Carbon Fiber AR15

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by runinman, May 29, 2012.

  1. runinman

    runinman New Member

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    I was looking at the carbon fiber AR15 and was wondering if anyone has any info on it, whether it's good or not. They said its accurate but kind of skeptical on it life cycle. Thanks.
     
  2. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    if your talking about the Bushmaster carbon 15 its carbon composite , no true woven carbon in it , but your right there have been some issues with this gun and some have run flawless, personally I would save a little bit more $$$ and buy something of better quality
     

  3. carbon15man

    carbon15man New Member

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    I have one it's fine for now but ima be honest I'm thinking about getting a better built one that I don't have to worry about bc I put 100 rounds a weekend thru it
     
  4. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    Ah, the Bushmaster AR C-15 Ultra Lite. I purchased mine as a winter project to dress it up and change and see what I could do with it. It was inexpensive ($599.00) and I had high end AR's so I was not concerned as to it effectiveness. It came with a Bushnell Mini Red Dot, 2 - 30 round mags, a half inch riser, sling (cheap) and a hard case. Not bad for the price.

    I too had the funny feeling about it being a plastic gun. Well sometimes you win and sometimes you don't. This time I guess I won.

    The only two parts that are Carbon Fiber is the upper receiver and the lower receiver, all the rest of the gun is standard AR parts (metal) with the exception of the handguard and butt stock. The fit and fuction is better than a lot of metal AR's I used and except for the weight (5.6 lbs) you can not tell that it is Carbon Fiber gun.

    If it wasn't for the fact that I have used and own a number of plastic handguns (Beretta PX4 Storm, FNH FNP-40, Taurus PT-140, Ruger P-97) I too might have passed on this gun.

    Well, to make a long story short, after changing what I wanted on it ($165.00 additional) it is my goto self-defence (fun) gun, if I wanted or need to, I can change out the two carbon fiber parts for very low cost (not needed).

    You can get the M&P Scout for around the same price (all metal) but I like Bushmaster and their accurate barrels and chambers (all else is just add-on's and pretty much the same.)

    But for $400.00 less (than most AR's) you can not go wrong, just check out the gun completely before you buy.

    Jim

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    Last edited: Jun 1, 2012
  5. runinman

    runinman New Member

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    Thanks for all the info guys. I think I might just spend a little more and get an all metal AR. Nice to have a place where there is this much knowledge available.
     
  6. bullittsam159

    bullittsam159 New Member

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    BIG JIM- Is that flashlight mount on your AR also the gas block or is there a low pro gas block under the forearm? I like that mount
     
  7. EW1066

    EW1066 Member Supporter

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    Runinman,

    I would suggest you read through this thread. http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f20/polymer-ar-15-lower-64685/

    It may shed some light on the perceived short comings of polymer lowers. I'm not trying to change your mind about what you want to buy. Only trying to make sure you see both sides of the coin before spending money.

    EDUB
     
  8. FragOutInc

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    Here is a link to a company called Christensen Arms! They make some parts that are carbon fiber and were one of the first companies to step out and start doing so. http://www.christensenarms.com/ They are top of the line (and their price shows it) I personally like Black Rain Ordinance although they do not have a carbon fiber rifle they do make great quality rifles! Hope this helps!

    Here is a a quote from their rifles!
    "Built on the AR-10 platform, the CA-10 Recon delivers a new level of long range precision in a rapid-fire. We have applied our expertise in Custom rifle making, to create the finest, lightest, and most accurate AR-10 on the market. Calibers include: .243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, and the .338 Federal.

    The CA-10 is built with our Carbon-wrapped, Match-grade barrels and is tipped with a titanium flash-hider or muzzle-brake. The handguard is constucted out of Carbon fiber to lighten the front-end and create better overall balance. "
     
  9. MikeJK

    MikeJK New Member

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    ^The highest performing most accurate AR on the market? I wonder how they came to that conclusion?
     
  10. EW1066

    EW1066 Member Supporter

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    Christensen Arms does not make a carbon/polymer lower or upper receiver. They make a carbon wrapped "match grade" barrel and a carbon fiber fore arm. That's a far cry from what RUNINMAN is looking at.

    EDUB
     
  11. runinman

    runinman New Member

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    So I think I'm going to stick with metal. In my price range I'm looking at Windham Weaponry. They use 4150 and I believe it's out of the original, do I dare say "Bushmaster" plant with some original employees. So any info on this idea would be highly appreciated since you all seem to be very knowledgable. Also would it be to my advantage to go with a 2 stage trigger or stick with a normal one. Thanks again all.
     
  12. EW1066

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    What is your intended use for you rifle? How much money are you looking to spend? Answer those questions and we can start to give you some advice.

    EDUB
     
  13. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    Yes, Windham Weaponry is the old Bushmaster crew and they make some fine AR's. You can buy a AR for accuracy (Windham or old Bushmasters) or buy one to beat the crap out of (Colt) your choice.

    And yes there is a gas port under the flashlight holder on my AR.

    Jim
     
  14. runinman

    runinman New Member

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    Base model about $1000 I can add all the extras later. I am left handed but don't want to buy a left handed AR just in case I have I resell it later. The one concern I do have is am I able to change the side the safety is on. When in fire it is uncomfortable. The mag release I'm not concerned about too much. I don't plan on having to change mags quickly.
     
  15. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    It is not difficult to add an ambidextrous safety.
     
  16. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    1000$ budget?? with that you could just get a nice colt or bcm
     
  17. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    Walmart has sig m400 moe's for 900$
     
  18. MikeJK

    MikeJK New Member

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    Your money would be better spent on something w/ a little more history.
     
  19. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    Meh sigs are nice guns.
     
  20. MikeJK

    MikeJK New Member

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    Not as nice as a Colt or BCM and maybe not even a $750+/- PSA.