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Old 01-18-2012, 03:05 AM   #1
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Just bought the gun over the weekend at a local gun show. Equipped a quad rail and front grip just after purchase. The gun came with a Bushnell red dot which will be changed eventually. It is my first AR and I'm really just looking for expert input from those who have used it and their experience. Any good upgrades would be cool, too.

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Old 01-18-2012, 03:13 AM   #2
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well,, i recently bought one of these..... they are not the best quality. ive only put around 1000 rnds down range and the to rail is already loose. the lower isnt bad. i heard carbon upper jam alot. i changed the upper to a Stag arms upper. it cost around the same price as the whole carbon 15. remember, you get what you pay for.

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Welcome Raven Rider. I got a buddy who's a submariner.
No experience with that brand.
I say, shot the **** out of it and see what breaks. That's usually what I upgrade. =)

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We've had two really recent cases (last week) on this site alone of poor quality w/ this rifle. There is a long trail of issues w/ the Carbon on top of these recent cases.

Another case where looking for advise before the purchase would have been best.

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My buddy has had a C15 quite a while, since 2008, and it's held up to light use. I don't trust it myself but his wife loves it because it's lightweight.

It seems recent models made in Ilion, NY are of lesser quality than older ones. I'd say treat it gently and certainly never mortar it to remove a stuck casing.

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My buddy has had a C15 quite a while, since 2008, and it's held up to light use. I don't trust it myself but his wife loves it because it's lightweight.

It seems recent models made in Ilion, NY are of lesser quality than older ones. I'd say treat it gently and certainly never mortar it to remove a stuck casing.
And have the chamber checked to save yourself from possible headaches.
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Thanks for the inputs everyone. Does anyone else any other inputs? I stripped the weapon today just to familiarize myself as it is my first AR. It's very simple and seems to have tons of aftermarket upgrades.

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I've had mine a few months with a couple hundred rounds through it. All I can say so far is that it is quite accurate and I love it for the price, but:

1. The magazine is crap, so get some others - I bought several Tapco mags when Brownell's had them for $7.50 - all work fine.
2. Stay away from steel cased ammo. Remington, American Eagle, and Lake City M855 have all worked well with no problems.

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Go and shoot the darned thing.

Don't waste any money on upgrades at this time - find if your rifle is what you want it to be.

Research the many sites that talk about the ar15, read other people comments on their gear, figure out what your rifle is to be used for and the "upgrades" will come naturally. Short cuts are expensive, and asking for people to help you upgrade your rifle is asking them to spend your money for something they will never use. You have no idea yet how your rifle "feels" nor what changes any "upgrades" will introduce.

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