In building my next AR, I REALLY want to go with something without a Front Sight Base, but a couple of friends have had bad luck with "gas blocks" giving trouble.
What is the local consensus on this?
Since I want a flat top SBR, the 2.5 inch FSB will be in the way and look funny, in my humble opinion. SURELY I can get a gun to run 100% without the FSB (?) judging by all the SPR and other custom guns I see.
Is there any advise or pointers in this area I need?
the only problem i could see using the low profile gasblock is
if you dont line up the gas holes then you cut of the gas that cycles the rifle.
I installed an adjustable low pro. gas block from jp myself. i've never really worked on guns before but I am somewhat mechanically inclined. I even screwed up the roll pin and still managed to get it to work properly. It's not terribly easy but it is also not too difficult.
It performs flawlessly, plus I can adjust the speed at which the bolt actions after firing to reduce wear and a little recoil. All this and it looks better, IMO, than a FSB.
eklikwhoa, I agree 100%. make sure you line up the holes on the gas tube, and you also need to space the gas block on the barrell properly. what i did was move it all the way back, then moved it foward about 1/16 of an inch or so and tightened the set screws, added locktite.
after 500+ rounds through it with the new setup, i'm extremely happy with the results. my cheapo rifle is capable of 3 holes in 1 at 100 yrds, and is fairly consistent with cheapo ammo (olympic too, haha).