Originally Posted by texaswoodworker
The piston system ARs are 99.999% reliable, and keep the chamber a bit cleaner than a DI AR would, but they weight more than the DI ARs and cost a lot more than most DI ARs. DI ARs are 99.998% reliable.
So is a very small amount of extra reliability, and a little less cleaning worth heavier rifle that costs a lot more?
To give you an idea of the cost difference, I built a DI AR out of really good parts, and it ended up being around $1200. Some good ARs can be had for as low as $600-$800. The Ruger SR-556 has a MSRP of $1995. If you just want the upper, it's still $1499.
My friend has a AR with huldra (made by Adams arms) piston upper. With mid length piston/gas system.
It's actually lighter than my DDM4v5.
The DD rail vs his magpul moe handguard adds a lot of weight. Other than that our stocks (STRs) buis (troys) and everything else is the same weight wise.
The only difference is his bolt stays cool to touch after firing and the recoil on the piston seems a bit snappier even with the same length system.
Just thought I'd dispel that myth that it's "ALOT" heavier. People think piston and the idea of that heavy wooden AK clunker gets lodged in their minds. The weight is negligible ...... I'll take big words for $300 Alex. Goodnight all.
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