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Need help with my AR-15

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by KT2002, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. KT2002


    Oct 7, 2008
    I am new to the AR-15 world but I am in the military so I have shot my share of weapons. I have been wanting one for a while so it is time to build my own. I have searched through post on this site but there is so much information. I am looking to build a regular AR15 to shoot maybe a few times a year. I am still undecided on whether to add a handle or not. What are the perks other than the obvious? Is it better to get one with a handle or flat top for sights? Are there any good magazines to get more information? Thanks.
  2. MattS67


    Mar 21, 2005
    Most people don't run carry handles anymore. IMO flat top w/flip up sights is the way go to. This leaves a lot more options down the road in terms of optics.

  3. pinkstog


    Jan 25, 2009
    Get the flat top, you can always purchase a carry handle add-on later if you so choose to.
  4. Unless you plan on humping in the field and lugging your rifle by its handle, you will never use it in a non-military setting.

    Flat top with backup iron sights and optics, you can buy a picatinny mounted handle if you really want to.
  5. m814


    Dec 31, 2007
    Flat top with BUIS is what most go with. I was in the military for 9 years, never once carried my m16 by the so called "carry handle".
  6. LA_357SIG

    LA_357SIG Milspectacular

    Aug 28, 2006
    Not Los Angeles.
    I go with a detachable carry handle on my .22 AR15 mostly b/c it "looks" right. And I use the .22 for fundamentals and actual marksmanship training. I also like shooting iron sights and the flat top/buis profile looks wierd. (without an optic)

    In other words, get the flat top and a removable carry handle so you have an option if you want to add optics later.
  7. mvician

    mvician Lifetime Member

    Jun 8, 2007
    NW Indiana
    You've got questions........we've got answers. :wavey:
  8. Flinter

    Flinter Hornady Fan

    Oct 31, 2006
    Home, Sweet Home
    That's a big no-no in today's military. You carry ready to use it and it's been this way since at least the late 80s.

    As to the OPs question. The flat top is the way to go. Gives you much more options if you ever decide you want them.