Carbine vs. Mid length

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by dabean0819, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. dabean0819

    dabean0819 New Member

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    Hey guys

    I am going to build my first ar 15 soon, but I am trying to decide whether or not to get a carbine or mid length barrel. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Dabean,

    It is strictly personal preference. Although I have several CAR length I prefer the Mid-length. With quality parts we will eliminate the misconception that one is more reliable than the other! That is not true. Both are dependable.
    I prefer the Mid Length for a couple of reasons. 1. The sight radius is longer on the Mid. Second the Mid Length gives you an additional 1 3/4 length if you should decide to put a Quad Rail on it to mount lights, vertical grips or other accessories on. A good example of this is go on line and look at the Rock River Arms Govt. 1001 Rifle System. It is a carbine length but you can see with the Surefire 951XM Light on it the front Quad Rail area of the rifle is cluttered. If it were to have been a mid-length they would have an additional 1 3/4 inches up there and you could grip the hand-guard area. But as I stated it is truly personal preference. Good Luck and either would be a good choice.

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  3. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    The midlength will shoot smoother/softer.
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i prefer 20" full length second is mid.
     
  5. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    Hell,dose anybody shoot a carbine anymore? Seems like all ya see on the circuit is a disapator (may have misspelled that) type rifles.
     
  6. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    I have a carbine and enjoy shooting it.
     
  7. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Midlength is ideal for a 16" barrel, a softer gas pulse that's easier on the rifle. And the other advantages mentioned above.

    Carbine length is considered ideal for a 14.5" barrel but lately people have been experimenting using midlength with it too.
     
  8. dabean0819

    dabean0819 New Member

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    ok thanks for all the advices
     
  9. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    I have a 14.5" mid-length and I couldn't imagine more "ideal". I know there's scientific reasons that optimize a given barrel length vs. gas system, but you also have those that contest that the longer the gas system the better, so who knows.

    And yes, the Dissipator on an HBAR is impressive and recoil is to the point that after a few hundred rounds it isn't noticed.