As parts for the mid-length carbines become more common, I am leaning toward the middies being a better option for 16" barrels than the Dissipator-style guns. Plus, they look more "balanced", to my eyes, at least. The stock 16" carbines always had too much barrel hanging out past the handguards; the Dissipators, too little.I built mine on a BCM 16" mid-length barrel. Longer sight radius, less exposed barrel to burn yourself on, and the longer handguard allows for a grip farther down the barrel (more muzzle control). What's not to like?
You use a low profile gas block on a carbine or mid-length gas system, and install rifle handguards on the barrel. On a 16" barrel (the length implied by the term "dissipator"), this means the handguards go almost to the end of the barrel. A front sight post is installed in the rifle-length position, but it acts only as a sight, not also as a gas block.Noob alert: What is 'dissipator' and what makes it so?
I think the Dissapator with the fixed front sight looks silly. But that's just my opinion and we all know what they say about opinions.Crap forgot all about the longer sight radius.
The Dissy looks sooooo good!