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Need help with my AR-15

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

  1. KT2002

    KT2002

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    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

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    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.
     
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  3. pinkstog

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    Get the flat top, you can always purchase a carry handle add-on later if you so choose to.
     
  4. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    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

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    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".
     
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    LA_357SIG Milspectacular

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    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.
     
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    mvician Lifetime Member

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    You've got questions........we've got answers. :wavey:
     
  8. Flinter

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    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.
     
  9. OleSmokey

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    There is a lot to learn before you build. I bought AGI American Gunsmithing Institutes Videos on the AR15 and they helped. They have Technical Manual & Armorers Course and also Building the AR15 Rifle. I ended up just buying a match rifle for CMP matches. Recently bought two complete lowers and then bought 2 different uppers for hunting. If low price is what you want I get regular emails from Palmetto State Armory. Im amazed at how reasonably priced their stuff is. The reviews are pretty positive too.
     
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    I'm guessing he's learned a lot in the last 7 years.
     
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  11. OleSmokey

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    :dunno:Gosh didn't even notice the date. Duh..
     
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  12. MadeInAmerica

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    Just get this and call it good.
    [​IMG]

    Add a red dot or a good 1-6x scope. No need for BUIS unless Trump looses in 2020.
     
  13. halfmoonclip

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    Okay, I'll be a dissenter here; I really like irons and have only A1/A2 uppers. Concur that a railed upper does open other doors, but there's no saying you can't have a second rifle.
    A question for the OP. What is your issue weapon? Do you like that configuration? I'll also dissent on 'build' rather than 'buy'. Get a gun, handle and shoot it to a greater degree than your duty rifle, and really examine it; something you likely unable to do with your issue weapon.
    Then, build the next one.
    Moon