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Questions from an AR-15 Newb

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Chromaflage, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Chromaflage

    Chromaflage Oregon Member

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    After much research and considering a number of manufacturers and custom building, I've settled on a DPMS Recon. Although discussion about my selection can take us deep into the woods, I'd like to avoid that for the time being. But, being new to the world of AR-15s, I have some questions (some may be silly, stupid and may fall into the category of "if you don't know, why are you getting and AR-15?"). Be that as it may, here goes:

    1. Will any standard AR-15 magazine work with the DPMS AR?
    2. If other mags will work, what are the "good" ones and what are the "bad" ones
    3. Are the mags for .223 and 5.56 different or the same?
    4. Is the DPMS capable of the same mods as a standard AR-15?

    That's a good place to start, anyway. Thanks!
     
  2. The Duck

    The Duck Oregon Active Member

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    1) Yes, in .223 / 5.56
    2) Anyone with ammo in it is good, an empty one is bad...
    3) Same either way
    4) DPMS is a standard AR...

    Note: When you get one, have someone who knows the platform go over it with you or at least You-Tube it! (Please)
     
  3. DirectDrive

    DirectDrive Vancouver, WA Member

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    See underlined text.
     
  4. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That's gonna be one heavy carbine.
     
  5. Born2hunt

    Born2hunt Linn cnty Member

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    I really like the Magpul mags. Great for me so far.
     
  6. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    With that in mind, we might as well get in some AR15 forum humor :) .

    Typical gun forum advice - YouTube

    Keith
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  7. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Luckily the vast majority of ARs (including DPMS) are build to mil-spec dimensions so any AR mag will work. IMO the best AR mags for price/performance are USGI like D&H. Magpul pmags are also very good but tend to carry a heavier price tag. Copes is having a sale on 10 packs currently for about $9 a pop
    Cope's Distributing
     
  8. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    That video wasn't nearly as funny as I had hoped.
     
  9. shooter58

    shooter58 Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    I have had experience with 3 DPMS lowers and a variety of mags. No issues to speak of. I have most experience with mil spec aluminum mags but also have had good luck with magpul and iMag.
     
  10. hoody

    hoody Tigard/Beaverton area Active Member

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    I thought it was funny. And squarely on topic.
     
  11. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Confirmed...you are a line troll :laugh:

    Keith