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Old 05-29-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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I was looking at the carbon fiber AR15 and was wondering if anyone has any info on it, whether it's good or not. They said its accurate but kind of skeptical on it life cycle. Thanks.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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if your talking about the Bushmaster carbon 15 its carbon composite , no true woven carbon in it , but your right there have been some issues with this gun and some have run flawless, personally I would save a little bit more $$$ and buy something of better quality
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I have one it's fine for now but ima be honest I'm thinking about getting a better built one that I don't have to worry about bc I put 100 rounds a weekend thru it
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Ah, the Bushmaster AR C-15 Ultra Lite. I purchased mine as a winter project to dress it up and change and see what I could do with it. It was inexpensive ($599.00) and I had high end AR's so I was not concerned as to it effectiveness. It came with a Bushnell Mini Red Dot, 2 - 30 round mags, a half inch riser, sling (cheap) and a hard case. Not bad for the price.

I too had the funny feeling about it being a plastic gun. Well sometimes you win and sometimes you don't. This time I guess I won.

The only two parts that are Carbon Fiber is the upper receiver and the lower receiver, all the rest of the gun is standard AR parts (metal) with the exception of the handguard and butt stock. The fit and fuction is better than a lot of metal AR's I used and except for the weight (5.6 lbs) you can not tell that it is Carbon Fiber gun.

If it wasn't for the fact that I have used and own a number of plastic handguns (Beretta PX4 Storm, FNH FNP-40, Taurus PT-140, Ruger P-97) I too might have passed on this gun.

Well, to make a long story short, after changing what I wanted on it ($165.00 additional) it is my goto self-defence (fun) gun, if I wanted or need to, I can change out the two carbon fiber parts for very low cost (not needed).

You can get the M&P Scout for around the same price (all metal) but I like Bushmaster and their accurate barrels and chambers (all else is just add-on's and pretty much the same.)

But for $400.00 less (than most AR's) you can not go wrong, just check out the gun completely before you buy.

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Thanks for all the info guys. I think I might just spend a little more and get an all metal AR. Nice to have a place where there is this much knowledge available.
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BIG JIM- Is that flashlight mount on your AR also the gas block or is there a low pro gas block under the forearm? I like that mount
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Runinman,

I would suggest you read through this thread. http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f20/polymer-ar-15-lower-64685/

It may shed some light on the perceived short comings of polymer lowers. I'm not trying to change your mind about what you want to buy. Only trying to make sure you see both sides of the coin before spending money.

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Here is a link to a company called Christensen Arms! They make some parts that are carbon fiber and were one of the first companies to step out and start doing so. http://www.christensenarms.com/ They are top of the line (and their price shows it) I personally like Black Rain Ordinance although they do not have a carbon fiber rifle they do make great quality rifles! Hope this helps!

Here is a a quote from their rifles!
"Built on the AR-10 platform, the CA-10 Recon delivers a new level of long range precision in a rapid-fire. We have applied our expertise in Custom rifle making, to create the finest, lightest, and most accurate AR-10 on the market. Calibers include: .243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, and the .338 Federal.

The CA-10 is built with our Carbon-wrapped, Match-grade barrels and is tipped with a titanium flash-hider or muzzle-brake. The handguard is constucted out of Carbon fiber to lighten the front-end and create better overall balance. "
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^The highest performing most accurate AR on the market? I wonder how they came to that conclusion?
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Christensen Arms does not make a carbon/polymer lower or upper receiver. They make a carbon wrapped "match grade" barrel and a carbon fiber fore arm. That's a far cry from what RUNINMAN is looking at.

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