Are you considering buying a rifle chambered in 308 Winchester to help you and your family through a long term SHTF situation? The three main rifles on the market are the M1A, PTR-91 and the FN/FAL. There are a lot of articles out there discussing the points of each rifle. What is rarely talked about is the overall cost of ownership.
Why should we worry about the cost of ownership? You save to buy the rifle, then you find out how expensive spare parts are. To some people, the price of spare parts and magazines might be a deciding factor.
Lets look at 2 topics, spare parts and magazines.
What will not be discussed is tacticool items, such as rails, slings and scopes. With so many options on the market, there is too much to discuss when it comes to scopes and slings.
Lets look at just the basic rifle, something that can be used to protect your property, protect your crops, livestock and hunt with.
For this project lets stockpile 25 magazines. This provides 3 rifles with 7 magazines each, and 4 spares.
The following prices are samples taken from random websites.
Mil-spec 20-rd. M14 / M1A Magazine – $14.99
Thermold 20 round M14 Magazine – $16.19
Springfield 20 round – $27.99
Springfield M1A Magazine, USGI, 20rd $69.99
Average price $32.29
With an average price of $32.29, its going to cost an estimated $807.25 to stockpile 25 magazines.
If we went with the low price of $14.99, it would cost an estimated $374.75 to buy 25 magazines.
If we went with the high price of $69.99, it would cost $1,749.75 to buy 25 magazines.
Military Surplus Magazine HK G3, HK91, PTR 91, CETME – $2.99
HK G3 MAG 20 ROUNDS – $7.99
HK-PTR91 20rd magazine-308 – $18.50
Average price $9.82
With an average price of $9.82, it would cost us an estimated $245.50 to stockpile 25 magazines.
If we went with the low price of $2.99, it would cost an estimated $74.75 to buy 25 magazines.
If we went with the high price of $18.50, it would cost an estimated $462.50 to buy 25 magazines.
FN/FAL 20rd Magazine New (metric) – $15.95
DSA Magazine FN FAL 20 round – $17.99
KCI Magazine FN FAL – $17.99
FN FAL Metric 20rd Magazine – $19.99
Average price $17.98
With an average price of $17.98, it would cost an estimated $449.50 to buy 25 magazines.
If we went with the low price of $15.95, it would cost an estimated $398.75 to buy 25 magazines.
If we went with the high price of $19.99, it would cost an estimated $499.75 to buy 25 magazines.
Magazine Cost Of Ownership
PTR-91 is the clear winner with an average price of $9.82 and a low price of $2.99.
FN/FAL is second place with an average price of $17.98 and a low price of $15.95.
M1A is third place with an average price of $32.29 and a low price of $14.99.
With the low price of the M1A and the FN/FAL magazine so close to each other, it could be debated which one should be in second and which one should be third place. Just because someone ask $69.99 for a magazines doe snot mean you have to buy it.
What good is a rifle with a broken firing pin or cracked bolt? Its an expensive club at that point.
As with the magazine prices lets take samples from random websites on replacement parts.
M1A Firing Pin
M14 M1A Firing Pin Chrome – $27.00
USGI Springfield M1A Firing Pin – $25.00
FN/FAL Firing Pin
DSA Firing Pin One Piece FN FAL – $12.99
L1A1 Firing Pin – $14.95
PTR-91 Firing Pin
HK German HK G3, HK 91 .308 Firing Pin – $15.95
H&K 91 hk g3 ptr 91 Firing Pin – $13.99
M14 M1A Bolt, Fulton Armory Gen II – $174.95
M14 M1A Bolt, Fulton Armory Gen II complete – $240
FULTON ARMORY – M14/M1A GEN II BOLT & ROLLER – $199.99
DS Arms Metric Bolt, Complete, Two Piece Extractor (new) – $120.00
FAL Bolt, Complete (used condition) – $55.00
(some of the FN/FAL parts on the market are surplus of unknown age and quality)
Bolt Assembly Complete $179
HK Contract G3 & HK 91 Bolt Head Complete- Used – $124.95
HK 91/G3 Semi-Auto Bolt Group Complete – $361.95
With the examples that have been provided, I think we can come to the conclusion the PTR-91 has the lowest cost of ownership. Second place would go to the FN/FAL and third place goes to the M1A.
The cost of magazines and various spare parts in no way takes away from the overall quality of the rifle. The only thing we are trying to do is address what rifle has the lowest cost of ownership. When we start stockpiling magazines and spare parts, what rifle is going to have the lowest cost?
All of the prices listed are samples taken from various websites at random. When looking for prices, I did not intentionally look for low or high prices. I am sure there are sites out there that offer lower and/or higher prices.
If you feel the examples are in error, feel free to share your comments.
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