand. Because those are big and heavy and we’re talking Carbine replacements here. But yes, they are always awesome.