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Posted: 10/26/2004 8:11:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 8:14:52 PM EDT by SickMAK90]
I can't decide which I want. I kind of want an A3 because I could mount a scope much easier. However I have to spend about 70-80$ right off the bat just to have any type of sights at all.

How comfortable is it to shoot an A2 upper with say a tapco t168 scope mounted on the carring handle?

::::edit::::: I mean A2 or ***A4 upper.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:17:26 PM EDT
Not very, and most mounting options like that are cheap and weak.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:19:37 PM EDT
Read the thousands of posts on this website to inform yourself THEN start asking questions.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:19:47 PM EDT
Go with a flat top because you can easily add a carry handle. They are very versatile.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:20:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 8:21:41 PM EDT by SickMAK90]
So you would recommend the a4?

I have been reading a lot of this site. I figure this is all preference. TAPCO sells a carring handle for $40. So the flattop is probably the way to go. I don't need a carring handle.....but it is cheaper than the DPMS rear site.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:20:24 PM EDT
Flat top. Then, if you still like the A2 look, you can just get a removable carry handle. This gives you the best of both worlds. Saving 70 or 80 bucks now isn't worth the loss of options. Again, get a flattop.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:23:00 PM EDT
I think the flattops look cool. But look kinda stupid with the A2 front site and no rear-sight at all. But they are easily added. I will probably add a scope to this before anything else. That was the plan to begin with. This will probably be a varmit gun/plinker.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:38:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 8:45:32 PM EDT by model927]
If you go flat top shave off the FSB and add a fold down front so you can use any optics because the front site would be in the way.Not so much a problem with a red dot as with other telescopic sights that magnify.If your gonna have a stock FSB go A2,much more sturdy and my aimpoint on my 2 piece Yankee Hill 4 rail handguards makes co witnessing and using the aimpoint much better.My main sights are iron sights and I like a strong plat form,also why I have an A1 varinat.Just my .02 I have a flat topped carbine and I use a swan sleeve that has the arms #40 flip built in and its already 1" so I mount the aimpoint with throw lever mount directly to it and last a shaved off aka dremel front sight replaced with a bushy fold down front that goes over the shaved base.I can use any type of optic with no obstruction and still have irons if need be.Of both I still like the A2 best although the flat top is growing on me.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:50:33 PM EDT
Rock river arms has a milled gas block option. Then I could add a screw on front sight. I figure with a A4 and a scope mount that is raised alittle it would probably clear the front sight wouldn't it?

Parents aren't wanting to spend more than 400$ on this. The A4 is 400$. One reason I am leaning towards it. More money I throw into options for it the longer it is going to take me to get the lower.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:48:05 AM EDT
Flat Top
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 5:15:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 5:16:16 AM EDT by Aimless]
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 6:03:20 AM EDT
I had the same question not too long ago, went with the A2 and shortly after wished I had
went with the Flat top. If you want to use any kind of optics get the A3. I ended up getting a
Flat top within 3 weeks anyway. Of course I couldn't stand that I had a perfectly good A2 upper
so I had to purchase a lower too. If you only want to end up with one AR save yourself the
anguish and money and get the Flat top. Of course having a extra is nice too !

Link Posted: 10/27/2004 6:49:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 9:18:52 AM EDT by edwin907]
I had the same question when I had the chance to buy a A2 14.5" at a very good price even though I was looking for a flat top 14.5". I'm an older guy and have always been a big fan of the A2 style since the 70's so I bought it.

Well, with a TA31 mounted on the carry handle, it's become my favorite AR over both of my flat tops (16" Dissy/ACOG TA31F and 24" Varmint/Leupold 4.5X14). Being able to use both the ACOG or the iron sights without removing anything is a big plus and a heck of a lot of fun. And the little rifle is exceptionally accurate, after sighting it in at 50 yards, my first 3 shots at 100 yards were all through the X ring.

Here it is with the CAR stock (in place of the LMT now on my Dissy), Daniel Defense ambi CAR single point sling mount, ambi mag release and safety, GG&G sling thing, and second ACOG mounting screw.

Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:05:08 PM EDT
$400 is for the upper only not the complete rifle. I am just going to piece one together since its about 200$ cheaper...
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:09:51 PM EDT
Everybody seems to want a flat top these days. I don't know if it's a fad or what for some people. I know many are using optics and the flat top makes sense, but I for one have no intensions on using a scope or anything so I'm going to be the weirdo when I order my A2 upper in a few weeks.
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