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Decision time.... what to build

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by shibbershabber, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I'm finishing my 20" AR build and realised that I've got enough parts to build another rifle, except for a stripped upper receiver.

    I'd be assembling the gun just to get rid of it though, maybe;)

    My choices are to buy an A3 flat top receiver or an A2 Carry Handle receiver... price is irrelevant.

    Which is more marketable for under $700

    1. Standard A2 carry handle carbine, full length buttock, A2 carbine handguard

    2. Flat top carbine with A2 front sight, a2 handguard & full size a2 buttock

    I made it a poll. Let me know what you think.
     
  2. Papercidal

    Papercidal Vancouver ,Wa Active Member

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    You can add a carry handle sight to a flat top not so much the other way around.
     
  3. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    ar rifles- how is this still a thing?
     
  4. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Like you I have enough spare parts to start another gun. I think I'm just gonna see how light I can make it.
     
  5. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Maybe its because some of us remember when the AR was the holy grail of rifles... When AKs were $300 and ARs were hard to find & prices pushed $1000...

    Now they are cheap and accessible and we can't get enough of them. I still carry a nostalgia for the days when I pined over a nice A2 setup but could only afford a WASR

    I may build it and keep it.
     
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  6. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    The ultimate set up IMHO.
    Flat top A3 upper with flip up rear sight. 16 inch barrel with mid length gas block.
    Low profile YHM gas bloc. YHM rifle or Specter length hand guard. (Many to choose from).
    Passes over the gas block with a flip up front sight on the end of the hand guard.
    Flip up sights are back up for main sight system. Heavy barrel for
    a scope sight or a lightweight barrel for a dot sight. Some examples.
    http://yhm.net/black-diamond-specter-xl-carbine-top-end.html
    http://yhm.net/5-56mm-tj-competition-carbine-top-end-w-rifle-handguard-2027.html
     
  7. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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  8. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Some people just want to get full ballistic performance from the 223/5.56 round, and not cripple it with a short barrel.

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  9. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    I always thought the longer handguard on the 16 inch barrel made it look like an uncircumcised penis. Keymods just add more phallic symbols to the equation.
     
  10. countryboy865

    countryboy865 Hillsboro Member

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    I prefer a 15" rail on a 16" barrel. The extra length makes it more comfortable to hold.
     
  11. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The only time that a long rail makes sense to me is when one wants to mount a bipod on the front of the rifle, just like your photo shows. A long rail then gives you enough extra room to have the bipod mounted up front, and still be able to comfortably hold the rifle.

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  12. countryboy865

    countryboy865 Hillsboro Member

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    True but a longer rail also gives you room to extend your arms. I like to use hand stop.
     
  13. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Not at all needed, unless one is doing that new crouching C-Clamp style of shooting that seems to be all the rage these days in 3 gun. I'm old school regarding my shooting position. I prefer a traditional hold. Although I do think that using a vertical grip is a good option too. But it does not need a long rail either.

    I don't believe in adding weight that I will not use. But if your shooting style makes use of it, then that makes sense for you.

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  14. countryboy865

    countryboy865 Hillsboro Member

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    All it is is personal perference.
     
  15. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    The extended arm is definitely a stronger position than what I used to do (hand tucked against mag well). Much like how the weaver stance has given way to the isosceles.
     
  16. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    TMI, Regerts. :eek:
     
  17. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    I bet Israeli rifles only have 12 inch handguards.........
     
  18. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    A1