Read the AR Primer sticky, it should be already typed up there. Briefly it's the gas system length, midlength is about 2" longer than carbine length and is ideal for a 16" barrel.
The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together. You'll remember the quality of a gun long after you forget how much you paid for it.
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Last edited by Quentin; 04-22-2013 at 02:11 PM.