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Old 03-23-2013, 09:38 PM   #11
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I have had one for about a year. Put through about 2500 rounds and it eats whatever I feed her. I use and abuse her more than my higher dollar AR's

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I have had one for about a year. Put through about 2500 rounds and it eats whatever I feed her. I use and abuse her more than my higher dollar AR's
Whats the difference between that and ''high dollar AR's''?
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I e got a Sport, great rifle. 3000 rds down the pipe and never a problem. Put a Nikon P223 3x32 on it and it shoots 3/4" at 100yds.

I even put a handful of sand on the bolt and wouldn't ya know it worked. So, after that I covered the receiver in it and not a problem.

I would trust my life with this gun, wouldn't trade it for any other AR.

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Whats the difference between that and ''high dollar AR's''?
I use and abuse this because its the cheapest but has become my favorite to shoot. No problems at all. You could spend double what these cost and have one of the great "names" but IMHO these are just basic shooters. Throw a sight on it and fire away.
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I've got one and have the 1:8 twist barrel. Never a single problem with it. I shoot reloads with a 62gr Speer bullet and it is plenty accurate. I would definately recommend one.

BTW, mine doesn't say "Sport" on it. My lower say M&P-15.

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Well what's the difference? This will be my first AR I've never really cared for them but recently been thinking of getting one.
S&W has changed barrels in the Sport. The old 1/8 melonite was highly praised, there's not much feedback on the new 1/9. Anyone buying a Sport might want to determine the twist rate better for them and look for the old or new barrel.
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S&W has changed barrels in the Sport. The old 1/8 melonite was highly praised, there's not much feedback on the new 1/9. Anyone buying a Sport might want to determine the twist rate better for them and look for the old or new barrel.
interesting....any word on when & why s&w changed the barrel? like you said, the 1/8 5r barrel seemed to be a big selling feature for the rifle.
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interesting....any word on when & why s&w changed the barrel? like you said, the 1/8 5r barrel seemed to be a big selling feature for the rifle.
It seems to be a cost saving move. Most people don't like the new barrel as well as the harder to find old one. Unfortunately it doesn't seem S&W changed the model # or SKU so you don't know which one is in the box. Other models also may have cost cutting changes as well.

Anyway, another good reason to choose your own parts and roll your own AR!
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Whats the difference between that and ''high dollar AR's''?
For most intents and purposes....nothing.
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It seems to be a cost saving move. Most people don't like the new barrel as well as the harder to find old one. Unfortunately it doesn't seem S&W changed the model # or SKU so you don't know which one is in the box. Other models also may have cost cutting changes as well.

Anyway, another good reason to choose your own parts and roll your own AR!
well, my sport has the barrel stamped "5.56 NATO 1/8 5r." so, unless they are continuing to stamp this on barrels that don't meet the specs, then you should easily be able to identify the ones with the 1/8 twist.

disappointing overall. idk why they could make a profit with these features previously, but not now?
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