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What is a good AR config?
#1
I have 2 AR's now. one is a retro CAR-15 and the other is and standard FDE 20" MOE flat top. I have a 3rd lower awaiting an upper but I can't decide what type of upper to get! I want something different...but not a bastard child that I can never change up? Things I like: folding front sight gas block, monolithic rails, dissipators, mid lengths, CASV rail system...oh, and I am also on a $400-$500 budget!

Should I get something tricked out or is it better to buy a standard 16" carbine upper and just change furniture as I feel necessary? All the LIKES I listed above seem to involve non-standard gas systems. I know that there is no right answer...just looking for opinions.
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A Reading from the Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20:

Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."
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#2
I have a Bushmaster XM15-e2s (carbine length, collapsible stock, w/ fixed rail). I put a quad rail handguard on it and a forward grip. I really don't mind iron sights on it, and the only additional thing I want to do to it is replace the collapsible stock with one that hugs my should better, replace the pistol grip with one that feels better in my hand, and add a flashlight to it with a remote switch. I like basic battle rifles, but then again my AR is also a safe queen. I'm more of a pistols kinda guy.

To answer your question, it's all about what you prefer. I like carbine ARs because I never shoot past 100 yards (there really aren't any ranges that exceed that). If I was going to be shooting 200+ yards, then I'd go with something that has a 20" barrel, and add a bipod, scope, and adjustable (for LOP and cheek riser) butt stock and turn it into a mid to long range (depending on your defintion of those terms) rifle. With what your budget is, I'd stay simple but buy try to buy quality parts.
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#3
Anything I suggest blows your budget out of the water.Big Grin

Sounds like you know what you want, what can you live with and where can you spend now and upgarde other items later?
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#4
my son got rid of the bushmaster carbon 15 and bought a rebel arms RBR -15 . all the good stuff already installed for less than buying something and tossing a lot of stuff and installing upgrades and they are made right here in Pa

http://rebelarms.com/index.php/ar-15-rif...4-blk.html
It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
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#5
I have had my "M4" for a while now and I've begun my next build. (Woohoo - I have a rail and a BCG! LOL)

I always thought I'd build something different than the first - like a longer range, scoped rifle, or something, but the more I looked at parts, the more I realized I would be building another 16" carbine that would simply have different furniture and a red dot.

Aside from an additional lower to mate to my .22 upper, I doubt I'll ever want another AR. Two will be plenty.
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#6
If I had to pick 3 ar's, it would be a 300 blackout suppressed SBR, a 16" .223 battle rifle with a red dot sight, and an 18-20" precision ar with magnified optics and match barrel and trigger.
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bac0nfat;129986 Wrote:......... and an 18-20" precision ar with magnified optics and match barrel and trigger.


Yes, and you don't have to spend a fortune on optics, a basic $300 SWFA 10X or 12X is all you need to play. They have rugged internals, mil/mil reticle, and decent glass. You just won't get any frills such as variable mag, illumination, or zero stops.


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#8
I'm still lurking in the shadows waiing to pounce on the right upper deal! I think I will just get an inexpensive M4 profile upper and build on it with the CASV rail or something similar that will give me the Monolithic look! I was ready to buy, but a New truck came along and I decided to buy truck accessories like a K&N filter, step rails, slush mats and such! My gun money stash took a BIG hit! LOL!
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A Reading from the Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20:

Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."
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#9
What's a good AR config?

One that starts with Avtomat Kalashnikova. Big Grin

Seriously though, if I were building another AR it would be a shorty pistol version with an arm brace and a good cqb optic. Maybe one of those geissele triggers too.
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#10
This is an impossible one to answer. It's kinda like asking "How do you like your burger?" Depending on who you ask you'll get a different answer. And since there are thousands of ways to configure an AR, tastes will vary over a huge range.

ARs are the Barbie Doll ™ of the gun world. You can dress them up any way you want.
Ammunition, it's the new lead bullion. Buy it cheap and stack it deep.
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