Originally Posted by SimonTuffGuy
I think I want to upgrade to the split 4-rail handguard too.http://bushmaster.com/catalog_parts_handguards.asp#YHM9670
I saw a set at Cabela's for a little over $100, but they looked like they were made of plastic. Worth the extra $$ to go with the aluminum?
And thanks for the info... Any specific model on either the Eotech or Aimpoint that you would suggest?
for your rails, if you can afford the extra $$'s, I'd say go for the aluminum. They'll hold up better and most likely be more in spec, as far as fitting accessories to them. Yankee Hill Machine (who I think is who Bushy is using) start around $96 for free-floated rails and go up. Another would be Midwest Industries, starting around $130 and up. Try to go with a set that are 'free-floating', as this takes a little strain off your barrel and gives you a little more accuracy.
As for the red-dots, either of those brands are great, but they'll set you back about $375 and up for either of them. If you are willing to spend that much, I'd say go with the Eotech 512, preferrably in Revision F. In the Aimpoint, you could go with the C3 or ML2, either will work well for you.
But...if you want to save a few pennies, look for a Burris XTS135. They look a little like an Aimpoint, but go for around $235.
OR...if you really want to save, look like you have an expensive scope, but only paid about $150 for it....look for a S.P.O.T. they look like the Aimpoint, come with the angled mount, hold up pretty decent, are made in Korea, but who's going to know but you?
I'm sure some might flame me for suggesting any of those cheaper scopes or rails, but hey...whatever floats their boats. And in your case, consider what you want your rifle to be, and make it that way. It's your $$$, your gun, and in the end, only your opinion that counts on it, right?
Now if you were equipping a spec ops group or neighborhood tacticool commando unit, I might suggest other options...