From searching this site as well as looking at Bushmaster's website from what I can understand with the M4 Type 14.5" barrel the flash suppressors are permanently attached by being pinned and welded before the barrel is finished.
Post about permanetly attached Izzy.
This is one reason I was leaning towards the M4 Type Patrolman's Carbine. Basically I would like to get a Phantom flash suppressor instead of the Izzy type that is appearing standard everyplace I have looked for one at.
According to Bushmaster's website if you order from them and order a different flash suppressor at the same time they will install it at the factory.
Is this something a dealer can or would be willing to do? I'm assuming it would probably be considered a special order and probably increase the price but I have yet to talk to any to see what the can or can't do.
I think picking between the 14.5" and the 16" is going to come down to whether I can get the Phantom flash suppressor on it, and if not I will go with the 16" and replace it myself at some point down the road.
Just looking for any opinions, criticisms or suggestions. hanks,
You can order an barrelled upper, equipped YOUR way, directly from Bushmaster.
Their catalog says they'll permanently install a muzzle accessory for free as long as you buy it from them.
It's the LOWER that you need to get though an FFL, not the upper.
Call the folks at Bushmaster. They've always been real helpful to me.
Thanks for the reply. That is what I thought they were getting at. I thought maybe if I could get a complete rifle setup this way that would be the way I would go for my first one. Maybe I could get it to work out to about the same price buying the upper from Bushmaster and getting a complete Bushmaster lower from the a dealer.
Thanks for the advice. Adam