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carbine or full length gas?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by ruffhunter, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. ruffhunter

    ruffhunter

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    I have a Hogue full length handguard on a 16 in barrel and I was in need of sights. I purchased a YHM 9394 gas block/flip up front sight. I only got the 9394 just to have a front sight that will sit beyond the handguard and it also gives a longer sighting plane. It currently has the factory short length gas block that sits 3 inches from the end of the handguard tube. Would you leave it as is or convert it to a full length gas system?
     
  2. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    If you're asking the question you don't know enough to go messing with the length of your gas system. Leave it.
     


  3. crazymoose

    crazymoose Nonentity

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    You can't go longer on the gas system without plugging up the old gas port and drilling a new one, both of which are major operations requiring precise equipment and a machinist's skills. By the time you do this, it will have been cheaper to just buy a new barrel. However, your new gas block will work fine just as a front sight post.
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    Last edited: Jan 27, 2011
  4. Novocaine

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    Why in the world would you want to convert it to rifle length?
     
  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    You would need to replace the barrel to change the gas system.
    It sounds as if you have a carbine gase system & you are wanting a longer sight radius?

    Do some research on the "dissipator" or send me a pm and I will send you a few links
     
  6. Because rifle length gas systems are more reliable with less wear and tear on the gun? Not saying he should do it, but I can see why he would want to.
     
  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Not really,........depends on many things. A rifle length gas system on a 16" barrel
    has a weird dwell time. For a 16" the standard and most reliable is a mid length gas.

    OP seems more concerned about getting a rifle length sight radius than gas system
     
  8. BBJones

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    I am thinking the OP means mid-length gas system and not "rifle length." Rifle length on a 16" is very unusual and may lead to a host of problems.

    Like others have said to get a mid-length (or any other length of gas system) you need a new barrel. If you want a longer sight radius maybe get a rail to mount sights.
     
  9. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    Actually, changing the length of gas system is rather easy. Just not something the OP ought to tackle at his level of experience.
     
  10. Durden

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    Allegedly. Just sayin'.
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2011
  11. DieselNut

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    Look up the pig tail gas tube or a Fat boy gas tube. I think both would slow your cycle rate and lessen the wear on your bolt.
    Probably could find them cheaper somewhere else but here's one:
    http://www.impactguns.com/store/100000553.html
     
  12. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    Dude. Just no. :upeyes:
     
  13. 12131

    12131 Monkeyboy CLM

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^
     
  14. ruffhunter

    ruffhunter

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    I only poised this question since I added the YHM flip sight (just for the sight) and thought about putting the gas block to use. Knowing the rifle length gas system would be easier on gun. NO I wouldn't mess with it myself for those critics. I'm just going to leave it as is.