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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:15:42 PM

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I should havemy first AR in hand in the next few days and I'm already giddy with excitement (yes, I said giddy) about the accessories I plan to buy. I was wondering what everyone feels are the absolute MUST have items to put on or in the AR once one becomes an AR owner. I know I want at least three more mags to start and I know I will be buying plenty of ammo. So...with the "get ammo" thing out of the way, what else should I get???
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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:16:50 PM
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Originally Posted By juicemilton:
I should havemy first AR in hand in the next few days and I'm already giddy with excitement (yes, I said giddy) about the accessories I plan to buy. I was wondering what everyone feels are the absolute MUST have items to put on or in the AR once one becomes an AR owner. I know I want at least three more mags to start and I know I will be buying plenty of ammo. So...with the "get ammo" thing out of the way, what else should I get???


Ammo.

You're first AR you'll no doubt want to weigh down with heavy chinese optics, flashlights and rails. Eventually, you'll want to put the plastic handguard back on and learn to shoot effectively off Iron sights.

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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:20:15 PM
Spare parts kit, spare bolt.....and then more ar's.
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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:20:41 PM
A good, basic two point sling


A good cleaning kit
CLP
A nice supply of USGI mags
Ammo
A rifle case

Not much else you need
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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:20:48 PM
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Honestly, I don't want any fancy optics on my HD gun. Knowing me, I will probably get a 22 cal AR for my kids to plink with and I would get an optic on that. I plan on sticking with iron sights. I do want a flashlight though. Any suggestions for a newb?

I definitely want a good sling.

Thanks for the opinions guys...keep 'um coming!!!
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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:22:29 PM
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sling.

then shoot the shit out of it just how it is.

a few thousand rounds down the road youll know for yourself what you need to change/add better than we can tell you.
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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:22:47 PM
A good tactical case and cleaning kit should be on your list.
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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:32:17 PM
Originally Posted By ELPerdido:
A good, basic two point sling
http://www.appleseedstore.flyingcart.com/images/sling.jpg

A good cleaning kit
CLP
A nice supply of USGI mags
Ammo
A rifle case

Not much else you need

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Posted: 6/18/2011 11:37:59 PM
Most of my rifles have an optic, sling, VFG, and flashlight. I tried a chinese laser, and quickly sold it.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:09:21 AM
A light. They are nice but youll learn you can live without Magpul stuff.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:31:45 AM
Originally Posted By WShifflett:
A light. They are nice but youll learn you can live without Magpul stuff.


Can be said any better than this.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:47:44 AM
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A sling, a light, and ammo. Shoot the piss out of it. Get some professional training. Compete in 3 gun or action rifle matches.

DO NOT buy anything else until you've done all the above. Once you've got a lot of trigger time and training under your belt and are reasonably proficient with your rifle, then you'll know what you need and what you don't. Otherwise you'll spend a bunch of money on cheap ghetto grips and Chinese red dots and lasers. Your rifle will look like it fell through a CTD catalog, the shit will break, you'll discover most of it is useless and heavy anyway..... If you must buy something, do lots of research, see if you can try it out on a friend's rifle or a blue gun at a local shop, and be sure to buy quality products.

Of course, you won't listen to any of that advice anyway, so go ahead and go full retard with TACTICAL FOUR RAILED LAZER 3 COLOR SNIPER RED DOT MULTI RETICLE SCOPE MASTER BLASTER.

ETA: I guess that was a bit rude. You're on the right track by asking what makes sense so maybe you won't waste a bunch of money on cheap shit. A .22lr conversion kit can get you a lot more trigger time and save a bunch of money. Surefire, Pentagon, and Elzetta all make really good lights. Best bang for the buck would probably be a G3 LED attached to this.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:48:11 AM
When I buy a new AR to add to my existing firearms I usually get at least four new Magpul PMAG 30rd (or USGI 30rd mags), then I get a sling and light for it, then I get another three to four mags.

Get a nice two point sling like a Vickers, Viking Tactics, or Gear Sector, etc, if you don't want to spend the money now just get a basic USGI nylon sling and upgrade it later on.

I would recommend a good quality reliable light like Surefire or equivalent brands.

If you have a carbine gas system, a must have is a BCM extractor upgrade kit, I have them on my three carbine gas AR.

I've been using SLiP 2000 EWL lube for several years now on all my semi auto carbines and rifles, try it you'll like it.

Lastly a cleaning kit and nylon soft gun case with good amount of foam padding, I prefer the rectangular shape ones because they don't tip when placed on the floor.


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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:51:25 AM
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Originally Posted By AmericanSoldier1989:
Originally Posted By WShifflett:
A light. They are nice but youll learn you can live without Magpul stuff.


Can be said any better than this.


I don't know. I have reverted back to the basics and away from the tactical crap but I do like the MOE handguard and don't think I can live without the enhanced trigger guard.

But back on topic: A G.I. sling, boresnake and front sight tool. (In before the "you can use a bullet tip" milspec police chime in on this post)

ETA: either a G.I. cleaning kit or broken shell extractor. Stuck cases can be cleared with the cleaning rod and I have removed 2 broken cases with a chamber brush. I have BSE's but never used them.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 12:57:52 AM
30 more mags
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Posted: 6/19/2011 1:04:33 AM
Yup, GI cleaning kit. Met a guy shooting today with a filthy chamber causing steel cases to hang up. Got to have a chamber brush to properly clean the chamber.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 1:28:57 AM
Yes ammo is a must
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Posted: 6/19/2011 1:54:17 AM
All of the above, but I like a decent optic. Of course, I do a lot of CQB training, and target acquisition with a parallax free, heads-up, both eyes open display is something I love. No magnifiers and it has to be accurate and fast. I am good w/ irons, but I am good and faster with my optic. If you are going for something else, an optic may not be right for you though.

I will refrain from mentioning the optic that I prefer here. The best advice is to try different ones (if you want an optic) and choose what works best for you. Remember, if you go magnified, it makes for difficult target acquisition at close ranges. Iron sights are better than a magnified optic for CQB.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 2:14:52 AM
A must have....



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Posted: 6/19/2011 2:19:45 AM
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Posted: 6/19/2011 2:36:51 AM
Must haves?
-Sling
-Flashlight
-Vertical Foregrip

Those are three things every one of my rifles has. The sling for proper handling and "hands free" capability if necessary. The flashlight as all of my guns are rifles I would grab in an emergency and I refuse to own a gun for self-defense that doesn't have a light. The vertical grip is a purely preferential thing. I just love the way the rifle handles with a vertical grip. If you don't like vert grips, you can definitely skip it.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 2:56:10 AM
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Originally Posted By juicemilton:
I should havemy first AR in hand in the next few days and I'm already giddy with excitement (yes, I said giddy) about the accessories I plan to buy. I was wondering what everyone feels are the absolute MUST have items to put on or in the AR once one becomes an AR owner. I know I want at least three more mags to start and I know I will be buying plenty of ammo. So...with the "get ammo" thing out of the way, what else should I get???


Pick up a nice case ....and a reservation for a basic carbine course, if you have never taken one,,,,

(Two day basic carbine course I have helped teach)
Nomenclature
Disassembly / Assembly
Maintenance
Magazine selection
Sight types
Slings
Ammunition

Practical application will include Weapons Safety; Sight Alignment / Sight Picture; Trigger Control; Loading / Unloading / Reloading; Position shooting – Prone Kneeling, Sitting

Bring:
A good attitude
Serviceable 5.56x45mm Carbine.
A serviceable sling. A tactical sling is best—but you must have a sling
Three serviceable magazines
The ability to carry two magazines on your body
Eyepro and Earpro
Baseball type hat
Clothing appropriate for the season
Kneepads and elbow pads are optional, but recommended
750 rounds of serviceable Ball ammunition



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Posted: 6/19/2011 4:35:32 AM
There is nothing you "must have". Most things put on ARs are a matter of want and not need.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 4:44:52 AM
Extra mags.

Streamlight TLR-1. For HD, you'll want this. Find a mount setup you like.

Pistol Grip. Can't stand the GI grip personally. Magpul MOE/MIAD preferred but will settle for Ergo soft grip personally.

Try different slings. 3 point is probably most secure, comfortable. 1 point is more maneuverable and allows better R and L transitions. The downside is that the gun flops around more when not being held. That said I hardly use my sling.

Other than that, learn your irons well. From 50yd to 200 if you can. Then decide on optics. Don't go cheap if you decide on optics. You really can't beat the durability of Aimpoints and ACOGs.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 5:02:13 AM
mags, a sling, potentially a better grip and stock. not necessary, but I don't like the a2 grip and even a simple after market stock like a Magpul MOE can be a big improvement.
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Posted: 6/19/2011 6:08:28 AM
1) shoot your gun and become proficient with irons
2) determine your use for your gun. duty, SD, long range plinker, etc
3) purchase stuff as required to fit the need

I set my M4 up to be a SHTF, internet bragging rifle. I wanted it to be highly functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing. As such, i put a lot of Magpul FDE furniture on it, as well as rail system, light and ACOG.
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