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|April 3rd, 2011, 05:40 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2009
What is your Favorite AR? I am probably gonna say M6A2 for myself for piston. And Nov for DI! I am impressed with the M&P15T...build quality is very nice!!!
|April 3rd, 2011, 07:13 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
I only have one so I have and it's a Bushmaster A3M4 Patrolman's Carbine. I've been very happy with it.
The other hand I'm from GA and plan on visiting Daniel Defense next month. I consider DD to be a top three producer and am seriously considering picking up one of their AR's.
Why do I like what I have? So far it's been 100% reliable, it's light, and wasn't overly expensive. I've got it dressed with a DD Omega rail and vertical foregrip; has an ergo grip handle and a Primary Arms M3 type Red Dot. Finally it has a Magpul rear BUIS an mags.
|April 3rd, 2011, 08:19 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jan 2009
The AR I have now, was a build, built by G&R Tactical..I'm about 20 minutes from Grant's shop..Anyway it's built on a DD upper with a 16" DD CHF pencil bbl, Fixed FSB, Lower is also DD with a Giesselle(SP?) SD-C trigger, 6"surplus rail,(Grant had a few of these, they were rejects from a Mil. contractor, the reject was, I guess someone did'nt like the way the rivets holding the heat shield were set,it also came with 4 panels and a vert.grip, at $150 they were a steal)Magpul stock, triggerguard, grip, DD fixed rear sight, and a Aimpoint CompM3,Surfire X-300, Vickers 2pt sling.. I've yet to have a problem with this rifle..
As far as DI vs Gas piston, I don't see the supposed advantage of the Gas piston, right now there must be over a dozen MFG's of them, NONE have interchangable parts,All of them being slightly different. At least a DI system is the same from MFG to MFG. Better reliabilty? that's questionable. Keep the bolt carrier wet with a DI system, and you'll have no problems.. I believe that Pat Rodgers has a AR, that is known as "filthy 14" and last I heard, had over 14,000rnds on it without cleaning, and no failures, just lubing the BCG. Pat uses it for his training classes so, it gets shot, alot.. That right there, blows "the it shits where it eats" crowd right out of the water. Like I said, I don't see the gas piston advantage, But if someone wants to run one, that's up to you, go for it..
|April 3rd, 2011, 02:57 PM||#5|
Join Date: Apr 2009
I hear ya on the DI vs Piston. For the recreational shooter DI is more then fine. If I were in a war...I might opt for a piston. If I run out of oil, get it dirty, in the water, sand, etc. I think that is really were the piston does better. They can damn near run dry. But for the rec shooter...it isnt a big deal. Accuracy is the same and price has certainly gotten closer so piston isnt the rip it once was. Many will say I can get a DI for 700...ok have fun! I am not knocking Doublestar or DPMS but I like Rock better and many other. But lets take a RRA for example and compare cost to a Piston counter part. The LARS 15 is about 1000 bucks. That is with no quad rail, no sights amd one mag. So lets add troy rails for 159, and troy sights at 199 for front rear flip up battlesights, and 2 additional mags for 60. You are at the price of a Ruger sr-556 which has all of that. So to me I guess I look at cost. I think piston is an improvement on something. There are the die hards that say this is a 40 year system that is fine. But to me that is saying we should have never improved the corvette since its release in 1953. You can build a better mouse trap. But this cost comparison is true if you step to a Noveske are 2250 (at least the one I want) and an LWRC M6A3 is the same if not a few bucks less. Both excellent but one is DI and one is Piston.
|April 3rd, 2011, 04:48 PM||#6|
Join Date: Mar 2008
I build all of my own ARs, and currently own 6, all in different configurations. BY FAR, my current favorite is a 7.5" barreled, dedicated 9mm AR. It's currently built as a pistol while I wait for the SBR stamp to come back, but I do have a YHM 9mm Wraith QD can for it.
Here it is pictured with my second favorite AR.
|May 14th, 2011, 06:37 PM||#9|
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Western Arizona
I just traded my Ruger Mini-14 Tactical for a new S&W M&P 15PS...which is the S&W piston AR. This is my first AR and I wanted to stay with a piston gun because my Ruger was flawless in the 2 years I owned it. The M&P has good reviews and I am pleased with my choice. I have only put about 80 rounds through it so far and I am really impressed how accurate it is right out of the box.
The DI / Piston discussion always brings up a lot of good points about both systems. You may find this video useful. I question his statements about piston guns weighing more than DI guns...mine weighs in at 6.5lbs...the same as other S&W DI guns.
|May 14th, 2011, 06:52 PM||#10|
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Salish Sea
The Original, the granddaddy of them all, the AR-10. I'd give up a selected internal organ to have an Stoner patterned unuttered original in my collection. I've only seen a couple and they were behind glass.
|May 15th, 2011, 11:22 PM||#11|
Join Date: Jan 2011
The title is confusing. It asks what your favorite R is not whether you prefer piston or DI. For most purposes a DI is just fine. Other than that my favorite AR's are the ones I build myself from the ground up from all parts. That way it is the way I want it and I know just how it went together.
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