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Old 04-24-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Hello, I have been shooting long rifles and hand guns all my life and recently purchased a Bushmaster AR-15 with the carry rail and iron sites. I have already put about 130 rds through her and am in love. I admittedly know nothing about AR-15s and am learning via message boards such as this. Eventually I want to get a modest optics system for it but right now I plan on sticking with iron sights for a while. I do know I want a picatinny rail to mount a light and angled hand grip. I don't think I need the barrel length because I don't plan on going nuts with attachments. Would I need a barrel length one to get the best use of the angled hand grip? Also what are some good picatinny rails that will fit my specific weapon? I have seen them go from anywhere between 50-400+ bucks. I would like to stay on the low side if possible. Any tips on these questions or the Bushmaster in general would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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Personally not a fan of vertical grips slanted or otherwise. It doesnt give a good solid platform for shooting. Most folks that have em use them for handstops not gripping.

Only addon rail systems i have experience with are from midwest industries. Im not a fan of cheapy type rails since most are junk difficult to mount solid and often come loose under use

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Check out the Magpul hand guard. You can add pieces of rail as needed.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2319238829/magpul-moe-handguard-ar-15

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Welcome to the site , there are many choices out there depending on what you want to spend of course. You can get into different hand guards from $29 to $400
if all you intend on doing is putting a light on it that can be achieved with a $29 magpul handguard and a $6 rail ,> if you intend on putting optics or offset sights or somthing like that that may mount on the rails system then I suggest a quality hand guard thats will not move around like a 2 piece can . If you want to free float the barrel those start at around $100 and go up to $400 depending on the length and manufacturer , Im not a big fan of the forward grips except on one particular rifle with a 7" barrel ,there isnt enough hand guard where I like to grip it so it wears a forward grip .

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Welcome to the site , there are many choices out there depending on what you want to spend of course. You can get into different hand guards from $29 to $400
if all you intend on doing is putting a light on it that can be achieved with a $29 magpul handguard and a $6 rail ,> if you intend on putting optics or offset sights or somthing like that that may mount on the rails system then I suggest a quality hand guard thats will not move around like a 2 piece can . If you want to free float the barrel those start at around $100 and go up to $400 depending on the length and manufacturer , Im not a big fan of the forward grips except on one particular rifle with a 7" barrel ,there isnt enough hand guard where I like to grip it so it wears a forward grip .
Thanks for the info guys. Can you recommend a good free float for the 100 range? Also if I go with the Magpul do the rails mount on all sides or just on the bottom. Are the magpies comfortable with a rail or two added? If I went with this http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2319238829/magpul-moe-handguard-ar-15
Would I only need a couple of these http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2319188343/magpul-moe-picatinny-rail-fits-moe-handguards-polymer-black?cm_vc=sugv12319238829

Also if I went with the free float would I need to buy anything additional for it to mount properly?
Thanks again, this message board seems like there are a lot of nice folks around.
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Thanks for the info guys. Can you recommend a good free float for the 100 range? Also if I go with the Magpul do the rails mount on all sides or just on the bottom. Are the magpies comfortable with a rail or two added? If I went with this http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2319238829/magpul-moe-handguard-ar-15
Would I only need a couple of these http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2319188343/magpul-moe-picatinny-rail-fits-moe-handguards-polymer-black?cm_vc=sugv12319238829

Also if I went with the free float would I need to buy anything additional for it to mount properly?
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The Magpul allows you to mount rail top, bottom, and sides in multiple configurations. You do need to purchase the rail pieces as well.

It works well for "non-precision" add-ons. But it would not be appropriate for optics or the like.
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Also if I went with the free float would I need to buy anything additional for it to mount properly?
Thanks again, this message board seems like there are a lot of nice folks around.
If you are gonna change to a free float rail you will also need to remove the front sight and replace the gas block for a low profile one as well as a new front sight
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If you are gonna change to a free float rail you will also need to remove the front sight and replace the gas block for a low profile one as well as a new front sight
Any recommendations on a good $100 free float, front sight and gas block? I think this is the direction I want to go.
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Any recommendations on a good $100 free float, front sight and gas block? I think this is the direction I want to go.
I got my stuff before the madness but myYHM diamond series rifle length guard was $120 I think...the gas block was from Rainer arms $50...and I just went with a magpul mbus front and back. You will also need an AR15 multi purpose wrench
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If you want to get into the tactical side of shooting such as utilizing the MOUT combat stance then a forward grip will greatly improve your ability to keep the gun stable. It also helps when teaching your self offhand shooting. If you don not plan on any kind of tactical shooting then no you do not need a forward grip.

My experience with AR type rifles come only from hunting hogs as a kid in TX and my time in the Army so I may have a different mindset on forward grips than someone who has not been in the military. I personally would not own an AR that did not have a forward pistol grip.

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